Hi, I am Abi Anderson. I am the 18-year-old daughter of Ray and Janet Anderson of Mount Carmel. My father has been the pastor of Grace Memorial Baptist Church for the last fifteen years. My mother homeschooled me through high school, and she is a part-time photographer. I sometimes assist her when she shoots weddings. I am a nine-year member of Fun Stuff 4-Her’s club and am in my fourth year as a member of 4-H Federation. My projects have included cooking, cat, photography, child development, plants and soils, and theatre arts, and I have exhibited six times at the Illinois State Fair, where I have received a superior rating on my cooking, photography, and theatre arts projects. I am currently president of the Federation club and have served as vice-president and treasurer in the past. I have previously served as president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer of the Fun Stuff 4-Her’s club. For the last several years, many of my activities have revolved around theatre. For three years, I participated in the Academy of Arts homeschool drama camp in Evansville and took part in three productions, both as an actress and as a theatrical make-up artist. More recently, I have enjoyed being involved with our local WVC-WVAC community theater. I acted in the fall and winter 2015 productions, “Luxury Cruise” and “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and in the fall 2016 production, “Farce of Nature.” I was a crew member for the 2016 and 2017 musical productions, “Two by Two by Sondheim” and “Bingo.” From the ages of fourteen to sixteen, I was a volunteer worker at the Sonshine School preschool here in Mount Carmel until I began my first paid job as a cashier at Buehler’s Buy-Low, which I held for a year. Since spring of 2017, I have been working at Hocking’s Green Thumb Nursery, where I absolutely love my job. When I can get away, I enjoy spending time on my grandparents’ farm in Indiana. I am a member of Grace Memorial Baptist Church here in Mount Carmel. My passions are make-up and working with animals. My goal is to go to college, become a veterinary assistant, and do professional make-up on the side. I am participating in this year’s Wabash County Fair queen contest because I believe the experience will aid my personal growth. The contest is an opportunity to develop poise, show leadership, and promote 4-H and our local fair, which I am excited to do. I would like to thank my 4-H club for being supportive of me and my sponsor, Mount Carmel Public Utility, for enabling me to be a contestant.