Cameron Harpel and Jessyca South

Cameron Harpel and Jessyca South will dance in the upcoming Youth Service Bureau fundraiser.

The Youth Service Bureau will present Dancing With the Montgomery County Stars on May 18 at Knowling Fieldhouse on the Wabash College campus. In the weeks leading up to the dance competition, the Journal Review will feature each of the 10 dance pairs. This is the fifth pair to be highlighted.

Cameron Harpel

Occupation: Whitesville Mill

How long have you lived in Montgomery County?

21 years

What do you do for fun in your spare time?

Take my dog on walks.

Tell us about your family.

My mom and dad grew up in Montgomery county and graduated from north Montgomery. My dad owns Deckard’s engineering and surveying.

What song always makes you get up and dance or sing along?

Party in the USA

What was your reaction when you were asked to be a Star?

Nervous, very nervous.

Why did you decide to participate in this Youth Service Bureau fundraiser?

It’s a great cause.

Why should the public come to this event and support you and your partner?

It’ll be very interesting and fun to watch!

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Jessyca South

Occupation: English teacher and high ability lead teacher at North Putnam Middle School

How long have you lived in Montgomery County?

I have recently moved to Parke County.

What do you do for fun in your spare time?

Dancing is definitely one of my favorite hobbies, along with boating, gardening, and yoga. I also love trying new recipes to cook for family. Road trips, wineries, hiking, and building Legos with my son are spare time favorites as well.

Tell us about your family.

I come from a farming family, and I was born and raised in Avon, IN...when there was farmland in Avon. We still have land in Parke and Putnam Counties, and we spend as much time as possible with my 92-year-old grandpa on his farm, Delp Farms.

I have one son named Atticus. He is ten years old and a Lego maniac.

My partner, Dave Hamilton, and I recently moved to Raccoon Lake. We enjoy boating with my son and his daughter as much as possible.

We also stay busy with his company, Hamilton Painting.

What is your dance background?

I started taking tap and jazz lessons at Mike and Carol Company in Indianapolis when I was four. After that, I was hooked, and I have danced ever since.

I was a cheerleader at Avon High School and at DePauw University. After college, I became a Fabulous Flame dancer for the Arena Football Team in Indianapolis, The Indiana Firebirds. I have also coached North Putnam High School and Dance Team for several years. Most recently, I have been involved in Putnam County’s Dancing with the Stars charity event since 2009.

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