posted on December 11, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 11, 2014
CONTACT: Diane Smith
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Mary Stoll of Kent City has been crowned the 2015 Michigan Apple Queen. Madison Rasch of Conklin is First Runner-Up. 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, executive director of the Michigan Apple Committee. “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 December 10 at the 12th annual Michigan Apple Committee grower luncheon. It marks the 64th year of the competition that 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 and have a link to the Michigan Apple industry. The Michigan Apple Committee sponsors the annual event. The Queen and First Runner Up each receive scholarships from the Michigan Apple Committee and the Michigan State Horticultural Society.
The Michigan Apple Committee is a grower-funded nonprofit organization devoted to marketing, education and research activities to distinguish the Michigan apple and encourage its consumption in Michigan and around the world. For more information, visit MichiganApples.com.