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Staff report
GALLIPOLIS — One of 11 young women will be chosen queen of the 58th annual Gallia County Junior Fair during the Miss Gallia County pageant on the fair’s opening night, Monday, July 30 at 9:30 p.m. on the Main Stage.
The candidates are:
  • Lehanna Craft is the daughter of Jim and Gwen Craft of Gallipolis and is a 2007 graduate of Gallia Academy High School. Her tiara is sponsored by Strawberry Hair.
    During high school, Lehanna has been involved in National Honor Society, Regional Scholars, Who’s Who Among American High School Students, STAMP, varsity cheerleading, Key Club, Madrigals, Show Choir, Summer Scholars, Energy Team and Student Council.
    She graduated in the top 10 percent of her class.
    Lehanna’s community involvement extends to Junior Fair Youth Board, president of the Raccoon Rowdies 4-H Club, 10-year 4-H member, Relay For Life, Toys for Tots, Pennies for Patients, Operation Christmas Child, nursing home and senior care center volunteer, Santa’s Little Helpers, and volunteering in the Prime Time after-school program. She attends Fellowship of Faith Church.
    She plans to attend the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College and major in secondary education.
  • Adriane Eastman is the daughter of Brent and Teresa Eastman of Gallipolis and is a 2007 graduate of Gallia Academy High School. Her tiara is sponsored by her parents.
    In high school, Adriane was active in National Honor Society, Regional Scholars and winner of a Superior rating in the Solo and Ensemble Competition. She was active in varsity cheerleading, secretary of the Student Council, recipient of the National Student Council Award, Model United Nations and graduated in the top 10 percent of her class.
    She is a past member of the state and national All Star Cheer and Dance Squad, listed in Who’s Who Among American High School Students, a Stay Tobacco Free (STAMP) athletic mentor, and also received an Award of Merit and an Honors diploma.
    In the community, Adriane has been active in the Gallia County Junior Fair Youth Board, president of the Triangle 4-H Club, a counselor at Camp Invention, a participant in the Energy Team, a piano student of Allen Strait, a Senior Ambassador for The Image Gallery, an active youth member of the First Church of God, campaigned for new schools and new fairgrounds, and participated in the Shoe Box Ministry.
    Adriane will be attending Marshall University and majoring in chemistry or biology, in hopes of becoming a physician.
  • Kayla Frantom is the daughter of Frank and Janet Frantom of Patriot and is a 2007 graduate of Ohio Valley Christian School. Her tiara is sponsored by Rio Hardware Supply and MJ Cattle Co.
    During high school, Kayla was involved in cheerleading for three years, track for four years, choir for four years, National History Day, class secretary for three years, and worked on such class community projects as Special Olympics, Operation Christmas Child, food pantry, clothing drive and collecting books for a school in the Philippines.
    In the community, she has been involved with Triangle 4-H Club for 10 years and its yearly community service projects, choir and yourh group at Salem Baptist Church, church cleanup days and helping with Bible School, collecting unused church materials for missions, and helping neighboring senior citizens with yard work.
    Kayla plans to attend Hocking College to study equine health and complementary therapies.
  • Kristen Halley is the daughter of Jeff Halley of Crown City and Lisa Halley of Albany. She is a 2007 graduate of South Gallia High School.
    While in high school, Kristen was involved with varsity basketball, varsity cheerleading, varsity softball, FFA, Beta Club, newspaper staff, choir, National Honor Society, PRIDE, SCORES, class officer, Who’s Who Among American High School Students, Gallia County Junior Fair Youth Board, and the Pairs & Spares 4-H Club.
    Within the community, Kristen has been active with PRIDE’s “Toasty Toes” shoe drive, PRIDE’s “Say Boo to Drugs,” Beta’s Adopt-a-Child at Christmas, and Pairs & Spares’ Adopt-a-Highway program.
    Kristen will attend Ohio State University and major in animal science and veterinary medicine.
  • Brea Martin is the daughter of Bryan Martin and Mitzi Martin of Bidwell and is a 2007 graduate of Gallia Academy High School. She is an independent candidate for queen. Her tiara is sponsored by Parties-R-Us.
    During high school, Brea has been involved with Key Club, Bible Club, Symphonic Choir, swim team and National Honor Society.
    In the community, she has been involved in 4-H, Girl Scouts, Gallia County Junior Fair Youth Board, Junior Leaders, the University of Rio Grande Swim Team, Gallia County Carteens and the water polo team.
    Brea plans to attend the National K-9 Training Center to become a professional dog trainer.
  • Kari McFann is the daughter of Rick and Lena McFann of Cheshire. She will be a senior at River Valley High School. Her tiara is sponsored by Mark Porter GM Superstore in Pomeroy.
    In high school, Kari has been involved in National Honor Society, Beta Club and Drama Club. This past year, she was president of the Key Club, president of her class, and secretary of the Student Council. She has attended the HOBY Leadership Conference and Southeast Ohio Regional Scholars.
