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2022 National Cherry Queen Candidates

Oliva Coolman

Olivia is the 22-year-old daughter of Matt and Melissa Coolman and has lived in Traverse City since she was three-years-old with her parents and brother Alec. She is a 2017 graduate of Traverse City West Senior High School where she served as National Honor Society President and a peer and ASD mentor. She received her early dance education from The Dance Center where she was a member of the Dance Center Youth Ensemble, performed in numerous recitals and lead roles in several ballets. Olivia earned her bachelors of arts degree in dance and exercise science from Hope College in 2021. She was a member of the H2 Dance Company, Strike Time Dance Theatre and Hip Hop Anonymous, worked as a tour guide and was a core member of Alpha Epsilon Delta, a Pre-Health Academic Fraternity. She is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a national honors fraternity. She is excited to continue her education in the Grand Valley State University Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program this fall. From the beauty of the scenic surroundings to the vibrant energy of the community, Olivia loves living and working in Traverse City. With recent experience working in physical therapy settings, she has a new appreciation for how healthy active individuals contribute to all that makes Traverse City a thriving center of opportunity. All of the events, activities, restaurants, orchards, vineyards, markets, wineries, distilleries and culture available to residents and tourists are what makes Traverse City and the surrounding areas so special. Olivia would be humbled and honored to represent Traverse City as the National Cherry Queen and to become an ambassador for the cherry industry and for all that northwestern Michigan has to offer. Olivia is honored to be sponsored by Cherry Central Cooperative.

Kaylee Coy

Kaylee is the 24 year old daughter of Charlie and Corrie Coy of Kewadin, Michigan. She is a 2017 graduate of Elk Rapids High School and a 2018 graduate of Northwestern Michigan College’s Dental Assisting program. Kaylee is currently on the waitlist for Delta College's Dental Hygiene program, where she will be working towards her Bachelors Degree in Dental Hygiene. She is the Lead Dental Assistant for Implantology at Birch Street Dental Care of Kalkaska. At work, you will find Kaylee supporting doctors, educating patients of all ages on how to improve their oral health, and most importantly helping patients feel confident with themselves and their smiles. As Miss Amvets 2016, Kaylee was able to build a rapport with servicemen and women and be a role model for younger boys and girls. She was honored and humbled to be an advocate for our American Veterans. Kaylee has always had a deep passion to serve others and was able to expand her community service reach through several years of involvement in the Miss Elk Rapids Scholarship Program. This program allowed Kaylee to represent her hometown with pride and sharpen her public speaking skills, all while making lifelong memories with the members of her court and community. In her spare time Kaylee enjoys hiking, skiing, boating, trying new foods, as well as enjoying time with family and friends. Kaylee has been previously blessed to have worked for King Orchards of Kewadin where she gained her foundation in the Cherry Industry. Being the next National Cherry Queen Kaylee would continuously learn, advocate for, and share her love for the cherry industry, our farmers, and the National Cherry Festival all while inspiring others to blossom with the same pride and passion. Kaylee is graciously sponsored by, Dr. Dan and Marti Soenen of Birch Street Dental Care.

Emma McGuire

Emma is the 22-year-old daughter of Patrick and Sara McGuire of Elk Rapids. She is a 2018 graduate of Elk Rapids High School, and is a recent graduate of Grand Valley State University with a bachelors in psychology. She grew up working on her family fruit farm, learning the importance of hard work, determination, and follow through. As well as critical communication and problem solving skills. Emma started learning American Sign Language (ASL) after realizing that there was a whole community of people that she couldn’t provide the same level of service to while working in the family farm market and tasting room. She has been involved in the Rotary Life Leadership Conference as a confree and now as a group leader. Emma had the incredible opportunity to have served as Miss Elk Rapids for a unique two years due to covid. It taught her how to take life in stride and go with the flow, while also providing her a platform to show off her lovely hometown and be a role model for the young girls on the court and for the young women in the community. She thanks the community for raising her, and she is grateful to have been able to do this small thing to pay it back. Emma is looking for more opportunities to meet new people and make meaningful connections. Inspired by her love for people and specifically kids and young adults, she hopes to pursue a career in school psychology or education.

Sidra Smith

Sidra Smith, age 20, is the daughter of Matthew and Meredith Smith. A 2020 graduate of Traverse City Central High School, she is entering her junior year at the University of Michigan. Majoring in architecture and minoring in business administration, she is focused on discovering solutions for issues surrounding community equity and population impact. She is a member of Alpha Rho Chi, the professional architecture fraternity, and was recently elected as Social Chair. In Ann Arbor, she spends her time researching green architecture initiatives for her studio projects, volunteering, and attending sporting events with friends. Her passions for design, style, and function drive her ultimate career goals in the Themed Entertainment Architecture field. Sidra feels fortunate to have been born and raised in Traverse City and loves being involved in its robust community. For the second year in a row, she is working in the food and beverage department at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. An entrepreneur from the age of 16, Sidra owns Enchanting Events — a princess appearance company based in TC. Bringing magic and joy to the children of Northern Michigan has been an incredibly fulfilling experience and prompted her to volunteer at the non-profit Crowns Against Cancer in Detroit beginning next fall. She hopes to continue inspiring people of all ages as the next National Cherry Queen. Sidra is graciously sponsored by Salon Elysian.
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