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2017 Miss LaGrange County contestants

The 2017 Miss LaGrange County Competition has five contestants this year, with judging taking place at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 14, in the Lakeland High School Auditorium. The public is invited to come and cheer on the contestants:

Kyleigh North

Khyleigh North, daughter of Mike and Cheryl North, is being sponsored by Boutique and Beyond. She is 21 years old and graduated from Prairie Heights High School in 2014.

She is currently attending Purdue University, where she will graduate in the fall of 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in agriculture communications. North hopes to continue to grow her photography business and start a show pig magazine. North was a Indiana Junior Swine Circuit Board Member in 2016-2017, participated in Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) in high school, and was the boys varsity basketball manager. She was named Tops in 4-H 2014, 4-H Master Achiever in 2013, Grand Champion Market Barrow 2016 American Royal, Champion Senior Swine Showman 2015 NJSS, 2015-2016 Miss Indiana United States Agriculture, and 2015-2016 Indiana State Fair Landrace Queen.

At a young age, North developed a true passion for traveling across the country with her family showing pigs, seeing friends, and ultimately enjoying her time in other states.

Rachel Weaver

Rachel Weaver, daughter of Robert and Melany Weaver, is sponsored by Anchor Construction. She is 18 years old and homeschooled. She plans to attend Liberty University in the fall and major in kinesiology to become a physical therapist so she can help people recover.

She rides horses, plays the piano and plays volleyball. She enjoys skiing, 4-wheeling, cooking, giving piano lessons, and an afterschool Bible study called The Happy Day Club. She plays the piano in the worship band at her church, is a 10 year 4-H member and volunteers at LoveWay, a therapeutic horse-back riding center in Middlebury. Weaver is the Indiana State President for the Children of the American Revolution, a two-year captain for an all-tournament varsity volleyball team, and has music awards for piano through Achievements in Music.

She enjoys spending time with her family the most, whether it’s on vacations or simply sitting around the dinner table talking.

Hailey Cramer

Hailey Cramer, daughter of Joe Cramer and Melissa Bontreger, is 18 years old and a graduate of Westview High School. She is sponsored by Hostetler Insurance Agency.

In the fall she will be attending IPFW as a sophomore to earn a Bachelor’s degree in biology and eventually going to obtain a Master’s degree. After finishing school, she would love to get married and start a family here in Indiana.

Her favorite thing about life is living in Indiana and having faith because it gives her a sense of hope when things in this world never seem to satisfy. Cramer is a member of the New Life Fellowship college group and helps out with the junior high youth group. She shows swine in 4-H and open shows and also decorates cake and does pottery. She also works at the Van Buren Hotel in Shipshewana.

Cramer received an Academic Honors Diploma from Westview, along with chords for NHS, NAHS, and taking college credit courses throughout high school with both Trine and IPFW. She also received the highest grade in ceramics three and four and won grand champion in cake decorating four years in a row as of last summer.

Elizabeth Grossman

Elizabeth Grossman is the daughter of Brian and Molly Grossman and sponsored by Partners Brand Seed Company.

She is 18 and graduated from Prairie Heights High School. In the fall, Grossman will attend IPFW where she will major in fine arts and minor in business and advertising.

She enjoys spending time with her family and friends most in life and has realized that going to college means that she won't always be able to do that and create memories with them as often so she treasures them now. This is a reason why she loves photography so much, it helps her reminisce on good times and capture memories for the future.

Grossman has been an active member in PH theater both on and off stage. Her art skills have helped her design costumes and create the set, and her years on the dance team have helped with the choreography. She has also been involved with the theater’s community service and maintaining school spirit. Decorating Homecoming floats was a highlight of her high school career because it allowed her creativity to flow. Her class won twice along with a second-place ranking. While encouraging school spirit, she usually had her camera along to capture the memories.

Grossman has been on the honor roll through her high school career. She graduated with an Academic Honors Diploma and 24 college credits in advanced classes. She was inducted into the National Honor Society as well as the International Thespian Society. She also served as co-captain of the Lady Panther Dance Team, secretary of the Thespian Society Troupe, co-editor of the school yearbook, and class president. Being president allowed her the privilege of giving the inspirational address during commencement activities.

Outside of school, Grossman’s involvement in 4-H has led to several state fair exhibits and this year she will receive her 10-year 4-H award.

Katie Levitz

Katie Levitz is the daughter of Dan and Robin Levitz and sponsored by the Fountain of Youth Salon and Spa.

She is 18 years old and graduated from Lakeland High School. In the fall, she will be attending Purdue University to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing with a minor in law and society.

After she graduates, Levitz hopes to travel for a few years and then return to LaGrange County to build a career representing a large scale business and handling all their legal obligations as well allowing her children to grow up in the environment that she has grown to love and has helped shape her into who she is today.

Levitz is a 10-year member of 4-H and is in the Horse and Pony Club as well as the Swine Club. She is involved in Future 4-H by doing My Pet and Me, scrapbooking, and shooting sports. She has been involved in soccer for 13 years and basketball for 11 years and is a member of New Life Fellowship. Levitz has been on the high honor roll for eight consecutive years, was the varsity soccer captain for two years, an RYLA Leadership Camp representative, the National Honor Society for three years, and a New Life Fellowship Missions Trip participant. She raised $1,500 for her senior project that was donated to Riley Children's Hospital. She has also received the Gene White and Women in Management at Purdue scholarships. She was a scholar-athlete for four years, all-conference soccer player for four years, and an all-area soccer player for four years.

She graduated with a 4.05 GPA and Academic Honors, Technical Honors, and Leading Edge diplomas.