Miss Athens Haley Chambers

Haley Chambers, a junior, is representing Athens Area High School and her community as a Pennsylvania Laurel Queen candidate.

She is the daughter of Patricia and John Chambers of Columbia Cross Roads and will be a high school senior this fall.

In her junior year, Haley was inducted into Rho Kappa. As a freshman, sophomore and junior, she was a member of student council (co-secretary as a sophomore), history club and the girls’ varsity soccer team (all-region rookie team as a freshman, all-region second team as a sophomore, and defensive player of the year and all-region first team as a junior). Haley has been on a travel soccer team for six years.

As a sophomore and junior, she was a member of the National Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America. As a freshman and sophomore, Haley was Class of 2020 co-vice president, an active member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Twin Tiers and volunteered with the Special Olympics and an animal shelter.

In the summers of 2017 and 2018, she worked at the Troy Fair pretzel stand and at Chambers School Bus doing office work and mowing the lawn.

She plans to attend college to continue her studies and play on a division 1 soccer team.

Miss Austin Angeline Watson

Angeline Watson is representing Austin Area High School and her community as a Pennsylvania Laurel Queen candidate.

She is the daughter of Jessica and Herbert Watson of Austin.

Angeline played trumpet in band from the seventh grade through her senior year. All four years of high school, she sang soprano in the school choir and played on the junior varsity and varsity Lady Panthers’ volleyball and basketball teams. As a sophomore, junior and senior, she was a setter and spiker on the varsity volleyball team and as a junior and senior was an upper wing on the varsity basketball team.

She attended the Health Assistant Program at Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center in Port Allegany as a sophomore, junior and senior and recently earned her Certified Nurse Aide license. As a junior and senior, she was a member of the center’s student committee (treasurer as a senior).

She is a regular blood donor and volunteers at the Austin Volunteer Fire Department’s fire hall helping to cook in the kitchen and serving food.

Miss Watson is employed as a state-tested nursing assistant at Sweden Valley Manor, a long-term care facility, where she helps residents with activities of daily living such as eating.

She enjoys hunting, fishing and riding ATVs, the written word and books.

This fall, Angeline will attend the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport to pursue an associate degree in nursing. Her goal is to become a registered nurse.

Miss Bucktail Aaliyah McGowan

Aaliyah McGowan is representing Bucktail Area High School and her community as a Pennsylvania Laurel Queen candidate.

Aaliyah is the granddaughter of Rose and Francis Winkelman with whom she lives.

All four years of high school, she was on high honor roll, a cheerleader (captain as a senior), a forward on the basketball team, a left fielder on the softball team and member of student council and the Environmental Club (vice president as a senior). Aaliyah was a three-year member of the Interact Club (vice president as a senior) and prom committee and a blood drive volunteer for three years. As a senior she was Yearbook Club president.

Aaliyah has worked throughout high school as a waitress at Yesterday’s Restaurant in Renovo.

This fall, she will attend Lock Haven University with a double major in biomedical sciences and Spanish. Her goal is to be a cardiologist.

Miss Cameron County Tasha Hardinger

Tasha Hardinger is representing Cameron County Junior-Senior High School and her community as a Pennsylvania Laurel Queen candidate.

She is the daughter of Tracy Hardinger of Driftwood.

All four years of high school, Tasha was on honor roll. As a sophomore, junior and senior, she was a member of the National Art Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society and, as a junior and senior, a member of the National Honor Society, the Lady Raiders Golf Team and yearbook staff (co-editor as a senior). As a senior, she was on student council and was a Salvation Army bell ringer, and, as a junior, on prom committee. For five years, she showed horses as a member of the Stride For Stride 4-H Club.

Currently, she is employed at the Driftwood Saloon and Grill as a waitress. During her junior and senior years, she had worked at The Willows as a waitress, dishwasher, and cashier.

This fall, Tasha will attend Slippery Rock University and major in exercise science/pre-physical therapy and minor in exercise science/pre-athletic training. Her goal is to become a physical therapist.

Miss Canton Samantha Proseus

Samantha Proseus is representing Canton Junior-Senior High School and her community as a Pennsylvania Laurel Queen candidate.

She is the daughter of Melissa and Andrew Proseus of Canton Township.

