27 young women vie for queen status

The following teens will compete for the title of 2018 State Laurel Queen and one will be chosen on Saturday:

MISS ATHENS

SARAH ANTHONY

Miss Sarah Anthony, of Athens Area High School, is the daughter of Anita and Aaron Anthony, of Athens.

As a senior, Anthony was a member of the Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Red Cross Club, the Winterball Committee and the Homecoming Court.

This fall, she will attend SUNY Broome Community College in Binghamton, New York, to earn an associate in applied science degree in dental hygiene.

MISS AUSTIN

DESTINY MITCHELL

Miss Destiny Mitchell represents Austin Area Junior-Senior High School. She is the daughter of Martha Cox, of Port Allegany.

Mitchell was a member of chorus and Prom Committee in her junior year, was named Student of the Month in October 2017 and represented her school as a Potter-Tioga Maple Sweetheart candidate in May 2017.

Following graduation in 2019, she plans to earn a degree to become a child psychologist.

MISS BUCKTAIL MARIA D’ONOFRIO

Miss Maria D’Onofrio, of Bucktail Area High School and the daughter of Connie and Ray Werts, of Renovo, was salutatorian for the Class of 2018.

As a senior, D’Onofrio was vice president of the Yearbook Club.

The summer before her senior year, she took a six-week job

with the Student Conservation Association to maintain and clear trails in state parks and building foot bridges and information stations.

This fall, she will attend Lock Haven University and major in accounting.

MISS CAMERON COUNTY KIRA AIKENS

Miss Kira Aikens, of Cameron County Junior-Senior High School in Emporium, is the daughter of Heidi and Albert Aikens, of Shippen Township.

In her senior year, she was a winter cheerleader, a member of the National Art Honor Society and the yearbook staff. She was chosen to be on the Homecoming Court as a senior and on the Prom Court as a junior.

This fall, she will attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania to earn a bachelor’s degree in child development and family relationships.

MISS CENTRAL MOUNTAIN JOLEE MCCLUSKEY

Miss Jolee McCluskey represents Central Mountain High School in Mill Hall. She is the daughter of Wendy and Joseph McCluskey, of Gallagher Township.

For four years, McCluskey was on high honor roll, president of the schoolwide positive behavior program, a member of student government serving as public relations committee chair as a junior and senior, a member of the girls varsity tennis team, serving as team captain. As a senior, she emceed the Clinton County’s Got Talent, a variety show held to raise money for high school baseball. She was a four-year member of the Clinton County Teen Court.

This fall, she will attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, to study information technology, web science and information security. Her career goal is to attain a position in a government agency in the field of cyber security.

MISS COWANESQUE

VALLEY AMAYA WALKER

Miss Amaya Walker, of Cowanesque Valley Junior-Senior High School in Westfield, is the daughter of Bonnie and Jeffrey Walker, of Elkland.

For four years, she was on high honor roll; lettered in varsity volleyball, basketball and softball; was a member of student council as a freshman and sophomore, historian as a junior and delegate as a senior and in the summer of her sophomore and junior years attended the Summer Leadership Workshop with the Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils; played saxophone in the band; and was a drama club member.

This fall, she will attend Chatham University in Pittsburgh and major in general biology. She plans to earn a master’s degree and become a physician’s assistant.

MISS EVERETT

ALANNAH MORSE

Miss Alannah Morse, a junior, represents Everett Area High School and is the daughter of Trisha Morse, of Everett, and Gregory Morse, of Breezewood.

She has played trombone for three years, ukulele for four years and piano for five years. She has been playing soccer for 11 years.

Following graduation from high school in 2019, Morse plans to attend Penn State University and major in forensic science and minor in psychology. Her career goal is to become a forensic scientist and work for the government. After she earns a bachelor’s degree, she plans to join the Peace Corps for six months and then pursue a master’s degree in forensic science.

MISS HUGHESVILLE

OLIVIA BENDER

Miss Olivia Bender, of Hughesville Junior-Senior High School, is the daughter of Melinda and David Bender, of Picture Rocks.

