Pictured are (top row) 2014 Peony Pageant judges Becky Goshorn, Steve Keller, and Todd Schreiber, and (bottom row) judge Meggan Yahl and emcee Susan Burchfield. (photos submitted)
Pictured are (top row) 2014 Peony Pageant judges Becky Goshorn, Steve Keller, and Todd Schreiber, and (bottom row) judge Meggan Yahl and emcee Susan Burchfield. (photos submitted)

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VAN WERT — The Peony Pageant Committee has announced the judges and master of ceremonies for this year’s Peony Pageant. The pageant will be held Friday, April 4, at the Marsh Foundation Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

Serving as one judge for this year’s pageant is Becky Goshorn. Goshorn has been self-employed with Mary Kay cosmetics for 36 years. As a sales director, she has helped hundreds of beauty consultants develop a successful business of their own.

In addition, Becky has advised her clientele of 200+ women in the areas of skin care and color, plus fashion and image.

Becky also established the Pre-Prom Extravaganza in Wells County, Ind. where she works with high school girls in proper etiquette for their Prom, and at the event they model their dresses for their family and friends.

Becky is an accomplished musician and lives in Bluffton, Ind. with her husband. She enjoys spending time with their children and 7 grandchildren.

Steve Keller lives near Rockford and has retired following a 40-year career in education with a 22-year role as a high school principal and 13 years as a school superintendent. He received his bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Ball State University and his master’s in education from Xavier University. Keller has also served as the director for the Gateway Outreach Center which is a drug and alcohol testing/counseling facility in Celina. He has served as a board member for several organizations and recently completed a five-year term as a board member for the Ohio High School Athletic Association. Keller as been married to his wife, Brenda, for 40 years and they have 3 children. Steven lives in St. Marys and is employed by AAP; Stephanie is a nurse in Columbus and lives in Blacklick with husband, Kevin, and daughter, Emme; Katie works in design and product development for DSW Shoes, Inc., and lives in Gahanna with husband, Mike.

Keller as always understood the value of competition and has encouraged students to compete in events relating to music activities, FFA and FCCLA contests, all athletic activities, and clubs or organizations. He personally competes in triathlons and duathlons. Keller is the President of the congregation for Redeemer Lutheran Church in Convoy. He volunteers his time to all high school seniors with their scholarship applications along with their preparations for scholarship or job interviews.

Todd Schreiber, originally from Ohio City, resides in Lambertville, Mich. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree from VanderCook College in Chicago and is currently in his 26th year as K-12 vocal music instructor and theatre director for Whiteford Schools in Ottawa Lake, Mich. His choirs, ensembles and private voice students consistently participate in Michigan’s district and state level events, including the Michigan Youth Arts Festival. Todd has worked extensively throughout northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan as an accompanist, performer, vocal coach, choreographer and musical director, and has garnered several stage credits. He also serves as co-director of the Muskingum University Summer Musical Theater Camp and directed the BGSU Summer Music Institute Musical Theatre Camp for 13 years. During his college days, Todd was the executive director of the Miss BGSU pageant and performed for Cedar Point Live Shows. He has also presented musical theatre voice workshops for the Ohio Community Theatre Association State Conference. In 2000, he was the opening act for the Grammy and Dove Award-winning artist CeCe Winans. His book, Olympic Games for the Music Classroom, was published in 2008 by Shawnee Press. In 2010, Todd directed the 7-8-9 SSA State Honors Choir. Most recently he was selected as the 2013 Teacher of the Year for the Michigan Schools Vocal Music Association.

Meggan Yahl currently lives in St. Marys. She attended college at the University of Cincinnati. Meggan started doing pageants at the age of five and competed in them for one year. At four, she started gymnastics and was a competitive gymnast for eleven years. After that, she moved on to competitive cheerleading and high school cheer. Meggan also cheered at the University of Cincinnati. Meggan now coaches St. Marys high school cheerleading, and competitive cheer at United tumbling Academy in Sidney, Ohio.

This year’s emcee is Susan Burchfield. Burchfield is a licensed professional clinical counselor who has a private practice office located at 1054 S. Washington Street in Van Wert. She provides individual, martial, family, child, and adolescent counseling. Mrs. Burchfield is also a certified mediator through the Supreme Court of Ohio and co-creator of A-OK (Assisting Our Kids). The A-OK Program assists parents in developing a co-parenting business relationship when they no longer live in the same house. This program is offered in nine counties in Northwest Ohio or online at www.assistingourkids.com. Susan is married to Attorney Martin Burchfield, and they have two children: daughter Alex, a sophmore at the University of Dayton and son Will, who is currently working with AmeriCorps. She enjoys dancing, reading, and playing in the Praise Bank at First United Methodist Church, and being a member of the Van Wert Optimist Club.

“This is my second year of having this wonderful opportunity and I am really looking forward to the pageant,” explained Susan. “I encourage everyone to come out on April 4 for this enjoyable and entertaining event!”