    She has received many awards, including honor roll and Who”s Who Among American High School Students. She also plays both varsity volleyball and softball.
    In her community, Kari has been involved with several activities, including Red Cross blood drives, community trash pickup, ice cream socials and soup dinners. She has organized community service projects such as “Make a Change With Your Change” for Hurricane Katrina victims, and a “River Valley’s Got Talent” to raise money for the American Cancer Society. She also attends Cheshire Baptist Church, where she plays the piano and the organ for the Sunday morning service.
    Kari plans to attend Ohio University and major in speech and music therapy.
  • Elizabeth Miller is the daughter of Doug and Pat Miller of Patriot and is a 2007 graduate of South Gallia High School. Her tiara is sponsored by Back to Health Chiropractic-Dr. Nick Robinson.
    In high school, Elizabeth was active in varsity cheerleading, PRIDE, Beta, FCCLA, National Honor Society, SCORES, Academic Festival, choir, newspaper staff, serving as editor, class president for four years, 4-H (13 years), Who’s Who Among American High School Students and Senior Salute.
    She was among the top 10 percent of her graduating class.
    In the community, Elizabeth has been involved with the “Toasty Toes” shoe drive, “Say Boo to Drugs,” Red Cross blood drives, March of Dimes, Boo Boo Buddies, St. Jude Miracle Walk, Operation Christmas and Secret Santa, Giving Tree, Bible school, a music teacher, volunteer cheer coach and Toys for Tots.
    Elizabeth will attend the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College and major in communications and marketing.
  • Leslie Niday of Gallipolis is the daughter of Jim Niday and Donna Brown and is a 2007 graduate of Gallia Academy High School. Her tiara is sponsored by Carolina Sola.
    During high school, Leslie was with the National Honor Society for two years, on the varsity softball team for four years, three years of volleyball, and was a member of the Prom Decorating Committee.
    Within the community, Leslie has been an eight-year member of the Gallia Guys & Gals 4-H Club, active in 4-H Junior Leaders for two years, organized, created and donated a basket for the 4-H basket raffle to raise funds for a fellow 4-H member battling cancer, Relay For Life and America in Bloom.
    She plans to attend the Ohio State University Newark Branch to study chemistry and pre-dentistry in hope of becoming a dentist.
  • Lauren Saunders is the daughter of Matt and Noreen Saunders of Gallipolis and will be a senior at Gallia Academy High School. Her tiara is sponsored by Clearview Farm.
    During high school, she has been involved in National Honor Society, Student Council for four years, currently serving as president, and is a recipient of the USAA National Student Council Award. She has been on the Blue Angels volleyball team for five years with varsity letter and All Academic SEOAL, Regional Scholars Leadership Conference representative for GAHS, has taken advanced placement courses in al subject areas, has a 4.0 grade point average and is in the top 10 percent of her class.
    She is a STAMP mentor, listed in Who’s Who in American High School Students and is a member of the International Society of Poets, with three published poems to her credit. Lauren is a four-year Southern Ohio Volleyball Club (SEOVC) member.
    In the community, Lauren is active in the Vinton Baptist Small Group Bible Study, a church nursery attendant, and eight-year member of the Raccoon Rowdies 4-H Club, currently serving as vice president and the club’s past treasurer. She was the 2000 Junior Livestock Princess.
    Lauren is also a Junior Fair Youth Board member, a two-year volunteer for Relay For Life, and has participated in the Pennies for Patients children with leukemia fund-raiser, Keep Gallia Beautiful, and GIRLS (Getting Into Real Life Situations) Night Out.
    Lauren plans to attend Ohio State University to study biological sciences as part of her pre-medical studies.
  • Kayla Smith is the daughter of Charles and Dianna Smith of Bidwell and is a 2007 graduate of River Valley High School. Her tiara is sponsored by her parents.
    In high school, Kayla has been involved with Key Club, Beta Club, National Honor Society, PSO, Art Club, varsity volleyball, varsity basketball and varsity softball.
    Within the community, she has been active in 4-H, is a member of Gallia Cornerstone Church, is a Sunday School teacher, and a participant in Junior Leaders, the Junior Fair Board and the Good Times 4-H Club.
    Kayla plans to attend Ohio State University and major in biology.
  • Sarah Waugh of Crown City is the daughter of Allen Waugh and Clarice Beaver and is a 2007 graduate of Gallia Academy High School. He tiara is sponsored by John and Amy Saunders.
    In school, Sarah was active in FFA, serving as secretary in her senior year, Key Club and the Prom Committee.
    Within the community, she has been active in Relay For Life, Junior Fair Board, youth group, Thivener Pioneers 4-H Club, the “Cuddly Coat” drive, Operation Christmas Child toy drive, Thanksgiving and Christmas food drive, made regular visits to nursing homes and participated in Christmas Family sponsorship.
    Sarah will attend the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College and major in nursing.
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