Although the annual Genoa Days festival did not take place this year, the Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce and its members still found it important to acknowledge graduating seniors and promote an outstanding female and male individuals of high moral standards and community commitment to reign over Genoa for 2020.
They will serve as role models for area youth and enhance the image of Genoa to surrounding communities.
On June 10, the King and Queen Scholarship Competition finalists gathered (while socially distant) at the Genoa Veterans Club. Because of state restrictions, the public interview portion of the event could not take place in person.
Each of the 10 finalists, which included Allison Rahn, Angel Navarrete, Jewel Sanders, Evan Skarzynski, Joely Overstreet, Lucas Sus, Kaedyn Neblock, Tyler Leahy, Olivia Simmons and William Franson, was allowed to have two supporters present. The public interview portion of the event was filmed and put on the chamber’s Facebook page as a live video.
After completing the private interview and the public interview, Skarzynski and Simmons were crowned Genoa’s King and Queen.
In being crowned, Simmons and Skarzynski each received $1,000 toward a college education. The eight remaining contestants received $100 for the same purpose.
In three words, Simmons describes herself as “passionate, compassionate and artistic.” In the fall, she will head to Western Washington University to major in premedicine and minor in art. Simmons is passionate about science and healing as well as service. She plans to remain involved in philanthropy. Simmons has gained a great deal from her community service experience and will strive to continue to make a difference in her post-high school journey.
Skarzynski describes himself as “responsible, determined and friendly.” During the public interview, Skarzynski was asked what the benefits are to growing up in a small community. He answered that one of the benefits is the huge support system that the community shows. He described how he has seen people in his hometown of Genoa all band together to support one another in the community. He will be attending Marquette University to pursue a major in biomedical engineering. Having Type 1 diabetes inspired him to pursue an engineering degree to help others like himself.
The Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce was pleased to be able to continue this hometown tradition that has taken place for the past 61 years.
Source: The Daily Chronicle