Middleway woman named Miss Jefferson County Fair

August 24, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

LEETOWN, W.Va. - Talking to Melinda Lewis, you get the feeling she is nothing if not brutally honest.

Lewis, who was crowned Miss Jefferson County Fair Sunday night, offers the following:

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  • She said she likes to compete in beauty pageants because it is a way to put her old prom dresses to use. Lewis also competed in the county fair queen pageant three years ago, placing fourth.

  • Lewis said she eventually is headed to law school. Her decision was based on the fact that she rarely loses an argument. "I thought I would make that a career," she said.

  • Lewis said she cannot believe she won the contest given the large number of attractive girls who competed. It all comes down to delivery, she said. "It's how you exude yourself up there," Lewis said.

The 18-year-old blonde came away the winner out of more than 60 contestants. Lewis won a $50 savings bond, a trophy and roses. She will be in charge of handing out ribbons and other awards in livestock judging competitions at the fair this week.


Lewis, who is from Middleway, W.Va., attended private schools, starting out at Country Day School near Charles Town, W.Va., and later attending Seton Keough High School, an all-girls Catholic school in Baltimore.

She attends Roanoke College in southwest Virginia, where she is pursuing an English major.

Lewis' father, William Lewis, can attest to his daughter's ability to argue a point.

William Lewis remembers when the characteristic became clear as his daughter was making her case for a pony she wanted.

"It's been downhill from there," Lewis said, joking.

At Roanoke College, Lewis has joined a group of students who raise funds for the Children's Miracle Network, which grants final wishes to children with terminal illnesses.

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