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MSFF announces 74th minor court

May 22, 2010
The Inter-Mountain

The royal minor court of Queen Silvia LXXIV has been announced by Mountain State Forest Festival Director General Kenna Barger and Queen's Department Director Denise Wallace. Representing the "Nature's Kaleidoscope" court will be crown bearer Anna Grace Crumm, scepter bearer Sophia Mae Gillispie, flower girls Hannah Joan Haddix, Addison Grace Huffman, Phoebe Kay Riddle and Lauren Nicole Wilmoth, and train bearers Liam Wilson Gongola, Tyler Edward Hamrick and Hayden Scott Long.

Crumm, 6, daughter of Jack and Lisa Crumm of Elkins, is a kindergarten student at Midland Elementary School. She has three brothers, Corey, Will and Cole. She is the granddaughter of Carl and Barbara Hinkle of Buckhannon and Danny and Beverly Koon of Slaughters, Kentucky.

As a pastime, the festival's crown bearer participates in gymnastics and cheerleading. She is a member of St. Brendan Catholic Church.

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Gillispie, 5, daughter of Sid and Sue Gillispie of Elkins, is a kindergarten student at Third Ward Elementary School. She has one brother, Alexander, and is the granddaughter of Wayne and Kay Gillispie of Arbovale and Stuart and Pat Hartley of Longboat Key, Florida, and Toronto, Canada.

The 74th MSFF scepter bearer participates in swimming and the Mighty Mites basketball league at the Elkins-Randolph County Family YMCA, plays Seneca Soccer and takes art lessons at the Randolph County Community Arts Center. She enjoys crafts and art projects and riding her bike.

Haddix, 9, daughter of Mark and Linda Haddix of Elkins, is a third-grade honor student at Third Ward Elementary School. She has two sisters, Amy and Emily, and two brothers, Adam and Benjamin. Her grandparents are Larry and Sue Spencer and Bruce Haddix, all of Elkins.

The 2010 flower girl is a Brownie in Girl Scout Troop 4161 and in her free time enjoys playing piano, swimming, soccer, riding her bike and reading. Active in youth activities at the Church of Nazarene, Haddix is in the hand bell choir and Caravan program.

Huffman, 9, is the daughter of Loree Phillips and Ronald Huffman of Elkins. She has one brother, Benjamin, and is the granddaughter of Lorene Bunner of Elkins, Ron and Jeanie Phillips of Beverly and Debra Huffman of Charlottesville, Virginia.

Huffman is in third grade at Third Ward Elementary School and attends the First Baptist Church. This year's Forest Festival flower girl is a Brownie in Girl Scout Troop 4161, an Elkins Bengal's cheerleader and a member of the Elkins Otter's Swim Team, Elkins Minor League Baseball and Upward Bound Basketball. Her extracurricular activities include horseback riding, twirling and drawing.

Riddle, 9, daughter of Dr. Chuck and Kay Riddle of Elkins, is a fourth-grade student at Third Ward Elementary School. She has one brother, Tim, and is the granddaughter of James Riddle of Richwood, Della Salisbury of New Hope and Wendell and Helen Barnett of Craigsville. Her father has been playing the bagpipes for the Forest Festival's opening and closing ceremonies as well as the official queen's arrival luncheon for numerous years.

The 74th festival flower girl is a member of Girl Scout Troop 5056 and earned a second-place award in the 2010 Randolph County Social Studies Fair. Her pastimes include swimming, soccer, bicycling and roller skating.

Wilmoth, 9, is the daughter of David and Kris Wilmoth of Elkins. Her grandparents are Herman and Fay Thompson and Clifford and Mabel Wilmoth, all of Elkins. Her mother is a former Queen's Department assistant and served as a princess in the 1989 festival.

The minor court attendant is a fourth-grader at North Elementary School. She is a member of the West Virginia Highland Dancers and Little League Girls Softball. Interested in jewelry making, she designs and sells her own line of beaded jewelry to raise money for the Randolph County Humane Society. She is a three-year piano student and active in the youth group at the First Church of Christ.

Gongola, 9, son of Andrew and Jayme Gongola, is a third-grade honor roll student at Midland Elementary School. He has one sister, Hannah, and is the grandson of Scott and Barbara Criss and James and Janice Gongola, all of Elkins. His great-grandparents are Herman and Jo Criss of Philippi and the late Bill and Marion Lefkowitz. His mother served as flower girl in the 1977 MSFF royal court.

The 2010 train bearer is a team member of Elkins United Travel Soccer and Upward Bound Basketball. His extracurricular activities include running, reading and drawing. He attends the First United Methodist Church. Hamrick, 8, is the son of Tommy and Kathy Hamrick of Elkins. He is in third grade at Third Ward Elementary School. His grandparents are Joe and Virginia Harman and Tom and Pat Hamrick, all of Elkins. He is the great-grandson of Lucille Spicer of Elkins. His mother served as a flower girl in the 1974 festival.

He is a member of Cub Scout Pack 88 and Upward Bound Basketball. In his spare time, the Forest Festival train bearer enjoys reading, swimming and riding four-wheelers. Active in the children's choir and bell choir, he is a member of the First Church of Nazarene.

Long, 9, son of Wayne and Jodie Hart of Elkins and Douglas and Cristin Long of State College, Pennsylvania, is a fourth-grade student at Midland Elementary School. He has one sister, Anna Long, and is the grandson of Scott and Barbara Criss of Elkins, Gary and Beverly Long of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and Jean Hart of Elkins. His great-grandparents are Herman and Jo Criss of Philippi.

The 74th Forest Festival train bearer is a member of the HiFi 4-H Club. Active in sports, he participates in soccer, basketball and swimming. His pastimes include reading and riding bikes. He is a member of the First United Methodist Church.

The minor court will accompany Queen Silvia LXXIV during her royal coronation at 2 p.m. Oct. 8 at the outdoor amphitheater on the campus of Davis & Elkins College.

The 74th Mountain State Forest Festival is scheduled for Oct. 2-10 in Elkins. Event information is available online at www.forestfestival.com or by calling 304-636-1824.

 
 

 

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