• Miss Syracuse Pageant: On Saturday, June 23, 2018, the Miss Syracuse and Miss Teen Syracuse Pageant took place. The pageant is done each year, in which the Queen and attendants are awarded scholarship money. Each woman has their own service platform to improve the community. The participants must have at least six hours of service each quarter in order to maintain their status. The Miss Teen Syracuse winners were: Miss Teen Syracuse, Lily Elmer; Teen First Attendant, Alexa Smith; Teen Second Attendant, Makayla Lovan; and The Spirit of Syracuse, Taylie Naylor. The Miss Syracuse Winners were: Miss Syracuse and The Heart of Syracuse, Kenady Thornley; Miss First Attendant, Madi Beckstead; Miss Second Attendant, Alyssia Fitzgibbons. Congratulations to the winners of this year’s pageant and congratulations to the winners of last year who are moving on to compete in Miss Davis County.
• Keys to the City: This year, on Saturday June 30, 2018, two Keys to the City were given out. One went to Randy Jefferies and the second to Jim Rentmeister
Randy Jefferies (pictured above)has been working on roadway projects since 2001. He has worked on the SR-193 extension, the 2000 expansion, and the West Davis Corridor, along with others. “It’s a huge surprise. I am honored that the city leadership would want to recognize me,” said Mr. Jefferies. “The city leaders have been great. The citizens are in good hands.”
Jim Rentmeister has been a respectable facet of the Syracuse Community since he came to Syracuse City. Mr. Rentmeister founded the Syracuse Chapter of the Lions Club in 1951 and has helped with Syracuse Days since they began as “Friendship Days” in 1952. “[The Lions Club] has always had full cooperation from the city and its citizens. We are very lucky, as many cities are not,” and Mr. Rentmeister. This year, he was recognized as the upstanding and honorable citizen he has been since the early days of Syracuse. Mr. Rentmeister was the Grand Marshall in this year’s city parade and led the procession through the city.
• Birdhouse Contest:The Birdhouse Contest was a rousing success with many entering their originally designed birdhouses. Bob Hartman took first, Bill Hartman took second, Zach Maughan took third, with Abraham Nolen taking fourth. The Honorable Mention went to Brendon Maughan and People’s Choice/Most Livable went to Dave Maughan
• Photo Contest: The photo contest took place with two divisions, a junior and an open. The Junior Division winner was Sierra Savage, with Samuel Bode taking second. In the Open Division, the Grand Prize went to Rachelle Maughan, with Joy Savage taking first, and Jamie Kulbacki taking second and third. The Honorable Mention went to Jordan Savage, and People’s Choice went to Rachelle Maughan.