Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Ayla Blatt Ayla Blatt
Samantha Ciommo Samantha Ciommo
Melissa Fatzinger Melissa Fatzinger
Emily Lamana Emily Lamana
Madison Short Madison Short
Carrie Spangler Carrie Spangler

Six vie for title of 2019 Great Allentown Fair Queen

Friday, August 23, 2019 by Paul Willistein pwillistein@tnonline.com in Focus

The 2019 Great Allentown Fair Queen, who reigns over the 167th agricultural and entertainment exposition, Aug. 27 - Sept. 2, Allentown Fairgrounds, 17th, Liberty and Chew streets, Allentown, will be crowned on “Preview Night,” 7:30 p.m. Aug. 27, RCN Farmerama Theater on the Fairgrounds west side.

Six contestants are vying to succeed 2018 title-holder McKenzie Corinn Hagenbuch of Emmaus and win a $1,500 scholarship provided by Lehigh-Northampton Pomona Grange No. 68 and the Allentown Fairgrounds Farmers Market.

Here, in alphabetical order, are the 2019 Allentown Fair Queen finalists:

Ayla Blatt, 20, is a daughter of Brian and Susan Blatt of Kutztown. She is a junior at The Pennsylvania State University, majoring in Animal Science and minoring in business. She is a 2017 graduate of Kutztown Area School High School.

This summer, she was a Mentor at the Pennsylvania School for Excellence in the Agricultural Sciences. She is President of the Pennsylvania Guernsey Youth Association, Vice President and Director-at-Large of the National Youth Guernsey Youth Association, Junior Advisory Committee Pennsyvania Junior Holstein Association, Dairy Ambassador Berks County Dairy Promotion, Berks County Dairy Judge, and Berks County Dairy Bowl Team Captain.

Blatt enjoys reading, showing animals and spending time with friends.

After graduation, she plans to work in the dairy industry as an agricultural teacher.

Samantha Ciommo, 17, is a daughter of Kathleen O’Connor and Scott Ciommo of Allentown. She is a senior at William Allen High School, where she is a member of the German National Honor Society.

She placed first in Allentown School District’s Martin Luther King, Jr. writing contest, was an emcee for the Girl Scout “Take the Lead,” and participates in Northampton Junior School of Conservation Science, martial arts, theater, marching band, concert band and the debate team.

Ciommo is interested in developing environmentally-sustainable energy and eco-bricking. She enjoys painting and rowing.

She plans to establish herself as an artist and start her own business.

Melissa Fatzinger, 16, is a daughter of Mary Fatzinger of Allentown. She is a senior at William Allen High School and a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and National Honor Society of High School Scholars.

She received the Leadership and Presidential Award for 4-H and the Standard of Excellence Award in 4-H for her Project on Global Warming. She also received an Achievement Award from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for her project on “Global Warming in Alaska.”

Fatzinger participates in tennis, SADD, drama club, debate club and reporting for the D11 sports program and is an editor for the high school newspaper editor.

She loves reading, writing and tennis.

After graduation, she plans to attend college, majoring in communications with plans to become a journalist or political analyst.

Emily Lamana, 17, is a daughter of Nicole Roeder and Peter Lamana of Allentown. She is a senior at Salisbury High School. She’s Editor of Salisbury Literary Magazine and is ranked in the Top 10 of International Twirling Competitions.

She participates in concert band, jazz band, twirling team, soccer, softball, reading Olympics, stage crew and Girl Scouts. She enjoys roller skating, playing music on her saxophone and clarinet, photography, visual arts, coaching twirling and singing.

Lamana embraces her legal deafness as a gift.

She plans on pursuing a degree in theater technology.

Madison Short, 16, is a daughter of Cindy Reylander of Orefield. She is a junior at Parkland High School.

She’s the recipient of the President’s Gold Award and the Bronze and Silver Award in Girl Scouts.

She was Little Miss Gastonia, Little Miss Bessemer City, first runner-up Little Miss Kempton Fair, the 2018 first place Scholastic Regional Guard, and the first place TIA Northeast Pennsylvania Region 2.

Short participates in soccer, cheerleading, competitive color guard, volunteer firefighting, marching band, church youth group and softball. She has volunteered at a food pantry and participated in several drives for school supplies for children in Allentown.

She loves reading, going to the gym, music and growing vegetables with her grandparents.

After graduation, she hopes to attend the United States Military Academy West Point, and study Psychology and Kinesiology.

Carrie Spangler, 17, is a daughter of Kathy Hunsicker and Robert Spangler of Allentown. She is a senior at William Allen High School where she is Vice President of the National Honor Society and President of Students Against Destructive Decisions and Scholar at the Pennsylvania School of Excellence in Agricultural Sciences.

She was awarded the 2019 AP Scholar Award, 2018 Outstanding 4-Her of Lehigh County and the 4-H Youth Initiative Award. Carrie is on the 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge Team, the Junior Pennsylvania State Showman and plays on the varsity tennis team.

Spangler enjoys collecting presidential campaign buttons and working in the garden.

After graduation, Carrie plans to attend college, majoring in agriculture and minoring in business.