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Eight area contestants vie in Peony Pageant on Friday
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Monday, March 31, 2014 5:59 PM

VAN WERT – Eight young ladies will be competing for the title of Queen Jubilee XXXIX Friday night, April 4. The Peony Pageant will be held once again at the Marsh Foundation Auditorium. The pageant will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The Queen Jubilee candidates are senior girls from Van Wert County and immediate surrounding high schools. Queen Jubilee has reigned at every Peony Festival starting with the very first festival in 1932.

Tickets for reserve seats are on sale at Once I Was, located at 121 S. Washington St., Van Wert, for $8.

Chelsea Hancock is representing Crestview High School. The daughter of Eric and Danielle Hancock, Chelsea is involved in several different extracurricular activities including Pleasant View Youth Group, 4-H Ohio Challengers, Grand Lake Orchestra where she plays violin, cross country, Knight Vision, National Honor Society and band. In her spare time she enjoys painting, cooking and watching movies. After high school she plans to attend the University of Toledo, majoring in pharmacy.

Mackenzie Haney, the daughter of Jeff Haney, is representing Wayne Trace High School. Mackenzie enjoys jazz dance at Kim Homan Dance Works, cheer, National Honor Society and isinvolved in 4-H. In her spare time she enjoys reading and going to the movies with her friends. After high school she plans to attend Miami University for pre-med.

Tori Suever, daughter of Matt and Terri Suever, is representing Delphos Jefferson High School. Tori enjoys jazz dance at Dancer by Gina and is involved in Delphos United Methodist Youth Group, cheerleading, and Junior Optimist Club. In her spare time she likes to go to the movies with her friends. After high school she will attend Otterbein for early childhood education.

Rachel Nicelley, daughter of Roger and Jenifer Nicelley, is representing Paulding High School. Rachel is a 4-Her, Science Olympiad competitor, varsity golfer, scholar athlete and is in the drama department. She likes to watch movies, sew, and bowling. After graduation, she will attend Ohio State University in pre-med.

Cheyenne Stant is the daughter of Shad and Dawn Stant and is representing Parkway High School. Cheyenne dances at Kim Homan Dance Works, her favorite is clogging. She is a National Honor Society reporter, works at Kroger, and enjoys shopping with her friends. After high school she plans attending Ball State University majoring in special education.

Amberlyn Miller, daughter of Amos Miller and Verna Landwehr, is representing Lincolnview High School. Amberlyn is involved in Firehouse youth group, cheerleading, select choir, Beta Club, and French Club. She loves to read, sing, and work at Subway. After high school she plans on majoring in early childhood education.

Elizabeth Griffin, the daughter of Robert and Janis Griffin, is representing Spencerville High School. Elizabeth is involved in her youth group and praise band at Spencerville Nazarene Church. She also is in the pep band, track, SADD, student council, and choir. In her spare time she likes to listen to music, and crochet. After high school she plans on attending Mount Vernon Nazarene University majoring in early childhood development with a minor in voice.

Claire Gamble, daughter of Jay Gamble and Tibia Gamble, is representing Van Wert High School. Claire is the president of her 4-H Club the Clever Clovers. She also plays volleyball and piano, she likes to read and hang out with her friends. After high school she plans on majoring in finance.