Reigning Dairy Festival Queen Sarah Yosten (front) will hand over her tiara to the 2008-2009 Dairy Festival Queen during the pageant at the Civic Center Auditorium, beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday. Contestants for the title are, left to right, (first row) Baleigh Butler, Haley Reynolds, Chesley McGlamery, (second row) Cecily Adams, Morgan Lutz, Alyssa Burney, (back row) Britney Cheatham, Kaitlyn Potts and Morgan Russom.
Staff Photo By Butch Burney

Dairy Festival Queen to be crowned Saturday

Nine young ladies competing for 2008-2009 pageant title

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK, News-Telegram Managing Editor

June 20, 2008 - A new Dairy Festival Queen will be coronated at the pageant that marks the end of the weeklong county fair Saturday evening.

The pageant starts at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center Auditorium Saturday.

Nince young women, all juniors at Sulphur Springs High School, are vying for the title: Cecily Adams, Alyssa Burney, Baleigh Butler, Britney Cheatham, Morgan Lutz, Chesley McGlamery, Kaitlyn Potts, Haley Reynolds and Morgan Russom.

Sarah Yosten, who was also one of nine contestants in last year's pageant, is the reigning Dairy Festival Queen. She will crown this year's winner Saturday night.

Cecily Adams

Dial Study Club is the sponsor of Dairy Festival Queen Pageant contestant Cecily Adams, the 17-year-old daughter of Greg and Karon Adams of Sulphur Springs.

The brown-eyed brunette attends Sulphur Springs High School, where she has been active in Key Club for three years and theater for two years, as well as Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Thespian Club, Spanish Club, Hi King Klub and National Honor Society. She also ran track and was a cross country regional qualifier for two years. She sang in the high school choir for three years and participated in the High School Leadership program.

Adams has been involved in Youth on Missions for six years and has been on numerous mission trips. Missions have taken her twice to Montana and three times to Nicaragua, as well as to Austin, Eagle Pass and Honduras. In fact, she plans to make a fourth trip to Nicaragua in August.

In addition to missions, Adams also has traveled a bit with her church youth group, visiting New York and Washington, D.C., and will go to San Francisco in July. She also works in the church nursery during some morning worship services and helps direct the second grade choir.

Her experiences have helped her begin fulfilling her interest in traveling, which have taught her to enjoy snow skiing and snorkeling. She also enjoys scrap-booking and hanging out with friends during her spare time.

Adams currently works at 4-Paws Dog Grooming Shop and has raised dairy calves to help earn funds for college.

She said her future plans include mission trips and working with underprivileged children in the United States and foreign countries.

Adams, at five-feet, seven inches tall, will display the tap talent she has been perfecting for five years as well as her theater skills in a Fred Astaire-style tap dance routine to "Puttin' On The Ritz."

Alyssa Burney

Hopkins County Dairy Festival Queen Pageant contestant Alyssa Burney is the 16-year-old daughter of Butch and Karen Burney of Sulphur Springs. She is sponsored by Mothers Culture Club.

The brown-eyed brunette attends Sulphur Springs High School where she is active in High King Klub and National Honor Society.

Burney played basketball and ran track, and played with and competed in the band. She has helped the band earn the sweepstakes trophy for four years and competed in the State Solo & Ensemble competition. She was also a regional qualifier in the 4x400 relay and made Academic All-Star in track. In recognition of her accomplishments, Burney's teachers nominated her for a trip to Italy.

In addition to school activities, this contestant said her other hobbies and special interests include swimming, reading and being with friends.

In the future, Burney plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin, where she intends to major in medicine and specialize in pediatrics.

The five-foot, five-inch contestant will utilize the skills gleaned from six years worth of training in the school band and through private lessons during the talent portion of the Dairy Festival Queen Pageant contest. Burney plans to perform "Nessun Dorma," an aria from "Turandot," the opera composed by Giacomo Puccini.

