The 2020 ‘89er Days celebration Queen and Princess were chosen this past weekend over two days of competition. The 2020 Queen is Karlie Johnson, 16, of Edmond, and the 2020 Princess is Izzy Mariconda, 13, of Edmond. The judges selected Harper LeCluyse, 10, of Edmond, as the 2020 Sweetheart to hang out with the queen and princess throughout the week.
Johnson was selected by the judges after a horsemanship competition in Edmond at Silver Wind Stables on Saturday and public speaking presentations at the American Legion Hall on Sunday afternoon. Johnson is a junior at Epic Charter Schools and loves taking History and English classes. The new queen works part-time at OneHealth Chiropractic and Johnson’s future plans include attending Sherman Chiropractic College in South Carolina. Johnson is the daughter of Dr. Vernon and Missy Millspaugh.
Johnson is also a junior curator at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Gardens. She currently owns five horses, three dogs and a cat. Besides being an avid animal lover, Johnson is also a competitive dancer. When not working with her horses, Johnson enjoys volleyball and teaching new tricks to her animals. Johnson also volunteers with Project 66.
Johnson will assume her duties immediately. The 2019 Queen, Rebeka Breger of Cashion, will assume the role of Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Teen on Jan. 1, 2020 and cannot hold both titles according to the rules.
Mariconda is an eighth grader at Deer Creek Middle School. The 2020 Princess is a barrel racer at the local competitions with her 18-year-old horse Chip that she has owned for the last two years. Izzy makes jewelry on the side. Mariconda’s hobbies include reading, acting and public speaking. Mariconda commented she was grateful to family, friends and her trainers for working on horse skills with her over the years. Mariconda was also selected as the Congeniality Winner out of all the contestants. Izzy is the daughter of Paul and Holly Mariconda and succeeds 2019 Princess Halle Barker of Jones.
The judges this year named 10-year-old Harper LeCluyse as the 2020 Sweetheart. LeCluyse will be able to go to events with Johnson and Mariconda and get some public exposure for a future run at the princess or queen title. Harper is in the fifth grade at Heritage Elementary School and has been riding horses for six years. Harper and her horse, Delilah have competed in many local and national shows through the 4-H program and the Oklahoma Horse Show Association. LeCluyse won her first national title this past year at the Pony of Americas National Congress. LeCluyse is currently Vice-President of Edmond Light Horse 4H. In her spare time, LeCluyse enjoys basketball and singing with the Edmond Youth Chorus. She is the daughter of Blake and Allison LeCluyse.
DJ Birdsong was selected as the Horsemanship winner on Saturday.
The 2020 royalty was selected by a panel of judges consisting of former queens and queen coordinator Carrie Dennis Fryar (1994 Queen). The next four months will be busy for the queen and princess as multiple public appearances will be made including leading the 2020 parade through downtown Guthrie.