Dec 11, 2014Stoll crowned 2015 Michigan Apple Queen
Mary Stoll of Kent City has been crowned the 2015 Michigan Apple Queen. Madison Rasch of Conklin is First Runner-Up, according to the Michigan Apple Committee (MAC).
Contestants for Michigan Apple Queen must have a connection to the Michigan apple industry in order to serve as its ambassador. Mary Stoll is the daughter of Richard and Joyce Stoll, and is a pre-optometry student at Ferris State University. She is the niece and granddaughter of apple growers.
“The Michigan Apple Queen has an important role as the representative of the Michigan apple industry,” said Diane Smith, MAC’s executive director. “The candidates go through a rigorous interview and essay-writing process for the competition. Mary will serve the industry well as an ambassador at schools, parades, festivals, grocery store events and more.”
Stoll will spend the next year attending different events and festivals as the face of the Michigan apple industry. She will also travel to schools throughout Michigan teaching students about apples.
Madison Rasch is the daughter of Duane and Amy Rasch, and is a student at Muskegon Community College. She is the daughter and granddaughter of apple growers.
The contest took place on Dec. 10 at the annual MAC grower luncheon. It marked the 64th year of the competition, which awards an apple representative based on poise, beauty, apple knowledge and public speaking ability.
Queen contestants must be between 17 and 23 years of age. MAC sponsors the annual event. The Apple Queen and First Runner-Up each receive scholarships from MAC and the Michigan State Horticultural Society.