UHS fair queen wins state Miss Congeniality

Varshika Mandalapua a Unionville High School senior, won Miss Congeniality at the 106th annual Pennsylvania State Association of County Fairs Convention on Saturday night in Hershey. This is the first time a Unionville Fair Queen has attained this honor. This selection comes from the votes of all the contestants.  In 2011, the UCF Queen, Claire Werkiser, obtained the highest honor when she was crowned State Fair Queen.

Varshika Mandalapua, right, with Fair Queen Coordinator Debbie Pritchard.

Present at the coronation banquet were Varshika’s parents, Ravi and Kavitha, her sister Anushka  and her brother Dhanush, Unionville Fair treasurer Jeff Lewis and his wife Debbie, Fair Queen Coordinator Debbie Pritchard and her husband David, Board members and Past Presidents, Bonnie Musser and Danielle Chamberlain and  Lauren Chamberlain, who is the reigning Fair Princess.

Debbie Pritchard, fair queen coordinator for Unionville, has supported Varshika every step of the journey. During the banquet, Pritchard said “Our community should be extremely proud of this amazing young lady.” Bonnie Musser agreed and added “Varshika is lovely young woman with an engaging personality!   We have all just fallen in love with her this week.”

Varshika is heavily involved in her school’s drama program and is the president of the UHS political society.  In school, she is part of Model UN, Reading Olympics, Club Wave, and Girl up Feminist Club, Club Impact and UHS Rugby. She volunteers at local hospitals, the fair and school events in order to support her community.

The competition consisted of 58 county fair queens representing about half of the county fairs across the state. Each contestant introduced themselves in the evening gown ceremony, completed an interview with a panel of state judges, and presented a persuasive speech.

The state Fair Queen Program mission is to provide educational opportunities for young women in Pennsylvania through scholarships and to provide a representative who can promote greater public understanding, awareness and interest in PA’s top industries of agriculture and tourism.


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