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With the 2012 Calvert County Fair well under way, fair-goers have likely already spotted two teenagers walking around with crowns on their heads.

This year’s Lord Calvert and Miss Tranquility, Edward Town and Sarah Bryner, both 17, said their accomplishment was not without a little hard work.

There were 24 contestants in this year’s competition — eight for Lord Calvert and 16 for Miss Tranquility — and the winners each received a $1,250 scholarship.

All applicants had to be enrolled in a secondary school or post-secondary school and have a 75 percent cumulative grade point average, in addition to having been a Calvert County resident for at least three years.

The winners were selected based on their school transcript; a personal interview; a written essay; an autobiographic speech; and a question all candidates were asked at last Sunday’s competition.

Bryner, a senior at Calvert High School, said she tried to simply speak from the heart.

“I feel like I didn’t try to just answer with what they wanted to hear. ... They asked who I’d most like to meet dead or alive and instead of naming a famous person like almost everyone else, I named a family member who passed away before I was born,” she said.

The Prince Frederick resident said she hopes to put the scholarship toward her first choice college, Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey, where she said she’d like to study electrical engineering.

Along with being a longtime Girl Scout, Bryner said she is also the president of her school’s National Honor Society, the field hockey team captain and a member of her school’s robotics team.

Town, a junior at Huntingtown High School, said he applied to be Lord Calvert because “it seemed really exciting to me — as if it would be an adventure.”

He said the essay topic for all contestants was “America the Beautiful: what does that mean to you” and he wrote about freedom and sacrifice.

Town said he used his speech to talk about his church, Jesus the Devine Word, and he said he was the vice president of his class, a member of the Calvert County Public Schools Citizens Advisory Committee and involved with Special Olympics.

Town said being Lord Calvert was a sentimental victory for him as he always attended the fair growing up.

“It’s something we all remember from our childhood and it’s important to us. ... It’s like Calvert County Thanksgiving because we all come together,” he said.

Several other applicants, who are now considered the Fair Court, also said the fair had a special meaning to them.

Northern High School junior Madeleine Buckley, 16, said she always wanted to see the pig races but the timing usually conflicted with her dance classes.

“It was a huge deal if we could make it on time,” said Buckley, who said she now likes attending to go on rides with her friends.

She said her speech was about how her future plans to be a magazine journalist “may be far-fetched, but a lot of far-fetched things have happened to me.”

At Northern, Buckley said she was the editor of the yearbook, the president of the creative writing club and involved in theater and chamber choir.

Patuxent High School senior Seth Bearjar said he applied to be Lord Calvert because he thought working the fair would be a good way to learn more about the community.

He said last Sunday’s competition was longer than he expected with interviews starting at 8 a.m. and speeches running into the evening.

Bearjar, 17, said he discussed how Calvert Cliffs State Park was a good representation of America itself.

“The community, the atmosphere it’s been redone,” Bearjar said of the similarities, adding that the park was also a good place to meet new people.

At Patuxent High School, Bearjar said he is involved in NJROTC and the National Honors Society and is the student council president.

He said he was looking forward to volunteering at the fair with the rest of the court.

“Even when Calvert County has changed, in the 20 years my parents have lived here the fair has always stayed the same,” he said.

Halley Patteson, also a senior at Patuxent High School, said she wanted to be Miss Tranquility for the scholarship and “the opportunity to do a pageant … it sounded like fun.”

She said she was particularly proud of her essay about how women’s goals have changed since the World War II era.

“Every woman wanted a husband with a good job. It’s a little more global now; [women’s interests] are focused on the greater good, rather than just us,” Patteson said of her essay. “It was pretty stellar, if I do say so myself.”

At school she said she is involved in NJROTC, the math and robotics clubs and the school musicals.

She said she was surprised by how many applicants there were this year for the two fair positions.

“I absolutely love it the diversity is insane,” she said.