BROOKVILLE — Chandra Scott was crowned the 2018 Brookville Laurel Festival Queen Saturday night in Brookville.

Scott competed against four other contestants to be the first queen to wear the crown under the newly formed Brookville Laurel Festival. Those four included Regan Reitz, Elizabeth Wingard, Kayla McHenry and Tylyn Fink. They will fulfill the role of the 2018 Brookville Laurel Festival Queen’s Court.

A senior at Punxsutawney Area High School, Scott played guitar and sang “My Gospel” during the talent competition. Following the evening gown portion of the program, she was chosen as one of the top three candidates, along with Reitz and Wingard.

Each of the three candidates were then asked the same question individually as the other two were taken outside the school and out of hearing range. The question asked what figure (government, entertainment, sports, ect.; living or dead) did she think was the best role model and why. Scott selected Taylor Swift as a role model for young people because she promotes honesty and good behavior for her fans.

Prior to Saturday’s program, each candidate also had to write an essay, which counted for 50 percent of their score.

Scott is involved in cheerleading, Spanish club, art club where she serves as vice president, is a Special Olympics helper, and participates in Powder Puff football. She is an All-American Cheerleader, an honor student and has received several honors and awards from the Association of Christian Schools International competitions.

Following graduation, she plans on attending Indiana University of Pennsylvania to major in criminology. She is the daughter of Amy Rittenhouse, of Reynoldsville, and Jesse Scott, of Timblin.

The recent scholarship pageant was also the chance to say farewell to the retiring 2016 Western Pennsylvania Laurel Festival Queen Ainsley Wolfe. She performed a contemporary dance routine to “What the World Needs Now is Love” and also choreographed the opening number for the pageant. She is a senior at Brookville Area High School and has received numerous awards and honors for her dancing. She hopes to one day have her own dance studio after she completes college.

The emcee for the evening was the 2008 Western Pennsylvania Laurel Festival Queen Shasha Young. She called the members of the Brookville Laurel Board to the stage Saturday noting that these volunteers had undertaken a huge task in making sure this pageant and this festival took place this year. “I can’t wait to see where you take this” festival. She thanked them for their “hard work and dedication” to “growing the festival back to what it needs to be.”

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