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Three vie for Melon Festival crown

Zoe Greszler • Aug 30, 2018 at 4:00 PM

MILAN — A highlight of every Milan Melon Festival is the Saturday night pageant — the time to select the next young woman who will reign as the festival queen.

Last year’s queen, Brooke Houser, will pass her royal status on to one of the three contestants this year’s pageant, which will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday on the main stage. This year’s contestants are all Edison High School seniors — Alana Fidler, Emma Keoghan and Melissa Kuhl.

Milan Melon Festival queen's director Mandi Richards said the event is more important, especially to the participating ladies, than many may realize. 

“I feel that our Milan Melon Festival Queen scholarship program is much more than a queen’s contest,” Richards said. “All of the girls have the opportunity to travel the state of Ohio meeting new people and learning new traditions. It give the girls a sense of pride for their home town while building confidence along the way.”

Fidler, 18, is the daughter and only child of Julie Fidler and the late Robert Fidler.

At Edison, she is involved in varsity volleyball, basketball and softball. Fidler is a co-president of both student council and the Interact Club. She serves as the treasurer for National Honor Society and participates in the Spanish Club and Spanish National Honor Society. Fidler enjoys volunteering with Ottgo. In her free time, she likes to go shopping, swimming, attending concerts and sporting events, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. After graduation, Fidler plans to attend The University of Toledo to pursue a doctorate of pharmacy. She is sponsored by Jim’s Pizza Box.

Keoghan, 17, is the daughter of Heather and Time Keoghan. She has three sisters, Andrea, Keira, and Jenna.

At Edison, Keoghan performs with the marching band and participates in Teen Leadership Corps and the Key Club. She currently is working on obtaining her pilot’s license as a student pilot in Port Clinton. After graduation, Keoghan plans to study at the Bowling Green State University main campus with a concentration in pilot studies. Keoghan said she would like to thank her father for sponsoring her through Birmingham Automotive.

Kuhl, 18, is the daughter of Mary and Scott Kuhl. She has two sisters, Courtney and Cari.

At Edison, Kuhl is involved in the Spanish, math and Key clubs, Teen Leadership Corps, National Honor Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Buddies. She has served as secretary for the Interact Club for the past two years. Kuhl also has volunteered with Ottgo and the backpack program. She has participated in volleyball for four years and played basketball her freshman year at Edison. After graduation, Kuhl plans to attend the Kent State University fashion merchandising program or the Miami University Farmer School of Business. In her free time, she enjoys shopping swimming, doing makeup, hanging out with her friends and spending time with her family and dogs Tucker and Charlie. She said she would like to thank her father for sponsoring her through Kuhl Outdoor Design Inc.

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