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By Marc Lutz
Wrangell Sentinel 

Teen uses royalty competition to help community one last time

 

Marc Lutz/Wrangell Sentinel

Jamie Roberts, left, discusses raffle ticket sales with Tyson Messmer at the downtown pavilion food both last Thursday. Messmer is this year's sole Fourth of July royalty candidate.

It was the fundraiser that almost wasn't until one ambitious teen decide to set another goal.

Each year, the chamber of commerce uses the Fourth of July royalty contest to raise money to pay for the following year's events. Nobody had entered this year's competition until Tyson Messmer stepped up mid-May to help.

Messmer, who graduated high school this year, will attend the University of Miami in Florida. Though the school awarded him a scholarship, he still needs to raise money for his schooling to get a degree in anesthesiology. But that wasn't his only reason for competing.

"I wanted to...



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