ELKINS - Mountain State Forest Festival Director General Ben Shaffer announces the appointments of Kathryn "Katy" Elizabeth Ross and Kelsi Elizabeth Trippett as maids of honor to Queen Silvia LXXVIII. Ross and Trippett are bestowed with the highest Randolph County honors in the Forest Festival's 78th Royal Court.
Ross, 18, is the daughter of James Ross and Peggy Young and David and DeAnna Roth, all of Coalton. She is the granddaughter of Mike and Joann Ross of Coalton, Walter Thompson of Belington and Judy Primavera of Coalton. She has one brother, Sam. Ross was a crown bearer in the 67th Forest Festival. A four-year member of the West Virginia Highlanders, Ross also has played the bagpipe at many festival events.
She is a 2014 graduate of Elkins High School and will be attending West Virginia Wesleyan College in the fall to pursue a psychology major with a minor in nutrition. Ross then plans to attain her doctorate of clinical psychology and become a clinical psychologist who specializes in eating disorder treatment.
At Elkins High, Ross was in the top 10 percent of her class, was the EHS student body vice president, the National Honor Society president and a member of class counsel. A Zumba instructor at Axis Training, Ross also was a member of the EHS cross country team. She also attended Rhododendron Girls State and the West Virginia Governor's Honors Academy. Ross is a member of St. Brendan's Catholic Church and a recipient of the Robert E. Maxwell Distinguished Youth Service Award. A competitive bagpiper, Ross enjoys reading, running and going to yard sales.
Trippett, 19, is the daughter of Duane and Jeri Trippett of Elkins. She is the granddaughter of Jerry and Joanne Pastine of Elkins and Walter and the late Shirley Trippett of Fairmont. Trippett was a flower girl in the 2003 Forest Festival. Her mother, Jeri, was an assistant director with the Forest Festival from 2002 to 2004, while her father served as an assistant in 2005. Her grandfather, Jerry, served on the photographer exhibit committee, while Joanne served on the Queen's Scrapbook committee in year's past.
Trippett will be a sophomore at West Virginia Wesleyan College, where she has a Dean's Scholarship and also is a Mason Crickard Scholar. An athletic training major, she also attends on a golf scholarship and plays for the women's golf team, Division II, Mountain East Conference. She also received honorable mention all-conference.
A 2013 graduate of Elkins High School, Trippett was an honor roll student and played varsity golf, basketball and softball. She was all-conference in golf and softball and also was named to the West Virginia All-State Softball Team.
The 78th Mountain State Forest Festival is scheduled from Sept. 27 through Oct. 5. For more information, visit www.forestfestival.com or call 304-636-1824.