POMEROY — As promised, the Pomeroy Sternwheel Riverfest committee awarded the 2015 Sternwheel Riverfest Queen her scholarship upon completion of her high school education.
Ashley Buchanan was crowned queen, at the age of 17, in September 2015. Ashley was awarded the title after a series of interviews, an essay submission, and one final question asked of her, on stage, during the 2015 Sternwheel River Festival, which is held annually on the Pomeroy riverfront.
Buchanan was awarded the scholarship, along with multiple gift certificates from local businesses, as a part of her prize package.
She will participate in the 2016 pageant, which will be held in front of the Meigs County Courthouse on opening day of the festival.
Buchanan resides in Racine and is a high school graduate of Ohio Connections Academy. She will be attending Ohio University this fall; the biology major plans to attend medical school after completing her undergraduate studies.
Her mother is a Meigs County native who relocated from Florida after Ashley was born, wishing to raise her daughter here.
“I am very thankful that I have had the chance to grow up in Meigs County and wouldn’t want it any other way,” Buchanan said. “They view Meigs County as a safe hometown with community values.
“I enjoy seeing the improvements and progresses made in my home county and cannot wait to see what the future holds, and be a part of that future.”
The Pomeroy Sterwheel Riverfest is a four-day event that begins Sept. 15 with a parade at 6:30 p.m. followed by the pageant.
For information on the festival, visit their Facebook page: Pomeroy Ohio Sternwheel River Fest or www.pomeroysternwheel.org.
Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155, Ext. 2551.