Ri­de­nour and Attick to rep­re­sent at fair

Named Lord Calvert, Miss Tran­quil­ity

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Suc­cess. That’s what shines through the 2018 Miss Tran­quil­ity and Lord Calvert.

Thomas Ri­de­nour, a North­ern High School se­nior, and Madi­son Attick, a Hunt­ing­town High School se­nior, were both crowned win­ners of the $1,250 Elmer W. Wisher Memo­rial Schol­ar­ship at the an­nual com­pe­ti­tion held Sun­day, just a few days be­fore the Calvert County Fair.

Seven stu­dents through­out the county par­tic­i­pated in this year’s con­test. Each con­tes­tant was

judged based on their aca­demic achieve­ments, pub­lic speak­ing, their ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion in school and in the com­mu­nity, cre­ativ­ity and a per­sonal in­ter­view. The con­test was open to stu­dents who range be­tween the ages of 16 and 19 and are en­rolled at a sec­ondary or post-sec­ondary school.

Both Lord Calvert and Miss Tran­quil­ity will rep­re­sent them­selves at the county fair this week, go­ing on now through Sun­day, and at other events through­out the year.

The 2017 Miss Tran­quil­ity win­ner, Cather­ine Bub­ser, served as the host­ess for the con­test.

Upon win­ning the con­test, Ri­de­nour ex­pressed ex­cite­ment over par­tic­i­pat­ing and earn­ing the schol­ar­ship. Ri­de­nour said he was very pas­sion­ate about rep­re­sent­ing the county when ap­ply­ing for the con­test.

“It was some­thing that I re­ally wanted to be a part of and work to­wards,” Ri­de­nour said, adding that he was very ex­cited about what was to come fol­low­ing his vic­tory.

Dur­ing his au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal speech on Sun­day, Ri­de­nour cre­ated a list de­scrib­ing the eight rea­sons why he loves Calvert County, with his No. 1 rea­son be­ing how he is very pas­sion­ate about the com­mu­nity here.

At North­ern High, Ri­de­nour is in­volved in his class coun­cil, pres­i­dent of the Fu­ture Busi­ness Lead­ers of Amer­ica, pres­i­dent of the Na­tional Honor So­ci­ety and the stu­dent mem­ber on the Calvert County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion for the 20182019 school year. He hopes to go into the field of in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions and work for the state depart­ment or the United Na­tions in hopes to work with coun­tries in Africa or the Mid­dle East.

One of the chal­lenges from the con­test Ri­de­nour faced was the cre- ativ­ity part, which in­cluded a poster con­test.

“I’m not re­ally artis­tic, so I re­ally had to learn how to be artis­tic for the creative ac­tiv­ity,” he said.

Attick has a his­tory with the Miss Tran­quil­ity com­pe­ti­tion. She ran last year and was a sec­ond run­ner-up. Upon win­ning the con­test, she ex­pressed her love for the county and was over­joyed to rep­re­sent her­self at the fair.

“I love that I have the chance to rep­re­sent Calvert County and at the fair,” she said.

At Hunt­ing­town High, Attick is in­volved in Key Club and is the leader of the Math En­gi­neer­ing Science and Achieve­ment

pro­gram and the trea­surer of the Na­tional Honor So­ci­ety. Upon those ac­co­lades, she is skilled in play­ing the vi­o­lin, and has per­formed at awards and grad­u­a­tion cer­e­monies for Hunt­ing­town. She has ac­cu­mu­lated over 300 com­mu­nity ser­vice learn­ing hours. The re­quired amount for a grad­u­at­ing stu­dent is 75. She also vol­un­teers to help spe­cial needs stu­dents with the vi­o­lin in her free time.

She plans to con­tinue her aca­demic ca­reer at the Univer­sity of Mary­land, where she plans to ma­jor in bi­ol­ogy or chem­istry, with the hopes of go­ing into the med­i­cal field in the near fu­ture.

One of the skills both win­ners said they gained from the con­test was pub­lic speak­ing.

“I re­ally had to work on my pub­lic speak­ing to re­fine the skills that I’ve learned through­out my whole life in Calvert County,” Ri­de­nour said.

“I’m not re­ally the great­est pub­lic speaker, ei­ther, so this re­ally helped me. Es­pe­cially since this was my sec­ond year,” Attick said, adding that this year, she felt more com­fort­able on stage and the con­test helped her to grow and be­come bet­ter at speak­ing.

Attick was spon­sored by Cather­ine Attick, while Ri­de­nour was spon­sored by the Stu­dent Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion and Athena Lewis.

Joey Crun­k­le­ton, a North­ern High School se­nior spon­sored by Rose C. Crun­k­le­ton, was first run­ner-up for Lord Calvert.

Ka­te­rina Gueth­lein, a sopho­more at Prince Ge­orge’s Com­mu­nity Col­lege, was spon­sored by Calvert County 4-H and 4-H All Stars, and was first run­ner-up for Miss Tran­quil­ity. Tay­lor Parker, a se­nior at North­ern High School, was spon­sored by Lump­kin Paint­ing, and was sec­ond run­ner-up. Other par­tic­i­pants were Lau­ren Batz, a North­ern High School ju­nior spon­sored by Paul and Mary Batz, and Bri­ana Nel­son, spon­sored by Bay Equine Ser­vices.

Thomas Ri­de­nour and Madi­son Attick are this year’s Lord Calvert and Miss Tran­quil­ity for the Calvert County Fair.

PHOTO BY CEDRICK HAWKINS

Lau­ren Batz, left, Tay­lor Parker, Joey Crun­k­le­ton, Kather­ine Gueth­lein and Bri­ana Nel­son, run­ners-up for this year’s Lord Calvert and Miss Tran­quil­ity con­test, join win­ners Thomas Ri­de­nour and Madi­son Attick, seated, fol­low­ing Sun­day’s com­pe­ti­tion.

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