Jennifer Lyn Koons of Salem was recently awarded the title of Northern Ohio’s Mrs. United States Agriculture in a pageant held in Dothan, Alabama.
Jennifer is the daughter of Charles and Angela Graham of Atwater and is a 2005 graduate of Waterloo High School. Jennifer received her associate’s degree from Lakeland Community College in 2009, where she was a member of the softball team and graduated with honors with a grade point average of 3.68, and also received her bachelor’s degree from Kent State University in 2010, where she was a member of the Tau Sigma Honor Society and graduated cum laude with a GPA of 3.41.
Jennifer is the wife of Harold Delbert Koons III. They were married on July 14, 2011. They have five children, Davin, Callie, Colton, Case and Colbie. They live on their family farm in Salem, where they have 80 acres of property and raise beef cows, and also recently acquired a rooster from a “mystery friend.”
The farm has been in Harry’s family for more than 75 years. Harold and Jennifer are both members of the Columbiana County Farm Bureau. Davin and Callie are very active in 4-H, Davin took a Market Hog and a Dairy Beef Feeder to the 2017 Columbiana County Fair, and Callie took her pet snapping turtle Pancake, who was on display in the Pocket Pet Barn. She is also going through the process of becoming an adviser in their 4-H club, Just Rite 4-H.
The family is also very involved in volunteer work. Colton passed away in August of 2013 due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and they have had many fundraising events to benefit Robert’s Program, a SIDS research study at Boston Children’s Hospital. To date, they have raised nearly $19,000 for research and are scheduled to have their fourth annual craft show, Crafting for Colton, on Oct. 15 in Salem.
Jennifer is also a Make A Wish volunteer and has been since 2013. She is a “Wish Grantor” and she and a partner meet with families to determine their child’s true wish. Once the…