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2016 Queen of Tolerance – Annie Imhof
Annie attends Great Mills High School and is the daughter of Greg and Kelly Imhof. Annie is a member of the National Honors Society and has a 4.4 cumulative GPA. Annie prides herself on being an active STEM student, volunteer, musician, runner and worker that always wants to find time to give back to her community. Annie has been a runner since she was 6 years old. She has ran for a total of eight seasons during high school and is currently a three time state champion for cross country, indoor, and outdoor track. She also enjoys playing the flute which she has done for 11 years. Annie is currently the President of the Wind Ensemble and has participated in many extracurricular music activities such as all county honor band, tri-county honor band, and solo and ensemble. Music is important to Annie and is a key part of her life. Annie also enjoys helping out in the community, specifically with the Solomon’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk for the Arthritis Foundation for the last 17 years. Annie is considered a co-race director and will be leading the event this upcoming December. This race has raised over $280,000 for the Arthritis Foundation. This summer Annie took part in an internship program at Webster Field with the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Test Directorate. She assisted with writing test plans for UAV’s such as Aerostar, Blackjack, Puma, Quadcopters and the FireScout. The knowledge she obtained from being an Intern will be useful in her future field of study, Aerospace or Ocean Engineering. Annie has been accepted to attend the Naval Academy and is pursuing a degree in Aerospace or Ocean Engineering.

1st Runner Up – Sydney Guy

Sydney attends St. Mary’s Ryken High School and is the daughter of Randy and Sandy Guy.

Sydney is a member of the National Honor Society and has a 4.5 cumulative GPA. Sydney’s proudest role at St. Mary’s Ryken is being the President of their Best Buddies Program for the last two years. Sydney is also a mentor to incoming freshman at St. Mary’s Ryken. Helping out in the community is also one of Sydney’s top priorities. She volunteers at the St Paul’s Soup Kitchen, St. John’s Summer Program, Special Olympics, Vacation Bible School, Cedar Lane Assisted Living and also with a Therapeutic Riding Program in her neighborhood. Sydney enjoys country music, animals especially horses and going to the movies. Due to her love for horses, Sydney worked at the Claddaugh Equestrian Center.
Sydney has yet to decide which major she wants to pursue; however, she does know that her career path will involve helping others. Because this is want she loves to do.

2nd Runner Up – Lindsey Farrell
Lindsey attends Chopticon High School and is the daughter of Tim and Wendy Farrell.

Lindsey is a member of the National Honors Society and has a 4.2 cumulative GPA. Lindsey is the President of the National Honors Society and is a member of Student to Student, the Leadership club and the Empowerment Club. Lindsey has received several awards, such as; Outstanding Student in Foundations of Technology, Outstanding Student in Advanced Placement, Outstanding Athlete in Physical Education, Girls Lacrosse Coach, and Outstanding Student in World History. In addition, Lindsey was recognized as a Scholar of Distinction by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association as a Member of the National Academic Squad. Lindsey enjoys playing field hockey and lacrosse and is currently the Captain of the Varsity Field Hockey Team. Lindsey is most proud of having a perfect attendance in the 10
th and 11th grade. Volunteering and helping others is also very important to Lindsey. Lindsey volunteered as a camp counselor at the St. Mary’s County Recreation and Parks for the past 3 years for the field hockey camp and at Our Lady of Wayside Catholic Parish for 2 years where she is a member of the Alter Society. Lindsey also volunteered with the St. Mary’s D.A.R.E program helping the youth.

Lindsey plans on pursuing a degree in Nursing with a focus on Prosthetics.
The St. Mary's County Fair Association is accepting applications for the 71st St. Mary's Queen of Tolerance Contest. The Queen of Tolerance and her Court will reign over the St. Mary's County Fair September 21 - 24. The Queen will receive a $1,000 tuition scholarship. The first runner-up will receive a $500 tuition scholarship, and the second runner-up will receive a $300 tuition scholarship. The Queen of Tolerance is selected on the basis of scholastic achievement, extra-curricular activities, poise, appearance, interview and presentation.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW/DOWNLOAD THE QUEEN OF TOLERANCE APPLICATION

Sponsors of the 2016 Queen of Tolerance Scholarship are : Penn Line, Booz Allen Hamilton, Community Bank of the Chesapeake, The McNelis Group, Winters Sheet Metal Inc., Eagle Systems Inc., Norris Lawn Care, Bob & Debbie Brookins, A-1 Automotive, and Robert & Susan Smith.