CORTLAND The Miss Cortland Queen Contest will kick off the annual Street Fair at 7:30 p.m. today, following the Little Miss Cortland Contest.
The Street Fair theme is "Visions of the Past, Present, and Future."
Eight young ladies are vying for the title of 2014 Miss Cortland.
The 60th Miss Cortland Queen will be crowned at 9 p.m. by reigning Miss Cortland, Ashley Wolanzyk, who will be a senior at Trumbull Career/ Technical Center studying biotechnology. Lakeview High School serves as her home school district and she's also a part of the Youngstown State University High School Program majoring in combined sciences.
Julie Vugrinovich has served as the Miss Cortland Queen Contest chairman/ coordinator for the past 14 years. Janet Rogers, local broadcast news reporter, will be serving as the mistress of ceremonies.
Queen candidates must be juniors or seniors at the time of sign up and live within the Cortland mailing area. They are judged by the All American Judges Association and will be participating in interviews, casual wear and introductions, modeling, and formalwear with questions regarding today's youth. New this year will be a photo package by Ascano Photography for Miss Photogenic.
Kamryn Clark, 16, daughter of Chad and Jodi Clark, will be a junior in the fall at Lakeview. She plans to study forensic science and music theory;
Hollie Frantz, 18, daughter of Jay and Lisa Frantz, is a recent graduate of Lakeview. She will be attending Kent State Trumbull Branch in the fall to study forensics at the Police Academy;
Emily Lazor, 17, daughter of Evelyn Lazor, is a recent graduate of Lakeview. She will be attending Miami University in the fall to study biological physics with interests in genetics, stem cell research, and prosthetics;
Kara Melnik, 16, daughter of Joseph and Angel Naples, will be a junior at Lakeview. She plans to enter the medical field, either as a nurse or pre-med student;
Sydney Olejnik, 18, daughter of Anatole and Becki Olejnik, is a recent graduate of Lakeview. She will be attending West Virginia University to major in petroleum engineering with a minor in entrepreneurship;
Cassandra "Cassie" Smith, 18, daughter of Pat and Tami Smith, is a recent graduate of Lakeview. She will be attending Ohio State University to major in organizational communications;
Marissa Snyder, 17, daughter of Chris Snyder and Dawn Haught, will be a senior at Lakeview High School. Her future plans include majoring in political science with a minor in women's studies;
Elizabeth "Liz" Young, 16, daughter of Robert and Pamela Young, will be a junior at Maplewood High School. Her future plans include a military career and being a drill sergeant.