Ella Butler

Danielle (Ella) Butler says she ran for the Sportsman’s Holiday Court to learn more about her community, to get involved and meet new people.

Butler, 17, is one of six young women who are candidates to be queen of this year’s Sportsman’s Holiday festival, to be held July 12-13. The queen will be selected at a coronation banquet on July 10.

“Any time you are involved in your community, you can make a difference by being a good role model, giving time and energy and bringing new ideas to your community,” Butler said. “I moved here when I was 6. We had no family here, but we became part of the community. I call it home, and I have a well-rounded perspective of Sweet Home.”

She is the daughter of Devon Butler of Sweet Home. She has one sister, Bethany, 23, a University of Oregon graduate.

She is a junior at Sweet Home High School and is a student body officer. She serves on the class board and site council. She is a varsity cheerleader who enjoys gymnastics.

She has volunteered with the Lunch Buddy program, the Special Olympics, community cleanup, Thanksgiving baskets and the Sharing Tree. She enjoys running, reading, yoga and cooking, and she works at Spoleto’s Pizza.

Her friends would say “that I am fun, loyal and can be counted on,” Butler said.

The best part of living in the Sweet Home area is the people, Butler said. “They care about me and the community, and I love the rivers and lakes.”

She said she has never had a single hero. Rather, she has many people whom she looks up to.

If she could live in any time in history, she said she would pick the 1960s, maybe at Berkeley as a student, “with all the hippies who weren’t afraid to change the world.”