Miss Apple Blossom pageant tonight

Posted: November 5, 2012

Star staff report

Janice Davis (from left), Youth Development Center office manager; Regina O'Brien, YDC executive director; Jess Detrick, YDC program coordinator; and Nikki Furr, YDC student representative, display of the 125 Christmas trees and wreaths that will be for sale at the 16th anniversary Festival of Trees. The annual holiday event begins with a preview party from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 10. Admission to the show and all related events are free and open to the public. (Photo by Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star)
Wanda Christian
Allyson Gallamore
Courtney Garrett
Victoria Maiden
Elizabeth Martin
Elissa Taylor
Alexis Leigh Guevremont
Savannah Raine McKee
Elizabeth Mothershead
Natalie Sweet
Tori Nicole Stanford

winchester — The Miss Apple Blossom pageant will be held at 7 p.m. today at Daniel Morgan Middle School.

Contestants will compete in the Miss, Preteen and Teen divisions.

Tickets cost $15 at the door for adults and $5 for children 10 and under.

Bridget Aikens is the chairman for the contests.

Miss Division

These are the Miss Division contestants:

Wanda Christian of Hampton is a senior at Shenandoah University majoring in dance and hopes to become a professional dancer with a dance company or in a Broadway production. Her talent will be a dance routine. Her platform is “Living Green” and she is sponsored by Clear Channel Radio.

Allyson Gallamore of King George is a graduate of Bridgewater College, and she hopes to obtain a graduate degree in clinical psychology. She will sing as her talent. Her platform is “Be the Best You, You Can Be” and her sponsor is Powers Great American Midway.

Courtney Garrett of Pamplin is a junior at Liberty University, majoring in music vocal performance and minoring in communications. She hopes to have a career that will improve the lives of handicapped individuals. She will sing for her talent. Her platform is “Defying Disabilities” and her sponsor is Winchester Printers.

Victoria Maiden of Mechanicsville is a fourth-year student at the University of Virginia, majoring in English. Her career ambition is to graduate with honors and become a television anchor/ sports broadcaster. She will twirl the baton for her talent. Her platform is “Beating the Odds: A Living Miracle” and her sponsor is Fraternal Order of Eagles 824.

Elizabeth Martin of McGaheysville is a junior at James Madison University. She is a hospitality management major and a business minor and hopes to work for resorts. She will sing for her talent. Her platform is “The S & C Project: Mentoring Children in Our Schools and Communities” and her sponsor is Full Circle Marketing.

Elissa Taylor of Fredericksburg is a graduate of James Madison University. Her career ambition is to obtain a master’s degree in communication studies and nonprofit management and become an executive director for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. She will sing for her talent. Her platform is “Stopping a Silent Killer: Juvenile Diabetes Awareness and Support” and her sponsor is Clear Channel Radio.

Teen Division

Four young women will compete in the Teen Division:

Alexis Leigh Guevremontof Winchester is an eighth-grader at Admiral Byrd Middle School. She is a cheerleader and likes tumbling and swimming. She will perform a theatrical dance for her talent competition and her platform is “America’s Kids are in Crisis.”

Savannah Raine McKee of Winchester is an eighth-grader at Frederick County Middle School. She has lettered in academics and music and is a cheerleader and a member of the marching band. She will play the flute in the talent competition, and her platform is “Got Confidence: Helping Underprivileged Children Succeed.”

Elizabeth Mothershead of Williamsburg is a sophomore at Williamsburg Christian Academy. She is an honor student and takes part in field hockey and swimming. She will sing a musical theater number in the talent competition. Her platform is “FIT — Fight Intolerance Today: Bringing Awareness and Acceptance to Those with Disabilities.”

Natalie Sweet of Fairfax Station is a junior at W.T. Woodson High School. She is a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society and likes singing and being outdoors. She will sing in the talent competition, and her platform is “Mirror Makeover: Confidence Among Our Generation.”

Preteen Division

The preteen contestant is Tori Nicole Stanford of Winchester, a fifth-grader at Orchard View Elementary School. She is an A honor roll student and is in the Gifted and Talented Program. Tori likes sports and loves to sing and act. She will sing in the talent competition, and her platform is “Social Media: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly.”