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21 to compete in Tucker County pageants

January 20, 2011
The Inter-Mountain

The Miss Tucker County Scholarship Pageant, Teen Pageant and Junior Miss Pageant will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Mary Alice Klein Auditorium at Tucker County High School. This is the local pageant for the Miss West Virginia Scholarship Program of the Miss America Organization and the winner will go on to compete at the Miss West Virginia Scholarship Pageant in June at Morgantown.

The winner of the Miss West Virginia Pageant will go on to compete in the Miss America Pageant in January 2012. The winner of the Outstanding Teen Division will go on to the Miss West Virginia Outstanding Teen Pageant in Morgantown in June. The Junior Winner will attend the Miss West Virginia Scholarship Pageant and be a part of the Monarch Miss program.

The contestants for the Junior Miss Tucker County are:

Ashlynn Renea Sparks, 11, is the daughter of Amber Sparks and Nick Casto of Beverly.

Sparks is a fifth-grade student at Beverly Elementary School. Her career ambition is to become a veterinarian. She will perform a tap dance for her talent presentation.

Lindsey Brooke Poling, 11, is the daughter of Duane and Amy Poling of Thomas. Poling is a fifth-grade student at Davis-Thomas Elementary Middle School. She will perform a flute solo for her talent presentation.

Teen contestants are:

Katalin Moore, 13, is the daughter of Keith and Shelia Lipscomb, Wanda Wills and Roger Moore of St. George. Moore is an eighth-grade student at Tucker Valley Elementary Middle School. She will perform sign language to music. Her platform issue is The Realities of Drug Abuse.

Savannah Ambrose, 14, is the daughter of Jim and Melanie Ambrose of Moore. Ambrose is a freshman at Tucker County High School. She will perform a vocal solo for the competition. Her platform issue is Stop the Cycle: Cyber Bullying.

Tana Rachelle Smith, 16, is the daughter of Roger and Rebecca Smith of Location. Smith is a sophomore at TCHS and will present an archery demonstration for her talent. Her platform issue is Therapeutic Healing.

Brenna Lorraine Young, 14, is the daughter of Dean and Sherlene Young of Romney. Young is a freshman at Hampshire High School. She will perform a jazz dance for her talent presentation. Her platform issue is Know Your Learning Style, Boost Your Academic Self-Confidence.

Dani Brook Wilfong, 15, is the daughter of Brian and Crissy Wilfong of Blackman Heights. Wilfong is a sophomore at TCHS.

She will perform a tap dance for the talent competition. Her platform issue is Autism Awareness.

Nina Katherine Stump, 13, is the daughter of Tim and LaVonne Stump of Buckhannon. Stump is an eighth-grade student at Notre Dame High School. She will perform a ballet dance for the talent competition. Her platform issue is Stop Animal Abuse and Support Your Local Animal Shelter.

Trista Cheyenne Collar, 13, is the daughter of Peter W. and Crystal Collar of Parsons.

Collar is an eighth-grade student at TVEMS. She will perform a vocal solo for the talent competition.

Mariah Elizabeth Sides, 15, is the daughter of Donald E. and Kimberly Sides of Farmington. Sides is a sophomore at North Marian High School. She will perform a clarinet solo for her talent presentation. Her platform issue is Volunteerism.

Miss contestants are:

Nicole Marie Shocker, 22, of Morgantown, is a sophomore at West Virginia University where she is majoring in biology and will graduate in May. She has been accepted to Marshall University medical school. She will perform a flute solo to "Simple Gifts" for her talent presentation. Her platform issue is Heart Disease.

Ava Marie Collar, 17, is the daughter of Peter W. and Crystal Collar of Parsons. Collar is a senior at TCHS and plans to attend Davis & Elkins College. She will perform a vocal solo for her talent presentation. Her platform issue is Dangers of Tobacco Abuse.

Courtney Ann Mullenax, 21, is the daughter of Jack and Michelle Mullenax of Holly Meadows. She obtained a two-year degree in equine management and reproduction at Potomac State College and is a junior majoring in agriculture at WVU. She will perform a dance routine for her talent presentation. Her platform issue is The Importance of Agriculture for our Future.

Jackie Marie Riggleman, 18, is the daughter of Greg and Karen Riggleman of Moorefield. She is a graduate of Moorefield High School and is a sophomore at WVU working toward a bachelor's degree in journalism with a concentration in advertising and a minor in sports communication. Riggleman will perform a jazz dance for her talent. Her platform issue is Character Education: "Reaching for the STARS."

Emily Michelle Shaffer, 21, is the daughter of Ronnie and Ellen Shaffer of St. George. She is a graduate of TCHS and is a senior at WVU. Her career ambition of to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry with a minor in music, attend medical school and work as a pediatric orthopedic specialist. Shaffer will perform a vocal solo for her talent presentation.

Her platform issue is PEBBLE - Personal Excellence Builds Bridges, Leadership and Esteem.

Courtney Nelson, 19, is a graduate of Keyser High School and a sophomore at WVU majoring in vocal performance with a minor in theater. Nelson will perform a vocal solo for her talent presentation. Her platform statement is Smoking - America's Addiction.

Emily Evans, 18, is the daughter of Mike and Theresa Evans of Parsons and is a senior at TCHS. She plans to major in forensic science at Fairmont State University. Evans will perform a vocal solo for the talent presentation. Her platform issue is Locks of Love for a Cure.

Bethany Lojewski, 18, is a senior at University High School and will attend WVU. Her goal is to become a pediatric nurse at WVU Children's Hospital. She will perform a tap dance for her talent presentation. Her platform issue is DAISY: Diabetes Awareness - Indicators for Safe Youth.

Jessica Lynne Bragg, 21, from Princeton, is a junior year/senior status student at Concord College. Her hope is to follow her dreams that include traveling, singing and becoming a teacher.

She will perform a vocal solo for the talent presentation. Her platform issue is Students Against Destructive Decisions.

Kelsey Rosa Gilbert, 19, is the daughter of James and Gwen Gilbert of St. George. She is a graduate of TCHS and is a sophomore at Davis & Elkins College where she is working toward a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science then a Master of Science in athletic training. Gilbert will perform a vocal solo for her talent presentation. Her platform issue is Loving Life Lean.

 
 

 

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