All four years of high school, Samantha has been on the honor roll and an outside hitter on the Canton Warriors Volleyball Team. During her sophomore, junior and senior years, she was on the Nightmare Travel Volleyball Team; as a junior and senior was a National Honor Society member, an academic letterman and an athletic letterman; and, as a senior was on the track and field team.

She enjoys hunting and spending time with her youth group. She currently works as a waitress at Midway Truck Stop.

Samantha will be in Honduras from July 30 to Aug. 8 with Why Not You Medical Mission/Humanitarian Aid.

This fall, she will attend Elmira College to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing to become a registered nurse.

Miss Central Mountain Taylor Zerby

Taylor Zerby is representing Central Mountain High School and her community as a Pennsylvania Laurel Queen Candidate.

Taylor is the daughter of Stephanie Zerby of Bald Eagle Township and Gerald Zerby of Castanea Township.

All four years of high school, she was on high honor roll. As a freshman, sophomore and senior, Taylor was the manager of her school’s wrestling team. In her senior year, she was in business club and led a Rally for Recovery Walk as her senior project. As a freshman and sophomore, she was a football cheerleader and, as a sophomore, junior and senior, danced for Twinkle Toes Dance Studio.

This fall, Taylor will attend the Penn State Altoona campus and major in early childhood education and minor in psychology. Her career goal is to become a child psychologist.

Miss Coudersport Briana Butler

Briana Butler is representing Coudersport Area Junior-Senior High School and her community as a Pennsylvania Laurel Queen candidate.

She is the daughter of Abigail Rossman and Ryan Butler, both of Coudersport.

All four years of high school, Briana was on honor roll and volunteered with the local American Legion and her church youth group. She has taken art lessons since she was in elementary school.

As a senior, Briana served as yearbook committee vice president and was on the track team; as a junior and senior was a member of the National Honor Society, the school golf team, Varsity Club and Future Farmers of America; as a freshman, sophomore and junior was a Spanish Club member and a Girl Scout; as a freshman and sophomore, was in school chorus and as a freshman sang in show choir.

Since her sophomore year, she has been employed as a dishwasher at the Abundant Blessings Café & Tea Room in Coudersport.

This fall, Briana will attend the University of Pittsburgh to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing, work for one year in an emergency room or intensive care unit and then continue her education to become a nurse anesthetist.

Miss Cowanesque Valley Paige Stilts

Paige Stilts is representing Cowanesque Valley High School as her community’s Pennsylvania Laurel Queen candidate.

She is the daughter of Tammy and Corey Stilts of Elkland.

All four years of high school, Paige was on high honor roll, Class of 2019 secretary and an elementary school volunteer. She was a four-year member of student council serving as secretary in her junior and senior years; attended PASC summer leadership camp and state and/or district conferences all four years and was district conference charity committee chair as a junior. Miss Stilts was a member of Battle of the Books as a freshman and sophomore, treasurer as a junior and senior and a team captain as a senior.

For 16 years, since she was two years old, Paige has been studying ballet and jazz, first at the Sandra Lynn School of Dance in Vandergrift, near Pittsburgh and beginning in 2009 at the 171 Cedar Arts Center in Corning, N.Y.

She was inducted into the National Honor Society as a junior and was secretary as a senior. Paige was Cowanesque Valley History Club vice president as a junior and the Cowanesque Valley School Board student representative as a sophomore and junior.

As a freshman, sophomore and senior, she played percussion in the band. From her freshman through her junior years, Paige was a Williamson Varsity Track Team hurdler and sprinter and a Triple D Horse Farms volunteer camp counselor.

During her sophomore, junior and senior years, Paige has been employed as a secretary for Erb Inspections, Inc.

This fall, she will attend Elmira College and major in biology with a pre-med track. Her goal is to be a pediatrician or a medical researcher.

Miss Galeton Kelsey Bennett

Kelsey Bennett is representing Galeton Area High School and her community as a Pennsylvania Laurel Queen candidate.

She is the daughter of Laura and Wayne Bennett of West Pike Township.

Her aunt Shelly Cornell (née Bennett) of Wellsboro was a Laurel Queen candidate in 1983.

