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All in the family

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Gracellen Geswein was selected the 2010 Clay County 4-H Princess earlier this month. [Order this photo]
*2010 4-H princess got inspiration from cousin

Perhaps it runs in the family.

Earlier this year, 13-year-old Gracellen Geswein began contemplating whether she wanted to participate in the 2010 Clay County 4-H Princess contest.

She wasn't sure.

But a discussion about the pageant with her cousin, 2009 4-H Queen Hannah Van Horn quickly changed her mind.

"She told me to do my best," Geswein told The Brazil Times.

After the discussion, Geswein was determined to compete.

"I decided as soon as the forms came out," she said.

In only her first year, she was selected princess out of 14 competitors.

"It meant a lot to me," she admitted recently. "But I didn't want to get my hopes up too high. I went in with a positive attitude."

While preparing for the contest, she also received "coaching" and inspiration from Van Horn and friend Ashley Clarke, who was named the 2010 Miss Congeniality in the queen pageant.

As the contest wore on, Geswein was unsure of her chances. And when her name was called, she really wasn't sure what she just heard.

"I stood there for a second," she said. "I didn't know what to expect."

"It was a very close contest," Clay County 4-H Extension Coordinator Melanie Brown said.

Geswein, the daughter of Jerry and Sarah Geswein, Brazil, has been active in 4-H for five years. She is a member of the Van Buren Hustlers.

In her 4-H career, she has shown cows. In addition, she also displays in gift-wrapping and photography, the only two projects she took part in this year.

"We had a great field of candidates," Brown said. "All of them would have made great princesses. But Gracellen is very outgoing and just a great kid."

Immediately following being named princess, Geswein said she was given a schedule of events she will be required to attend at this year's fair.

While her 2010 fair schedule is certainly more hectic than usual, she's looking forward to it.

"It will probably be hard," she said. "I will be tired. But I'm usually up for challenges.

"I want to be a role model for kids."

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