Kalyna Harder selected for 2018
By Angie Landsverk
This year’s Fire on Ice queen is quite familiar with the annual event in Weyauwega.
That is because Kalyna Harder was a Fire on Ice princess the past two years.
“This year, I am the queen,” she said.
The New London High School junior said she was happy to be chosen this year’s Fire on Ice queen.
“I wasn’t expecting it,” Harder said.
Harder learned last August she was chosen for the role.
That was after she and the others who applied to be on this year’s court were interviewed by the judges.
The application process included writing an essay about what community means to them.
Harder wrote about how a community welcomes back and supports those who leave.
She moved from Waupaca to New London and remains in touch with her friends in Waupaca.
Harder is the daughter of B.J. and Molly Schneider and the late Megan Darvin.
She has two sisters (Ashlynn and Jocelyn), one stepsister (Kylee) and one brother (Owyn).
The first time Harder applied to be part of the Fire on Ice court, she did not know a lot about it.
Her cousin, Nikki Behn, told her about it.
“Everyone said it’s so much fun,” Harder said.
She learned it is.
Harder enjoys helping out at the event and participating in the numerous parades throughout the area.
“A lot of days, we had two parades,” she said.
Harder was also among those ringing bells for the Salvation Army in Weyauwega and Fremont this past Christmas season.
This year, for the first time, the princesses chosen for the court represent not only Fire on Ice, but the Snodeo in Manawa as well.
There is a queen representing each of the specific events.
The princesses are Keyera Berrig of Waupaca, Tatum Williams of Weyauwega, Kellynn Kaczorowski of Manawa and Kaylee Jaeger of Waupun.
Fire on Ice takes place at the Waupaca County Fairgrounds the first two weekends in February, with Snodeo the third weekend in February on Bear Lake.
As Fire on Ice queen, Harder enjoys visiting elementary students and nursing home residents and brightening their days.
She is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and HOSA , which is a student organization that promotes career opportunities in the health care industry.
After high school, Harder wants to pursue a career in the medical field.
“I’ve always been interested in medical stuff,” she said. “I thought about being a veterinarian, but wanted to work with people.”
Harder enjoys all her classes at New London High School and wants to get more youth interested in Fire on Ice and to show them how much fun it is to be part of it.