compete for Fair Royalty
There are 5 young ladies this year who are competing to be part of the Idaho County Fair Royalty for 2013.
They are Leah Holthaus and Whitney Sonnen of Cottonwood and Jacey Arnzen, Jenni Forsmann and Taylor Hazelbaker of Grangeville.
They will compete before the judges at the Royalty Luncheon, which is set for Wednesday, August 1 at the Grangeville Nazarene Church. Crowning of the queen and 2 princesses will be Friday, August 17 at the Idaho County Fair.
Leah Holthaus, age 16, is the daughter of Roger and Alica Holthaus of Cottonwood.
She is sponsored by Indoor/Outdoor 4-H Club and will be a junior at Prairie High School this fall.
Youth organizations and activities include varsity softball, basketball and volleyball at Prairie; PAVE (Prairie Active Volunteer Effort), Tri-Parish youth activities and Prairie League.
Past fair involvement includes Setting the Stage, Making the Most of Me I and II, Sewing I, Cooking I, Fashion Board, and open class entries every year.
Under employment she lists Pacific Cabinets, Inc., babysitting, mowing lawns and umpiring for youth softball.
Hobbies include sports, hanging out with friends, camping, 4-wheeling, swimming, hunting and fishing.
After high school she plans to go to college to get a B.S. degree in kinesiology and then go to medical school. She would like to specialize in sports medicine.
3 life goals are to earn a college degree, become a physician, and to be a positive role model in her community.
She feels her strongest personal quality is that she is dependable. “If I say I’m going to do something, I do it. I take pride in a job well done.”
The most important thing in her life is her family because they are always there to help and support her. They play games, hunt and camp together. Their love is unconditional.
When asked about her family she says they are really close and she loves spending time with them. Along with her parents she has one older sister, Alli Brady, age 22, and one older brother, Kyle, age 20.
She has lived in Idaho County all her life.
Whitney Sonnen, age 15, is the daughter of Melvin and Joyce Sonnen of Cottonwood.
She is sponsored by Keuterville Livestock 4-H Club and will be a sophomore at Prairie High School this fall.
She is a part of high school basketball, 4-H, religious youth group, drug free youth group, knowledge bowl and anti-bullying youth group.
Past fair involvement includes 4-H steer, sheep, sewing, hiking and dutch oven projects; open class exhibits (including sewing, vegetables, fruit and photography), Citizenship Washington Focus and rabbit.
She earns money doing babysitting, farming or agricultural work, house cleaning and food preparation and service.
Hobbies include skiing, snowboarding, basketball, motorbiking, camping, 4-wheeling, learning, meeting people and spending time with family and friends, and listening to music.
After high school she plans to go to college for 8 years to become a vet. Four years in college to obtain an undergraduate degree and four more years in veterinary college. After that she plans to practice and succeed as a vet.
Her 3 life goals are to succeed academically by graduating high school and attending college to become a veterinarian, to be the best version of herself and to be a good role model and have positive impact on the world.
She feels her strongest personal quality is her determination to make the best of herself and the environment around her in any given situation.
The most important think in her life is her dreams and character because they make her who she is.
She comes from a family of 5. In addition to her parents she has a younger sister, Laina, and a younger brother, Paull.
She has lived in Idaho County all her life.
Jacey Arnzen, 15, is the daughter of Gerald (Jerry) and Janell Arnzen of Grangeville.
She is sponsored by Gerald L. Arnzen Architecture of Grangeville and will be a junior at Grangeville High School this fall.
She has be involved in 4-H for 7 years and is also involved in volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, track and field and GHS pep band and concert band. She is also involved with Idaho Drug Free Youth.
He past fair involvement includes many years of photography, drawing, art projects and other open class entries and in 4-H rabbit, horse, scrapbooking and market lamb projects. She has also entered open class animal projects.
She works for the family businesses which include her dad’s architecture business and farming and ranching.
Her hobbies include arts and crafts which include scrapbooking, tie-dying and cake decorating; basketball, volleyball and track and field, skiing, working with animals, photography, reading, music and hanging out with friends.
Her plans after high school are to go to college and pursue a major in either interior design or photography.
Her 3 life goals are to be happy, be immersed in a diverse culture by living in a large city or foreign country and to have a nice little family and a successful career after college.
She believes her strongest personal trait is to be able to keep a smile on her face and put a smile on other people’s faces.
The most important thing in her life is her family. They have supported her and helped her through everything.
She comes from a family of 4. In addition to her parents she has a little sister, Kally.
She has lived in Idaho County her entire life.
Jenni Forsmann, age 16, is the daughter of Mark and Barbara Forsmann of Grangeville.
She is sponsored by Lynette Lothspeich of Grangeville and will be a junior at Grangeville High School this fall.
Her youth activities and organizations include 4-H, Sts. Peter & Paul Parish Youth Group, Relay for Life; Cross Country, Softball, All School Paly, Youth Legislature and Honor Roll at GHS. She also was nominated for and attended the National Youth Leaders State Conference in Helena, Mont. and participated in the Drunk Driving Awareness Demonstration at GHS.
Her past fair involvement includes 2 years of market lamb projects, Scrapbook project 1 year for which she was awarded top 2010 scrapbook I project and Know Your Government.
She is currently employed at Marcon Timber Co., Inc.
She has many hobbies but her favorites are reading, scrapbooking, horseback riding, skiing, photography, playing the flute and swimming.
After high school she plans to go to college and pursue a career in the medical field. She also plans to travel to foreign countries.
Her 3 life goals are to graduate high school in the top of her class, go to college and visit Germany and The Netherlands to see where her family originated.
She believes her strongest personal quality is courage. She stands up for others and herself. She believes it takes courage to do the right thing and stand up for what she believes in when others might not have the same view.
The most important thing in her life is her family. Without them she would not be who she is or where she is today. They support her and encourage her to try new things and push her out of her comfort zone.
She comes from a family of 5. Her parents own and operate Stuivenga Vessey Drilling and Marcon Timber Co., Inc. She has an older sister, Erica, who lives in Clinton, Missouri and a younger sister, Holly. Her grandparents are Marilyn Forsmann and Bill and Jean Stuivenga.
She has lived in Idaho County for 3 years.
Taylor Hazelbaker, 16, is the daughter of Rick and Lisa Hazelbaker of Grangeville.
She is sponsored by Idaho County Title of Grangeville and will be a junior at Grangeville High School this fall.
She is involved in basketball, football, volleyball, track and field, 4-H, Relay for Life and Know Your government.
Past fair involvement includes 8 years of swine projects, 2 years of Know Your Government, 4 years of 4-H Camp, and 1 year of Making the Most of Me.
She earns money working for her father on the farm and babysitting.
Hobbies include volleyball, basketball, snowboarding and skiing.
After high school she plans to go to college for culinary arts and become a cake decorator.
Her 3 life goals are to graduated from high school and college with high honors, open her own bakery and go on the adventure of a lifetime and travel the world on a cruise ship.
She feels her strongest personal quality is her integrity. Someone once said, “Integrity is doing the right thing, even if no one is watching.” She always tries to keep to her values and beliefs and act on them even when she knows it isn’t always the easiest choice.
The most important thing in her life is her family because without them there is no one to motivate you to go for your dreams.
She comes from a family of 5. In addition to her parents he has one brother and one sister. She says they are a fun, upbeat family of hard workers who get the job done.
She has lived in Idaho County her entire life.
This year's Idaho County Fair Royalty Candidates. Top from left are Leah Holthaus, Whitney Sonnen and Jacey Arnzen. Bottom from left are Jenni Forsmann and Taylor Hazelbaker.