Slater 4th of July Queen and Princess candidates
Kaylee Klunder is the daughter of Jill Klunder and the late Steve Klunder. She has two brothers, Robert Klunder and Chris Hadaway of Slater. In high school, Kaylee participated in golf, National Honor Society, mentoring, card club and peer helping. She will be attending Wartburg College in the fall to major in biology and play golf. She enjoys golfing with her brothers, even though they beat her, she loves traveling, bowling, swimming, summer, and most of all, meeting new people. Her favorite Slater memory would be watching her brother Chris play horseshoes on the fourth of July and watching the greatest firework show around!
Kaylee’s princesss is Paige Capouch, daughter of Bryon and Michelle Capouch, and great granddaughter of Wayne Rimathe of Slater. Paige will be a second-grader at North Polk, where she enjoys reading, math and P.E. Paige likes playing softball, basketball and dancing. She loves spending time with her cousins and she stays busy “playing school” at home when she is not busy playing outside! Kaylee and Paige are sponsored by the Tuesday Lunch Bunch.
Olivia Astarita is the daughter of Ed and Julie Astarita of Slater. She has two sisters, Molly and Hannah. She also has two dogs named Noah and Boji, who both love to bark a lot. While in high school, Olivia has loved being involved with tennis, student council, cross country managing, band, speech, youth group and NCIS. She plans on attending Iowa State University in the fall and majoring in elementary education. She has loved living in Greater Slater all her life. She enjoys catching up with people at the grocery store as they walk through the squeaky front door of Larry’s. Her favorite memory of Slater is when she would walk through the field to Ballard West Elementary every morning as a kid (even though her shoes would mostly be wet from the morning dew by the time she got there).
Olivia’s princess is Lillian Ostermeier, daughter of Chuck and Gaylia Ostermeier of Slater. Lillian has an older sister, Loretta, and they like playing tag, bike racing, doing art work and playing “cops and robbers” together. Lillian has lots of cats, kittens and chickens, and she enjoys hiking and biking with her family when they go camping. Lillian does competitive swimming for Ames Cyclone Aquatics Club, enjoys reading “The Boxcar Children” books, writing about random stuff and throwing foxtails at P.E. . Olivia and Lillian are sponsored by the Slater Garden Study Club.
Mikayla Kaldenberg is the daughter of Mike and Ronda Kaldenberg of Slater. Mikayla has two younger siblings, Lindsey and Brenden Kaldenberg. Mikayla’s grandparents are Owen and Karyl Davis of Ames and Gerri and the late Dick Kaldenberg of Slater. In high school she participated in golf, chorus, conflict managers, volleyball and volunteered at Special Olympics. Mikayla is currently employed as a certified nursing assistant at Northcrest Community in Ames. She plans to continue working at Northcrest through college. Mikayla is currently going to school to be a certified med aid. In the fall, she plans to attend DMACC in Boone for nursing. Mikayla plans to get her bachelors in Nursing and then further her education as a physician’s assistant. Some of her hobbies include shopping, playing golf and exercising. Her favorite Slater memory is going to the pool with friends and family. Mikayla has always enjoyed the 4th of July parades, where a kid can always get all the candy they could ever want.
Mikayla’s princess is Remington Smith, daughter of Zach and Nicky Smith and granddaughter of Darin and Ann Smith of Sheldahl. Remi has a younger sister, Ellie, whom she likes to swing and play with on the swing set and she has two dogs, Porter and Jiggs, to play ‘fetch” with. She likes being outside, reading and swimming. Remi is very excited that she will be getting some new animals now that they recently moved to a farm because she loves playing with any animals! Mikayla and Remington are sponsored by the Slater Fire Department.
My name is Ashley Mary Mickelson. I am the daughter of Steve Mickelson of Huxkey and Allison Mickelson of Slater. I am the sister of Bradley Mickelson. During high school, I participated in football and wrestling managing. I plan on attending Iowa Western Community College in the fall to study to be a veterinary technician. My hobbies inclide showing my horse in local saddle clubs and participating in 4-H. My favorite hometown memory of Slater would be when I rode the horse in the Slater 4th of July parade.
