Naomi Gaede was crowned Miss Oelwein Thursday night at the first Party in the Park of the summer.
“It’s wonderful and a great opportunity to be Miss Oelwein,” said Gaede, “and a great job to the other girls.”
Four young women from the Oelwein School District were candidates this year — Gaede Abigail Dahl, Brooke Patterson and Morgan Vawter.
Outgoing 2018 Miss Oelwein Olivia Cummings, an incoming senior at Oelwein High School, crowned her successor at Plaza Park.
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.
Dahl, 15, is a sophomore and daughter of Amy Dahl and Chad Dahl.
Patterson, 17, is a junior and daughter of Andrea Patterson.
Morgan Vawter, 17, is a junior and daughter of Ryan and Shelly Vawter.