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PROVIDED PHOTOS Students from 13 area schools are among the 27 candidates for Laurel Queen 2022.

The 80th annual Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival will take place in Wellsboro through June 19, culminating in the crowning of the 2022 Laurel Queen.

The 2021 Laurel Queen, Miss Central Mountain Jocelyn Renninger, will crown her successor, according to a press release.

The Laurel Festival Parade, themed “Music of America” will feature the 27 Laurel Queen contestants waving to the crowd from floats. The parade begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, with coronation ceremonies at 6:30 p.m. at the Coolidge Theater at Deane Center.

Students from 13 area schools are among the candidates for Laurel Queen:

Nicole Marie Embick represents Bucktail Area High School. She is the daughter of Tracy and Jeff Embick of Chapman Township, near North Bend.

Embick enjoys sports, hunting, fishing, cooking, listening to music, and spending time with friends and family.

This fall, Embick plans to attend the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport to earn an associate’s degree in applied science in nursing and become a registered nurse.

Ashley Rich represents Central Mountain High School. She is the daughter of Tammy Rich of Bald Eagle Township.

Rich likes to hunt and play sports.

This fall, Rich plans to attend Penn State University at State College and major in kinesiology and exercise science and minor in coaching to become a pediatric sports medicine specialist.

Haley Marie Shadle represents Jersey Shore Area Senior High School. She is the daughter of Nichole and Sherman Shadle of Pine Creek Township.

Shadle enjoys traveling, competing in swimming and tennis, and spending time with friends, family, and French Bulldogs.

This fall, she plans to attend Pennsylvania State University at State College to earn a degree in biology. Her goal is to become a dentist. She hopes to one day travel to third world countries to provide dental care to underprivileged people.

Natalie St. James represents Montgomery Area Junior/Senior High School. She is the daughter of Tammy and Phil St. James of Clinton Township.

In grades 11 and 12, St. James was on the varsity track team, was a student council member, and volunteered at the food bank.

This fall, St. James plans to attend Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania to earn a degree in diagnostic medical sonography.

Ruby Anne Muse represents the secondary school in the Montoursville area. She is the daughter of Julia Muse of Montoursville and Dale Brion of Liberty.

Muse is a competitive target archer and was a student and volunteer at Epic Percussion, a percussion school and retail outlet in Williamsport.

After graduating in 2023, Muse plans to attend a four-year college and major in nursing, with a minor in Spanish. Muse hopes to study and/or volunteer abroad with a nursing program in a Spanish-speaking country.

Hayley Ridge represents North Penn-Liberty Junior/Senior High School. She is the daughter of Mandy and Christopher Ridge of Roaring Branch in Jackson Township.

Ridge will attend Mansfield University this fall. She received a presidential scholarship from Mansfield University and plans to major in business administration and minor in Spanish. His goal is to become a manager in a corporate chain such as Walmart.

Alison Davey represents North Penn-Mansfield High School. She is the daughter of Andrea and Craig Lee of Richmond Township and Todd Davey of Mansfield.

Davey snowboards, cooks, runs an Etsy business and loves to travel.

From September of this year to June 2023, Davey will attend and complete the cosmetology program at Cheeks Beauty Academy in Cheyenne, Wyoming, then plans to return to his hometown to work in a hair salon. Her goal is to open her own salon.

Gianna Marie Godfrey represents the South Williamsport area junior/senior high school. She is the daughter of Jessica Clark of Williamsport and Michael Godfrey of South Williamsport.

In 1998 Godfrey’s mother represented South Williamsport and was crowned Laurel Queen that year.

This fall, Godfrey plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh and major in exercise science.

Jaden Nixon represents St. John Neumann Regional Academy. She is the daughter of Alicia Faulkner of Williamsport and Cleavon Nixon of Nassau, Bahamas.

Nixon enjoys working out in the gym, drawing, and practicing Spanish.

After graduating in 2023, Nixon plans to major in criminal justice and minor in psychology and earn a master’s degree.

Zoe Pedro represents Sullivan County Junior/Senior High School. She is the daughter of Nichole and Christopher Pedro of Cherry Township.

Pedro loves art, travel, cosmetics and skiing.

This fall, Pedro plans to attend Georgia Southern University in Statesboro to earn a degree in radiological science with a minor in studio art. Her goal is to become a diagnostic ultrasound technician.

Alayna Wilkins represents Warrior Run High School. She is the daughter of Rachel and Bruce Wilkins of Delaware Township.

Wilkins enjoys playing team sports as well as hiking and other outdoor activities.

This fall, Wilkins will attend the honors program at Geneva College in Beaver Falls and major in communication disorders and minor in Spanish. She plans to become a bilingual speech therapist and would like to continue doing missionary work and traveling to Spanish-speaking countries.

Regan Laurel Regina represents Wellsboro Area High School. She is the daughter of Gretchen Regina and Chad Tennis of Wellsboro and Che Regina of Royersford.

Regina enjoys singing, painting and boating.

This fall, Regina plans to attend Penn State University at State College to earn a degree in aerospace engineering and physics. His goal is to work for NASA as an aerospace engineer.

Mia Isabella Birch represents Williamsport Area High School and her community as the Pennsylvania State Laurel Queen nominee. She is the daughter of Michelle Pulizzi of Williamsport and Tony Birch of South Williamsport.

Birch studied dance at the Milissa Augustine Dance Academy in Williamsport and enjoys drawing, writing, photography and modeling.

After graduating in 2023, Birch plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and major in environmental science with a minor in astronomy. His goal is to become a scientist and work for NASA.



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