All four years of high school, Kelsey was a member of Envirothon, a high school-level natural resources education competition, and her school’s volleyball team. For the past three years, she was on a volleyball travel team.

Kelsey was in drama club, Yellow Ribbon club, and Travel Club as a freshman, sophomore and junior; in the Mock Trial club as a sophomore, junior and senior, student council as a freshman and senior; and on yearbook staff as a freshman and sophomore.

Kelsey has been employed part-time at “The Farm at Pine Creek” in Galeton since her sophomore year and also worked at the Acorn Markets in Galeton from May to October 2018.

This fall, Kelsey will attend Monmouth University in New Jersey to pursue a degree in secondary education with a major in chemistry and a minor in mathematics. Her career goal is to become a high school science teacher.

Miss Hughesville Leah Peterman

Leah Peterman, a junior, is representing Hughesville Junior-Senior High School and her community as a Pennsylvania Laurel Queen candidate.

She is the daughter of Robin and Mark Peterman and will be a high school senior this fall.

As a freshman, sophomore, and junior, Leah has been on honor roll every quarter, is a three-year member of the Future Business Leaders of America (state qualifier as a junior), student council, ski club, SADD, the varsity soccer team (goalie as a sophomore and junior) and the track and field team (competed at districts in track and field as a freshman and sophomore), and helped set up for May Day each of those three years.

As a junior, Leah was a Halloween night volunteer at school and did science demonstrations and as a freshman was a volunteer at Muncy Valley Hospital. She has been skiing since she was four years old and has been training to run in a half marathon.

Leah has been employed as a lifeguard at R.J. Patrizio Pool as a freshman, sophomore and junior, at the Lycoming County Fair as a sophomore and at Aramark–Muncy Valley Hospital and Skilled Nursing as a sophomore and junior.

As a junior, she has not yet chosen a college. Her career goal is to become an anesthesiologist.

Miss Millville Allison Diehl

Allison Diehl, a junior, is representing Millville Junior-Senior High School and her community as a Pennsylvania Laurel Queen candidate.

She is the daughter of Aimee and Lance Diehl of Millville and will be a high school senior this fall.

As a freshman, sophomore, and junior, Allison has been on the distinguished honor roll and a member of chorus, drama club and student council (inducted in eighth grade, president as a junior), on the varsity basketball team (starter freshman through junior year, captain as a junior) and active in the Mill-Green United Methodist Church Youth Group.

She was a member of the junior varsity/varsity soccer team as a freshman and sophomore and was Class of 2020 president as a sophomore. In her junior year, Allison played varsity softball, was a member of the National Honor Society (will be president as a senior), of the French Honor Society and SADD, and took college classes through Bloomsburg University and participated in the STEM program there.

From eighth grade through her freshman year, she was employed at Little Fishing Creek Area Swimming Pool and as a sophomore and junior at Fran’s Dairy Bar.

As a junior, Miss Diehl has not yet selected a college but is considering speech pathology or marketing as a career.

Miss Milton Olivia Rearick

Olivia Rearick is representing Milton Area High School and her community as a Pennsylvania Laurel Queen candidate.

She is the daughter of Jennifer and William Rearick of Milton.

All four years of high school, Olivia has been on the distinguished honor roll, a member of concert choir, drama club, student government, Team Cambodia and a competitive dance team and choreographer for school musicals.

As a sophomore, junior and senior, she has been Class of 2019 vice president and a member of the Future Business Leaders of America.

In her junior and senior years, Olivia has served as Student Leadership president and been a member of the National Honor Society, Interact and prom committee.

She has been employed as a server at Becky’s Soft Serve in Milton as a freshman, sophomore, junior and senior.

This fall, she will attend Temple University and major in sports and entertainment management with a minor in dance. Her career goal is to manage a professional athlete or team.

Miss Montgomery Jaelyn Woods

Jaelyn Woods, a junior, is representing Montgomery Junior-Senior High School and her community as a Pennsylvania Laurel Queen candidate.

She is the daughter of Kara and Jason Rennicks of Montgomery and will be a high school senior this fall.

As a freshman, sophomore, and junior, Jaelyn has been on high honor roll every marking period, a member of the tennis team (junior varsity as a freshman; varsity substitute as a sophomore and junior), and active in theatre (stage crew, cast member, mic manager and costume manager all three years; and prop-wig manager as a junior). She was selected as the theatre club’s first historian and will serve in that position in her senior year.