Kaylee Chubbic is the daughter of Bobby and Sarah Chubbic and niece of Matt and Rachel Onstot of Slater. Kaylee has an older brother, Tristan, and a younger sister, Brooklyn. She enjoys riding bikes, digging in the sandbox, playing dolls and playing tee-ball. Kaylee just finished kindergarten, where she liked reading all kinds of books and going on the slide at recess. Her favorite color is pink, she likes watching the movie “Hone” and going out to eat Mexican with her family. Ashley and Kaylee are sponsored by the Slater Auxiliary/American Legion.
Rylie Price has lived in Slater for her whole life in the same house with her parents, Dan and Stacie, and younger brother, Nate. Throughout high school, she was involved in football managing, peer helping and choir. Once fall rolls around, she will attend DMACC. She is going into college open-minded, with hopes of finding a subject area that interests her. Once she finds a field of interest, she plans to transfer to a four-year school. Outside of school, she has found some small DIY projects to fill her free time. Rylie passes her spare time doing DIY projects, playing games, babysitting and working for Larry Larson at Town and Country Market. In her 18 years of living in Slater, she probably has plenty of memories of this town. If she had to pick one memory of Slater, Rylie would choose the one where she started learning how to ride my bike in our cul de sac or watching the fireworks every year at a family friend’s house.
Rylie’s prince is her cousin, Landry Harlow, son of Brian and Chrissy Harlow of Slater. Landry likes to play in the pool and play Uno with his siblings, Katelyn, Chandler, Hana and Ella. His dog, Mya, is one of his best friends and he enjoys playing ball with her. Landry loves watching horses, doing crafts, playing baseball, doing puzzles, reading and playing “farm.” Rylie and Landry are sponsored by the Forget Me Not/Birthday Club of Slater.
Makynze Davies is the daughter of Bryan and Jennifer Davies. She has three brothers: Garret, Maverick and Dalton. While attending Ballard High School, Makynze participated in a variety of activities including: show chior, tech crew, theater, Venturing Crew, student council and cheerleading. During her down time, she enjoys spending time with her dogs and friends, watching movies, reading and cooking. In the fall, Makynze is attending Simpson College in Indianola, where she is majoring in pre-medicine. Her favorite memory of Slater is of her many years of lifeguarding at the Slater Municipal Pool and teaching the community’s future lifeguards how to swim.
Makynze’s princess is Jael Newman, daughter of Joel and Stephanie Newman, and niece of Tamre Nemec of Slater. Jael likes to build with LEGOs and celebrate her July 4th birthday with her siblings, Eli, Evan and Charisma. Jael likes to ride horses and bikes and enjoys participating in the reading program at the Slater Library. Spelling is her favorite school subject and she is a great bracelet-maker! Her favorite foods are Mexican and Chinese. Happy Birthday to Jael and the USA!!! Makynze and Jael are sponsored by Ballard Business Association.
Madison McInroy is the daughter of Mark and Glory McInroy. My oldest sister is Sam and the younger one is Liz. In high school she was involved in softball, basketball and track. My hobbies are drawing and doing crafts; I also enjoy watching sports. In the future, Madison plans on going to DMACC to attend their RN program and eventually pursue a career as a physician’s assistant. Her favorite memory of Slater is decorating the driveway on Halloween night and making little kids cry and their parents laugh.
Madison’s prince is Kyle McClure, son of Justin and Amber McClure of Slater. Kyle is an outgoing 5 year old who loves “everything boy”! He likes playing sports…especially watching and playing football. He enjoys being outside, playing with his dogs, Max and Miles, and he likes the color green. His favorite food is mac and cheese and he loves to go to The Playground, the inside play place in Ankeny where he can do lots of jumping! Madison and Kyle are sponsored by the Slater First Responders.