Chelsea Hancock crowned Queen Jubilee XXXIX
Saturday, April 05, 2014 12:03 AM
Highlights from the 2014 Peony Pageant
Crestview’s Chelsea Hancock is crowned Queen Jubilee XXXIX Friday evening at the Marsh Auditorium. Spencerville’s Elizabeth Griffin was named first runner-up and talent competition winner. Claire Gamble of Van Wert was named second runner up. The 2014 Peony Festival is scheduled for June 6-8 in Van Wert. (Times Bulletin/Kirk Dougal)
VAN WERT — Crestview’s Chelsea Hancock won the title of Queen Jubilee XXXIX Friday night at Marsh Foundation Auditorium. Hancock also won Miss Congeniality in a vote by all the contestants.
I was very surprised,” Hancock admitted after the pageant. “This means a lot to me. By having the opportunity to show myself and represent my school and show my abilities and who I am and how I want to be perceived.”
Spencerville’s Elizabeth Griffin won the Talent Competition and was also named 1st Runner-Up. Van Wert’s Claire Gamble was named 2nd Runner-Up.
Susan Burchfield served as Mistress of Ceremonies, leading the audience through the program’s opening dance, the talent competition, the question and answer session, and the promenade in evening gowns. Serving as judges were Becky Goshorn or Bluffton, Indiana; Steve Keller of Rockford, Ohio; Meggan Yahl of St. Mary’s, Ohio; and Todd Schreiber of Lambertville, Michigan.
The pageant itself marked the end of a long week of rehearsal and a long week of nerves for the eight contestants.
Hancock revealed, “Wednesday night my stomach just got in knots and it didn’t go away until tonight when I stepped out after intermission, and I controlled myself and told myself, ‘You’re okay.’ It’s been tough. I’ve broken down during the week; I will admit I cried, I laughed, but it was just a great experience.”
But overcoming the stress were the good times the contestants had becoming friends.
“The best part of the week is just spending time with the girls, getting to know one another,” Hancock said. “We all have laughs and funny stories that we love to tell. We just love to talk to each other.
The Talent Competition winner, Griffin, sang “When You Believe” from the move The Prince of Egypt. Also singing was Amberlyn Miller of Lincolnview. Dancing were Cheyenne Stant of Parkway, Tori Suever of Delphos Jefferson, and Mackenzie Haney of Wayne Trace. Claire Gamble of Van Wert played piano, Rachel Nicelley of Paulding played tuba, and Hancock performed on the harp.
Escorts for the evening were Dylan Henry, Aaron Bradford, and Eric Easley. The Little Flower Girls in the final promenade were Melissa Joseph, Hailey Norbeck, Aubree Miller, Sarah Sheppard, Mahala Stabler, Isabella Wagner, Leah Krites, and Sydney Sinn.
Up next for the Queen and her court is the Peony Festival, June 6-8, in Van Wert.
“I’m looking forward to being in the parade and being able to walk around and see all the things this county has to offer in this festival,” Hancock said. “I might be working for some of it, because I am employed by a vendor there!”