Potato Blossom Pageant
To enter the "Miss PEI Potato Blossom Festival" The girl must be a student graduating from grade 12 at Westisle Composite High School. Live in the O'Leary area, 859/726 calling area, or O'Leary mailing area.
Kara has selected her father Glendon to be her escort for this evening. Kara May MacIsaac is the 18 year old daughter of Keren and Glendon MacIsaac of Springfield West and has 1 younger brother. She stands 5 feet 5 inches tall and has blond hair and blue eyes. Kara is a recent graduate of Westisle Composite High School with honors; placed 8th over all at graduation and received her certificate in advanced placement for biology and chemistry, she was June's student of the month for science, has received a $5000 yearly Wanda Wyatt Scholarship which is renewable, a $3000 yearly UPEI Entrance Scholarship which is also renewable, a $1000 Evangeline Central Credit Union Scholarship, a $500 Royal Canadian Legion PEI Command Bursary, a $300 O'Leary Legion Bursary, Westisle's Leadership award and Long & McQuade Music Distinction award. She has also received numerous gold, silver and bronze medals in step dancing competitions, was the 2017 Lobster Bowl winner for step dancing, the 2018 Island Dance Championship also for step dancing and received 2 silver and 1 bronze medal at the International Dance World Cup in Quebec. She enjoys playing the flute, piano, mandolin, fiddle, guitar, piccolo, ukulele, step dancing and art. Kara has travelled to Massachusetts and Florida to visit family, has attended the Canadian Student Leadership Conference in Edmonton, has visited Alberta, and has just returned from Phoenix Arizona for the Nazarene Youth Conference. For the past 3 years she has been a member of the Westisle Composite High School Concert Band and was an active student council member for 2 years. She has been involved in her community by volunteering weekly for the Children's Ministry program at O'Leary Nazarene church, volunteered as a leader for the Vacation Bible School every year and this past year she organized the Westisle's annual Food Drive. Kara's future plans are to enroll in the nursing program at UPEI and to become later on become a Nurse Practitioner
2017 Potato Ambassador
Emma Jean Griffin is the eighteen year old daughter of John and Norma Jean Griffin of Centerline Road. Throughout high school she was a busy member of the student body and has taken part in three of the provincial model parliaments and a model United Nations. At these, she has learned how to clearly make her voice heard and how to start discussions on important changes that need to occur in our society. These conferences also helped improve her public speaking abilities and get more comfortable with meeting lots of new people. When topics she was passionate about such as agriculture came up in discussions she was able to engage in the discussion and voice her opinion. She also has a history of volunteer work at Camp Abegweit which is a Christian Summer Camp for youth. Later on full employment as a counsellor at this camp has encouraged her to be more mature and a strong leader. Taking part in trips like Encounters with Canada, Forum for Young Canadians, and a Seminar on United Nations and International Relations has taught her to be more open and given her a
love of meeting new people and learning about the world from other perspectives. She is planning on attending St. Thomas University in the fall to earn a Bachelor of Arts with a major in international relations. After that she would like to continue with university to get a law degree and eventually a job in Civil law.
She grew up in a home centered around agriculture, and more specifically potatoes with her father and grandfather both being farmers. They both always made sure to teach her just how important agriculture is, and this has given her a strong connection to the industry. Emma Jean feels that it is very important to encourage youth these days to strongly consider the agriculture industry as a career so that PEI has a strong future