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More Than Just a Pretty Face

By Staff | Jul 20, 2016

Being a queen is about more than wearing a tiara.

These young ladies compete in pageants that crown someone who will represent the community throughout the state. Like trying to achieve athletic or academic success, pageant competition demands dedication and commitment.

Kellsi Anderson of Friendly is competing this week in the Queen of Queens Ohio Valley Athletic Conference. She will be spending several hours each day this week preparing for the pageant. When it comes, Anderson hopes to be ready to answer the judges’ interview questions, perform in a talent show, and conduct herself with poise.

Autumn Carter was crowned Saturday as queen of the West Virginia Oil and Gas Festival. She is not just a pretty face, but a farmer’s daughter who knows how to drive a tractor while brush hogging and putting up hay. She can vaccinate cattle, shear sheep and do what it takes to keep the livestock stalls clean. This new queen lives in Greenbrier County, where recent flooding has shaped her positive attitude.

“Mainly with the flooding, what has come to mind is to expect the unexpected and live everyday to the best of your ability, because you never know when your world will be completely turned upside down,” she said.

And don’t forget Brandy Glover Frye, a Tyler County woman who won multiple crowns during her time as one of the state’s most preeminent pageant queens. Going from Tyler County Fair Queen to being a top finalist in the Ms. WV USA Pageant says something about her drive, determination and ability to represent the best virtues of the community. Her advice about what makes a good queen rings true in life.

She says the best queen is “Someone who does not conform to what they think the judges are looking for. It is important to just be yourself!”

Each young lady who is competing and/or representing the community as a queen is more than a pretty face, but the kind of royalty of which we should all be proud.