My name is Lauren Carlson
My name is Lauren Carlson and I am so excited to be your 2023 Miss Ogle County! I have lived in Ogle County my whole life, where I graduated from Byron High School in 2023. This fall, I will be attending the University of Wisconsin — Platteville, majoring in Environmental Horticulture with a Landscape Design Emphasis and a minor in Architecture. I have been a 4-H member for 13 years, showing a variety of projects in the exhibit building including woodworking, floriculture, horticulture, cake decorating, visual arts, and more. In high school, I participated in and was captain of the cross country and soccer teams, competed on the academic team, played clarinet in the band, performed on the speech team, and took part in FFA as a horticulture competitor. This summer, I work as a crop scout for Advanced Crop Care. In five years, I hope to have graduated from Platteville and be doing what I love by designing landscapes for my customers and the community to enjoy. I also plan to continue volunteering in my community, as I have done in the past, through my church St. Paul Lutheran in Oregon, 4-H, FFA, and athletics, where I was an assistant youth soccer coach for four years. As queen, I can’t wait to learn more about this county I call home, advocate for the agriculture community, and connect with the people of Ogle County on a deeper level. Additionally, I hope I can touch young kids' lives by being a great mentor and example for them just as others have done for me.