St. Mary's County Fair

2017 Queen of Tolerance Sofia Trentacosta

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2017 Queen of Tolerance Sofia Trentacosta being crowned by 2016 Queen Plebe Anne Imhoff

2017 Queen of Tolerance – Sofia Rose Trentacosta

Sophia attends St. Mary’s Ryken High School and is the daughter of Joseph and Mary Trentacosta.

Sophia is the Treasurer of St. Mary’s Ryken National Honors Society and has a 4.6 cumulative GPA. She is a member of the Knight’s Apprentice Program, a Spiritual Retreat Leader and a St. Mary’s Ryken tour guide. Sophia prides herself on being an active STEM student, volunteer, dancer and worker that always wants to find time to give back to her community. Sophia enjoys playing the piano and has participated in several charitable walks/runs and is currently a lector at St. Aloysius Catholic Church.

Sophia has been dancing for 14 years and she is at the highest level of dance at Ballet Caliente. In 2014, Sophia landed the Lead Role in Ballet Caliente’s Performance American Heirlooms. Sophia is very proud of this accomplishment.

Sophia also loves conducting dance classes at St. Mary’s Ryken where she is currently enrolled in Honors Dance III.

During her junior year, Sophia served as a volunteer Intern at St, Mary’s Hospital where she worked in the Rehabilitation Office (assisted Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists with administering patient care, organizing records and restocking the office). In addition, Sophia worked as an Intern at the front desk of the St. Mary’s Hospital from December 2016 to May 2017 where she assisted visitors to the hospital with signing in/giving directions/looking up room numbers and organized hospital records and pamphlets.

Sophia is taking many rigorous STEM Biomedical courses in hopes of becoming a surgeon one day.

1st Runner Up – Faith Suzanne Davis

Faith attends St. Mary’s Ryken High School and is the daughter of Kirk and Jeanette Davis.

Faith is a member and is the Tutoring Chair on the Executive Board of the National Honor Society where she organizes free tutoring services and has a 4.7 cumulative GPA. Faith also tutors in Chemistry. Faith is a member of the STEM Scholar’s Program and is a member of the Interact Club which she is currently organizing a community service project with the Charlotte Hall Veteran’s Home.
Faith’s passion is in running, science and helping others. Faith has been a runner her whole life and recently became a Triathlete. Faith is currently the female Captain on the Track Team. Faith’s goal is to finish an Ironman by the time she graduates from college. Faith also plays ultimate frisbee, swims and is on the track team. She is on Ryken’s science bowl team and during the summer she was part of the Terp Young Scholar’s program.
Faith completed two years interning at Baldwin and Briscoe Law Firm as the Editor of the John Hanson Briscoe Historical Project.
Faith volunteers regularly with her Church and is the Assistant Director of Vacation Bible School, she is a lay Eucharist Minister, Alter Server, Lector and member of the Search Committee.
Faith is most proud of her accomplishment of becoming an EMT for the Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad. In addition to attending High School, Faith put in 165 hours of EMT training.
Faith’s main aspiration for the future is completing clinical research in Neuroscience.

2nd Runner Up – Megan Elizabeth Burns

Megan attends Leonardtown High School and is the daughter of Colin and Patty Burns.

Megan is the Secretary of the Student Council Association, the Treasurer of the Leadership Experience Opportunity Club (Branch of the Lions Club) and is a member of the Spanish Honor Society and Spanish Club and has a 4.2 cumulative GPA.

Megan’s interests include learning languages and cultures, attending concerts and trivia. Megan is most proud of teaching herself French 1.

Megan’s volunteer activities consist of co-hosting and planning one of the main events of the 2015 Drug Summit – “Changing our Culture to Prevent Youth Substance Abuse”. During this event, Megan co-hosted an interactive video activity.

Megan is passionate about volunteering. Megan’s volunteer activities consist of helping the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department with fundraising dinners and various community social events, supporting the Lion’s Club with fundraising activities, assisting staff at Leonardtown Middle School with organizing classroom materials and grading papers, assisting at the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center with filling and preparing new student folders, working in the front office with answering phones and greeting visitors. During the summer, Megan volunteered at the St. John’s Summer Program and worked at the 5K for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Megan is planning to attend college to study Spanish, French and Arabic and hopes to pursue a career as a Translator for the United Nations.

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.


Sponsors of the 2017 Queen of Tolerance Scholarships were : Penn Line, Booz Allen Hamilton, Community Bank of the Chesapeake, The McNelis Group, Eagle Systems Inc., Norris Lawn Care, Bob & Debbie Brookins, and A-1 Automotive.