Five young ladies vie for the title of Durand’s Miss Railroad Days Queen 2018 and Attendant. Miss Railroad Days Queen and her Attendant, the Princess, and Prince will be announced on Friday March 23rd, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at a Crowning Ceremony in the Grand Ballroom of the Durand Union Station. This year’s contestants are Danielle Bannister, Abigayle Fraley, Madison Pellman, Madalyn Whitcomb, and Haley Zdunic.
Danielle Bannister is the daughter of Daniel and Susan Bannister of Durand. She is 18 years old and is a senior at Durand High School. Danielle enjoys volunteering with PEAP Group, which is a group that works with disabled children to ride horses, 4-H Spitfire Spurs, and the Central Michigan Horses. Danielle’s hobbies involve being a member of the choir, marching band, symphonic band, equestrian team, FFA, and cheerleading. She has had many accomplishments, which include placing top 3 in equestrian team, junior western champion at the 2014 fair, senior showmanship reserve champion at the 2016 fair and 2 horsemanship awards. Danielle’s future plans include attending college for special education with a minor in math. Danielle is sponsored by Changes Barber Shop of Durand.
Abigayle Fraley is the daughter of Kurt and Christena Fraley of Durand. She is 16 years old and is a junior at Durand High School. Her hobbies include softball, golf, bowling, and is class president. Abigayle has earned the Chapter FFA Degree, an academic letter, and is a member of the National Honor Society. Her future plans include becoming a teacher and return to Durand to teach. Abigayle is sponsored by Riverside Market of Durand.
Madison Pellman is the daughter of Gregory Pellman and Mary Pearsall. She is 17 years old and is a senior at Byron High School. Madison likes to spend her time volunteering in activities such as helping at the Byron Community Library, Lennon Veterans Day Parade, POW-MIA Christmas food Drive, and the Youth Advisory Board. Her hobbies include Varsity Bowling and Golf, National Honors Society, Bryon Band and Drama Club, Byron FRC Robotics, and National FFA Organization. Madison has received many awards including Certificate of Scholarship Achievement, Perfect Attendance, Golden Eagle Award, FFA Prepared Public Speaking Gold Award, FFA Chapter Scholarship Achievement Award, and Head of Business for Robotics. Madison plans to attend Lymann Briggs at MSU to achieve a career in forensic science or human communication. Madison is sponsored by Delux International LLC.
Madalyn Whitcomb is the daughter of Mike and Mary Gorton of Swartz Creek. Madalyn is 15 years old and is a sophomore at Durand High School. She volunteers at the Durand Union Station and the Senior Center. Her hobbies include playing softball where her positions are pitcher and shortstop. Madalyn’s school activities include being involved in the student council and the Youth Advisory Council. She has had many accomplishments, which include being student of the month, receiving an academic letter, and receiving many awards for softball and volleyball. Madalyn plans on taking early collage classes her junior and senior year. Her future plans include attending LCC for 2 years before transferring to MSU to become a neurologist or surgeon. Madalyn is sponsored by Blackmore Rowe Insurance of Durand.
Haley Zdunic is the daughter of Levi and Theresa Zdunic of Durand. She is 15 years old and is a sophomore at Durand High School. Haley’s hobbies include being on the competition dance team for Kathy’s School of Dance as well as showing cattle, sheep and pigs at the Shiawassee County Fair. Haley is a member of Vernon Area Livestock 4-H, Durand FFA, student government, and S.O.S. (Students of Suicide Prevention). She enjoys being involved with FFA skills contests, the Durand FFA labor auction and volunteering her time working in the 4-H food stand at the fair. Haley has received several awards, which include FFA Greenhand Degree, an academic letter and most recently, she was awarded the Intermediate Champion Showman at the 2017 Shiawassee County Fair. Her future plans include attending MSU to study veterinary medicine to become a large animal vet. Haley is sponsored by Kathy’s School of Dance of Durand.
Candidates for Miss Railroad Days Queen and Attendant will be interviewed by a panel of judges and will be rated on their introduction, clarity of speech, poise, presentation, personality, and answers to questions posed by the judges. The contestants as Miss Railroad Days Queen will receive a $1,000 and her attendant will receive a $500 scholarship plus various gifts.
Miss Railroad Days Queen, Attendant, Princess, and Prince will represent the annual Railroad Days Festival on May 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th the weekend after Mother’s Day. They will appear in various parades and community functions throughout the year.
The Durand Railroad Days Queen is sponsored by Randy Wise of Durand. Photos of the candidates are provided courtesy of A&R Portraits.
No Children On Bus That Struck Car Tuesday Afternoon
Updated at 9:45pm 3/6/18 - Posted by Durand Now at 7:33pm 3/6/18
Tipsters made us aware of a school bus vs. car crash on Tuesday afternoon. Durand Superintendent Craig McCrumb told Durand Now that it was a Shiawassee RESD bus, not a Durand bus, and that there were no kids on board.
Sheriff BeGole was able to confirm that the bus was traveling eastbound on Lansing Road when a car also traveling eastbound on Newburg Road pulled in front of the bus. The crash caused minor damage to both vehicles and there were no injuries. He also affirmed there were no students on the bus.
We've reached out to Shiawassee RESD for additional information.
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