Nichole-Miller-color-1-(2)Exhibitor, $5,000, Westmont College, Business Administration

Nichole Miller’s topsy-turvy cake earned her a first-place award at a prior San Diego County Fair, where she has been cooking up exhibitor awards for years. “I am very thankful for the opportunity the Fair has provided for me to showcase my crafts and culinary arts,” says this perennial winner who confides that even her defeats have helped her: “I learned lessons in sportsmanship and perseverance in the years when I did not place.” Nichole is graduating from Valhalla High School in her hometown of El Cajon with a 4.28 GPA. She plans to major in Business Administration at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, and to continue exhibiting at the Fair as an adult.