Millbrook sophomore wins crown

Posted: March 10, 2014

The Winchester Star

Ashlyn Meadows (left), representing Millwood Station Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company, smiles after being crowned the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival’s 2014 Miss In Town Honorary Fire and Rescue Chief on Saturday night at Daniel Morgan Middle School. Posing with her is runner-up Jessica Brevard, representing South End Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company. (Photo by Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star)
Pageant co-chairman Golda Putnam (left) crowns a beaming Ashlyn Meadows. Ashlyn and her sponsoring department, Millwood Station Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company, will lead off the Firefighters’ Parade on May 2 during the 87th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester.

WINCHESTER — Millbrook High School sophomore Ashlyn Meadows was crowned the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival’s Miss In Town Honorary Fire and Rescue Chief on Saturday night at Daniel Morgan Middle School.

She and her sponsoring department, Millwood Station Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company in Frederick County, will lead off the Firefighters’ Parade on May 2 during the 87th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester.

Ashlyn was one of nine contestants competing in the in-town portion of the pageant. Eight competed for the out-of-town title.

The pageant is a long festival tradition, according to Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival President Lou Ann Thompson.

“I look forward to greeting each of you at the Firefighters’ Parade,” she told the contestants.

All of the pageant participants will ride on a float in the festival’s Grand Feature parade on May 3.

The young women were judged on their poise, how they answered questions, their special occasion/business attire and an evening gown round.

Ashlyn, 16, is the daughter of Gary and Amber Meadows of Winchester. She was asked whether student behavior would improve if school uniforms were mandatory.

She said she thought it would cut down on the sexual harassment of female students, “and guys would actually leave them alone.”

After the pageant, Ashlyn said she was “really shocked” to have won.

“I was super-nervous,” she said.

Her mother said, “I’m very proud of her and happy for her.”

The runner-up was Jessica Brevard, 16, a James Wood High School junior. She is the daughter of Zeb Brevard of Leesburg and Robin Brevard of Winchester.

“I’ve been competing in pageants since I was 8,” said Jessica, who was representing South End Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company in Winchester. “I had fun meeting new people.”

Megan Greber, a Virginia Tech senior, was named Miss Out-of-Town Honorary Fire Chief. The daughter of Adrian and Lisa Greber of Stanley, she was sponsored by Stanley Volunteer Fire Department.

Alyson Stickley, the daughter of Scott Stickley of Strasburg and Cheryl Stickley of Toms Brook, was the runner-up in the out-of-town contest. The Strasburg High School junior was representing Strasburg Volunteer Fire Department.

— Contact Sally Voth at svoth@winchesterstar.com