Meet the Cover Girls: Twelve vie for coveted Fall Festival title
Sept. 19, 2008 - A dozen high school juniors have been hard at work for at least 2 weeks hoping to win the title of 2008 Hopkins County Fall Festival Cover Girl.
Cover Girl activities began Sept. 10 with the annual Cover Girl Dinner at Plain and Fancy Sandwich Shoppe. Each girl also participated in at least four other days of activities.
Each was required to design a parade float depicting the eight events the girls compete in for the title. The floats were displayed and judged on Wednesday near the fair grounds.
On Tuesday, the 12 faced off to see who could come out on top in goat tying, roping a steer head, calf scramble and tractor obstacle course. On Thursday, the girls had to bottle feed a calf, milk a cow, saddle and mount a horse, and cut up a chicken.
The Cover Girl contest is this year sponsored by Pogue Cattle Co., Bailey's Tractor Co. and Northeast Texas Farmers Co-Op. Livestock were provided by Ron Hux, goats; Pogue Cattle Co., calves; Koon Farms and Chad Neal, milking cows; and Don Meeks, horse. T
The Cover Girl contestants will be introduced during intermission at the Starnight Concert Saturday night, between the performances by Exit 110 and Keith Anderson. Starnight begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Civic Center Auditorium. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 a the door.
After being introduced, the winners of the various displays, Miss Congeniality and ticket sales categories will be announced. Then, the 2008-2009 Cover Girl will be named.
The winner will receives a $750 scholarship, a $100 Visa gift card and a $50 savings bond. The first runner-up will receive a $500 scholarship, a $75 Visa gift card and a $50 savings bond. The second runner-up will receive a $50 Visa gift card and a $50 savings bond.
Reigning Cover Girl Somer Gregory, daughter of Cephis and Marta Gregory of Sulphur Springs, has been on hand to show the contestants how to get after it in the various events this week.
Gregory is a senior at Sulphur Springs High School, where she is involved in FFA. When not at school, she said she likes to rope and hang out with friends. She is employed at C.W. Gregory Motors. After high school, Somer plans to attend college and get a degree in design engineering.
The 12 Cover Girl contestants, all juniors representing five of the seven high schools in Hopkins County, are:
Contestant Morgan Lampp attends Sulphur Springs High School. She is the daughter of Eddie and Tawlene Lampp. Morgan is involved in Key Club and in FFA, where she holds the office of secretary. She works at Brookshire's and plans to attend college in the future.
Contestant Brittni Bailey attends Sulphur Springs High School. She is the daughter of Keith and Sandy Bailey. Brittni is involved in FFA and 4-H. Brittni works at Pilot Travel Center. After high school, she plans to major in agriculture at Texas A&M University-Commerce
Contestant Brittney Harris attends Sulphur Bluff High School. She is the daughter of Tony and Gloria Harris. Brittney is in FFA and athletics, participating in volleyball, basketball, softball and track. She attends Cross Country Cowboy Church. After graduation, she plans to attend college to study veterinary medicine
Contestant Danielle Johnson attends Sulphur Springs High School. She is the daughter of Brad and Kristy Johnson. Dani plays varsity golf and is in the marching band and concert band. She has been in 4-H for 10 years and raises pigs for county and major shows. She is very active in the youth group at First United Methodist Church. As is family tradition, she plans to attend Texas A&M-College Station, where she will major in agriculture business.
Contestant Ashley Millard attends Miller Grove High School. She is the daughter of John Millard. Ashley plays volleyball, is a baby sitter and works in the nursery at church. After high school, she wants to go to college where she will study to become a veterinarian.
Contestant Rachel Brantley attends North Hopkins High School. She is the daughter of Ronald and Cherrie Brantley. Rachel is involved in agriculture and plays volleyball and softball. After high school, she plans to attend Kilgore College, and study radiology.
Contestant Ashley Sells attends Sulphur Springs High School. She is the daughter of Amy King and Bryan Sells. Ashley is involved in FFA, 4-H and Key Club. She enjoys fitting and showing cattle, and training and showing barrel racing horses. She plans to attend college and major in animal science.
Contestant Chelsey Coke, who attends Como-Pickton High School, is the daughter of Rodney and Meredith Coke. Chelsey is involved with FFA, serving as the 2008-2009 vice president. In agriculture, she shows dairy cows and participated in the 2008 San Antonio Agriculture Mechanics Show. She is a member of the National Honor Society. She also plays volleyball. After graduation, she plans to attend an X-ray technology school.
Contestant Shaye-lynn Emerick attends Miller Grove High School. She is the daughter of Jeff and Tammie Emerick. Shaye-lynn is involved in FFA and plays volleyball and softball. She is a former member of the Key Club and FCCLA. She attends Southside Church of Christ. After graduation, she plans to attend the University of Texas at Tyler, then go to either cosmetology school or fashion design school.
Contestant Kayla Phillips attends Sulphur Springs High School. She is the daughter of Micheal and Karen Phillips. Kayla is involved in the Hopkins County 4-H, FCA, and Spanish Club. As an athlete, she participates in basketball and track. She is also an attendant in the nursery at her church. After graduation, Kayla plans to attend Texas Tech University to become a math teacher and basketball coach.
Contestant Kelli Claxton attends Miller Grove High School. She is the daughter of Lori Hall and Rickey Claxton. Kelli is in FFA and shows pigs. She currently works at the Dairy Queen in Emory. After graduation, she plans to go to cosmetology school.
Contestant Jami Scroggins attends Sulphur Springs High School. She is the daughter of Dickie and Amy Scroggins. Jami is in FFA and ag mechanics, and plays softball. She works at San Remo's Italian restaurant and Sulphur Springs Gymnastics. She wants to attend college and study something in the medical field.
--Information submitted by Tracy Dennis, Cover Girl contest coordinator and Fall Festival Board member