As a junior, she was inducted into the National Honor Society and earned a 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards honorable mention for her science fiction/fantasy short story. During her sophomore and junior years, she volunteered at the Albright Life Source in Williamsport where she assisted senior citizens with physical therapy, played games and talked with them. As a sophomore, Jaelyn was captain of the Scholastic Scrimmage team and a junior varsity softball team member. As a freshman and sophomore, she was on the yearbook staff and chosen as a student of the month each year.

She enjoys cooking and baking as well as plastic canvas embroidery, reading, and writing.

Jaelyn is planning to pursue a four-year undergraduate degree in biology and minor in child development. Her career goal is to become a pediatrician.

Miss Montoursville Madison Reeves

Madison Reeves is representing Montoursville Area High School and her community as a Pennsylvania Laurel Queen candidate.

She is the daughter of JoAnn and Rob Reeves of Montoursville.

All four years of high school, Madison was a member of student government (president as a senior; Class of 2019 president as a junior); played tennis as a junior and senior (two-time doubles district champion and three-time state qualifier), organized tennis camp as a fundraiser for her school team each of those four years and was a Sunday school teacher.

As a sophomore, junior and senior, Madison was a member of Key Club (distinguished member all three years; Lt. Gov. of Key Club Division 7 as a junior and senior); of the National Honor Society (president as a senior) and of the Science National Honor Society (treasurer as a senior). As a senior, she was English National Honor Society vice president; as a junior and senior, a Quill and Scroll National Honor Society member, a Math Honor Society member and on the yearbook staff (editor as a senior). In her junior year, Madison was a Social Studies Honor Society member and prom committee president.

This fall, Madison will attend Shippensburg University and major in biology with a pre-med focus. Her goal is to pursue a career in the medical field.

Miss Mount Carmel Ava McGee

Ava McGee is representing Mount Carmel Junior-Senior High School and her community as a Pennsylvania Laurel Queen candidate.

She is the daughter of Elizabeth and John McGee of Mount Carmel.

All four years of high school, Ava was on the distinguished honor roll (named Class of 2019 valedictorian), a member of pep club, Interact Club and art club and is a Gifted Individualized Education Plan student.

As a sophomore, junior and senior, she served as Class of 2019 secretary, was a peer mediator and a member of the National Honor Society, the Future Business Leaders of America, Future Teachers of America, Future Nurses of America and on the yearbook staff. As a senior, she was in the calculus club and Latin club and a Merit Award winner.

Ava worked at her family’s business, Cinnamon Stix Coffee and Gift Shop throughout high school.

This fall, she will attend Bucknell University majoring in biology and pre-med. Her goal is to become a medical doctor.

Miss Muncy Amber Weigle

Amber Weigle is representing Muncy Junior-Senior High School and her community as a Pennsylvania Laurel Queen candidate.

She is the daughter of Tammy and Greg Weigle of Muncy Township.

All four years of high school, Amber was on honor roll and an art club member. As a senior, she was on student council and as a junior and senior was a member of the track and field team and Future Business Leaders of America and sang in her school’s talent show. As a junior Miss Weigle was a yearbook staff member. From seventh grade through her junior year, she played basketball for her school.

During her sophomore and junior years, she worked at the Wolf Run Vet Clinic in Muncy and is currently working at Regal Cinemas in Muncy.

This fall, Amber will attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania and major in pre-veterinary medicine. Her goal is to become a veterinarian tech or a veterinarian. While in college, she plans to volunteer with an animal shelter or clinic.

Miss New Covenant Academy Hannah Colegrove

Hannah Colegrove is representing New Covenant Academy and her community as a Pennsylvania Laurel Queen candidate.

Hannah is the daughter of Brenda and Harry Colegrove of Liberty.

All four years of high school, Hannah was on the honor roll, played soccer, was a worship team, chorus and Liberty Community 4-H member, dance instructor, Sunday school teacher and a volunteer at the homeless shelter.

As a senior, she was in student government, as a junior was a Terry Mickey Athlete Scholar and as a sophomore was president of the Class of 2019.

