12-07-2017 Hartford celebrates “A Fair to Remember” at their 2018 Miss and Mr. Hartford contest; Ang

Hartford celebrates “A Fair to Remember” at their 2018 Miss and Mr. Hartford contest; Angela Saldana crowned Miss Hartford 2018

By Annette Christie

The first of the Tri-City community Blossomtime contests took place on Sunday afternoon as the community of Hartford celebrated “A Fair to Remember” for the Van Buren County Youth Fair.

The contest which featured eight young ladies and three young men from the Hartford community, played out before a nearly sold out auditorium at Hartford High School.

At the end it was Angela Saldana crowned Miss Hartford and Garrett Brandt crowned Mr. Hartford.

2018 MISS HARTFORD… and her court were crowned Sunday afternoon. They are (from the left): 2nd Runner-up Kaylynn Owens; Miss Hartford Angela Saldana; 1st Runner-up Olivia Ziemer; and Miss Congeniality Arianna Dolge. Miss Hartford will represent her community at the Miss Blossomtime Pageant being held on Monday, March 12, 2018. (TCR photo by Annette Christie)

Angela Saldana, 17, is a senior attending Hartford High School. She is the daughter of Bert Saldana Sr. and Maria Saldana.  The future special education teacher plans to start out attending college locally before transferring to Grand Valley State University to complete her degree.

Saldana is a three-season athlete participating in cross country, basketball, and softball.  In cross country she earned 19 individual medals, was named the most valuable player and made second team all-conference her senior year.  Not just an athlete, Saldana is a member of the National Technical Honor Society, made the honor roll every year and has also been selected as the Student of the Week.

In her free time she enjoys making decorations with her grandmother and spending time with family.

Saldana said the thing she loves most about her community is all the cool activities and festivals.  She noted that the community has so much school spirit and how everyone supports one another.

Selected 1st runner-up was Olivia Ziemer.  The 18-year-old senior attending Hartford High School is also dual enrolled at Southwestern Michigan College.  The daughter of Robert and Michelle Ziemer, she plans to attend the University of Michigan to study nursing.  She hopes to eventually become a physician’s assistant.