She was inducted into the Hughesville Chapter of the National Honor Society this May. Bender has played alto saxophone since fifth grade, earned a four-year letterman award in band and performed all three years of high school with the concert and jazz bands. Since she was 3, she has attended D&K’s Studio of Dance and has been a member of Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania, Troop #60287 since she was a second grader

Following graduation from high school in 2019, Bender plans to attend either Bloomsburg University or Penn State to pursue a degree in the medical field.

MISS JERSEY SHORE AVERIE HESS

Miss Averie Hess, of Jersey Shore Area Senior High School, is the daughter of Patty and Eric Hess, of Pine Creek Township.

For four years, she was on the distinguished honor roll; was Future Business Leaders of America Jersey Shore Chapter treasurer as a freshman, vice president as a sophomore, Region 7 president as a junior and chapter president as a senior; was treasurer of the Outdoor Club; participated in PA Wilds trail cleanup; was a student council member; on the Homecoming Committee and was chosen to be on the Homecoming Court; was on varsity basketball and earned a four-year letter. Hess earned a three-year letterman award in track and field; was a four-year member of the PEP club and Amateur Athletic Union basketball organization and volunteered at Crossroads Community Church.

This fall, she will attend Juniata College in Huntington and major in secondary biology education with a career goal of becoming a high school biology teacher. She will play college basketball.

MISS MILLVILLE

BRITANI LINGAFELT

Miss Britani Lingafelt, of Millville Area Junior-Senior High School, is the daughter of Felicia and Brian Lingafelt, of Millville.

In 2018, she earned a certificate of merit from the state for scoring among the 5,000 highest SAT scores in Pennsylvania. Lingafelt was on the distinguished honor roll for four years; was a member of student council as a freshman, sophomore and senior and treasurer as a junior; yearbook editor-in-chief as a freshman, sophomore and senior and a staff member as a junior. She and her twin sister co-sponsor a child in Bolivia through Unbound Sponsor.

This fall Lingafelt will attend Penn State University at the University Park campus and earn a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity analytics and operations. Her career goal is to do cybersecurity work for the government or the military.

MISS MONTGOMERY

ZOE FINK

Miss Zoe Fink, of Montgomery Area Junior-Senior High School, is the daughter of Jennifer and Timothy Fink, of Montgomery.

All four years of high school, she was on high honor roll, a member of the Theatre Ensemble and president as a senior, and a Williamsport Soap Box Derby volunteer. She played flute in the marching band her sophomore through her senior years and was a percussionist in jazz band as a senior; and was a member of student council; founder of Kids Connect, a class for fourth graders based on a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics)-rooted curriculum; and a member of the Future Business Leaders of America as a junior and a state qualifier and secretary as a senior.

This fall, she will attend Point Park University in Pittsburgh. She is undecided about her major but is considering a business-related career to work with nonprofit organizations and has a passion for theatre and wants to consider opportunities in that profession.

MISS MONTOURSVILLE KATELYN LOSS

Miss Katelyn Loss, of Montoursville Area High School, is the daughter of Christa and Clifford Loss, of Fairfield Township.

For four years, she was on the honor roll; a member of student government; Key Club; Theatre Club (secretary as sophomore, president as junior); played mellophone and French horn in marching and concert band and earned a four-year letterman award in marching band. Loss was inducted into Montoursville Area High School Troupe 8025 of the International Thespian Society as a sophomore, was a member in her junior year and vice president in her senior year. In her senior year, Loss was a teacher assistant in the Life Skills Class during one period a day every other day. At the Tim Tebow Foundation’s Night to Shine Prom for special-needs students, she was her sister’s special-needs attendant.

This fall, Loss will attend Slippery Rock University and major in theatre and minor in dance. Her career goals are to work professionally as an actress and to eventually open her own children’s theatre company that specializes in theatre for children with special needs.

MISS MT. CARMEL

SARAH COOPER

Miss Sarah Cooper, of Mount Carmel Area Junior-Senior High School, is the daughter of Cheryl and Richard Cooper, of Kulpmont, and is ranked sixth in her class.

