The Miss Amador Scholarship Competition opens the Amador County Fair’s entertainment on Thursday evening. The competition features six young women of Amador County on the Biagi Stage.
Contestants are required to have performed significant community service and they must also possess a depth of knowledge of how the fair works, which is tested in a rigorous interview by the judges conducted in front of the live audience. Those vying for the title must perform a song or dance number in the talent portion of the contest and give a prepared speech to the judges and audience.
“More than anything, the Miss Amador Scholarship Competition is about character,” says a fair release. “The young women must be able to use their skills in communication to convey their values and goals to the judges in a meaningful way.”
The young woman crowned Miss Amador is awarded a $2,000 scholarship; the first runner-up gets $1,000; the second runner-up receives $750; and the third runner-up gets $500.
The newly crowned Miss Amador has numerous functions during the fair and for the entire year of her reign. She will also have to possess a good sense of humor, as she dives into the mud of the Benny Brown Arena before the Destruction Derby on Sunday night.
The 2017 contestants:
Makenzie Bailey is an 18-year-old 2017 graduate of Amador High School. She will attend Folsom Lake College in the fall to play on the women’s basketball team. She hopes to become an ultrasound technician. She is the daughter of Steven and Janice Bailey of Fiddletown.
Trinity Karschner is 17 and will be a senior at North Star Independent Study and Amador High School in the fall. The daughter of Seth Karschner of Volcano and Shelah Bolton of Jackson plans to attend Butte College and then transfer to the University of Wyoming to be a part of the rodeo team and to pursue a career as a respiratory therapist.
Vanessa Kristoffersen will be a 17-year-old senior at Amador High School in the fall. After graduating high school, she will attend a four-year university to pursue a career as a general surgeon. She is the daughter of Cole and Mandie Kristoffersen of Plymouth.
Madeline Medeiros is 16 and will be a senior at Amador High School in the fall. The daughter of Shaun Medeiros and Jillian Wardlaw of Jackson plans to attend California State University, Sonoma, after she graduates to pursue a career as an emergency room nurse.
Bailey Mitchell is a 19-year-old graduate of Argonaut High School and a 2017 graduate of the Makeup Designory in Burbank, where she majored in special effects makeup for both television and films. She plans to continue her education at the New York Film Academy in Burbank to obtain a bachelor of arts degree in production with a minor in photography. She is the daughter of Jack and Teresa Mitchell of Ione.
Karson White is 17 and will be a senior at Amador High School this fall. She plans to attend Shasta College and California State University, Fresno, to pursue a degree in agricultural business and marketing. She is the daughter of Keith and Stacy White of Plymouth.