Canfield Fair 4-H royalty to be named Thursday
The 2020 4-H Royal Court includes Queen candidates Jennel Benson, Alaina Courtwright, Sarah DeLucia, Emily Fagert, Nataley Kemmer, Lindsey Knauf, Lexie Shehan and Chase Toy; and King candidates Luke Kemmer and Marcus Moliterno.
2020 Royal Court
— Jennel Benson
Jennel is 18 years old and is a senior at TRECA Digital Academy. She lives in Youngstown with her parents Edward and Anngel Benson. Jennel is a member of the Youngstown Clover Crew 4-H Club where she serves as president of the club. She has been in 4-H for 14 years. Jennel’s project areas include llamas and alpacas, poultry, pocket pets, cats, 4-H Pet Pals, healthy living, leadership, child development, home living, natural resources, food and nutrition, clothing, small engines, electricity, public speaking and demonstration projects. Jennel stays active in many State 4-H activities including the Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council where she has served as regional representative, by-laws committee, advocacy committee, and morale committee, Ohio Health Hero’s, Ohio 4-H Healthy Living Advocate, Ohio 4-H Film Crew, represented Ohio 4-H at the National 4-H Conference as the 2018 State Achievement Llama award winner, Washington D.C. Health Summit, Ohio Military Kids, Help for Ohio, Urban Immersion, Carving New Ideas Workshop, Ohio 4-H LGBTQ+ Summit, Capital Challenge participant and mentor, attended the Ohio 4-H Conference seven times, and received a scholarship to attend the Ohio 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus Trip. Jennel’s other activities include the 4-H Food & Fashion Board, Steel Valley Ukers, YMCA Volunteer and Leaders Club, YMCA Youth in Government, American Red Cross Volunteer, Coalition for Drug-Free Mahoning County, Mahoning County Commissioner intern, Mahoning County Time Capsule Committee, National Homeschoolers Conference Teen Advisory Board, the National Truth Summit for Anti-Vaping, Ohio Teen Institute Youth Staff, helped in the filming of a local suicide prevention commercial with local leaders and celebrities, and a teen advocate for suicide prevention.
— Alaina Courtwright
Alaina is 18 years old and is a freshman at Youngstown State University. She lives in Columbiana with her parents Ray and Laura Courtwright. Alaina is a member of the Western Reserve Rangers 4-H Club. She has been a 4-H member for 12 years. Alaina’s project areas include goats, clothing and textiles, leadership, home living, and money management. She was a member of the 2019 4-H Royal Court. Alaina is a current Junior Fair Board member, 4-H Food & Fashion Board member, and a Camp Counselor for 4-H Camp Whitewood and Cloverbud Day Camp. Alaina received a scholarship from the 4-H Advisory Board to attend the 2019 Ohio Leadership Camp. Alaina is also active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, band, and the Mahoning Valley District Youth Council.
— Sarah DeLucia
Sarah is 17 years old and is a senior at Springfield High School. She lives in New Middletown with her parents Joe and Suzie DeLucia. Sarah is a member of the Country Kids and Kritters 4-H Club where she serves as president and the Mahoning County Llama Club where she has served as president since 2018. Sarah has been in 4-H for eight years. Sarah’s project areas include breeding and pet rabbits, llamas and alpacas, cavy, scrapbooking, food and nutrition, home living, healthy living, photography, creative arts, and fine arts including quilting. Sarah is the 2020 Ohio Achievement Award winner in Rabbits and first runner-up in llamas. Her other state awards include 2019 Ohio State Fair My Pet Rabbit Clock Trophy award winner, and six Outstanding of the Day Projects. Sarah is a current member of the Junior Fair Board, Camp Counselor for 4-H Camp Whitewood, Food & Fashion Board, Your Thoughts Matter Navigating Mental Health Special Interest Club (SPIN Club), and presented in a session at the 2020 Ohio Junior Fair Manager’s Association. Sarah’s activities at Springfield Local High School include being a majorette, Spanish Club, Book Club, Science Club, Drama Club, Float Committee, Academic Excellence Award, Academic Letter Award, Academic Hall of Fame, and Student of the Month. Sarah is very involved in Girl Scouts where she has been active for 13 years. Her Girl Scout activities include Ambassador Level, Girl Scout Delegate, and Leadership Camp. Sarah has participated in the Youngstown State University English Festival and competed in the National History Day Regional and State Competitions and was the 2018 Ohio State Champion. Sarah’s community service activities include volunteering at Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland Pull Tab Palooza Drive, made protective masks for nursing homes & hospitals, volunteering with 4-H Children Acting Responsibly to Engage Seniors (CARES), socially engaged with senior citizens during pandemic, volunteers with Trap, Neuter, & Return (TNR) where she made emergency kitten kits, and made cards for veterans at Martinsburg VA Medical Center.
— Emily Fagert
Emily is 17 years old and a junior at Springfield High School. She lives in New Middletown with her parents Greg and Carol Fagert. Emily is a member of the Country Kids and Kritters 4-H Club and has been in 4-H for five years. Emily’s project areas include food and nutrition, rabbits, clothing and textiles, healthy living, home living, cake decorating, scrapbooking, natural resources, canning and freezing, and STEM projects. She was a member of the 2019 4-H Royal Court. Emily has been a Mahoning County representative at the Ohio State Fair in many of her project areas. Emily is Junior Fair Board member, 4-H Food & Fashion Board member, and a member of the Ohio State 4-H Fashion Board. Emily’s other activities include being the Mahoning County Teen Miss Agriculture, Tiger Tutoring for elementary students, a member of the Springfield Track & Field Team, a chaser leader, and does many community service projects in the community.
