Ridenour and Attick to represent at fair
Named Lord Calvert, Miss Tranquility
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.
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.