2013 Honey Queen, Shannon LaGrave

2013 Honey Queen, Shannon LaGrave

Shannon LaGrave was the 2013 Collin County Honey Queen and the 2014 Texas Honey Princess.

Shannon is the second of five daughters and lives in Farmersville, Texas. She has been keeping bees since she was 13 years old.

Her first introduction to bees was pure curiosity. Her family found a hive in their water meter box and she played with them for days and received many stings. Later, in the next spring, she set out dishes with different sweet substances in her tree house to watch the bees eat them. She wanted to know what the bees preferred to eat. Thus, the journey began.

Shannon was accepted into the CCHBA youth scholarship program to study the art of beekeeping in 2007. She subsequently served two years as Collin County Honey Princess in 2011 and 2012.

2012 Honey Queen, Shelby Kilpatrick

Shelby Kilpatrick was the 2012 Collin County Honey Queen and the 2013 Texas Honey Queen.

Shelby is the daughter of Scott and Susan Kilpatrick. She is a junior in high school and is homeschooled along with her two younger sisters. She began beekeeping in 2007 when she received a Youth Beekeeping Scholarship from the Collin County Hobby Beekeepers Association. Since then, beekeeping has become a family project.

In addition to beekeeping, Shelby is an active Denton County 4-H member participating in many project areas including entomology, wildlife habitat evaluation, horticulture, citizenship, leadership and community service. Her leadership responsibilities this year include serving on the Texas 4-H Council and as a second-year member of the Texas 4-H Technology Team. At home she enjoys reading, cooking, beekeeping, working on 4-H projects and spending time with her family.

2012 Honey Princess, Shannon LaGrave

Shannon LaGrave was the 2012 Collin County Honey Princess.

Shannon is the second of five daughters and lives in Farmersville, Texas. Originally, she became involved in beekeeping through the CCHBA Scholarship program five years ago. Currently, she maintains five hives.

Shannon also raises and cares for many other animals including goats, chickens, ducks and geese. She has a passion for dance, primarily ballet. Shannon enjoys experimental cooking encompassing many cultures. She loves the teaching aspect of the CCHBA Honey Queen program and the enthusiasm of the children.

2011 Honey Queen, Caroline Adams

2011 Honey Queen, Caroline Adams

Caroline Adams was the 2011 Collin County Honey Queen, the 2012 Texas Honey Queen and the 2013 American Honey Queen.

Caroline is the daughter of Ned and Caryl Adams. She is a senior in high school and has been homeschooled along with her brother and sister. Caroline became involved in beekeeping after her sister received a youth scholarship from the Collin County Hobby Beekeepers Association. She and her family currently keep four beehives in Parker, TX. Along with beekeeping, Caroline enjoys playing classical and traditional Irish music on her violin and mandolin, teaching violin lessons to children, volunteering at a local nature museum, cooking, sewing, and spending time with her family.

2011 Honey Princesses, Shelby Kilpatrick and Shannon LaGrave

2011 Honey Princesses, Shelby Kilpatrick and Shannon LaGrave

Shelby Kilpatrick and Shannon LaGrave were the 2011 Collin County Honey Princesses.

Shelby is the seventeen-year-old daughter of Scott and Susan Kilpatrick. She is a junior in high school and is homeschooled along with her two younger sisters. She began beekeeping in 2007 when she received a Youth Beekeeping Scholarship from the Collin County Hobby Beekeepers Association. Since then, beekeeping has become a family project. In addition to beekeeping, Shelby is an active Denton County 4-H member participating in many project areas including entomology, wildlife habitat evaluation, horticulture, citizenship, leadership and community service. At home she enjoys reading, cooking, beekeeping, working on 4-H projects and spending time with her family.

Shannon was accepted into the youth scholarship program to study the art of beekeeping in 2007. Her first introduction to beekeeping was in 2005 she was welcomed into a beekeepers home for an educational event that included an observation hive, honey tasting, trying on the beekeeper’s suit and other activities. She lives in Farmersville, TX with her parents and four sisters. Her hobbies include raising goats and other small farm animals, cooking, gardening, ballet and history. She has five active hives and finds the time spent with the bees to be very satisfying.

2010 Honey Queen - Kaylynn Mansker

2010 Honey Queen - Kaylynn Mansker

Kaylynn Mansker was the 2010 Collin County Honey Queen and the 2011 Texas Honey Queen.

Kaylynn is the eighteen-year-old daughter of Gary and Wanda Mansker of Nevada, TX. She is one of seven siblings and is currently a senior in high school. Her family has been beekeeping since 2008 and has thoroughly enjoyed the family project ever since. In addition to beekeeping, Kaylynn also enjoys reading, spinning, working with children, and spending quality time with her family.

