Candidates for the 2022 Jubilee Queen of Farmers and Threshers

Four teenagers will compete for the crown in the 2022 Farmers’ and Threshermen’s Jubilee Queen Contest on September 7 at 7:45 p.m. at Museum Hall in New Centerville. The new jubilee queen will be crowned at around 8:45 p.m

This year’s contestants are Emily Nicole Hutchison, Jocelyn Rae Kreger, Alexa Lintz and Emma Jo Pletcher. They are all students at Rockwood Area High School.

Contestants meet with the judges for a dinner sponsored by Country Cottage. A face-to-face interview follows before the contestants take part in the Grand Jubilee Parade, which is scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m. Competitors will be judged in the following areas: face-to-face one-to-one interview, gait, balance and personality, and on-stage Q&A. Each contestant must write, memorize and present a radio commercial promoting the anniversary as a talent part of the competition.

Jubilee Queen XLII Emma Engleka holds her promenade, her farewell speech and crowns her successor and the court. The Announcement of the Jubilee King XXXI. for 2022 takes place before the coronation of the Jubilee Queen and court by Jubilee King XXX. Ed Engelka.

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Alexa Lintz, 17, of Rockwood, is the daughter of Kerry and Judy Kreger. She was listed in the High School High Honor Roll with the names Scholar Athlete 2020-2021 and 2021-2022, is a member of the National Honor Society and the French Honor Society, became a Scholar Student in 2021 and 2022, and Outstanding Student 2020-2021. She is an outside hitter for the Rockwood Lady Rockets volleyball team and competes in the 1-mile, 2-mile and 2-mile relay events for Rockwood’s track team.

Lintz takes part in Rockwood’s school musical productions, having acted on stage for the past six years. In the last musical production of “Grease” she played Betty “Rizzo”. She is also a member of SADD (Students against Destructive Decisions).

She cleans houses and volunteers at the hamburger and cake stand at the anniversary. She attends lay readings at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church. Lintz earned her black belt in taekwondo through Paramount Martial Arts. She has been dancing at Linda’s Dance Studio for 14 years. Her favorite dance style is Tap, which she has been doing for 12 years. She enjoys distance running.

“After a long stressful day, I enjoy going for a run with my dog, Marliey. In my free time, I enjoy spending more time with my pets, Marliey and Marble (cat). I also enjoy listening to 70’s, 80’s and 90’s rock.”

Her future plans after graduating from Rockwood High School is to attend a four-year college specializing in biological/forensic psychology. After her bachelor’s degree, Lintz plans to continue her education by transferring to another four-year college to pursue a PhD in Biological/Forensic Psychology.

“The most heartwarming anniversary memory I have that touched my heart forever was shared with two amazing women, Nancy and Louise Koontz,” she says. “Before they died, I had the privilege of working with them on the cake stand. In one of the many memories, Louise taught me how to make loose change. She worked with me and helped me present the right change. I was 6 years old Louise was my calculator and I was her legs.

“I will say that work is one of my favorite ways to spend the day at the anniversary because it brings results to the fire department. It pays to help others. But as a family we take our time to see the parade. In my opinion, this is the most spectacular parade in Somerset County.”

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Emily Hutchison

Emily Nicole Hutchison, 16, Rockwood, is the daughter of Michael and April Hutchison. She has one sibling, Logan. She is a member of the National Honor Society, High Honor Roll, Student of the Month and was elected President of the Class of 2024. She plans to attend college and pursue a career in farming. She is employed at Dough Girls Pizza and Country Cottage.

Hutchison is a member of Somerset 4H County Council, High School Concert Choir, Student Council, Rockwood FFA Club, Rockwood FFA Vice President, Somerset County FFA Treasurer and Secretary of the Steaks and Chops 4H Club. She enjoys archery, cattle shows, camping, boating and kayaking.

At the anniversary, Hutchison helped serve food with members of the New Centerville Fire Department and helped sell 50/50 tickets.