She is active in the arts with interests in dancing, songwriting, guitar playing, writing, and acting. As a junior and senior, she was a member of the Pine Creek Dance Collective and as a senior danced in the Dance the World Christmas Edition at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Hannah has worked at Wendy’s as a cashier and cook, and at First Citizens Community Bank.

This fall, she will attend Messiah College and major in theatre.

Miss North Penn-Liberty Briauna Wilson

Briauna Wilson is representing North Penn-Liberty High School and her community as a Pennsylvania Laurel Queen candidate.

She is the daughter of Shaun Wilson of Liberty and Jessica Force of Mansfield.

All four years of high school, Briauna has been a track and field team member. For the last three years, she’s been a member of Future Business Leaders of America, student council, and participated in school musicals and plays.

As a junior and senior, she’s been on the soccer team, a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, Culture Club and Battle of the Books (placed first as a junior), and a Special Olympics volunteer. Briauna enjoys art and reading.

For the past four years, she has worked at the Penn Wells Hotel in Wellsboro and, as a senior worked for several months at the Landing Strip in Liberty.

Briauna joined the U.S Army as a 92Y Unit Supply Specialist. She will leave Aug. 26 for boot camp at Jackson, South Carolina and then be stationed at Fort Lee, Virginia.

Miss North Penn-Mansfield Lydia Edwards

Lydia Odessa Edwards is representing North Penn-Mansfield Junior-Senior High School and her community as a Pennsylvania Laurel Queen candidate.

She is the daughter of Darlene Baltimore of Mansfield and William Edwards of Avoca, N.Y.

Lydia was on the prom and senior trip committees as a senior; a student council member as a freshman, sophomore, and junior; chorus member as a freshman and sophomore; and a basketball cheerleader, on the track and field team, in band and Future Business Leaders of America member as a freshman.

She studied dance for six years at First Position Dance Studio in Wellsboro and has volunteered at her church during her junior and senior years and with Special Olympics as a sophomore and junior.

Lydia has worked as a server and hostess at Perkins Family Restaurant in Mansfield since 2018.

Following graduation, she will be working in the floristry industry at a local flower shop.

Miss Port Allegany Tara Briggs

Tara Briggs, a junior, is representing Port Allegany Junior-Senior High School and her community as a Pennsylvania Laurel Queen candidate.

She is the daughter of Yvonne and Robert Briggs of Port Allegany and this fall will enter her senior year in high school.

As a freshman, sophomore, and junior, Tara has been on high honor roll, been a cast member in her school’s spring musicals, a member of concert band, jazz band, concert choir, chamber choir (performed at Carnegie Hall as a freshman and junior), show choir and the varsity soccer team as well as a scholar athlete. During the past three years, she has been a vacation Bible school leader and organizer. In her junior year, she was a National Honor Society member and selected for the IU9 band.

In her sophomore and junior years, Tara has been a drama club member, a cast member in her school’s fall productions and a volunteer at the local “Break The Chains” Festival.

Tara has been singing for 12 years, acting for nine years, playing the saxophone for seven years, taking tae kwon do lessons for five years and dance lessons for four years. “I’ve been baking ever since I could reach the counter,” she said.

In her senior year, she plans to select a college and major in pre-med with a minor in biology. Her goal is to become a dermatologist and open a private practice.

Miss Smethport Mattelle Neely

Mattelle Neely is representing Smethport Area Junior-Senior High School and her community as a candidate for Pennsylvania Laurel Queen.

Mattelle is the daughter of Michelle and Matt Neely of Keating Township.

She is the third generation of the Neely family to be a Laurel Queen candidate. Her grandmother, Elaine Cochran Neely represented Port Allegany High School in 1963 as did her aunt, Catherine Neely Buchsenschutz in 1989.

All four years of high school, Mattelle was on the honor roll; was a cheerleader; a member of the volleyball, and track and field teams and of the marching, concert and jazz bands and participated in fundraisers for sports, band, and other organizations.

As a freshman, sophomore and junior she mentored life skills students at her high school and the elementary school and, as a senior, assisted high school students at her district’s Special Olympics.

Since she was 14, Mattelle has worked regularly as a babysitter and pet sitter and was a lifeguard at the Smethport Public Pool in the summers of 2017 and 2018.

