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The first Party in the Park of the summer will feature the crowning of Miss Oelwein 2019 during its festivities. The event will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, June 13 at Plaza Park in downtown Oelwein, with coronation at 5:15 p.m.

Four young women from the Oelwein School District are candidates this year, Abigail Dahl, Naomi Gaede, Brooke Patterson and Morgan Vawter.

Abigail Dahl, 15, is a sophomore and daughter of Amy Dahl and Chad Dahl. Her high school activities include volleyball, wrestling cheerleader, tennis, concert choir, belle voce, and show choir. She served as Miss Poppy for the American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Days and volunteers with the food truck. Abigail has received awards in sports, serves as class choir president and is running for student council. Away from school she enjoys time with friends, rollerblading and sports. She plans to attend Hawkeye Community College and transfer to the University of Iowa, but is undecided on a major.

Naomi Gaede, 17, is a junior. Her parents are Jessica Michels and Travis Michels. Naomi participated in volleyball, softball, track, wrestling, FFA, 4-H, concert choir, show choir, archery, Silver Cord, and Youth Leadership Council. Her volunteer involvement includes the Oelwein food truck, Sacred Heart meal packing, Otter Creek Animal Shelter, Adopt-A-Highway, Oelwein FFA can food drive, Oelwein feed a family, and various activities at the Buchanan County Fair and Hazleton Days. She has earned FFA honors as outstanding Greenhand and Rising Star Awards, and serves as the Oelwein FFA vice president. She lettered in track, softball and choir, and earned a Division I rating in solo and ensemble. She also held offices of secretary and treasurer in 4-H. Naomi enjoys outdoor activities including fishing, hunting, photography, sports, kayaking, archery, boating, farming and horseback riding, along with showing animals at the Buchanan County Fair. Post-high school plans include community college and transferring to a four-year college, depending on the career path she chooses.

Brooke Patterson, 17, is a junior and daughter of Andrea Patterson. Her high school activities include football and wrestling cheerleader, choir, show choir, student council, RSVP, dance, band, color guard and performing in musicals. Outside of school, Brooke is involved in Rainbow Girls. She has earned competition dance awards, and her interests include dance, choir, modeling and cosmetology. After high school, Brooke plans to attend LaJames College to earn her cosmetology license.

Morgan Vawter, 17, is a junior and daughter of Ryan and Shelly Vawter. She is involved in choir, volleyball, tennis, and serves as a wrestling manager. She volunteers at the local food truck, assists at concession stands, and was assistant AAU volleyball coach for the freshman AAU volleyball team. Morgan is a member of the National Honor Society, was named academic all-conference in tennis and has been selected to participate at Iowa Girls State in June. She has a passion for art, drawing and painting. Outdoor hobbies include camping with her family and going for walks. After high school, Morgan plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in business and then pursue a doctorate in dentistry at the University of Iowa.

The four candidates have already gone through the interview process with judges and anticipation is building as coronation day draws near. Miss Oelwein 2018 Olivia Cummings will crown the new Miss Oelwein Thursday.