Miss Millville wins 2019 Laurel Queen crown

Allison Diehl, a junior representing Millville Area Junior Senior High School, was crowned the 2019 Pennsylvania State Laurel Queen during the Saturday coronation ceremony in the Coolidge Theatre at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main St. in Wellsboro.

She was awarded a $1,500 scholarship.

First runner-up Miss New Covenant Academy Hannah Colegrove was awarded a $750 scholarship and second runner-up Miss North Penn-Liberty Briauna Wilson, a $500 scholarship. Named Miss Congeniality by the other queen candidates was Miss Wellsboro, Ariana Carleton. She was awarded a $250 scholarship. The Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce through the Wellsboro Foundation sends the scholarship funds to the college each young lady chooses to attend to help pay tuition.

Laurel Queen judges included David Cohick, judge coordinator and the director of Tioga County Emergency Services in Wellsboro; Renata Stiehl, WENY-TV news director and anchor in Horseheads, New York; and Jacob Michaels with 93.3 WBZD-FM, Muncy.

“I am definitely shocked and surprised,” said the newly crowned Laurel Queen.

The 10 semi-finalists were each asked one question during the coronation ceremony. In response to her question about what qualities she thought a person should embody to become President of the United States, Diehl, the daughter of Aimee and Lance Diehl of Millville, said “As President, a person should have integrity, be honest and pursue ways to aid people within and outside our country.”

Diehl’s dad learned that his daughter is the first Laurel Queen from Millville in 60 years. Carol Bowman Kauffman, Miss Millville in 1959, was crowned Laurel Queen. “My dad and her brother were neighbors and friends growing up, so my dad went online to see what year she had won. “That was exciting for me to find out,” Diehl said. “I’m very proud to bring the title back to Millville. That’s pretty cool.”

When asked if she had made friends while in Wellsboro,” Diehl noted that all of the contestants had created a group chat. “We’ve been talking all weekend and gotten very close over the past three days,” she said.

Her favorite part of the weekend was during the Queen’s Preview when the candidates were on the outdoor stage. “We were all dancing and playing music. It was really nice to let loose and have fun.”

Diehl will be a senior at Millville High this fall. As a freshman, sophomore, and junior, Diehl has been on the distinguished honor roll and a member of chorus, drama club and student council (inducted in eighth grade, president as a junior), played on the varsity basketball team (starter freshman through junior year, captain as a junior) and active in the Mill-Green United Methodist Church Youth Group. In her junior year, Diehl played varsity softball, was a member of the National Honor Society (will be president as a senior), of the French Honor Society and SADD, and took college classes through Bloomsburg University by participating in the STEM program there. Following graduation in 2020, she plans to attend a four-year college and is considering speech pathology or marketing as a career.

Representing New Covenant Academy in Mansfield was Colegrove. “I am very excited. I didn’t expect to be a semifinalist or be the first runner-up. It is a pretty big deal to me to make it this far and to represent my school this way,” she said.

“It was so much fun getting to know the contestants. All of us have been getting along. It was amazing that there has been no drama. We were all excited for each other and wanted each other to win.”

The daughter of Brenda and Harry Colegrove of Liberty, she will attend Messiah College this fall and major in theatre. All four years of high school, Miss Colegrove was on the honor roll, played soccer, was a worship team, chorus and Liberty Community 4-H member, dance instructor, Sunday school teacher and a volunteer at the homeless shelter. Miss Colegrove is active in the arts with interests in dancing, songwriting, guitar playing, writing, and acting. As a junior and senior, she was a member of the Pine Creek Dance Collective and as a senior danced in the Dance the World Christmas Edition at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. She has worked at Wendy’s as a cashier and cook, and at First Citizens Community Bank.

“When they said I had been chosen Miss Congeniality, I couldn’t believe it,” said Carleton, the daughter of Shadel and Thomas Carleton of Wellsboro.

“At first I was shocked and then excited. It is awesome,” she said.

“When we went to the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon and I saw the other candidates’ eyes light up when they saw how pretty it is and how amazed they were by it, I realized how much I take it for granted. It gave me a whole new love for and pride in my town. Getting to know all of these girls and keeping in touch has been a great experience for me.”

This fall, Miss Carleton will attend Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia with a double major in Spanish education and teaching English as a second language. Her goal is to become a missionary and teach English to Spanish-speaking children in developing countries.

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