2018 Maple Queen and Her Court

The 60th Annual Maple Festival starts this weekend in Highland County, and the 2018 Maple queen and her Court are ready and waiting to greet the throngs of expected visitors. We recently rolled out the red carpet at the WVLS studios when they dropped by to introduce themselves to listeners.

First up, the princesses.

“My name’s Haley Terry, and I’m a 2018 Maple Princess. My mom and dad are Paul and Chrissy Terry, and I live in Mustoe, VA. I wanted to be in the contest because I love Highland County and the people in it.”

Haley is a 17 year old junior, who enjoys volleyball, basketball, softball and hanging out with family and friends. After graduating, she plans to attend a 4-year university to pursue a career in pediatric nursing.

“My name is Hannah Newlon, and I’m a 2018 Maple Princess. My parents are Jason and Susan Newlon, and I live in Hightown. I wanted to be in the Maple Queen because I like to represent the county.”

Hannah is a 15 year old Sophomore who enjoys  Riding horses, hunting, helping at her family’s sugar camp – Laurel Fork Sapsuckers, camping, cheerleading, playing volleyball and spending time with family and friends. After graduating, Hannah plans to attend Blue Ridge Community College for wildlife and forestry

And finally, the Queen.

“Hello, my name is Sydney Armstrong, and I’m the 2018 Maple Queen. My parents are Cole and Leslie Armstrong, and I live in Headwaters, VA. I wanted to be the Maple Queen because I love this county and the people in it.”

Sydney is a 16 year old junior who enjoys reading, basketball, Youth Philanthropy Council, volleyball, FFA, showing livestock, National Honor Society, bear hunting, spending time with family and mission trips. After graduating she plans to attend Liberty University and pursue a career in education.

Overall they are wonderful group of ladies to represent the county. And Your Majesty, would you care to tell the listeners what you look forward to the most during your reign?

“I’m looking forward to eating all the delicious food at the Maple Festival.”

Princess Haley, would you agree?

“ Definitely eating all the food with the court.”

The moral of the story – if you plan to get something to eat at the festival, better get there before the royalty.

Story By

Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle. scott@amrmail.org

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