14 Alliance-area women to seek Carnation Queen crown

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Fourteen young women will compete in the Greater Alliance Carnation Festival Queen of Carnations competition on July 30 at Alliance High School. Below are the women who will take part in the competition, listed by their competition number and with their sponsors. Note: Contestant #13 has resigned from the pageant.

1. Catarina Hagan

Catherine Hagen

Sponsor: Hagan heating & plumbing

Hometown: Municipality of Marlboro

Age: 18

Education: 2022 Marlington High Graduate; incoming freshman at Youngstown State.

Awards and Achievements: Marlington French National Honor Society; Captain, girls’ varsity tennis.

Parents: Josh and Sam Hagan

Why I want to be Queen of Carnations: “When I first moved to the US, one of my first memories was of my aunt winning Carnation Queen; In that moment, I knew I wanted to be a part of the pageant too! It brought her so many new experiences and opportunities that I would love to experience.” Hagan’s aunt Christina Hagan was Carnation Festival Queen in 2007.

2.Haley Hazelbaker

Haley Hazelbaker

Sponsor: G’s Pizza World Damascus

Hometown: sale

Age: 17

Education: 11th grade, West Branch High School

Awards and Achievements: All-American cheerleader for four years, performing at events with select cheerleaders from other schools. West Branch cross country team captain; cheers, captain; pep club; environmental club; student council; yearbook; class officer; National Honor Society.

Parents: Kimberly and Daniel Hazelbaker

Why I want to be Queen of Carnations: “It would be a great honor to be a role model for the community! I look up to the previous individuals who competed in the Queen of Carnations contest and would like to be a role model for younger individuals as well as for the general public.”

3. Gretchen Stout

Gretchen Stark

Sponsor: Coastal Pet Products Inc.

Hometown: alliance

Age: 18

Education: University of Mount Union

Awards and Achievements: 2020 State Cheer Champion, 2021 State Runner-Up, won EBC in cheer for 2021. Scholarship from Marlington High School’s Little Dukes program. Coached cheering for first and second graders who took first place in the competition. There he was promoted to shift manager at Panera in less than a year.

Parents: Dawn and Jeff Stout

Why I want to be Queen of Carnations: “I want to be Queen of Carnations because I want to help show everyone that you really can achieve anything if you put your mind to it and I want everyone to feel involved because feeling left out hurts a lot more, than people think.”

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Wayze Leak

Sponsor: BES Electrical Co.

Hometown: alliance

Age: 18

Education: 2022 Graduate, West Branch High School; incoming freshman at Kent State Salem.

Awards and Achievements: EBC Scholar Athlete Award; 2021-22 Warrior Princess.

Parents: Jennie Craig

Why I want to be Queen of Carnations: “I want to be Queen of Carnations because I’ve always looked up to queens in the past. I want to inspire young kids to follow their dreams and get everyone involved in the community.”

5.Hailey Hane

Hailey Hane

Sponsor: Great Lakes Best One Tires and Service

Hometown: alliance

Age: 17

Education: 12th grade, Alliance High School

Awards and Achievements: Participation in the sports medicine program.

Parents: Michelle Estes

Why I want to be Queen of Carnations: “It allows me to learn more about the city I grew up in and hopefully represent the city I grew up in.”

6.AshleyJames

AshleyJames

Sponsor: Dean’s Funeral Home

Hometown: Beloit

Age: 19

Education: Second year, Youngstown State

Awards and Achievements: letter winner, football and cross-country skiing; National Honor Society; YSU Student Service Award; YSU Bitonte College of Health and Human Services student government representatives; Green Roll of Honor; Mahoning County 4-H Outstanding Youth.

Parents: John and Diana James

Why I want to be Queen of Carnations: “I want to be Queen of Carnations because I have always looked up to previous queens as role models and I would like to lead by example and be a role model for the new generation of young ladies.”

7. Alexandra Hill

Alexandra Hill

Sponsor: Alliance Lions Club

Hometown: alliance

Age: 21

Education: University of Mount Union

Awards and Achievements: Merit roll all four years of high school.

Parents: Gail Hill and the late James Hill

Why I want to be Queen of Carnations: “I want to be Queen of Carnations because I want to be a role model for young girls who think you have to be a certain height to be beautiful.”

8. Chloë Orzo

Chloe Orzo

Sponsor: Allianz Texas Roadhouse

Hometown: alliance

Age: 18

Education: Second year, University of Mount Union

Awards and Achievements: Alliance Elks Teen of the Year 2021; Alliance Elk’s Teen of the Month; National Honor Society; Honor Roll every four years of high school; Outstanding Senior Nominee 2021; Dean’s list; Mount Union Trustee Scholarship Recipient.

Parents: Bridget Briggs and Brian Orzo

Why I want to be Queen of Carnations: “I would like to be the Queen of Carnations because I feel like I can make a positive impact on the city while spending my time learning more about the city I’ve lived my life in.”

9.Gracie Trummer

Grace rubble

Sponsor: Lisa Trummer/Tanner Real Estate

Hometown: Washington community

Age: 20

Education: Junior, Walsh University

Awards and Achievements: Dean’s list of freshman two years of college; won a trip to Hawaii last year for selling more than $12,000 worth of Avon products.

Parents: Lisa and Mitch Trummer

Why I want to be Queen of Carnations: “I want to be the Queen of the 2022 Greater Alliance Carnation Festival because I want to serve the city I call home and I want to be a role model for young girls like previous queens have been for me.”

10. Kenna McElroy

Kenna McElroy

Sponsor: MAC trailer

Hometown: alliance

Age: 18

Education: Incoming freshman, Kent State University

Awards and Achievements: All Ohio on track; First-Team EBC for Soccer; team captain for basketball and track and field; President of the French National Honor Society; Dean List of Stark State; keep four school records on track.

Parents: Bryan and Sylvia McElroy

Why I want to be Queen of Carnations: “I really want to be a role model for the younger kids at Alliance. I’ve always looked up to the Queen of Carnations and how she behaved. I would like to be that for others.”

11. Wilson Abbey

Abbey of Wilson

Sponsor: Expressions Salon

Hometown: sale

Age: 17

Education: Senior, West Branch High School

Awards and Achievements: letter winners in jubilation; competition cheering; Athletics; National Honor Society; elected Warrior Princess for the 2022-23 season.

Parents: Nichole and Darrell Wilson

Why I want to be Queen of Carnations: “To show little girls that they can do whatever makes them happy and be successful at it.”

12. Meadow Dailey

Meadow Daily

Sponsor: Dailey Brothers Gutters

Hometown: alliance

Age: 17

Education: 11th grade, Alliance High School.

Parents: Jack Dailey

Why I want to be Queen of Carnations: “I want to be Queen of Carnations because I want to learn about the city.”

14.Olivia Bertolini

Olivia Bertolini

Sponsor: Alliance DairyQueen

Hometown: alliance

Age: 17

Education: 12th grade, Alliance High School

Parents: Bill and Brenda Bertolini

Why I want to be Queen of Carnations: “To represent my city and inspire others to be proud and confident about who they are and where they come from.”

15.Kayla Martin

Kaya Martin

Sponsor: RL Xperience (Robert Brunnen)

Hometown: alliance

Age: 19

Education: Freshman, Mount Union

Awards and Achievements: prom queen; football captain; Mount Union Cheerleading; Black Fraternity; marketing chair.

Parents: Almetra Hawkins

Why I want to be Queen of Carnations: “Being the Queen would be an honor because I want to be involved in the community and be a role model for young girls.”

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