IRON RIVER—Four young women will compete for the 2012 Miss Iron County title during the 121st annual Iron County Fair.
Contestants will present a three minute speech and share a talent prior to selection on Thursday, Aug. 16.
Speeches and talent will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the bandstand. The new Miss Iron County will be announced at 7 p.m. in the rotunda.
Choral Gill, 15, will be entering ninth grade at West Iron County High School in the fall. She is the daughter of Andrea and Darrin Gill of Gaastra.
She has been named to the B honor roll, and participates in volleyball, basketball and band. She has participated in 4-H in the past. Her hobbies include drawing, camping and spending time with family and friends. She enjoys babysitting in her spare time.
Her plans are to attend college after high school to study to be a doctor to help people in need.
As Miss Iron County, she would like to be involved with the community, be a positive role model and help in her community wherever she can.
Her sponsor is Forslund Building Supply of Caspian.
Cassidy Hinshaw, 17, will be entering 12th grade at West Iron County High School in the fall. She is the daughter of Cheri Hinshaw of Iron River.
She is a member of the National Honor Society and has won the Patriot’s Pen essay award. She has been named to the A- or better honor roll, and was Student Council president and president of her class for two years. She belongs to the Forestry Club and Quiz Bowl.
She is a member of the ski team and track and field team. Community activities include Girl Scouts, volunteer at the animal shelter, river cleanup and volunteering with girls hockey. She received the bronze award in Girl Scouts.
Hobbies include hockey, wake surfing, fishing, swimming, skating, music, including piano, concert percussion, water skiing, hiking and kayaking. She is employed at the Iron County Youth Camp as kitchen staff.
Following graduation, she plans to attend the University of Michigan to major in psychology and later, earn a doctorate specializing in child psychology and work at a children’s hospital.
As Miss Iron County, she would like to be a positive role model for young girls, and inform more young people of the beauty of this county and the importance of preserving it.
Her sponsor is First Financial Insurance Agency.
Alex Nelson, 16, will be entering 11th grade at West Iron County High School in the fall. She is the daughter of John and Carrie Nelson of Iron River. She has been named to the honor roll throughout all grades and has received academic letters.
In 4-H, she has received the Danforth award, multiple awards for 4-H projects, multiple shooting sports awards, photography award and Regional Award for Achievement in 4-H.
Her extracurricular activities include marching band and pep band. She is also a member of the Key Club, Forestry Club and serves as the treasurer for the Business Club.
Community activities include 4-H as a member of two clubs, the Basement Buddies and Iron County Sharp Shooters.
She helps the judges at the fair, volunteers at Winterfest, participates in the highway clean-up, donates to St. Vincent and the Iron River Care Center, participates in youth shooting events offered by Wildlife Unlimited, and has acted as a co-emcee for multiple 4-H events.
Her hobbies include shooting sports, hunting, crafting, photography, snowmobiling, gardening and caring for animals. She has been involved in tap dance, and plays the trumpet.
She would like to find a job in the coming year and study hard to score well on the MME and ACT tests.
Following graduation, she would like to attend Central Michigan University to study for a career as a medical lab technician.
As Miss Iron County, Nelson would like to continue to act as an example for other youths by participating in community service projects. She would like to encourage other youths to volunteer, and try to get others to take advantage of opportunities that are offered in our area.
Her sponsor is Iron River Motorsports.
Kimi Spigarelli, 16, will be entering 11th grade at West Iron County High School in the fall. She is the daughter of Jeananne Sheltrow of Iron River.
She has been named to the high honor roll, and participates in volleyball, Key Club, Forestry Club and pep band. She volunteers at Superior Psychological with a children’s group and tutoring. She also participates in zumba dance. Her hobbies include modeling, woodworking and dancing. She plays the flute.
Following high school, she plans to attend Michigan Technological University to study pre-med.
Her dream, she said, is to become a dermatologist. She has always found an interest in the medical field and dermatology interested her the most. After pre-med, she hopes to attend the University of Michigan for medical school., then complete a two- to four-year residency and, eventually, open her own practice in Iron River.
As Miss Iron County, Spigarelli hopes to represent the youth of Iron County, and encourage all young adults to do good deeds and to contribute a larger role in the community. She also hopes to act as a responsible role model for being substance free and supporting the youth from abstaining from drug and alcohol use.
She is employed as a cook and packer at KFC in Iron River, which is her sponsor.