11 teens compete to be Queen of Leaves’ new fall festival return from event



BAINBRIDGE – The Fall Leaf Festival returns this week and with it comes the coronation of a new Queen after current Queen Phoebe Cockrell ended up serving as Queen in 2019 and 2020.

The ribbon cutting for the festival will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday with the Queen’s Contest following at 8 p.m. at the Paxton Theater. Tickets cost $ 5 for the contest and can be purchased at the door or in advance at Rockhold Bank in Bainbridge. Competitors will take part in a car parade around Bainbridge from 7pm.

The festival runs through Sunday and includes rides, entertainment, a classic street rod and truck show and much more. For a full schedule, visit www.fallfestivalofleaves.com

There are 11 teens vying for the title of Queen this year.

The queens candidates are:

Averi McFadden: 17, Paint Valley High School

Daughter of Casey and Lisa McFadden

Activities: Play volleyball, basketball, cheerleader, track court, SOVC, lead singer and member of the church youth group Acts Believe, member of the Tip of the County 4-H Club, drug ambassador Free Clubs of America and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Morgan Whitley: 17 years old, Western high school

Daughter of Josh and Jessica Whitley

Activities: Softball, cheering team captain, National Honor Society member, full-time student at Shawnee State University as part of Western High School’s College Credit Plus program, and also works part-time at Johnson’s Dairy Queen.

Marissa Prince: 17, Paint Valley High School

Stacy Prince’s Daughter

Activities: 4 year old college cheerleader, J216 volunteer, musical theater, FCS, student council, open door church Sunday school volunteer.

Lea Mettler: 17 years old, Unioto High School

Daughter of Josh Mettler and Sara and Travis Dearth

Activities: National Honor Society Fellow, National Art Honor Society Public Relations Officer, Drug Free Clubs of America Fellow, Ambassador, Seventh Year 4-H Fellow, Full-Time Student at Ohio University- Chillicothe as part of the college credit plus program, a member of her church youth group and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Shianna Roll: 18 years old, Adena

Amanda Ater’s Daughter

Activities: Skills USA, 4-H, church youth group and choir, The VA student council and volunteers, Ross County Junior Fair board member, MADE, also enjoys hunting, fishing, driving 4 wheels and everything related to the automobile.

Madisyn Hollen: 15, Hillsboro High School

Daughter of Amy Hollon and Mike Miller

Activities: Hillsboro Varsity and JV Football Team, Hillsboro High School Symphonic Choir, Hillsboro Varsity Tennis and Hillsboro JV Swim Team, HUBA Snowflake Queen.

Presley Patterson: 15, McClain High School

Josh and Shanda Patterson’s daughter

Activities: McClain Varsity Cheerleader, 2nd year member McClain FFA, member of the Church of Christ youth group in Greenfield. Likes competitions (formerly Greene Country Towne and Tour Guide), enjoys going out with friends, shopping and baking / baking.

A’mya Wingfield: 17 years old, Unioto High School

Daughter of Kristi Bonner and Mackenzie Wingfield

Activities: Cheerleader for 12 years, member of Drug Free Clubs of America, student council member, gymnastics trainer, and enjoys cosmetology, fashion and hiking.

Samantha Truitt: 18 years old, Unioto graduate

Daughter of Stéphanie and Robert Truitt

Activities: He currently attends Shawnee State University and works for Chillicothe Paints, enjoys hiking, traveling and gardening.

Aly Murphy: 17, McClain High School

Daughter of Elizabeth and Roger Murphy

Activities: President of McClain FFA, President of the Student Council, President of Hi-Y, National Honor Society, Drug Free Clubs of America, Member of 4-H, Member of the Board of Directors of Highland County Junior Fair and Member of Big Brother and Big Sisters. Also plays soccer and is currently a cheerleader captain. Participate in the youth government in the spring. Currently working for Corner Pharmacy in Greenfield and she also enjoys reading and taking road trips with her family.

Stone of Faith: 15 years old, Western high school

Daughter of Dollie and Donald Stone

Activities: Pike County Junior MP, Art Club and After School Program member, plays softball. Member of the National Society of High School Students. Interested in soccer and wrestling, she also plans to go to college and wants to start a wrestling team at her school.


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