Kristin Longacre, Hannah Merkh, Cassie Marvin and Evie Decker won first place for their various delicious baked goods during the 2018 Harford Fair Baking Contests.
The fair offers four different baking contests each year. In 2018, there were a total of 49 entries in the baking contests.
Longacre, of Hallstead, won the Incredible Angel Food Contest. The contest is sponsored by the PA Egg Farmers and the PA Association of County Fairs. Second place was awarded to Amy Gretzula and third place was awarded to Merkh.
Clarks Summit’s Merkh’s Fudgy Triple Layer Chocolate Dream Cake won the Homemade Chocolate Cake Contest, sponsored by the PA Association of County Fairs.
Jessica Raub won second place; and Alyssa Clarkson won third place.
For her Chewy Chocolate Brownies, Marvin, from Nicholson, won the PA Preferred Junior Baking Cookies-Brownies-Bars Contest, sponsored by PA Preferred, whose goal is to showcase PA agriculture. To be eligible for the Junior Baking Contest, exhibitors must be ages 8 through 18 and use two PA Preferred ingredients, including grains, fruits, vegetables, milk and eggs.
Second place was awarded to Zoey Wright and third place went to Kailey Bridgeman.
From Susquehanna, Decker’s traditional apple pie featuring McIntosh apples won the Blue Ribbon Apple Pie Contest.
Kristen Burkhart won second place and Margaret Henneforth came in third.
The winners will be competing at the 2019 PA Farm Show held Jan. 5 to 12.
Wyoming Seminary senior Nikolai Stefanov was named a semifinalist in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship competition.
Nikolai, of Honesdale, will continue in the competition for about 7,500 Merit Scholarship Awards, worth more than $32 million, that will be offered next spring.
Nikolai, the son of Michael Stefanov, also received the 2018 Wyoming Seminary Alumni Service Award for his exceptional student leadership and service to the campus and wider community.
Nikolai has been a Sem student for seven years and is founder of the Math Center, coaches the Lower School Mathcounts team and is active in Science Olympiad, Mock Trial, Science Research Group, Math Club and Student Government.
He’s the Math Department student representative and is a member of the varsity ice hockey team, teaches GED classes at the Wayne County Jail and leads the Wayne County GED tutoring service.