All four years of high school, Cooper has been on the distinguished honor roll; a member of student council (homeroom representative as a freshman and sophomore, secretary as a junior, vice president as a senior); of Future Teachers of America; of the Homecoming Banner Committee; an alto in chorus (fundraising chair for chorus as a sophomore and junior, president as a senior); was a football cheerleader (JV as a freshman, varsity as a sophomore, junior and senior, captain as a senior) and a varsity basketball cheerleader (captain as senior). As a senior, she was a member of the AP Calculus Club.

This fall, she will attend the University of Pittsburgh’s main campus and major in finance and minor in theatre arts. Her goal is to become a business lawyer and to pursue a career as a theatre actress by using her business law degree to work in a theatre company.

MISS MUNCY ALEXANDRA JACQUEZ-ARMENTA

Miss Alexandra Jacquez-Armenta, of Muncy Junior-Senior High School, is the daughter of Theresa Meza, of Muncy, and Ronnie Armenta, of Farmington, New Mexico.

All four years of high school, she has been on honor roll, Class of 2018 treasurer, a member of the Future Business Leaders of America (president as a senior) and played doubles on her school’s tennis team.

This fall, she will attend Bloomsburg University to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing and plans to enter a certified registered nurse anesthetist program.

MISS NEW COVENANT ACADEMY

ALEXANDRA AMEIGH

Miss Alexandra Ameigh, of New Covenant Academy, is the daughter of Suzanne and Frank Ameigh, of Richmond Township.

As a junior and senior, she was on high honor roll and a member of the National Society of High School Scholars as a senior. She was named student of the month in September and December of 2016 and also was presented with the Citizenship Award in June 2018 by her school. Ameigh was an Elmira College Key Award recipient at the end of her junior year. The award, sponsored by the Elmira College Alumni Association, is presented to outstanding students in their junior year of high school or preparatory school. If Ameigh chooses to attend the college she will receive an $80,000 four-year scholarship.

This July, she will begin working at Three Springs Ministries in Morris. She would like to become a worship leader for a church with a long-term goal of going to college to become a music therapist.

MISS NORTH

PENN-LIBERTY

ABBY WILLIAMS

Miss Abby Williams, of North Penn-Liberty Junior-Senior High School, is the daughter of Lisa and Joseph Williams, of Liberty, and was valedictorian of the Class of 2018.

All four years of high school, Williams was on high honor roll, served as Class of 2018 president, was a Battle of the Books team member (captain as a senior); Key Club member (secretary as a junior; president as a senior); played clarinet in senior high band; sang alto in senior high chorus; and was North Penn-Liberty Music Department secretary as a freshman and sophomore and president as a junior and senior.

This fall, Williams will attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania and major in secondary chemistry education and minor in mathematics. Her career goal is to teach math and science through STEM “to help the next generation be productive citizens of our community, our country and our world.”

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NORTH PENN-MANSFIELD RYLEY KOTULKA

Miss Ryley Kotulka, of North Penn-Mansfield Junior-Senior High School, is the daughter of Troy and Stacey Kotulka, of Richmond Township.

Miss Kotulka was inducted into the North Penn-Mansfield Chapter of the National Honor Society. She was on high honor roll as a senior and on honor roll as a freshman, sophomore and junior. All four years of high school, Kotulka was a member of the North Penn-Mansfield Soccer and North Penn-Liberty Softball teams. She was a striker and midfielder on the JV soccer team as a freshman and on the varsity soccer team as a sophomore, junior and senior. In softball, she played second base and was an outfielder. As a senior, she was the captain of both the soccer and softball teams. As a freshman, sophomore and junior, she was a member of Team Heat, a summer softball travel team based in Williamsport.

This fall, Kotulka will attend the Finger Lakes School of Massage in Ithaca, NY. During this eight-month program, she will study and earn a license in massage therapy. Her career goal is to go to college to pursue her dream of being a masseuse.

