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2019 Maple Queen And Court

The 2019 Maple Court stands ready to greet visitors to the 61st Annual Highland County Maple Festival, and they stopped by the WVLS studio to introduce themselves and discuss their ambitions.

First, the Queen:

“My name is Hannah Newlon, and I’m the 2019 Maple Queen. My mom is Susie Newlon, and my dad is Jake Newlon. I’m a junior in high school right now, I plan to attend Liberty University to pursue a career in wildlife management. I love being outside and I love hunting.”

And why did you want to be Maple Queen, Hannah?

“I wanted to be the Queen because I love getting to meet new people, and getting to walk around and eat all yummy food.”

Next, her court:

“I’m Haley Terry, and I’m a 2019 Maple Princess. My parents are Andy and Chrissy Terry. I’m an 18 year old senior at Highland. After graduation, I plan to attend a four year college to pursue a  career in pediatric dentistry. I love children and I want to make sure their first experience at the dentist is fun.”

Why did you enter the pageant Haley?

“Well, if I’m being honest I wanted to be in the Maple Queen so I could eat all the free food.”

There’s something to be said for honesty…and sarcasm.

And the last member of the trio:

“My name is Carly Thomas and I am a 2019 Maple Princess. My parents are Jed and Shelly Thomas. I am 14 years old and a freshman at Highland High School. After graduating, I plan to attend William & Mary to pursue a degree in education. I want to be a history teacher – I want to return home to Highland to teach, because I believe that every child in Highland deserves to know about their past.”

And did you enter the pageant for the food as well Carly?

“I wanted to be in the Maple Queen because I wanted to challenge myself. I’ve never really had to speak in front of people before, so that was a really great opportunity for me to do that.”

I can assure you that these young ladies are as charming and friendly in real life as they sound on the air, so if you see them during the Festival, be sure to introduce yourself. And tell them you heard them on the radio.

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Scott Smith

Scott is the News Director 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 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, and also is a member of the boards of the Highland-Bath Farm Bureau , Highland Chamber of Commerce and Highland Sheep and Wool Association. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

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