GALLIPOLIS — As the traditional Holzer Main Stage event the first day of the Gallia Junior Fair, 10 young ladies lined up Monday to express why the fair and Gallia was important to them in anticipation for the crowning of the new year’s Miss Gallia County.
Kaylee Lambert was crowned the new 2017 Miss Gallia County and Miss Congeniality.
Lambert resides in Thurman and is the daughter of Thomas and Melissa Lambert. She is a graduate of River Valley High School. During school she has been involved in: River Valley FFA; FFA Reporter (three years); Beta Club (four years); Leo Club (four years); SADD Club (two years); Freshman Focus Mentor (two years); prom committee; River Valley BPA President; Region 2 BPA Parliamentarian; Parliamentary Procedure Team state qualifier for four years placing 2nd, 4th, and 5th at the state level; soil judging; general livestock judging; Aquarium Management Team.
In her community she has been involved in: Triangle 4-H club; Triangle 4-H President; Triangle 4-H Secretary; received state FFA Farm Degree; volunteered walking horses at Bob Evans farm Festival; hosted a bake sale to raise money for lung cancer; volunteered to work games at our local elementary schools at field days and fall festivals; donated canned food, Christmas gifts, and school supplies for food drives and holiday gifts for families in need; built pig pens for the fair with her 4-H club.
She plans to attend The University of Rio Grande to study nursing to pursue a career as a nurse anesthetist.
“Each year the seniors at River Valley are required to take a senior seminar course,” said Lambert when asked about it by Emcee Tina Diddle. “Within this course you basically have to job search to find out about what you’re passionate. I had chose to go into nursing but that’s too broad of a topic, so I broke mine down to lung cancer. Within this yearlong project, you have to an applied product. Since I did lung cancer, I decided to donate back to (Holzer Center for Cancer Care) since my grandfather was diagnosed with lung cancer when I was in third grade because I wanted to give back to people who had helped somebody in my family.”
Lambert hosted a bake sale at a home game against Gallia Academy High School and raised $383 to donate back to the center.
Lambert was asked what her foremost dream was and how she was driven to see it through.
“Of all my dreams, I have to make my family proud the most,” said Lambert. “Because family means the most to me in my heart, and as long as I make them proud, I know I have been successful.”
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.