MISS NORTHERN POTTER REBECCA MORGAN

Miss Rebecca Morgan, of Northern Potter Junior Senior High School, is the daughter of Debbie and Michael Morgan, of Ulysses.

All four years of high school, she was on high honor roll; was a member of student council (treasurer as a junior; president as a senior); varsity Club (secretary as a junior; president as a senior); Northern Potter Panthers Soccer Team (JV as a freshman; varsity as a sophomore, junior, and senior; captain as a senior; 2nd Team All Star junior year; All Region Honorable Mention senior year; NY/PA Corporate Cup Showcase participant senior year); Northern Potter Panthers Basketball Team (JV as a freshman; varsity as a sophomore, junior, and senior; captain as a senior; Big 30 All Star Game participant); Track and Field Team (District qualifier in 4×800, 800, 1600, and 3200m run sophomore and junior year; school record holder in 4x800m run and state qualifier 4x800m relay junior year; captain as a junior); and Student of the Month Award recipient all four years.

This fall, Miss Morgan will attend York College of Pennsylvania In York, Pa. to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Her career goal is to become a business manager for a major company. She will be playing soccer for York College.

MISS PORT ALLEGANY KATHERINE ERNST

Miss Katherine Ernst, of Port Allegany Junior-Senior High School, is the daughter of Virginia and Frederick Ernst, of Liberty Township.

Miss Ernst was a Port Allegany National Honor Society member as a junior and president as a senior. All four years of high school, she was on high honor roll, Class of 2018 treasurer, student council treasurer, Peer Helpers, French Club, varsity Club (secretary as a junior and senior); and on the Port Allegany Girls Soccer Team (sweeper as a freshman and sophomore; injured as a junior; defender as a senior; in District IV soccer playoffs for four years; four-year letterman in soccer). She earned soccer team awards (Hustle Award as a freshman; Heart Award as a senior).

This fall, she will attend Cairn University in Langhorne and major in secondary education with a concentration in social studies. She is also seeking a counseling degree. Her career goal is to teach high school history and be a school counselor.

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ST. JOHN NEUMANN CHEYENNE DANNEKER

Miss Cheyenne Danneker, of St. John Neumann Regional Academy, is the daughter of Lori Danneker, of Crawford Township, and Ed Danneker, of South Williamsport.

She was inducted into her school’s chapter of the National Honor Society and was a member of student council, Spirit Club and her school’s basketball and softball teams and participated in the Interscholastic Reading Competition as a freshman, sophomore and junior. Danneker was on the Homecoming Court as a senior.

This fall, she will attend the Penn State Erie campus and major in engineering. Her career goal is to work as a software engineer and developer or in web development.

MISS SMETHPORT

LAURIE WILBER

Miss Laurie Wilber, of Smethport Area Junior-Senior High School, is the daughter of Colleen and William Wilber, of Smethport.

Wilber was on honor roll all four years of high school and graduated with honors. All four years of high school, she was on student council (vice president as a junior and senior); was a stage crew member (head of the crew as a junior and senior) and a volunteer with the Potter County Family Fun Fair. As the head of the stage crew, she is in charge of lights and sound for all events in the school auditorium.

This fall, she will attend Pittsburgh Technical College in Oakdale, Pa. to earn an Associate of Science degree in Computer Aided Drafting.

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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT

CHRISTI BENNARDI

Miss Christi Bennardi, of South Williamsport Junior-Senior High School, is the daughter of Lisa and Mark Bennardi, of South Williamsport.

Bennardi was on honor roll during her freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years. She has been a member of Key Club; track and field team; Future Business Leaders of America; Peace Corps Club (vice president as a senior; raised money and supplies for students in Gambia); of Teen Contacts (president as a senior; tutored and mentored younger students at her high school); and of Connecting the Pieces. In her senior year, she was a copy editor on the yearbook staff and a member of the Homecoming Court. As a junior, she was on the 2017 prom committee.

This fall, she will attend Gettysburg College in Gettysburg as an undecided major. As a senior, she was awarded a Gettysburg College 1832 Founders Scholarship based on academic performance.