— Luke Kemmer
Luke is 15 years old and will be a sophomore at the Mahoning County Career & Technical Center-STEM. He lives in Canfield with his parents Andrew and Brandy Kemmer. Luke is a member of the Just Chancin’ It 4-H Club. He has been in 4-H for seven years. Luke’s project areas include horse management, horse trail riding, horse mentorship program, and dog projects including agility and rally. Luke stays active in 4-H by being a member of the 4-H equine team where he competes in Horse Bowl, Hippology, Competitive Trail Ride, and Groom and Clean Contest. Luke competes in many equine events throughout the summer and was a member of the track and field team. Luke also volunteers to help an elderly family groom and care for their property.
— Nataley Kemmer
Nataley is 17 years old and is a senior at the Mahoning County Career & Technical Center. She lives in Canfield with her parents Andrew and Brandy Kemmer. Nataley is a member of the Just Chancin’ It 4-H Club and a member of Youngstown Tailwaggers 4-H Club. She has been in 4-H for eight years. Nataley’s project areas include horse management, horse trail riding, horse dressage, horse jumping, horse mentorship program, llama and alpacas, and dog projects including agility, obedience, and rally. Nataley stays active in 4-H by being a member of the 4-H equine team where she competes in Horse Bowl, Hippology, Competitive Trail Ride, and Groom and Clean Contest. Nataley was a member of the 2019 4-H Royal Court. She has also been a State Fair participant in horses and dogs and competes in many horse shows throughout the summer. Nataley participated in HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) events at district, state, and international level competitions. She developed a health safety video for the current COVID-19 situation. Nataley also volunteers to help an elderly family groom and care for their property.
— Lindsey Knauf
Lindsey is 17 years old and is a junior at Western Reserve High School. Her parents are Kent Knauf and Angie Buccilli. Lindsey is a member of the 4-Hers Unlimited 4-H Club and has been in 4-H for 11 years. Lindsey’s project areas include rabbit, dairy goat, breed poultry, market poultry broilers, market turkeys, market swine, food and nutrition, and creative writing. Lindsey has been a 4-H camp counselor for Camp Whitewood for three years, a Mahoning County Junior Fair member for two years, and has volunteered on the Berlin/Ellsworth 4-H Easter Egg Hunt Committee for the past four years. Lindsey’s other activities include being a member on the Western Reserve softball team and cross country team and she participates in the school’s ski club.
— Marcus Moliterno
Marcus is 17 years old and is a home-schooled high school senior. He lives in Canfield with his parents Jeff and Patty Moliterno. Marcus is a member of the Canfield Clover Kids 4-H Club and has been a 4-H member for 13 years. Marcus’ project areas include pygmy goats, market goats, market swine, food and nutrition, sewing and textiles, rocketry and public speaking. Marcus has been a Mahoning County representative at the Ohio State Fair in many of his project areas. Marcus is a member of the Mahoning County Junior Fair Board where he serves on the Public Relations Committee. He enjoys volunteering in a variety of 4-H community service event including being a 4-H CARTEENS facilitator, a member of the 2018 and 2019 4-H Royal Court, being the musician for the 4-H Style Revue, a Food & Fashion Board member, and volunteering at Cloverbud Day Camp. Marcus’ community service activities include making and delivering baked goods during the pandemic to help spread cheer (and calories) to others, doing a “Fair Day” and Bingo at the Victoria House Assisted Living Facility where he brought animals in and visited with the residents, a member of Real Living Ministries Worship & Tech Team, and volunteers to help set up a local homeschool group.
— Lexie Shehan
Lexie is 16 years old and is a junior at South Range High School and lives in Poland. Her parents are Scott Shehan and Sherri Manchester. Lexie is a member of the Country Kids & Kritters 4-H Club and has been in 4-H for 12 years. Lexie’s project areas include clothing and textiles, market swine, poultry, rabbit, and cake decorating. She participates every year in Non-Livestock Project Judging, Sewing Judging, Livestock Judging, and the Small and Exotic Animal Show. Lexie has been a Mahoning County representative at the Ohio State Fair in many projects including sewing and textiles and cake decorating projects. Lexie’s other activities include being on the South Range Swim Team, a member of the F.A.S.T. Swim Team, and a member of the Neptune Swim Team at the YMCA.
— Chase Toy
Chase is 15 years old and is a home-schooled high school sophomore. She lives in Salem with her parents Karl and Kristin Toy. Chase is a member of the Forever 4-H-ers Club where she serves as secretary and Steel Valley K-9s 4-H Club where she serves as vice president. She has been in 4-H for eight years. Chase’s project areas include clothing and textiles, food and nutrition, healthy living, STEM, creative arts, and dog projects including D.A.P., showmanship, agility, obedience, rally and you and your dog projects. She has been a Mahoning County representative at the Ohio State Fair in many of her project areas. Chase’s other 4-H activities include being a three-year member of the Mahoning County 4-H Food & Fashion Board and has served for the past three years on the Ohio 4-H Health Heroes where she has participated in giving presentations at the Ohio 4-H Conference and has had several opportunities to inform and educate community members about current health issues. Chase has also served for two years on the Mahoning County Junior Fair where she is currently on the Talent Show Committee. Her other activities include being a member of the Salem High School Softball Team, being part of MadDogs which is a traveling softball team, and she has run clinics for young softball players to teach softball basic to increase their skills. Chase is very active in her church and youth group and participates in many church activities and events including community service events, charity events, and volunteer opportunities.