“My favorite anniversary memory is the Grand Jubilee Parade. Every year I ride with my father, a lifelong member of the Rockwood Fire Department. We always ride in our station’s fire trucks and give out candy to all the children and community members who helped support the parade,” she says. “It’s always been a pleasure to see the excitement on every child’s face.

“My favorite anniversary activity is watching the truck and tractor pulls. There is always a wide variety of machines racing at the track. It always seems to be a popular event among community members.”

What do you think is the most pressing issue facing young people today and how would you deal with it?

“I think the most pressing problem facing young people today is substance abuse. Most young people abstained from using harmful substances until it became commonplace. Most high school students can name someone they know who uses harmful substances. To help this problem, I would encourage aspiring entrepreneurs to open a more youth-friendly environment with activities that would engage young people in their free time. Places like this would be a movie theater, miniature golf, an amusement park, or an escape room.”

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Emma Pletscher

Emma Jo Pletcher, 16, Rockwood, is the daughter of Brad and Amanda Pletcher. She has one sibling, Hunter. She is a junior firefighter with the New Centerville & Rural Volunteer Fire Co. and a member of the FFA, where she serves as Sentinel. She plays college basketball and is on the student council. She also volunteers with Rockwood’s youth football program. She received the Student of the Month award and is on the High Honor roll.

Some of Pletcher’s interests include camping, four-wheeling, swimming, and spending time with her friends. She’s been a junior firefighter for New Centerville for two years. She runs fire calls with her father and helps with various fundraisers such as bear check-in, tractor pulls, chicken grills, and hoagie sales.

She works at the concession stand at Laurel Hill State Park, at the Pineybrook Dairy Farm, at Giant Eagle and as a babysitter. After high school, Pletcher plans to take online courses to pursue a career in business.

“For the past 5 years I’ve helped with Kids Day, the Hamburger outdoor stand, the pop stand, registering the truck and tractor trains and preparing, setting up and dismantling the anniversary,” she says. “My fondest anniversary memory would be competing in the Outhouse race with my friends and winning first place. My favorite thing about the anniversary is working with the crew at the Hamburger stand.”

What do you think is the most pressing issue facing young people today and how would you deal with it?

“The most pressing issue facing youth today is getting them to volunteer for community-based events. To solve this problem, I would start small and invite my friends to get involved. Word of mouth is our greatest asset.”

Jocelyn Kreger

Jocelyn Rae Kreger, 16, Markleton, is the daughter of Michael and Sally Kreger. She has one sibling, Michaela. She is a Scholar Athlete and a member of the National Honor Society. She is a member of the band, choir, basketball, volleyball, and softball teams. She takes guitar lessons. She plans to study graphics at Minnesota State University in Mankato. After college, Kreger plans a career as a graphic designer for a National Hockey League team.

She has worked on a family owned farm and babysat. Her hobbies include drawing, handicrafts and making music for others. She also enjoys watching her favorite films and reading about personalities that interest her. Her favorite anniversary memory is hanging out with her friends in the concert hall every year and winning first place in the outhouse races.

What is Kreger’s favorite thing to do at the anniversary? “Watching the truck and tractor trains with friends and family,” she says.

What do you think is the most pressing issue facing young people today and how would you deal with it? “I believe that most young people today no longer volunteer for causes that affect our daily lives. I would address this issue by creating charitable organizations within the schools so that they can get the help they need.”

The new Queen and her court will receive a crown, sash and flowers from the New Centerville & Rural Volunteer Fire Co. There will also be an Interview Award, Radio Advertisement Award, Miss Congeniality Award and Anniversary Trivia Award with cash prizes and a stipend , gift certificates and jewelry donated by local businesses.

The Queen and her royal household are responsible for attending threshing demonstrations, distributing prizes in various competitions, assisting with Kid’s Day, interacting and promoting the anniversary throughout the year, and representing the fire service. The Queen will take part in parades and help out at various fire department fundraisers and events throughout the year.

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