Dairy Festival Queen and Contestants
The Dairy Festival season will soon be upon Hopkins County once again. Contestants for the Dairy Festival Pageant have been announced, 8 soon-to-be senior girls from Sulphur Springs High School. The reigning Dairy Festival Queen is Ms. Sidney Elaine Dietze.
Sidney Dietze is the daughter of Jason and Jill Dietze and the sister of Peyton and Jason Luke Dietze. Sidney loves to sing, play sports, participate in theater, and work with children. She is the Salutatorian of her class, Class president, Varsity Volleyball Team Captain, Class Favorite: Most Likely To Succeed, Homecoming Court Nominee, Rotary Youth Leadership Camper 2015 and Counselor 2016, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Member, and Vice President of the National Honor Society Gladys Alexander Chapter. Sidney is also the recipient of the James Cameron Fighting Heart Award 2016. Ms. Dietze is a member of Key Club, Student Council, Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce High School Leadership Class, SSHS Varsity Volleyball Team, SSHS President’s Council as an Athletics Representative, and National Thespian Society. Sidney plans to attend Baylor University with the aspirations of becoming a physician.
The first contestant is Sadie Evans, sponsored by Dial Study Club and Askins Propane Company. Sadie is the daughter of Jason and Angie Evans, and the granddaughter of Roger and Rita Wright and also Donnie and Pam Evans. Sadie enjoys performing in oprys and showcases, participating in musical theater, playing guitar, songwriting, spending time with her lovely friends, traveling, and of course, dancing. She has been in vocal training for two years with Septien Entertainment Group and prior to that she had four years of vocal and theatrical training locally with Shining Star Productions. Sadie received the Rotary Youth Leadership Award, she is Student Body Vice President, Class of 2017 Parliamentarian, Head Pledge for Hi King Klub 2016, Secretary of Thespian Society, and Dare To Dream Anchor. She also is a member of Key Club, Student Council, National Honor Society, FCCLA, UIL Poetry and Prose, UIL One Act Play, and Hi King Klub. Sadie received Best Actress, All Star Cast, and Honorable Mention All Star Cast Awards in UIL One Act Play. She also was the winner of the Lindale Idol contest and received Best Vocalist Award at Septien Entertainment Group showcases. Sadie participated in Work Camp and attends The Way Bible Church. An extra fact about Sadie, her great grandmother, Dorothy Hinton, and family donated the holstein cow in front of the Southwest Dairy Museum in honor of her great grandfather. In the future, Sadie plans to attend Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee to pursue a degree in Musical Performance and Songwriting.
The second contestant is Lauren Helm, sponsored by Mothers Culture Club and Sulphur Springs Chrysler Dodge Jeep. Lauren is the daughter of Jonas and Melanie Helm. Lauren enjoys running, playing soccer, babysitting, helping in the Special Education class, off road racing with her father, and going on mission trips. She participates in National Honor Society, Key Club, Cross Country, First Baptist Church Youth, and SSHS Soccer. Lauren is an academic athlete, Varsity Ladycat Soccer Captain, Cross Country MVP, and 2nd team All-District for Cross Country. This summer, Lauren plans to attend mission trips in Austin, Texas and Costa Rica. In the future, Lauren plans to go to college and pursue a degree in Psychology to become a children’s counselor.
The third contestant is Alexis Howard, sponsored by Carriage House Manor and Cottages and Dairy Max. Alexis is the daughter of Genny and Michael Howard. Alexis loves art and dance. She participates in lyrical, jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop and pointe. Alexis is a member of National Honor Society. In the future, Alexis plans to attend nursing school and become an RN to work with children and teens who are battling cancer.
The fourth contestant is Tahtiana King, sponsored by Texas Association of Dairymen and Jay Hodge Chevrolet. Tahtiana is the daughter of Kyshia and Marcus Johnson. She enjoys singing, running track, and is interested in music. In the future, she plans to attend a 4-year college to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy.
The fifth contestant is Emma Boyett, sponsored by Southwest Dairy Farmers Museum and Texas Farm Credit. Emma Boyett is the daughter of Oran and Jeanine Boyett. Emma likes to go shopping, read, cheer, and attend church activities. She is a member of SSHS Band, UIL Solo and Ensemble, SSHS Cheer, Key Club, Student Council, National Junior Honor Society, National Honor Society, and National Technical Honor Society. Emma is a member of South Garland Baptist Church and their youth group. She has been a major part of Jeans For Teens Blue Jean Drive for five years and has collected over 5,000 pairs of jeans for teenagers in shelters. She has been apart of Tornado Cleanup Assistance, Special Olympics helper, DNOW Missions, SMACK Musicals, Meals for the Multitudes, and Competitive Gymnastics. In the future, she plans to attend Texas A&M College Station for an undergraduate degree and continue on to get her doctorate in Dental Surgery.
The sixth contestant is Anne-Marie Kennedy Winborn, sponsored by Saputo and Hopkins County Minor Emergency Clinic. Anne-Marie is the daughter of Jennifer Lansou. She enjoys playing tennis, cheering, and participating in all genres of dance. Anne-Marie is a member of National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, Business Professionals of America, SSHS Varisty Tennis team, Key Club, and SSHS Cheer Squad. She is the Historian for Business Professionals of America and National Technical Honor Society Vice President. Anne-Marie has received the Agricultural Proficiency Award in Veterinary Science, 1st place in Presentation Management at Business Professionals of America Regional competition, and numerous dance awards from multiple regional dance competitions. She volunteers with Work Camp, Help-A-Child, Animal Shelter, Special Olympics, Salvation Army, and Bright Star Veterinary Clinic. She is working toward her Vet Assistant Certificate. In the future, Anne-Marie plans on attending college to study either Veterinary Medicine or Pharmacology.
The seventh contestant is Story Elizabeth Thompson, sponsored by Junior Waverly Club and Jordan’s Place Pediatrics. Story is the daughter of Jason and Holly Thompson. Story enjoys cheer leading and playing the ukulele. Story is a member of Sulphur Springs FFA, First United Methodist Youth, SSHS Cheer, National Honor Society, and National Technical Honor Society. She is the President of National Honor Society, Secretary of National Technical Honor Society, and is Varsity Cheer Captain. In the future, Story plans to attend college at TAMU-Commerce to pursue a degree in Business.
The eighth contestant is La’Mier Pryor, sponsored by Grocery Supply Co. and Sulphur Springs Imaging. La’Mier is the daughter of Leanetta Pryor. Her hobbies include writing poetry, singing, and drawing. La’Mier’s favorite sport is cheer leading. In the future, La’Mier plans to attend Blinn College for two years and then transfer to TAMU-College Station to pursue psychology.