4/18/2017 3:33:00 PM A Little Miss becomes a Queen
The three members of the 2017 Jackson Apple Festival royalty were selected in a contest conducted Saturday evening, April 15, at the Jackson Middle School auditorium. Pictured (from the left) are: First Attendant Madison Haislop, Queen Alyssa Proehl, and Second Attendant Kira Mullins. All three are students at Jackson High School and will reign over this year’s festival set for Sept. 19-23. (Telegram Photos By Pete Wilson)
Newly crowned Apple Festival Queen Alyssa Proehl (back to the camera) receives an embrace from her joyful mother, Angela Hale, just moments after she was crowned. Looking on happily are Alyssa’s sister, Amber (left) and her father Don Proehl (right).
In 2006, 6-year-old Alyssa Proehl became the Little Miss Apple Festival Queen, achieving a little girl's dream.
Eleven years later, 17-year-old Alyssa Proehl achieved a girlhood dream when she was crowned as the 2017 Jackson Apple Festival Queen on Saturday evening, April 15, at the Jackson Middle School auditorium. Thus, she becomes the third girl in the long history of the festival to serve as both the Queen and Little Queen.
The others achieving that distinction were 2010 Queen Taryn Strawser and 2011 Queen Karena Fulks.
Alyssa, who is a Jackson High School junior, will reign over the 2017 Jackson Apple Festival in September along with her newly selected court: First Attendant and Jackson High School sophomore Madison Haislop, and Second Attendant and Jackson High School junior Kira Mullins.
The field of nine candidates were asked the same final question by 2016 Queen Tori Leonard: "If you could do one thing to be remembered in the future, what would that be"?
Alyssa did not have to ponder long to answer and it had everything to do with why she was standing there at that very moment. "I want to be the third girl to be the Little Queen and Big Queen. It's always been my dream."
The newly crowned queen is the daughter of Angela Hale and Don Proehl. She is a junior at Jackson High School, 5'2' tall, with blue eyes and light brown hair. Her school activities include being a five-year member of track, soccer, and nine years of cheerleading; Youth-in-Government, and achieving perfect attendance since Pre-K. Her hobbies and interests include being a 12-year member of Franklin Guys & Gals 4-H Club with turkey and rabbit projects; working at Sonic, walking her dog and tumbling. She plans on attending The University of Cincinnati and majoring in Dental Hygiene.
Madison Haislop, 16, is the daughter of Bobby and Betsy Haislop. She is 5'4' tall, with hazel eyes and dark brown hair. At school, she is involved in the Jackson High School girls' soccer program and the Leo Club. She also enjoys drawing, being around friends and family, making everyone's day better, helping with the community, and going to church. She is undecided on her choice of college, but plans to major in Optometry.
Kira Mullins, 17, is the daughter of Dawn and James Mullins. She is 5' 2' tall, with hazel eyes and dark brown hair and has the distinction of serving as the 2015 Jackson County Fair Queen. At school she is involved in the majorettes, varsity golf, varsity track, Future Farmers of America, the livestock judging team, Rotary-sponsored JHS Interact Club, Student Health Council and Youth Leadership Association. She also enjoys hiking, 4-H, hunting, cooking, volunteering and agriculture. She plans on attending the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and majoring in Agricultural Extension.
The other six candidates for the 2017 Jackson Apple Festival royalty were: Haley Webb, Chloe Rasp, Kylie Laug, Lexi Vest, Madeleine Polcyn, and Lauren Gardner. All six are students at Jackson High School.
Tara Byrd once against served as the mistress of ceremonies and was assisted by Queen Tori. There were two full rounds of judging, closed-door interviews conducted earlier in the day and the contest itself which included on-stage interviews and the posing of a final question. Three out-of-town judges evaluated the candidates in six categories: Overall appearance, poise, grammar, speaking, personality, and the ability to communicate.
Saturday evening's contest also served as the official farewell appearances for the 2016 royalty: Queen Tori Leonard of Oak Hill, First Attendant Hannah Phipps of Jackson and Second Attendant Loryn Strickland of Jackson. They spoke prior to the announcement of the new royalty and in addition to many expressions of thanks and gratitude, they all realized they had carried out important responsibilities as role models and representatives.
There were a number of important announcements made during the program by Apple Festival President Joe Wyant, including the 2017 grand marshal and theme. The grand marshal will be Osborne Equipment Service Owner/Operator and longstanding festival supporter, Terry Osborne, Sr. The theme will be "Apple Blooms and Harvest Moons" and was submitted by Laura Rose Armstrong as part of the theme-naming annual contest.
Wyant also announced that pre-sale tickets for all-day ride passes for this year's festival were now on sale for $10 each. Jackson Area Festivals and Events (JAFE) members have tickets for sale now, but they will be available later at such locations as Ohio Valley Bank, Coll Auto Sales, Southern Ohio Smiles, Walmart and the Lewis Agency of Oak Hill.
Wyant also invited individuals to step forward and be community sponsors for $100 each. In addition to supporting the Apple Festival, community sponsors will be acknowledged in the official festival program and a random drawing will be held with two different sponsors to have the honor of riding in a festival parade (one is held on Wednesday and one on Saturday night).
Wyant also tipped his hat to the festival's sponsors, whose support is essential. Those sponsors recognized during the program and in the printed program were: Aeron Johnson Photography, Andrea's Prom and Bridal, A.L. Terry Jewelers, Classic Cleaners, Carman's Used Cars, Trucks and RVs, Quality Inn of Jackson, Dairy Queen of Jackson, Days Inn of Jackson, Elizabeth's Flowers and Gifts, Jones-Stephenson Insurance Agency, Lewis Insurance Agency of Oak Hill, Milton Bank, McDonald's, Ohio Valley Bank, Osborne Equipment Service, Sheward-Fulks Insurance, and Southern Ohio Smiles.
Wyant offered a verbal salute to the Apple Festival Committee members of JAFE, the so-called "red shirts" who volunteer their time to organize and conduct the festival and related events. He also thanked their wives for their assistance, support and understanding.
Ryan and Kristen Shoemaker are co-chairs of the Apple Festival Queens Contest and also will serve as the main chaperones following the retirement of long-time chaperones Curt and Judy Wiggins.
The 2017 Jackson Apple Festival is scheduled for Tuesday through Saturday, Sept. 19-23.