Baleigh Butler

Contestant Baleigh Butler is the 17-year-old daughter of Gary and D'Yon Butler of Sulphur Springs. She is being sponsored by Grocery Supply Co.

The blue-eyed blonde attends Sulphur Springs High School, where she currently is ranked sixth in her class with a 4.0 grade point average. She has been on the A Honor roll since kindergarten and is currently taking all honors courses. She is active in the National Honor Society and was a member of the National Junior Honor Society. She also participates in Key Club and Spanish Club. She is an officer in Fellowship of Christian Athletes and serves as captain of the volleyball team, where she was a varsity starter both as a sophomore and junior.

Butler said she enjoys participating in her church youth group and going to church camp. She said she enjoys singing, dancing, star-gazing, shopping, traveling and fashion, but said making good grades is "very important" to her as she plans in the future to attend a Division I university to major in either engineering, genetics or accounting, then go on to obtain master's and doctorate degrees.

The five-foot, 6 1/2 inch contestant said she's taken dance since she was 3 years old and has participated in choir for 11 years. She also received piano lessons from grades one through six, and played flute from sixth through eighth grades.

Butler will utilize some of her skills as she sings "Only Hope," as performed by Mandy Moore for the movie "A Walk to Remember," during the talent portion of the contest.

Britney Cheatham

Contestant Britney Cheatham is the 17-year-old daughter of Kurt and Connie Cheatham of Sulphur Springs. She is being sponsored by Alliance Bank.

The blue-eyed blond attends Sulphur Springs High School, where she is a cheerleader, is on the AB Honor Roll, and has played golf and softball for 10 years. She serves as class treasurer and has shown outstanding athletic ability. Cheatham has lettered in golf three years, was 2008 top medalist in district golf and the 2008 girls golf MVP at SSHS.

She has been a lifeguard for three years and was a cheerleader on a competition squad in Mount Pleasant. She also loves shopping with her mom, watching movies, working out, cheering and fishing with friends.

Cheatham says her future plans include enjoying her last year of high school and then attending college (as well as improving her golf game). She enjoys playing golf with her dad, and would, in fact, love to play golf at the college level. She has yet to decide what school she'd like to attend, but is leaning toward Texas Christian University, Texas A&M University or Texas Tech University. She eventually plans a career in the medical field.

For the talent portion of the contest, the five-foot, five-inch contestant will be dancing to Travis Tritt's "T-R-O-U-B-L-E."

Morgan Lutz

Guaranty Bond Bank is the sponsor of Dairy Fest Queen candidate Morgan Lutz, the 16-year-old daughter of Alan and Mary Lutz of Sulphur Springs.

The five-foot, eight-inch, blue-eyed blonde attends Sulphur Springs High School, where she participates in theater, plays percussion in the band and competes in University Interscholastic League prose interpretation events and One-Act Play. She received the honorable mention All-Star Tech Award as the stage manager for One Act Play this year, and last year advanced to state in Solo & Ensemble competition and to regionals in One Act Play. Her freshman year, she advanced to regionals in prose interpretation, and went to state in Solo & Ensemble. She also currently serves as vice president of the SSHS Thespian Society.

Lutz is also CPR certified, has been to Adventure Crew leadership training and 4-H leadership training, as well as 4-H livestock judging training.

She has three horses she likes to ride, and also enjoys sewing and crafts, "being on the computer," and listening to all kinds of music.

Lutz's future plans include attending college to study and eventually pursue a career in forensics psychology.

For the talent portion of the Hopkins County Dairy Festival Queen Pageant, she will utilize her theatrical training while doing a skit and singing "Pink Cadillac."

Chesley Kay McGlamery

Pageant contestant Chesley Kay McGlamery, sponsored By Sulphur Springs Dairy Livestock & Auction, is the 17-year-old daughter of Mike and Kim Moore and David McGlamery of Sulphur Springs.