She will attend The Barber School of Pittsburgh and then go into platform artistry to promote styling techniques. Her goal is to own and operate a salon.

Miss South Williamsport Jovanna Fagnano

Jovanna Fagnano is representing South Williamsport Junior-Senior High School and her community as a Pennsylvania Laurel Queen candidate.

She is the daughter of Amber and Anthony Fagnano of South Williamsport.

All four years of high school, Jovanna has been on honor roll, selected as a student of the month each year and was a member of the Future Business Leaders of America (president as a junior and senior; three-time state qualifier; national qualifier as a senior).

As a senior, she was a member of the National Honor Society and of the Debate Club, which she initiated, and was a state qualifier in the Academic Decathlon. As a junior and senior, Jovanna was a member of the National Business Honor Society, and, as a sophomore and junior of the Foreign Language Club (secretary as a junior).

She has taken dance lessons from first grade through her junior year and volunteered as an assistant dance teacher as a freshman, sophomore and junior.

In the summers during her high school years, she has worked as a sales clerk at Fagnano’s Pools Service and Supplies stocking shelves, assisting customers and doing office work. In her junior year, she interned at Beiter’s Home Center.

This fall, Jovanna will attend Lycoming College in Williamsport to earn a bachelor’s degree with a major in philosophy. She then plans to attend a law school to earn a Juris doctorate degree. Her goal is to be a business attorney.

Miss St. John Neumann Trinity Miller

Trinity Miller of Lock Haven is representing St. John Neumann Regional Academy High School and her community as a Pennsylvania Laurel Queen candidate.

She is the daughter of Jennifer Miller of Lock Haven and Jeffrey Miller of Sunbury.

All four years of high school, Trinity was a featured or lead actress in school musicals and sang in her school and church choirs. As a sophomore, junior and senior, she was chosen to participate in PMEA district and regional choir festivals and placed seventh in the state for the soprano 1 section.

As a senior, Trinity was on the yearbook committee, did an internship with the Montour County Coroner’s office and wrote, directed and performed a cabaret style show for charity; as a junior and senior was a member of the National Honor Society; as a freshman, junior and senior was on honor roll and a member of student council (treasurer as a freshman and junior, secretary as a senior); and, as a freshman, sophomore and junior served as drama club vice president.

Trinity took vocal and piano lessons for eight years; song writing for three years; performed with the Millbrook Playhouse Summer Stock Theatre for three years, was in playhouse winter productions for one year and participated in its Teen Performing Arts Academy for two years.

This fall, she plans to attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania, major in criminology with a minor in cyber security and Russian. Her goal is to become a behavioral profiler and field agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Miss Troy Madisyn Baxter

Madisyn Baxter, a junior, is representing Troy Junior-Senior High School and her community as a Pennsylvania Laurel Queen candidate.

She is the daughter of Veronica and Calvin Baxter of Springfield Township and will be a high school senior this fall.

Miss Baxter follows in the footsteps of two great aunts and three cousins who represented Troy High School as Laurel Queen candidates between 1956 and 2017.

As a freshman, sophomore and junior, Madisyn has been a distance runner on the varsity track and field team and is part of a two-time District IV-winning varsity cross-country team; member of the Future Farmers of America (treasurer as a sophomore, vice president as a senior) and a student council member.

She has served on the Troy Junior Fair Board as a sophomore and junior; as a junior, participated in blood drives and was inducted into the National Honor Society; and was elected to serve her junior and senior years as the school board student representative.

Madisyn enjoys swimming, fishing, hunting, biking, and running 5K races. She has been working summers at the Troy Community Pool since 2017.

Her goal is to become a radiology technologist. As a junior, she has not yet decided where she will be continuing her education after graduating from high school.

Miss Warrior Run Catherine Shull

Catherine Shull is representing Warrior Run High School as a candidate for Pennsylvania Laurel Queen.

She is the daughter of Kathy and Patrick Shull of Lewis Township.

All four years of high school, Catherine was on distinguished honor roll, a student council member and in concert band (section leader as a senior), concert choir (section leader as a senior), preformed in school musicals, and was a four-time participant in the Susquehanna Valley Honors Band. As a senior, she was in marching band (section leader) and auditioned and was accepted into the Susquehanna University Honors Band and Ensemble.

