Warrick crowned Miss Greene County

Tuesday, July 5, 2005

SWITZ CITY ---- A touch of royalty came to the area Saturday night as Miss Greene County 2005 was crowned.

Corianne Warrick, 18, was named this year's queen during the pageant at the 4-H fairgrounds.

She is the daughter of Tim and Joan Warrick and was sponsored by Tri Kappa.

Warrick, who also won Most Distinctive Smile, said she was very surprised to be named queen. Fourteen girls ended up competing, and Warrick said she loved getting to know each of her fellow contestants.

"This was just an awesome experience," she said "All of these girls are wonderful."

Warrick is a 2005 graduate of Linton-Stockton High School and will attend Vincennes University in the fall, majoring in pre-pharmacy. She will also play volleyball at VU.

Warrick's duties as queen will include presiding over the upcoming fair, July 9-15. She will then go on to represent Greene County at the Indiana State Fair Queen contest in August.

"I'm really looking forward to handing out awards and ribbons at the fair," she said.

Warrick took home many prizes, including a $500 scholarship. The scholarship award, sponsored by Heaton Enterprises and Vest Quickmart, is new to the pageant this year and organizers hope to see it continue in the future through local sponsorship.

Courtney Shoemaker, 16, was first runner-up.

"This was a really great learning experience, and I can't wait to do it again" she said.

Shoemaker is the daughter of Rick Shoemaker and Robin Minett. She a five year 4-H member and is active in FFA and National Honor Society at Bloomfield High School.

Samantha Collison, 19, was second runner-up.

"It was a great opportunity to get to know a lot of these girls," she said.

Lindsey Wilson, 17, was voted Miss Congeniality by her fellow contestants.

She is the daughter of Bruce and Vickie Wilson and a senior at Bloomfield High School where she is involved in Booster Club, Spanish Club, FCCLA, FFA, and the Mentoring Program. She has been involved in 4-H for nine years.

Erika Robinette, the 2004 Miss Greene County, helped out with the ceremonies and crowned the new queen.

"I loved being Miss Greene County," she said during her farewell speech. "My favorite part of the county fair was the little girls getting so excited to see me because I was the queen. Normally they might not care, but that shiny tiara makes a big difference."

Robinette will still be seen around the fairgrounds this year, as she'll be showing hogs and horses, and entering a crochet exhibit. She will attend Purdue University in the fall, where she hopes to one day be in the Miss Purdue contest.

Lori Brown, a former Miss Greene County herself, coordinated this year's pageant and said it's a great way for contestants to make new friends.

"It teaches these girls a lot of self-confidence" she said. "They just scatter like ants when they first get here, but within an hour they were all gathered around the same table."

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