Abigail Hale wins Snow Queen title at Christmas parade

Abigail Hale reigned as Snow Queen over the Stanford-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce Christmas parade, being crowned on the steps of the Lincoln County Courthouse following the annual parade in downtown Stanford.

Hale, who was sponsored by the LCHS Tennis Team, was escorted by Loren Melton. She is the daughter of Dennis and Julie Hale of Hustonville. Melton is the son of Rodney and Stephanie Melton of Stanford.

First runner-up in the Snow Queen competition was Jessie Wilson. Wilson, the daughter of Mark and Kellie Wilson of Waynesburg, was sponsored by Partners for After School Success. She was escorted by Carter Story, son of Don and Kristen Story of Stanford.

Second runner-up was Tabitha Cain, the daughter of Troy and Georgeanna Cain of Stanford. She was sponsored by the National French Honor Society. Her escort was Jeremiah Mayo, son of David and Leah Mayo.

There were three special awards presented before the crowning of the Snow Queen winner. Kendra Gingrass, sponsored by the Lincoln County Fire Department, was presented the Caring Heart Award, Kira Lewis, sponsored by LCHS Archery, was given the Warrior Award, and Emma Kaiser, sponsored by LCHS Football, was the Spirit Award winner.

Gingrass, the daughter of Troy and Teresa Gingrass of Waynesburg, was escorted by Justin Buchanan, son of Brandy Justice and Jason Buchanan of Waynesburg, Lewis, the daughter of Kathy Gastineau and Paul Lewis of Stanford, was escorted by Morgan Gooch, son of Nathan Gooch and Rachel Ritter of Stanford, and Kaiser, the daughter of Andrew and Jennifer Kaiser of Stanford, was escorted by Austin Wethington, son of Brent and Ashley Atwood of Hustonville.

There would be four royals crowned during the Christmas event, with a Snow Countess, Snow Duchess and Snow Princess also being named.

The Snow Countess winner was Katie Beth Smith, daughter of Hank and Laura Smith of Stanford. She was escorted by Luke Isaacs, son of Scott and Amy Isaacs of Stanford.

First runner-up was Lindsay Bryant, daughter of Mark and Kelley Bryant of Highland, and second runner-up was Maggie Day, daughter of Stephen and Valerie Day of Highland. Bryant was escorted by Tommy Rowe, son of Randy and Melissa Rowe of Highland, and Day was escorted by Kelly Blaine, son of Katie Blaine and Bryan Blaine of Stanford.

The Snow Duchess winner for 2017 was Tatum Shearer. Shearer, the daughter of Andie and Cheyenne Shearer of Hustonville, was escorted by Paxton Haste, son of Ashley and Patrick Haste of Bethelridge.

First runner-up was Allie Baker, daughter of Sam and Leah Baker of Stanford, and second runner-up was Brayli Maloy, daughter of Jimmy and Jenny Maloy of Waynesburg. Baker was escorted by Lucas Lawson, son of Ed and Clara Lawson of Stanford, and Maloy’s escort was Mason McGuffey, son of Brandon and Jessica McGuffey of Waynesburg.

This year’s Snow Princess winner was Stella Beth Hart. Hart, the daughter of Clayton and Diana Hart of Stanford, was escorted by Gabe Gander, the son of Chase and Brooke Gander of Stanford.

First runner-up was Ember Genco, daughter of Deanna Cooke and Justin Genco of Stanford, and second runner-up was Logan Friend, daughter of John David and Mary Friend of Stanford. Genco’s escort was Brady Brown, son of Natasha and Eric Brown of Stanford, and Friend’s escort was Graham Elkins, son of Kristi and Michael Elkins of Lancaster.

The remaining contestants, their parents and escorts in each contest follow:

SNOW QUEEN
Madelyn Day, daughter of Daryl and Dawn Day, Stanford, and Roby Mullins, son of Rick and Kelly Mullins, Lancaster; Tate Newcomb, daughter of Burnell Newcomb, Bryan Moberly and the late Jessica Moberly, Crab Orchard, and Cade Norden, son of Candi Howard and John Norden, Stanford; Alexandria House, daughter of Ruby and Curtis House, Hustonville, and Tevin Leigh, son of Gina and Don Leigh, Stanford; Jaycee Elliott, daughter of Kim and George Elliott, Stanford, and Dustin Butner, son of Chris and Jennifer Butner, Lancaster; Hailey Jeffries, daughter of Chris Jeffries and Lorie Munford, Hustonville, and Tanner McGuffey, son of Randy and Staci McGuffey, Berea; Shaylee Reed, daughter of Johnny and Carol Jo Reed, Hustonville, and Brady Martin, son of Melaney and Brian Martin, Hustonville; Emmy Sears, daughter of Todd and Tammy Sears, Stanford, and Jonah Horton, son of Angela and Casey Horton, Crab Orchard; Savannah Hammons, daughter of Aaron and Tammy McNew, Hustonville, and Joshua Payton, son of Michelle Payton, Hustonville; Taryn Johnson, daughter of Neal and Stacy Johnson, Hustonville, and Josh Salyers, son of Jeff and Mandy Salyers, Waynesburg; Courtney Snow, daughter of Jaesen Snow and Twania Snow, Hustonville, and Eli Dunn, son of Cathy Dunn and Kenny Dunn, Hustonville; Cheyenne Releford, daughter of Tami and Jamie Releford, Stanford, and Jordan Brown, son of Jennifer and Keith Brown, Crab Orchard; Laura Ferguson, daughter of Andy and Carol Ann Ferguson, Crab Orchard, and Gabe Singleton, son of Eddie and Tracy Singleton, Waynesburg; Grace Muse, daughter of Joe and Kim Muse, Stanford, and Jacob Baird, son of Greg and Janet Baird, Stanford; Anna Lane, daughter of Darin and Diana Lane, Stanford, and Gavin Poynter, son of Robert and Susan Poynter, Stanford; Raelyn Amon, daughter of Tim and Dana Taylor and Bobby Amon, Stanford, and Kade Bandura, son of Kevin and Jennifer Bandura, Stanford; Olivia Horn, daughter of Jill and Scott Horn, Hustonville, and Tucker Smith, son of Jennifer and Carroll Smith, McKinney; Lindsey Phillips, daughter of Billy and Chasity Phillips, McKinney, and Ryan Clemmons, son of David and Tera Clemmons, Edmonton; Madelyn Durham, daughter of Angela Watson and Jeff Durham, Stanford, and Terry Blaine, son of Kimberly Deatherage and Chris Patterson, Stanford; and Sara Adams, daughter of Steve and Susan Adams, Kings Mountain, and Samuel Bullock, son of Steve and Dana Bullock, Stanford.

