Queen's Contest nears conclusion
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Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby<br>
READY TO START selling tickets to the 77th East Texas Yamboree are, from left, Peyton Carter, Bayley LeGrand, Lauren Jones, Jaden Green, Savanna Jenkins, Lexie Williams and Erica Wesley. Sales of vouchers for seats at the coronation or tickets to the Barn Dance began Monday and will continue to Friday, June 20, when Queen Yam LXXVII will be announced.
Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby
READY TO START selling tickets to the 77th East Texas Yamboree are, from left, Peyton Carter, Bayley LeGrand, Lauren Jones, Jaden Green, Savanna Jenkins, Lexie Williams and Erica Wesley. Sales of vouchers for seats at the coronation or tickets to the Barn Dance began Monday and will continue to Friday, June 20, when Queen Yam LXXVII will be announced.
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PEYTON CARTER
PEYTON CARTER
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JADEN GREEN
JADEN GREEN
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SAVANNA NICOLE JENKINS
SAVANNA NICOLE JENKINS
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LAUREN HAILEY JONES
LAUREN HAILEY JONES
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BAYLEY NOEL LEGRAND
BAYLEY NOEL LEGRAND
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ERICA WESLEY
ERICA WESLEY
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ALEXIS MARIE WILLIAMS
ALEXIS MARIE WILLIAMS
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Seven young ladies representing local civic clubs are vying for the title of Queen Yam 2014 during the annual Yamboree Queen’s Contest which began on Monday, June 9. The contest will conclude on Friday, June 20, when the winner will be announced at 5 p.m. at First National Bank.

The girls are selling vouchers for the Queen’s Coronation to be presented in two performances, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, and Saturday night Barndance to be held Saturday, Oct. 18.

The Barn Dance will feature Brandon Rhyder. Mike Ryan will be the opening act.

Vouchers are $15 and Barn Dance tickets are $25. Barn Dance tickets will be $30 when sold at the door.

Bluebonnet Club

Savanna Nicole Jenkins, representing the Bluebonnet Literary Club, is a senior at Harmony High School. She is the daughter of Chris and Luci Jenkins and the granddaughter of Dr. David and Melba Jenkins and Gary and Amy Patterson, all of Gilmer. Her siblings are James, Lillie and Hank Jenkins.

Savanna is a member of the national Honor Society and is active in Harmony FFA where she has competed at the state level on the Parliamentary team for the past four years.

She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and running in 5K races in her leisure time.

After completing high school, Savanna plans to attend a 4-year university where she will major in business.

Iris Garden Club

Representing the Iris Garden Club and a senior at Gilmer High School, Miss Erica Wesley is the daughter of Roderick Wesley and Stephanie Bolden.

Erica was raised in the country life of Diana. Her daily life includes extra-curricular activities such as volleyball, basketball, powerlifting, track, and theatre. She also enjoys reading, taking care of animals, and participating in arts and crafts, especially drawing and painting.

Miss Wesley plans to attend Texas Christian University and hopes to become a dental assistant, then work her way to becoming an orthodontist and finally owning her own office.

Her philosophy of life is to keep fighting for success, because hard work pays off.

Lions Club

Representing Gilmer Lions Club, this Gilmer High School senior, Miss Jaden Green, is the daughter of Eric and Kelsie Bell and Edd and Karina Green. She is the granddaughter of Jim and Carolyn Weber and Edsel and Connie Green.

Her activities and awards include National Honor Society, Top 10 percent of her class, class officer, and Deuces Club.

Her philosophy on life is to live her life for Christ and be the best that she can be.

She plans to attend Texas A&M University where she will major in computer engineering and work toward a Doctorate Degree in Engineering.

Kiwanis Club

Miss Peyton Carter, daughter of Donnie and Charlette Carter, is a senior at Gilmer High School.

Her grandparents are Pat Ellison, Ralph Ellison, Jimmy and Dorothy Maxwell, and tahe late William Golden.

Miss Carter is a varsity cheerleader and is also a member of a competitive cheer team. She is a member of Deuces and is on a unified relay team for the Special Olympics.

She has been involved with the Yamboree festivities as a pageant dancer for five years, and has also shown rabbits in the Yamboree Livestock Show.

“Having a brother with special needs has really opened my eyes and heart,” she said. “When I graduate I want to work with special needs kids. I want to make a difference in their lives as so many have made a difference in mine.”

20th Century Club

A senior at Gilmer High School and representing the Twentieth Century Club is Miss Alexis Marie Williams, daughter of Brian and Irma Williams.

Her grandparents are Paul and Barbara Williams and David and Maria Cortez of Gilmer. Her great-grandparents are the alte Don Wesley and Mattie Ruth Williams.

Miss Williams is active in the AFJROTC, was presented the Embry Riddle Award in 2013 and awarded the Certificate of Recognition, American Legion General Military Excellence Award 2014. She attends First United Methodist Church.

She enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Miss Williams plans to join the U.S. Air Force or becomne a massage therapist and start her own business here at home.

Rotary Club

Miss Lauren Haylee Jones is representing the Rotary Club. Her parents are Joe Bob Jones and Patty Jones.

She is a senior at Gilmer High School and is involved in many organizations such as National Honor Society, Band Leadership Team, Gifted and Talented, FFA, and is a majorette and drum major. She serves on First National Bank’s Junior Bank Board, and is ranked in the top 10 percent of her class.

Miss Jones is a Christian and believes in serving God to the best of her abilities. She loves her family and friends and takes great pride in what she does, regardless of how big or small a project is.

She plans to attend Texas A&M University or the University of Texas and become a pharmacist.

Beta Sigma Phi

Miss Bayley Noel LeGrand, daughter of Tim LeGrand and Beverly LeGrand, is representing Beta Sigma Phi. She is the granddaughter of Sandra Richardson and Carol Martindale.

Bayley is a senior at Gilmer High School where she participates in UIL events as well as the National Honor Society. She has been GHS Varsity Head Cheerleader for two consecutive years and remains an active member of the youth group at New Beginnings Baptist Church.

Bayley plans to graduate high school in the top 10 percent of her class with a distinguished graduate diploma. She plans to attend a 4-year university and major in business.

Her parents encourage her belief that through hard work and dedication her dreams will become a reality.

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