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Pa. teen takes Farm Bureau crown

July 18, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- When Girls Scouts "didn't work out" for Dani Young, she joined 4-H.

Now, after eight years of being a member and exhibiting dairy, swine and home arts, the 16-year-old Greencastle, Pa., girl is Miss Washington County Farm Bureau.

Young was crowned Saturday at the Washington County Ag Expo & Fair by Brenna House of Hagerstown, who held the title the past year. Young was the lone contestant in this year's pageant.

While not a resident of Washington County, the incoming James Buchanan High School senior qualified to hold the title because her parents, Chris and Lori Young, are members of the county's farm bureau. Her father is a territory seed sales manager for Growmark FS.

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Born in Hagerstown, Young said she moved away when she was 12, but has not really left the community. In her speech Saturday, Young mentioned her efforts as a coach for Washington County Special Olympics.

By winning the pageant title, the first for which she's ever competed, Young will receive a $500 scholarship from the farm bureau.

Young is expected to be among 22 contestants who will vie for about $13,000 in scholarship money in the Miss Maryland Agriculture pageant at the Maryland State Fair next month, said Jamie Beckley, the county pageant organizer.

Young, who plays soccer at James Buchanan, said she plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh and eventually obtain a doctorate degree in physical therapy.

An injury she sustained during her freshman year was one influence on her decision to pursue physical therapy, she said.

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