Catherine was inducted into the National Honor Society as a junior and a member as a senior.

As a freshman, junior and senior, she participated in competitive cheerleading (winter season captain as a senior, district champion as a freshman, state qualifier as a freshman and senior) and as a freshman, sophomore and junior was a Defender Pride recipient.

Catherine was co-captain of her gymnastics team as a freshman. She earned a varsity letter in cheerleading in her freshman and junior years; in track and field in her sophomore year and in band in her junior year.

Catherine was involved in several volunteer programs, including the beginner band mentor program; special education field day; drive chair and organizer for the “Penny Wars”; a canned food drive helper and transporter; and was a volunteer library worker.

This fall, she plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh as an undeclared major. Her goal is to enter the medical field, possibly as a pediatrician.

Miss Wellsboro Ariana Carleton

Ariana Carleton is representing Wellsboro Area High School and her community as a Pennsylvania Laurel Queen candidate.

She is the daughter of Shadel and Thomas Carleton of Wellsboro.

Her cousin, Abbey Carleton, represented Williamson Junior-Senior High School as a Laurel Queen candidate in 2017 and was crowned Laurel Queen that year.

All four years of high school, Ariana was on the distinguished honor roll; in chorus (vice president as a senior); a choral piano accompanist; a member of student council (community representative as a senior), sang with her church choir and studied ballet and modern dance with Steps of Expression and was a member of the Dance Rush competition dance team (jazz group team captain as a junior; modern group team captain as a senior).

As a sophomore, junior and senior she was in Connect 4, a student mentoring and peer support group and sang soprano in the Women’s Ensemble; as a junior and senior was a National Honor Society member; sang with the Dickens Ensemble and played trombone in concert and jazz band; and as a senior played trombone in the pit orchestra for the school musical, won a spot as a soprano at District Chorus and received a First Heritage Federal Credit Union Everyday Hero award.

For the past four summers, Ariana has volunteered at the First Baptist Church of Wellsboro’s Vacation Bible School; babysat youngsters during Mothers of Preschoolers meetings at her church and as a junior and senior was a Special Olympics “buddy” volunteer.

Ariana has been employed as a Wellsboro Area School District crossing guard all four years of high school.

This fall, she will attend Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. with a double major in Spanish education and teaching English as a second language. Her goal is to become a missionary and teach English to Spanish-speaking children in developing countries.

Miss Williamson Ella Durst

Ella Durst is representing Williamson Junior-Senior High School and her community as a Pennsylvania Laurel Queen candidate.

Ella is the daughter of Hannah and William Durst of Nelson.

All four years of high school, Ella has been on high honor roll, a student council member, a middle blocker and hitter on the volleyball team, guard on the basketball team and first baseman on the softball team. She also played in the Summer Basketball League as a guard.

As a senior, she was a member of the National Honor Society and served as president. Her sophomore year, she volunteered at Paradise Garden Animal Haven and at the Williamson High School library. As a sophomore, junior and senior, Ella participated in the school-based Big Buddy program mentoring elementary students.

In the summer of 2018, she was employed as a lifeguard at the Tioga Pool.

Ella will attend Penn State University-Harrisburg to pursue a career in the medical field.

Miss Williamsport Ana Wagner

Ana Wagner, a junior, is representing Williamsport Area High School and her community as a Pennsylvania Laurel Queen candidate.

The daughter of Amy Gray and Chris Wagner, both of Williamsport, she will be a high school senior this fall.

Ana began cheerleading as a seventh grader. Since ninth grade, she has been a varsity cheerleader for her high school. She has cheered for football, basketball and competitive competitions. Ana was recently named head captain of her cheerleading squad and will serve in that position in her senior year.

As a freshman, sophomore and junior, she has been on honor roll and high honor roll and a member of student government. She was named a student of the month in 2017.

As a freshman, she was in Agricultural FFA and awarded the Greenhand FFA Degree. She attended the FFA national convention in Indiana and, during a chapter meeting competition played the role of chapter president.

Ana is currently working as a cashier and floor person at TJ Maxx.

She will choose which college to attend during her senior year. Her goal is to become a diagnostic medical sonographer and work in a hospital setting.