GALLIPOLIS — The 2014 River Recreation Festival Queen’s Pageant will take place Thursday at 8 p.m. on the main stage. Prior to the contest, at 6:30 p.m., the Queen’s Parade will travel through downtown Gallipolis. A total of five young women will vie for this year’s title: Alexandria Elliott, Lexie Johnson, Allison McClure, Maddison Siders and Jerica Young.
Elliott, 17, is the daughter of Jared and Tina Elliott and attends Buckeye Hills Career Center. Her high school extracurricular activities include marching band, concert band, art club, beta club, Skills USA, quiz bowl and French club. She has been active in 4-H since 2011 and served on the Junior Fair Board in 2013.
Elliott plans to attend Rio Grande Community College to pursue an associate’s degree in art and then attend Lincoln Technical Institute in Nashville, Tenn., for collision repair and refinishing certification. She is sponsored by family and friends.
Johnson, 16, is the daughter of Kirk and Frantina Johnson and attends South Gallia High School. Her high school extracurricular activities have included FFA, BETA Club, PRIDE, volleyball, cheerleading, Marshall University SCORES and quiz bowl. Her volunteer experience includes working as an American Red Cross Blood Drive volunteer, participating in several drives, including Let’s Can Hunger food drive and Toasty Toes shoe drive. Johnson also was a campaign volunteer for State Representative Ryan Smith and is involved with Girl Scouts, 4-H and TARS (Young Republican Club).
Johnson plans to attend Marshal University and major in pre-professional skills. She plans to continue her education at The Appalachian School of Optometry in Virginia and eventually return to Gallia County to open her practice. She is sponsored by Pure American Pageants and her parents.
Siders, 17, is the daughter of Kenny and Leighana Siders and attends Gallia Academy High School. Her high school extracurricular activities include FCCLA, mentoring, cheerleading, track and field, volleyball and the GAHS Madrigals. She has volunteered for Relay for Life and regularly visits nursing homes.
Siders plans to attend Ohio University to pursue a degree in childhood education. She is sponsored by Marchi’s Carryout.
McClure, 16, is the daughter of Bill and Cherie McClure and attends Gallia Academy High School. McClure’s extracurricular high school activities have included band, key club, student council and mock trial. McClure has also participated in the Marshall Honor Band and Otterbein Honor Band. Her community activities and volunteer experience includes volunteering with Operation Christmas Child and mission trips to West Liberty, Ky. and Huntington, W.Va.
McClure plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in architecture. She is sponsored by Toler & Toler Insurance.
Young, 17, is the daughter of Jerry and Sharon Young and attends Gallia Academy High School. Young’s extracurricular high school activities includes basketball and key club. She has volunteer with Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child, Walk for the Cure, Boxes for Soldiers and at area elementary school festivals.
Young plans to attend Wright State University to pursue either a career in neonatal nursing or early education. She is sponsored by Gallia Auto Sales.
After the Queen’s Parade, the Opening Ceremony will take place at 7 p.m., followed by the Junior Miss Pageant at 7:15 p.m. The six Junior Miss contestants are Olivia Harrison, Kaylee Jones, Ashleigh Miller, Allivia Runyon, Tessa Skinner and Abby VanSickle.
The Queen’s Pageant are sponsored by Buckeye Rural Electric Co-op, Fosters Sales and Bakery, McDonald’s, Ohio Valley Bank, “On the Go” Transportation Services and Sunny 93.1