Pennsylvania State
Beekeepers Association

Honey Queen Program

Each year a Honey Queen is selected to become the main promoter of Pennsylvania's beekeeping industry. The Honey Queen travels throughout the state speaking at schools, fairs, festivals, beekeeping meetings, etc. She participates in media interviews and is always ready to promote the beekeeping and honey industries. The main focus of the Honey Queen program is education; feel free to invite her to give a presentation at your event. The Honey Queen also represents Pennsylvania each year at the American Honey Queen competition, held during the American Beekeeping Federation Convention.

2016 PA Honey Queen

Sarah McTish - 2016 PA Honey Queen

The Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association is pleased to announce that Sarah McTish was selected as the 2016 Pennsylvania Honey Queen during the organization’s annual conference.

Sarah, 19, is the daughter of James and Mary McTish of Mohnton, Pa. She is a graduate of Twin Valley High School and is currently a junior at Penn State University, with an Agriculture Sciences major and an Entomology minor. Sarah is active with the horticulture club, is a research assistant in the entomology lab and is a member of Delta Theta Sigma agriculture fraternity.

Make sure to follow all of Sarah's travels this year by visiting the Honey Queen program Facebook page.

PA Honey Queen Report
  by Sarah McTish - 2016 PA Honey Queen

Hello all!

March was a very exiting month for my travels as the Honey Queen. I had my first school visits during my spring break. During this week, I visited four elementary schools: Robeson Elementary, Willow Lane Elementary, Mount Nittany Elementary and Corl Street Elementary. Between these schools, I gave 12 presentations and spoke to more than 450 elementary students from first through third grade.

Queen Sarah visiting elementary school

Queen Sarah at elementary school

Queen Sarah visited many elementary schools during her spring break, reaching more than 450 students.

To start off these presentations, I visited my own elementary school, Robeson Elementary in Berks County. This was a great experience talking to all the first, second and third graders about honey bees and beekeepers. They all had great questions and were eager to learn more. It was also good to visit with the teachers I had when I went to school there.

Later that day, I visited Willow Lane Elementary School where I spoke to five classes of second graders. Like the previous school, they were all very enthusiastic about learning about honey bees. When I arrived at the second classroom at Willow Lane, I was about to start my presentation when a girl in the front raised her hand and proceeded to tell me that I had lost a jewel from my crown. So, she walked up to me to give me the jewel… but it was a chunk of road salt. A few weeks after visiting Willow Lane, I received a heartwarming video from the students of one the classes I visited telling me everything they had learned about honey bees that day. To see this video, check out the PA Honey Queen Program Facebook page.

Queen Sarah and her display at the Chester County Beekeepers Association Annual Beekeeping Conference.

To end my school presentations for the week, I visited Mount Nittany Elementary School and Corl Street Elementary School, both in State College. Many of these classes knew that I was coming for a few days and were all ready when I arrived to ask questions. After four wonderful school visits, I ended the week at the Chester County Beekeepers Association Annual Beekeeping Conference. This was a great experience to network and speak with beekeeper. During the conference, I attended a few talks on urban beekeeping, resource hives, and local bees and queens.

I hope to attend many events in the future. If you would like to invite me to your event, please contact Rachel Bryson at or 717-300-0146.

Honey Queen Program Contact Information

Invite the PA Honey Queen to your event!

PA Honey Queen Contestant Information and Application Form

PA Honey Queen Program Facebook Page

Rachel Bryson
(PA Honey Queen Program Chair)
610 Strite Rd.
Chambersburg, PA 17202
Phone: 717-643-0010
Cell: 717-300-0146

Linda Hackenburg
1466 Crossroads Dr.
Lewisburg, PA 17837
April - January 570-568-2337
January- April 352-583-2796
Cell: 570-850-1976

Previous 'Honey Queen Report' articles have been archived.
A listing of previous years' Honey Queens/Princesses is also available.

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