GALLIPOLIS — Just before fireworks crack across the sky, Gallipolis engages in its annual River Recreation Festival Scholarship Pageant crowning.
This year the honor was given to Katie Bradley, while Alexis Wothe was named first runner-up. Ashleigh Miller was selected second runner-up of the festival.
Monday evening, the queen contestants lined up on the stage front along First Avenue during Gallipolis City Park’s festivities before taking their seats. Past year’s winners were also available to present this year’s awards.
Little Miss and Mister Firecracker Andrea Gibson and Kylar Green were already named previously in the summer and were recognized at the event.
Sydnee Runyon was crowned 2016 Junior Miss Queen of the festival. The Gallipolis Junior Women’s Club presented her with a monetary prize.
Bradley also won the best patriotic outfit for the pageant. Adriana Powell won the title of Miss Congeniality, which was voted upon by her fellow contestants.
Bradley is the daughter of Norma and Chris Ellcessor, of Gallipolis, and Robert Bradley. She is a student at Ohio Valley Christian School, where she is active in athletics, as captain of the track team, captain and a hitter on the volleyball team, and captain of the basketball team. A member of the National Honor Society, she is also in the school choir. As a volunteer, she reads with the second grade students, completes crafts with the kindergarten classes and helps with the local youth volleyball clinics. Within the community she has participated in a number of marathons for charities and been in local parades. She is a member of the Vinton Baptist Church. Katie plans to attend Ohio Christian University, majoring in nursing and studying anesthesiology. She also hopes to participate in track and field and volleyball while at the university.
Wothe is the daughter of Don and Pam Wothe, of Rio Grande. She attends Gallia Academy High School, is in the College Credit Plus program at the University of Rio Grande and is on the Dean’s List. She volunteered as a hostess for the 2016 Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Banquet and helps with Gallipolis in Lights, The Hoop Project, Rockets over Rio and the Refreshment Committee at the Rio Grande Volunteer Fire Department. She is an active member of E-treme Dreams 4-H Club, Carteens, Teen Leaders, the Gallia County Junior Fair Board and attended the Fair Board Convention in Columbus. She worked on the local 4-H Trunk or Treat and the 4-H Demonstrations Project Clinic. A contributor to the Pennis for Protection and the Rio Grande Police Department, she has been a judge for the Pure American Pageants. Alexis plans to attend the University of Rio Grande, majoring in math, and looks forward to becoming a math teacher and earning a master’s degree.
Miller is the daughter of Rick and Amy Weaver, of Vinton, and attends Gallia Academy High School. She is a member of Key Club, FFA, received fourth place in the FFA Creed competition and has been stage man for Gallia Academy High School musicals. Miller is a volunteer at the French Art Colony, Riverby Theatre Guild and the Rio Childcare Development Center. She is also in 4-H, has served as a camp counselor and team leader, a member of the Gallia County Junior Fair Board and involved in the River Recreation Festival. She plans to attend the University of Rio Grande for two years, then transfer to Morehead State University, majoring in education, with emphasis on math and agriculture.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.