MISS TROY

MARISSA BULKLEY

Miss Marissa Bulkley, a junior, will represent Troy Junior-Senior High School. She is the daughter of Faith and Mark Bulkley, of Granville Summit.

Bulkley was prom queen this year and was just voted in to be Class of 2019 president in her senior year. She was also class president as a junior. She was appointed to co-chair the District 7 Student Council Conference being hosted at Troy High School on March 15, 2019 and became a member of her high school’s chapter of the National Honor Society. She placed fourth in the Dairy Bowl at the 2018 Junior Holstein Convention as a junior; was an organizer and co-host of her high school talent show as a sophomore and junior; and played alto saxophone in the Troy Senior High Concert Band as a freshman and sophomore.

Following graduation in June 2019, Bulkley plans to attend a four-year college to study business and marketing. Her goal is to pursue a career in business, focusing on marketing or fashion merchandising.

MISS WARRIOR RUN

LATRICIA YOCUM

Miss Latricia Yocum, of Warrior Run High School, is the daughter of Karen and Lenard Yocum, of Limestone Township.

All four years of high school, Yocum was on the distinguished honor roll. She was a member of the Warrior Run Lady Defender varsity Soccer Team for four years, captain of the team as a sophomore, junior and senior and earned a soccer letterman award each year for four years. In addition to soccer, she was on the Warrior Run Lady Defender varsity Track and Field Team as a freshman, sophomore and junior and competed in javelin, shot put, and discus and earned three Track and Field Letterman Awards.

This fall, she will attend the Pennsylvania College of Technology to earn a combined bachelor of science and master of science physician assistant studies degree. Her career goal is to become a physician assistant.

MISS WELLSBORO

ELIZABETH POIRIER

Miss Elizabeth Poirier, of Wellsboro Area High School, is the daughter of Maureen and Glenn, of Wellsboro.

Poirier has been on distinguished honor roll all four years of high school. She was inducted into the Wellsboro Chapter of the National Honor Society as a junior and has been a member as a junior and senior. She participated in craft making with residents at a local nursing home every Friday of the second semester of her senior year. As a junior and senior, Poirier was Class of 2018 secretary; a member of the Class of 2018 Executive Committee and of Students Against Destructive Decisions; and was a “Buddy” helping Track and Field Day participants during the Tioga County Special Olympics at Mansfield University. As a junior, she placed first in the Rotary Art Contest. Poirier was on the varsity basketball team, captain as a junior and senior; defensive center back on varsity soccer team, captain as a senior.

This fall, Poirier will attend St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, New York, to earn a bachelor of science in nursing. She then plans to pursue a master in nursing.

MISS WILLIAMSON

SARAH DRAPER

Miss Sarah Draper, of Williamson Junior-Senior High School, is the daughter of Deborah and Richard Draper, of Jackson Township.

She has been on high honor roll all four years of high school. She graduated as salutatorian of her class with an overall grade point average of 98.6881. In her senior year, she was president of the National Honor Society. As a junior and senior, she tutored students in math; was president of the Williamson Art Club and created decorations for student council dances and for the student council conference in March of her junior year at Williamson; was treasurer of the Class of 2018 and vice president of the Williamson History Club as a junior and president as a senior.

This fall, Draper will attend Mansfield to earn a bachelor of science degree in nursing. She plans to work as a registered nurse in a hospital setting. Her career goal is to continue her education to become an orthotist and prosthetist.

MISS WILLIAMSPORT MADISON MARCHESE

Miss Madison Marchese, a junior, will represent Williamsport Area High School. She is the daughter of naders and Jeffrey Hoyt Jr., of Williamsport.

As a freshman, sophomore and junior, Marchese has been on honor roll and a member of the Williamsport Area High School band and chorus. She plays flute and is an alto. She was a forward on the Lady Millionaires Soccer team, was on the varsity track and field team and a diver on the swimming and diving team as a sophomore and junior.

When she graduates from high school in June of 2019, she may major in chemistry. Her career goal is to be anesthesiologist.

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