Many would call Joanne King a legend of the Honey Queen Program. Serving as chair for seventeen years of a program that’s only been alive for fifty three is certainly a memorable accomplishment.
Kelly Klick (formerly Tjepkes) is from the suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota. She had no prior experience with beekeeping (except an appreciation for honey), but one of her teachers at North Hennepin Community College suggested she look into the competition though she’d never considered doing anything like the honey queen program but thought, “why not?” In order to prepare she studied a lot of books that her teacher lent her and she took an introductory course in beekeeping at the University of Minnesota.
Alyssa Fine (Pennsylvania)
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Alyssa’s hectic and busy traveling schedule quickly became evident as we corresponded with each other via email, trying to find a time that suited the both of us for an interview. Philadelphia one week and then to Maine by the weekend, I actually caught her at the airport as she waited for her next flight.