WELLSBORO — Jocelyn Renninger, who represented Central Mountain High School, will reign as the 2021 Pennsylvania State Laurel Queen.
Jocelyn, the daughter of Diane and James Renninger of Dunnstable Township, was chosen from a field of 26 candidates to receive a $1,500 scholarship.
Miss Williamsport Alayna Dake was named first runner-up and received a $1,000 scholarship. In addition, Alayna was chosen by the other candidates as Miss Congeniality, earning an additional $250 scholarship.
Miss Saegertown Amber Costello was named second runner-up and will receive a $500 scholarship.
The newly-crowned queen, a blue-eyed blonde, said she was honored to have a chance to compete since the Flaming Foliage Festival was canceled.
“This is a great festival. I made lots of good friendships, took lots of pictures, had lots of laughs and made lots of memories,” she said.
“It was really eye-opening,” added Amber. “I’d never heard of the Laurel Festival or never been here, but everybody was really nice. It was a nice experience. I’m glad I got to be here this weekend.”
Alayna said her nerves were quickly put to rest by the spirit of camaraderie rather than competition that pervaded the event.
“No one was worried about winning,” she said. “I feel like I made 25 new best friends.”
Winning the crown was a surprise.
“To get in the top 10 was awesome and everybody had really good answers. When they called my name as the winner, I was super shocked,” she said. “I had no idea that out of the 10 candidates that I would be the winner, I am super honored.
She advised others to take the leap and accept the challenge of the event.
“Calm yourself down, relax, soak it all in and enjoy,” Jocelyn said.
Jocelyn will attend Penn State University in State College and major in special education to be a secondary special education teacher.
Alayna will attend Penn State University to become an art teacher. Amber is going to the University of Pittsburgh for bio medical engineering.
Also named to the top 10 were: Miss Bucktail Angela Itallaura, Miss Montoursville Lydia Barbour, Miss Mount Carmel Lauren Shedleski, Miss North Penn-Liberty Ryann Upham, Miss North Penn-Mansfield Aubrey Gries, Miss Wellsboro Alexis Banik and Miss Williamson Madisen Cody.