2012 Maple Queen Court – Tracy Lynn Chapman
Monterey, VA – Tracy Lynn Chapman was first runner-up at this year’s Maple Queen Pageant. She is the daughter of Patricia and Harold Chapman of Monterey. Tracy talks about some of the duties of the Maple Queen Court.
“Definitely eating lots of pancakes and that type thing,” she says laughing. “We’ll have to tour the different sugar camps and meet with tourists and if they have any questions, answer their questions. Just be ambassadors to the county, be able to represent the county well.”
“We have different parades we’ll have to appear in,” she says. “One of the big ones is the Bluegrass 4th of July day parade that we do, and then the Treasure Mountain festival, we ride the float in that parade.”
Tracy had a serious illness that put her in the hospital and delayed her completion of some school requirements last year so she is back this year to take some classes and is also working as a teacher’s aide.
“I’m actually a post-graduate,” she says. “I graduated last year, but I got really sick in September and I was in the hospital. So I was able to come back and graduate with my class but I just earned my standard diploma, so I had to finish up some stuff before I could go to college, so I’m back this year as a post graduate taking math and science toward my advanced diploma. [I’ve] been accepted to Shenandoah University and Bridgewater College; I just have to decide which one I want to go to. And I’m going to major in elementary education and become a teacher like my mom.”
Tracy’s Mom has been a teacher at the Highland Schools for many years. Tracy has a variety of interests outside of school including the Girl Scouts.
“I’ve traveled with the girl scouts, I’ve been to Savannah, Georgia twice, Baltimore, Maryland; last summer we went to New York City and we’ve gone to Virginia Beach [VA],” says Chapman. “And my dad’s side of the family lives in South Carolina, so we go down there. I like country music, and Christian’s [music] really a big part, I like those too. I like Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood, they’re really good.”
“Volleyball – that was my big sport that I played and I managed the varsity boys basketball team.”
“My favorite thing’s to work with children; I love to babysit and hang out with kids, they’re my favorite thing.”