Seven young ladies will be seeking the title of Queen Yam LXXVI when the annual Yamboree Queen’s Contest gets underway on Monday.
The girls will be selling vouchers for the Queen’s coronation, which will be presented in two performances: Wednesday, Oct. 16, and Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m. both nights at the Gilmer Civic Center on U.S. 271 North.
They also will be selling collectible commemorative Yamboree Chips and tickets to the Saturday Night Barn Dance to be held at the Trinity Street Gym on Oct. 19. Featured entertainer will be Cody Canada and the Departed. The opening act will feature Rob Baird.
Coronation vouchers will be sold for $15. Barn Dance tickets will be $25 when purchased in advance. Cost will be $30 at the door. The collectible chips will be $10.
Miss Emily Ann Buettner, a senior at Gilmer High School, is representing the Lions Club in the 2013 East Texas Yamboree Queen’s Contest.
She is the daughter of Tim and Kimberly Buettner, and the granddaughter of Glenn and Ann Buettner, Ramona Ellis and the late Bill and Jo Anne Dawn.
Miss Buettner is president of the Key Club, and is a member of the student council, drill team, FFA and National Honor Society. She is a Globe Scholar and is the top 10 percent of her class.
“My philosophy in life is to treat all people with respect and kindness. After all, people will forget the things you said and did, but they will never forget the way you made them feel.”
She plans to attend either Texas A&M University or the University of Texas at Austin, working toward a doctorate degree of pharmacy.
Miss Macy Alexandra Elms, daughter of Eddie and Lynn Elms, will represent the Rotary Club.
She is the granddaughter of Norma Lyle and the late Joe Jack Lyle of the Grice Community, and the late Dean and Ottie Elms.
Miss Elms is a senior at Harmony High School.
She has been involved in FFA, Student Council, volleyball, track, and powerlifting.
She has been a children’s church music leader at First Baptist Church of Gilmer, and an active member of the youth group.
“Every breath you take each day is a gift from God, so live life to the fullest, live life with no regrets, follow your dreams without fear of failing, and do your best to live a life fully pleasing to God,” she said.
Miss Elms plans to attend Texas A&M University to pursue a bachelor of business degree in marketing.
Beta Sigma Phi
Representing Beta Sigma Phi is Miss Shaylee Brooke Fennell, daughter of Dwayne and Ellena Fennell.
She is the granddaughter of Frankie Thompson, Doug Fennell, and Buddy and Virginia Lange.
She is a senior at Gilmer High School.
“I have two philosophies of life,” she said. “The first and most important is to shine as a light for Christ. You should serve God in everything you do, and always keep a strong faith in leading people to Christ.
“My second philosophy is that in whatever you do, you should always do it to the best of your ability. Never do something half way, whether it be in sports, your job, etc. Give it everything you’ve got.”
Miss Fennell plans to attend college and major in physical therapy. She has not chosen a college.
Iris Garden Club
Miss Iesha Tatyana Fluellen, daughter of Ike and the late Marion Fluellen, is representing the Iris Garden Club.
She is the granddaughter of the late Hubert and Tinie Mae Fluellen, and Nathan Reese and the late Jean Mance.
A senior at Gilmer High School, she plans to attend the University of North Texas, majoring in film directing or journalism.
She plays trombone in the Gilmer High School Band, and is a member of the Gilmer High School Theatre Department and the Creative Writing Club.
“My life is a gift from God; what I do with my life is giving the gift back to God,” she said. “Meaning, each and every one of us is only given one life and we a people of this Earth should leave our mark her after we have gone.
“Do positive things to help others and make the world a better place. God put us here and I believe that’s what he would want from all of us.”
Miss Katelynn Danielle Meadows, daughter of Chris and Ginger Meadows, will represent the Kiwanis Club.
Miss Meadows is the granddaughter of the late Sarah Betterton of Gilmer, Billye Ann Meadows and the late Billy Meadows of Longview.
She is a senior at Gilmer High School.
She is a member of First Baptist Church in Gilmer, Wrecking Crew Volleyball, Buckeye Brigade Runner, Key Club, FCA, and the varsity softball and volleyball teams.
“My Granny used to say, ‘Everything happens for a reason, good or bad. God will see you through, you just have to stay faithful to his Word.”
She plans to attend ECU in Ada, Okla., where she work toward a teacher’s degree in Early Education. She hopes to play volleyball while there.
20th Century Club
Miss Karlie Carol White, daughter of Kelly and Deana White of Gilmer, is representing the Twentieth Century Club.
Miss White is the granddaughter of Kenneth and Raye White of Gilmer, Drew and Earline Daniels of Gilmer, Tommy and Penne Duke of Longview, and the late Carol Cox White.
She is a member of the National Honor Society, served as junior class president, and is a varsity cheerleader. She was chosen Homecoming Duchess two years.
She has entered rabbits in the Yamboree Livestock Show for five years, and was a dancer in the Queen’s Coronation for six years and member of the children’s court for two years.
“The purpose of life is a life of purpose — Robert Byrne. I believe God put us on this earth to serve a purpose. He has already written our destiny, but we must achieve it through hard work, faith, and prayer,” she said
Miss White plans to attend Texas A&M University, majoring in Pre-Med, then continue to medical school to become a pediatrician.
Miss Melani Kay Williams, daughter of Eric Williams and Sherry Rowls, will represent the Bluebonnet Club.
She is the granddaughter of Steve and Lynn Williams, Mina Faulkner and Louis Hetmer.
A senior at Gilmer High School, she is a cheerleader and plays volleyball.
“I believe that God has a special plan for everyone,” she said. “God put us all on this earth for a reason and each one of us has a purpose.
“I believe to always be positive and live life to the fullest.”
She plans to attend Texas A&M University, but has not chosen a major.