Many thanks to everyone who made the 18th anniversary of the Peanut Butter Festival Queen Scholarship Contest a wonderful event.

First, thanks to J.M. Smucker (PA) Inc. for providing the queen with a $2,000 scholarship and a $1,000 scholarship for the runner-up. Thanks also to Heather Miller, manager of the local Smucker’s plant, for presenting the 2017 scholarship certificates.

The contest would not have been possible without the six contestants. Thanks to the following young ladies for their participation: Natalie Harmon, Corra Morgan, Kaia Rearick, Emma Reddinger, Elisabeth Robinson and Desirae Wells. Congratulations to Queen Corra and Runner-up Kaia.

On Sept. 5 at the Poise and Appearance and Interview portion of the contest, each contestant was presented with a “goodie bag” that held many lovely and useful items. J.M. Smucker (PA) Inc. provided a large bag that held gifts from Be Beautiful Salon, Charles Leach, Clarion County Community Bank, Cuts & Curls Hair Styling Salon, Debz Twisted Scizzors, Evermoore’s, Family Styles, First United National Bank, Hoak Insurance, Joan’s Creative Cuts, Joe’s Pizza, Lacy’s Country Cuts, Laura Neiswonger Thirty One, Nationwide Insurance, Rocky’s Pizza, S&T Bank, J.M. Smucker (PA) Inc., Subway, Valley Flowers and Gifts, Village Pizza, The Leader-Vindicator and Zack’s Shack.

Thanks to essay judges Barbara Beggs, Lydia Crooks, Barbara Stewart and the Interview, Poise and Appearance judges Lauren Ritchie, Coni Kifer and Ronald Peters. I also want to thank Charles Leach, who served as M.C. for the crowning, and Rhianna Johnston and the Civic Club members who helped with all stages of the contest. Again, thanks to this year’s contestants. Without these young ladies there would have been no contest. The contest is open to all girls ages 16-19 living in the Redbank Valley School District. The contest offers a very nice financial benefit for young ladies planning to further their education. I urge family and friends to encourage girls in the eligible age bracket to enter the contest.

JUDY WILLIAMS

Chairperson,

New Bethlehem Civic Club PBF Queen

Scholarship Contest

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