Firelands FFA Member to Compete in 2014 Ohio Fairs’ Queen Contest

Chrissy 2 Columbus, OH – Christine Balint, a senior at Firelands High School, has qualified for and will be competing at the Ohio Fairs’ Queen Contest in Columbus, Ohio from January 8 to January 11th.  Christine was selected as the 2013 Lorain County Fair Queen through an interview and votes by the junior and senior fair boards. She will be competing against the fair queens from Ohio county and independent agricultural fairs.  The contest is sponsored by the Ohio Fair Managers Association (OFMA).

At the contest Chrissy will interview with OFMA representatives and take part in a pageant.  The top 15 interviewers will be asked oral questions during the pageant leading to the selection of the top 5 in the state.  Chrissy will also be attending the Ohio Fair Managers Conference during free time.  On Saturday, the top 5 will be introduced at the final session of the conference and placed.

Chrissy is the 2013-2014 FFA Vice President.  Chrissy has been a member of the parliamentary procedure team for four years and has been on three state finals teams and has attended a national invitational at The Big Eastern Exposition in Massachusetts.  She was on the state finals horse judging team earning first place in oral reasoning for the state. Chrissy applied for a state proficiency award for her job at Hillcrest Orchard, and although just a junior when applying, earned second in the state!  During her years of FFA, she has led or been a part of several leadership activities. Her lists of accomplishments and activities are extensive.  For the past three years, she has been in the top two most involved students in the chapter.  She has earned a list of awards in FFA including;  Star Junior Member, Scholarship Award, state FFA band award, many Career Development Event awards, chapter proficiency awards for Supervised Agricultural Experience projects and Community Service and was a Supreme FFA Exhibitor candidate. Chrissy has a 4.0 GPA and is among the top few in her class. Her Supervised Agricultural Experience projects include a job placement at Hillcrest Orchard, swine production, and poultry production. She shows numerous fair projects including pigs, meat chickens, fancy chickens, ducks, woodworking, metal working, vegetables, and floriculture projects.  Besides her involvement in FFA, Chrissy is a member of the Mighty Falcon Marching Band, National Honor Society, and was a class officer.

Although her school involvement is extensive, she is also active in the community.  Chrissy won the FFA Community Service Proficiency Award in 2013 for volunteering for nearly 200 hours in one year. She is the president of the Four Leaf Clovers 4-H Club and has served on the Lorain County Junior Fair Board as both a 4-H and FFA representative for three years.  On the Junior Fair Board she was elected as vice president for 2014 and was the chairperson for the fowl department.

Congratulations to Chrissy on all of her accomplishments and best of luck at the Ohio Fairs’ Contest.