The five-foot, four-inch blue-eyed brunette attends Sulphur Springs High School, where she was a freshman, junior varsity and varsity cheerleader, and currently is a member of the SSHS competition cheerleading squad. She's also a member of the Key Club and has been a member of FFA for three years as well as the Hi King Klub. This year with FFA, she served as Sentinel and enjoyed showing in the local Junior Market Show.

McGlamery has taken gymnastics and tumbling for the last 10 years and has been involved in competition cheering during that time. She said she also likes riding four-wheelers, swimming, shopping and spending time with her family.

After completing high school, McGlamery wants to attend Northeast Texas Community College to pursue a career as a dental hygienist.

During the talent portion of the pageant, McGlamery will be performing a skit from "The Wizard of Oz," singing the Scarecrow's song, "If I Only Had a Brain."

Kaitlyn Potts

Dairy Festival Queen Pageant contestant Kaitlyn Potts is the 17-year-old daughter of Kim and Doyle Potts. Pilgrim Bank is her sponsor.

The five-foot, seven-inch brown-eyed brunette currently attends Sulphur Springs High School, where she participates in sports and extracurricular activities.

Potts has participated in varsity golf for two of the last three years she has played the sport, earning fourth place individual overall this year. The golf team has also been district champs the past two years. She played on the district championship volleyball team her freshman year.

She has also been involved in Student Council for five years and will serve as an officer next year. She has been in Key Club for three years. Potts also has been on the drill team for the past two years and is excited about serving as a senior officer on the drill team next year and attending officer camp as soon as school is out.

Potts has been chosen for "Who's Who Among American High School Students" for the past three years, received a University Interscholastic League award, and been recognized for best dance technique in drill team.

She said she wants to continue to pursue her love of dance, and has been looking at different colleges but has yet to decide on one, which must have dance as well as academic programs to meet her requirements. She said she also enjoys math and science and will likely major in one of those areas.

Potts is also involved in church activities, helping with youth and children's church during vacation Bible school.

She has been taking dance classes at Ardis Center for Dance for the past two years, during which she has performed in recitals, and had the honor or performing at this year's Chamber of Commerce banquet.

During the talent portion of this year's pageant, Potts will display her dancing skills to Christina Aguilera's "Ain't No Other Man."

Haley Reynolds

Haley Reynolds is the 17-year-old daughter of Rickey and Maleta Reynolds. She is sponsored by the Junior Waverly Club.

The five-foot, three-inch brown-eyed brunette attends Sulphur Springs High School where she is involved in Student Council, Key Club, Hi King Klub and the Health Science Technology class. She served as sergeant of the drill team as a junior.

Reynolds is also certified in CPR and phlebotomy, and is active in the community. She volunteered at Kid Safe Saturday, the Bicycle Helmet Rodeo, one summer at the Boys & Girls Club and annually with the Empty Stocking Program

She also is a part of and active with First United Methodist Church youth group.

Reynolds enjoys singing and traveling, and has had 15 years of dance training as well as piano lessons. She plans major in either music or something in the health care field at college.

During the talent portion of the Dairy Festival Queen Pageant. She plans to sing "Where the Boys Are."

Morgan Russom

Hopkins County Dairy Festival Queen Pageant contestant Morgan Russom is the 17-year-old daughter of Wendy and Shane Russom of Sulphur Springs. She is being sponsored by City National Bank.

The five-foot, six-inch brown-eyed blonde attends Sulphur Springs High School, where she performs as a member of the Blue Blazes Drill Team. She won a medal for an environmental poster she created about oil spills, and also won a computer for an essay she penned.

Russom also received an award for Miss Photogenic and Miss Congeniality this year.

She said she loves to dance, shop, travel and spend time with her friends. She is especially interested in fashion, and in fact plans to attend the University of North Texas after high school and eventually pursue a career in the fashion industry.

Russom will employ her enthusiasm for fashion and dance on stage during the talent portion of the pageant, performing a jazz dance routine to "All That Jazz" from the musical "Chicago."

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