GALLIPOLIS — Abby VanSickle, a sophomore at Gallia Academy High School, was named this season’s Gallipolis River Recreation Queen Sunday evening.
“I’m just so excited to represent River Rec Festival as our queen,” said VanSickle. “I’m not sure where I’ll be attending (college) but I know that I would like to do marine biology. I’m hoping I’ll be able to start out at (the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College) and get my generals but I would like to live on the coast somewhere. A lot of people don’t have the opportunity to live along a beautiful river and it’s just a great opportunity to have an amazing festival and (show it off).”
The festival queen is typically granted a scholarship along with her reign.
VanSickle is the daughter of Dale and Danella Newberry of Gallipolis. Abby attends Gallia Academy High School where she is a Varsity Cheerleader, a member of Key Club, the track team, Madrigals and symphonic choir; She participated in Solo and Ensemble Contest receiving a superior rating. She enjoys being in the musical cast and the Madrigal variety show.
Abby volunteers her time in the Gallipolis Relay for Life campaign, collecting school supplies for needy students, collecting canned food for food baskets, helping with the Mason County Special Olympics, painting snow plows for the county garage, summer lunch program volunteer for students, singing at local nursing homes, and helping at church during Christmas time for kids in needs. She also spends with her 4-H club helping to get the fair ready. In the community, she attends Grace United Methodist Church, she holds the title of treasurer in her 4-H club, she is a member of Junior Leaders, Junior Fair board and Sheep Committee. She is sponsored by Dale and Danella Newberry and was escorted by Bailey Walker, son of Mike Walker and Christa Walker.
VanSickle said her mother and her aunt were also previous queens. VanSickle also served as River Recreation’s Junior Miss 2014 and 2015.
Carolina Sola was named Gallipolis River Recreation Festival’s Junior Miss 2017.
Carolina is the daughter of Anthony and Heather Sola. She will be attending Gallia Academy Middle School this fall as a sixth grader. Carolina loves acting in plays with the French Art Colony. She likes to sing, play basketball and softball, and is in baton.
Little Miss Firecracker runner-up 2017 Brionna Lee and Little Miss Firecracker 2017 Bella Roe were named during Monday’s festivities along with Little Mister Firecracker runner-up 2017 Markyce Still and Little Mister Firecracker 2017 James McCoy.
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.