2010 Honey Princess - Caroline Adams

2010 Honey Princess - Caroline Adams

Caroline Adams was the 2010 Collin County Honey Princess.

She is the sixteen-year-old daughter of Ned and Caryl Adams. She is a junior in high school and has been homeschooled along with her brother and sister. She became involved in beekeeping after her older sister received a youth scholarship from the Collin County Hobby Beekeepers Association. In addition to beekeeping, Caroline finds pleasure in playing traditional Irish music on her fiddle and mandolin, playing classical violin, singing, English Country Dancing, cooking and baking, sewing, and most of all, spending time with her family.

2009 Honey Queen, Allison Adams

2009 Honey Queen, Allison Adams

Allison Adams was the 2009 Collin County Honey Queen, the 2010 Texas Honey Queen and the 2011 American Honey Princess.

Allison Adams is the seventeen-year-old daughter of Ned and Caryl Adams of Plano, Texas. She began beekeeping five years ago through the Collin County Hobby Beekeepers Association youth scholarship program and has thoroughly enjoyed it ever since. She also finds pleasure in drawing, cooking, gardening, sewing, English country dancing, and most of all, spending time with her family.

2009 Honey Princess, Kaylynn Mansker

2009 Honey Princess, Kaylynn Mansker

Kaylynn Mansker was the 2009 Collin County Honey Princess.

Kaylynn, the 17-year-old daughter of Gary and Wanda Mansker of Nevada, TX, and her brothers and sisters are home schooled. She began working with bees after her older brother became a Collin County Hobby Beekeepers Association scholarship student. In addition to her interest in honey bees, Kaylynn enjoys reading, cooking, playing piano and guitar.

Nicole Pettibon, 2008 Honey Queen

Nicole Pettibon, 2008 Honey Queen

Nicole Pettibon was the 2008 Collin County Honey Queen.

Nicole Pettibon, is the daughter of Patrick and Christie Pettibon of McKinney, Texas. She enjoyed home schooling with her family of ten siblings. She has been keeping bees as a hobbyist since she started as a 2004 Collin County Hobby Beekeepers Association scholarship recipient. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys playing her violin and piano, cooking, reading, and checking out her beehives.

Allison Adams, 2008 Honey Princess

Allison Adams, 2008 Honey Princess

Allison Adams was the 2008 Collin County Honey Princess.

She is the daughter of Ned and Caryl Adams of Plano, TX. Allison was a 2005 CCHBA scholarship recipient and has been enjoying beekeeping since that time. She is a homeschooler who finds pleasure in being with her family, drawing, cooking, gardening, and playing the flute.

2007 Honey Queen, Sarah Feeny

2007 Honey Queen, Sarah Feeny

Sarah Feeny was the 2007 Collin County Honey Queen.

Sarah Feeny is the daughter of Edwin and Cynthia Feeny of McKinney, TX. Currently, Sarah has been homeschooled throughtout her education. She takes pleasure in cooking, quilting, camping, and learning more about bees.

Sarah Feeny, 2007 Honey Queen

Rachael Seida, 2006 Honey Queen

Rachael Seida was the 2006 Collin County Honey Queen, the 2007 and 2008 Texas Honey Queen, and the 2008 American Honey Queen.

She is the daughter of Steven and Melody Seida, residents of Wylie, TX. She is actively involved in her church, as well as preparing for a career in the equine industry. Rachael enjoys being around horses, reading, swimming, sewing crafts, weaponry, and of course beekeeping. Rachael began beekeeping in 2003 as a CCHBA scholarship recipient.

Anna Watts, 2005 Honey Queen

Anna Watts, 2005 Honey Queen

Anna Watts was the 2005 Collin County Honey Queen.

Anna has two younger sisters, and one younger brother.

Anna enjoys beekeeping, photography, computers, music, drama, video production, event planning, crafts, sewing, and working with children. She is very active in her church community.

Katie Hunt, 2004 Honey Queen

Katie Hunt, 2004 Honey Queen

Katie Hunt was the 2004 Collin County Honey Queen.

Katie plays the violin, and participates in church and community activities.

Sarah Kornfield, 2003 Honey Queen

Sarah Kornfield, 2003 Honey Queen

Sarah Kornfield was the 2003 Collin County Honey Queen, the 2004 Texas Honey Queen, and the 2005 American Honey Queen.

Sarah is a college student who enjoys reading, crafts, church activities, playing both the violin and piano, photography and taking care of her bees.