Musselman senior wins crown

August 08, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - She loves working with children.

She plans to attend Shepherd University with hopes of getting a degree in elementary education.

She is a senior at Musselman High School and represents the Southern Cross 4-H Club.

And, now, she is Miss Berkeley County Youth Fair 2006.

Courtney Kilmer, 17, of Inwood, W.Va., won the honor Monday night during the first day of the Berkeley County Youth Fair.

There were 22 contestants to start, then the number was reduced to five finalists before Kilmer was named the winner. Contestants spent the day in interviews so judges could determine their levels of poise, appearance and other attributes.


"I think it's amazing," Courtney said after her win Monday night before a crowd in the indoor arena. "I've never had a feeling like this before in my life."

First runner-up was Natalie Wenck; second runner-up was Julianne Frye; third runner-up was Britney Hardt; and fourth runner-up was Amanda Raney.

Qualifications for the contest include exhibiting a project at the fair and being single. Contestants can range in age from 14 to 21. The winner is expected to represent Berkeley County youth in various activities.

Courtney, the daughter of Charlene and Tom Kilmer, said this is the fourth time she has competed in the contest. She said she was first runner-up in 2003 and 2004, and was third runner-up last year.

Besides her interest in the pageant competition, Courtney said she is looking forward to the day when she can be a classroom teacher.

"I really love working with kids. That was never a question in my mind," Courtney said.

The preparations for the pageant started earlier in the day during a reception at the nearby Stonebridge Golf Club, said Barbara Frankenberry, one of the pageant chairpersons.

The first time the judges came in contact with the contestants was during interview sessions at the reception, Frankenberry said. More interviewing was conducted during the pageant at the fair.

Frankenberry said judges are looking for a "wholesome" girl to fit the role of Miss Berkeley County Youth Fair.

Today at the youth fair

9 a.m. - Sheep showmanship and judging, indoor arena

9 a.m. - Horse showmanship, horse arena

11 a.m. - poultry judging, poultry barn

Noon - Indoor exhibits open to the public, exhibit building

1:30 p.m. - Dog show, indoor arena

4 p.m. - Milking parlor opens, barn area

5 p.m. - Commercial exhibits open to public, commercial building

5 p.m. - Ice cream-eating contest, indoor arena

6 p.m. - Carnival opens

6:30 p.m. - Truck and tractor pull, outdoor arena

7 p.m. - 4-H style show, indoor arena

8:30 p.m. - Livestock Jeopardy, indoor arena

11 p.m. - Fair closes

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