Now taking applictions for vendor booths and the festival parade
There are nine contestants in the 2023 Strawberry Queen pageant from all areas of Adair County. The pageant is Saturday, April 1.
Mandy Marie Kiddy is the 17 year old daughter of Mike and Winter Kiddy. Mandy attends Westville High School where she plays volleyball, basketball, football, cheer, track, and soccer. Mandy has already taken big step for her future and is currently in the Army National Guard. Her plans are to serve her country and just be happy with what she’s doing.
Madison Faith Gatlin is the 18 year old daughter of Dresidan Gatlin, Meleah and Robert Hoskins, and Gerald Hyler. She attends Sequoyah High School where she is captain of her cheerleading squad and an NCA All-American Nominee; a member of the National Honor Society and has over 50 hours of community service assisting with and reading to young scholars in the local public schools, preparing and serving meals at the local shelter, and shopping for Angel Tree recipients; and attended American Legion Oklahoma Girls State where she was elected to multiple leadership positions including Mayor and Fire Chief of her city and State Representative of her county; she was also selected to return as a Junior Counselor of Girls State this summer. She is a member of Fellowship of Champions Church in Fayetteville, AR and is part of the Ignite Youth Group and volunteers in nursey. After high school, Madison plans on attending the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, serve as a Student Athletic Trainer for the Razorback Athletic Department, and then going to medical school to become an Orthopedic Surgeon.
Abigail Grace Beller is the 18 year old daughter of Lance and Amy Beller. She currently works as a cosmetologist while also attending John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas where she is pursing a bachelors degree in Family and Human Services. She is actively engaged in her home church, Grace Point Outreach Center, where she leads worship and guides nursery. After college, Abigail wants to use her degree to become a children’s advocate.
Dara Rae Williams is the 18 year old daughter of Carla Ketcher. She attends Cave Springs High School where she plays softball, basketball, runs cross country, and is in the Business Professionals of America (BPA) Club. She has participated in multiple community service projects, such as donating/buying toys and clothes for needy families, canned food drives for her community, and Christmas baskets for fundraising. She also attended a conference in Alberquerque, New Mexico on Febuary 21, 2023 to speak about what it’s like being Native American in a public school. In her free time, Dara enjoys writing about her life and even little stories. After high school, she plans to attend college to obtain a Business Administration degree and hopes to manage a medical office and live near her family.
Kylie Shea Hinkel is the 17 year old daughter of James and Alison Hinkel. She attends Westville High School where she is an active member of FFA, the National Honor Society, her junior class Reporter, and an officer of Yellowjackets in Stem. She attends Impact Church. After high school, Kylie plans to pursue a degree in either Poultry Science or Agriculture Engineering.
Adrian Lynn Gaches is the 16 year old daughter of Janene Benham and Darrell Gaches. She attends Stilwell High School where she plays slow and fast pitch softball and is the basketball team manager. She was chosen as the 2022 Stilwell Kiwanis Sophomore of the Year. After high school, Adrian plans to attend college and pursue a degree in the medical field.
Savannah Faith Cunningham is the 16 year old daughter of Joshua and Teresa Cunningham. She is homeschooled. She loves serving in her community to be an outreach and share the love of Christ. She loves singing and worshiping God. A little over a year ago, she had the honor of leading worship at the Beautiful You Women’s Conference. She enjoys homesteading on her family farm where they garden, raise animals, preserve food, and educate and encourage people to grown their own food. Savannah’s future plans are to keep seeking God while she furthers her ministry in music, and she’d one day like to have and raise a family while continuing to farm.
Kylee Renee Laginess is the 17 year old daughter of Mike and Teara Plunkett. She attends Westville High School where she is the captain of the color guard and assistes in creating routines, planning trips, costume design, and helping manage the team; competes in Parliamentary Procedure, having attended Nationals this year and receiving a bronze chapter in excellent; is a member of FFA and is the FFA Chapter Reporter; and is the NE District 5 Vice President of membership for FCCLA. She also works closely with promoting and teaching public speaking skills and running Teaching Speech, a self-founded platform that promotes public communication skills to youth. After high school, Kylie plans to attend college and major in pre-law and political science with an emphasis on AG-Policy. Her goal is to go into politics and social work to create a strong educational foundation for youth and to work within the community through service projects she has helped start.
Kelsey Berry is our 2022 Strawberry Queen and will help emcee the Strawberry Pageant. The pageant is Kelsey's last official appeareance at what has been a very busy year.
Kelsey discusses the benefits of participating in the 2023 Strawberry Queen Contest,
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