SNOW COUNTESS
Baylor Adams, daughter of Woods and Lezli Adams, Stanford, and Jack Smith, son of Brad and Lee Ann Smith, Hustonville; Peyton Ramsey, daughter of Andy and Kim Powell and Clay and Shelby Ramsey, Stanford, and Hanson Calfee, son of Norm and Tonya Calfee, Stanford; Claudia Padgett, daughter of Jennifer Gray and James Padgett, Hustonville, and Cody Miracle, son of Crystal and Derek Miracle, Crab Orchard; Alexandra Caudill, daughter of Contessa Jones and Burnell Newcomb, Stanford, and Tanner Ramsey, son of Kimberly and Andy Powell, Stanford; Sierra Whitis, daughter of Eddy and April Whitis, Stanford, and Brody Skipper, son of Sterling and Wendy Skipper, Stanford; Marissa Hodge, daughter of Johnnie and Nikki Hodge, Hustonville, escorted by her dad; Braelyn Johnson, daughter of Keith and Kristin Johnson, Stanford, and Carson Greer, son of Alex and Kristin Greer, Stanford; Calico VonGruenigen, daughter of Budgie and Tawny VonGruenigen, Stanford, and O’neill Whitis, son of Eddy and April Whitis, Stanford; Emma Lane, daughter of Jeffrey and Heather Lane, Crab Orchard, escorted by her dad; Lizzy Belle Brown, daughter of Amanda Smith, Stanford, and Ethan Lane, son of Heather and Jeff Lane, Crab Orchard; Summer Quinn, daughter of Griffin and Kristian Harness and John and Hannah Quinn, Moreland, and Guy Bailey, son of Stephen and Kallie Bailey and Charlie and Danny Crawford, Stanford; and Marissa Cook, daughter of Scottie and Lesa Cook, Stanford, and R.J. Givens, son of Tara Denham, Stanford.

SNOW DUCHESS
Jesse Friend, daughter of John David and Mary Friend, Stanford, and Jackson Jenkins, son of Brian and Kristy Jenkins, Stanford; Presley Ellis, daughter of Kathy Ivy and Kent Ellis, Stanford, and Judah Thornton, son of Megan Ingram and Jarod Thornton, Stanford; Bentley Cooper, daughter of Chris and Rachel Cooper, Stanford, and Eli Roberts, son of Patrick and Ashley Roberts, Stanford; Adalyn Layne Peterson, daughter of Sebrina Knouse and Mike Peterson, Stanford, and Breydan Hatter, son of Ashley and Shane Yocum and Parker and Jami Hatter, McKinney; Sierra Kessell and escort Nicholas Kessell, children of Dillon and Dewayne Hutton, Stanford; and Cambria Jacobs and escort Colt Jacobs, children of Daniel and Tiffany Jacobs, Stanford.

SNOW PRINCESS
Reese Friend, daughter of John David and Mary Friend, Stanford, and Woodson Adams, son of Woods and Lezli Adams, Stanford; Jenna Baker and escort Brody Baker, children of Jonathan and Donya Baker, Stanford; Ava Breann Chambers, daughter of Kenny and Christy Chambers, Stanford, and Teegan Mullins, son of D.J. and Lucinda Mullins, Waynesburg; Avery Berry, daughter of Steve and Jessica Berry, Waynesburg, and Wyatt Southerland, son of Drew and Missy Southerland, Hustonville; Adalyne Hartzel Bailey, daughter of Stephen and Kallie Bailey, Stanford, and James David Gay, son of Daniel and Amanda Gay, Waynesburg; Mia Oney, daughter of Mike and Marsha Oney, Stanford, and Myles Carroll, son of Michelle Carroll, Stanford; Kaydance Lay, daughter of Eric and Lisa Lay, Stanford, and Bridger Gaines, son of Joshua and Tiffany Gaines, Stanford; and Jayia Reynolds, daughter of Shakelia Miller and Keonte Reynolds, Stanford, and Javen Owens, son of Porsche Dunn, Josh Owens and Amber Newcomb, Danville.

There were some non-royal honors presented at the conclusion of the parade, with the following floats named as winners.

• Best Business – Broadband

• Best Theme Float – Go for the Gold, An Olympic Christmas: Lions Club

• Best Non-profit/Church Float – Samaritan Purse

• Judge’s Choice – Troop 7389; Cookie Express