GALLIPOLIS — The look on Katelyn Beaver’s face the moment they called her name on the main stage at the Gallia County Fair was one of those priceless moments.
“I thought they must have said someone else’s name,” she said shortly after throngs of friends and relatives finished snapping dozens of photographs of her in her new royal regalia. “I wasn’t expecting it.”
She had just been named 2014 Miss Gallia County.
Beaver, of Mercerville and a recent graduate of Ohio Valley Christian School, was one of 10 contestants on the main stage Monday night, the opening night of the Gallia County Fair. The other contestants were Olivia Rees, Katie Curtis, Mackenzie Elaine Hall, Ramsey Warren, Brylee Harder, Kyla Coburn, Kylie Haislop, Lexie Johnson and Darian Miller.
Beaver is the daughter of Jason and Jenny Beaver. During high school, she has been involved in choir, symphonic band – for which she was the recipient of the John Philip Susa Award. She plans to attend Marshall University this fall to study music education.
I’m a little bit in shock, but I’m really, really honored to be able to represent the county,” Beaver said, “and to be able to have a great time at the fair with all the exhibitors – and my awesome court.”
Her question on stage asked her to pick a time period in which to live and explain why she chose it. Beaver answered that she would decline to live in another time period, instead choosing to stay with her current family, friends and experiences.
Beaver’s court includes Hall as first runner-up, Miller as second runner-up, Coburn as third runner-up and Rees as fourth runner-up. Coburn was also crowned Miss Congeniality.
First runner-up Hall lives in Gallipolis and is the daughter of Matt Hall an Eileen Brown. She is a senior a River Valley High School. At RVHS, she has been involved in National Honor Society, FCA, FFA (reporter and president), FFA State and National Parliamentary Procedures Team, Leo Club, Beta Club, varsity cheerleader, Student Council, class president, Model United Nations, HOBY, Academic Excellence Foundation winner, county academic fair, Regional Scholars and Scholar Athlete.
In her community, Hall has also been involved with Faces of the Future 4-H (president), Junior Leaders, Junior Fair Board, 4-H Camp counselor, Teen Leadership Team, MS Walk, Senior Citizens’ Prom, Red Cross blood drives, youth cheerleading coach, Senior Citizen Christmas Caroling, Relay for Life, Carteens Leader, Treat Street at Holzer, volunteer at local schools fall festivals, and Vinton Elementary 4-H LEADS program volunteer.
Hall plans to attend Ohio University to study pre-medicine.
Miller, of Gallipolis, is the daughter of Melinda Miller and David Miller. She is a senior at GAHS, where she has been involved in marching band as the feature twirler, National Honor Society, Key Club and cross country. She has also been involved with the Angel Tree Project at her church, March of Dimes March for Babies, MS Walk, Gallia County Youth Fair Board, and is the president of the Gallia County Dairy Club.
She plans to attend West Virginia University to study forensic toxicology.
Coburn, of Gallipolis, is the daughter of Brent and Terri Coburn. She is a senior at GAHS, where she has been involved with Madrigals, band, Key Club, cheerleading and works as an office aide.
She is a member of Central Christian Church and is a spokesperson for Shiners Hospital for Children. She is also a water distribution helper. She plans to attend Ohio State University to study nursing.
Rees, also a senior at GAHS, is the daughter of Amee and Dean Rees. She has been involved in Student Council, National Honor Society, Fuel Up to Play 60, Mentor/Mentee Program and the National Society of High School Scholars. She is also active in the Triangle 4-H Club, Gallipolis in Lights, the Gallia County Christmas Project and the Gallia County Junior Fair Board.
Rees plans on attending college to study mechanical engineering.