Area teen crowned W.Va. horticultural queen

August 18, 2011
  • Avery Jordan Petrucci crowns Jordan Elizabeth Butler as the 2011-12 West Virginia State Horticultural Queen.
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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. —  Avery Jordan Petrucci was honored Aug. 10 for her reign as the 2010-11 West Virginia State Horticultural Queen during a reception hosted by her parents, Tony and Tana, at their home on Collins Drive in Martinsburg.

Avery's final official duty was to crown Jordan Elizabeth Butler as the new 2011-12 West Virginia State Horticultural Queen.

Jordan lives in the Martinsburg area with her parents, Gregory and Jennifer Butler, sister, Ashton, and brother, Tyler. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Butler Sr. and the late Mr. and Mrs. Jennings "Dyke" Ashton of Martinsburg.

This fall, Jordan will enter her junior year at Hedgesville (W.Va.) High School.

Jordan is a two-year honor roll student, taking honors and AP classes. She has been a member of the Hedgesville varsity volleyball team since her freshman year. She also plays on a club travel team during the off-season. She is a member of Student Government, Leadership, and is also a member of the Key club at Hedgesville High. This year, Jordan is participating in the PASS program.

Jordan is an active member of Arden United Methodist Church and has participated in youth retreats. In the summer, Jordan works at her family's business, Butler's Farm Market, owned by her father, Greg, and her uncle, Bruce Butler Jr.

For the past several years, Jordan has been an escort for the Apple Blossom Ladies Auxiliary Luncheon in Winchester, Va.

In her spare time, she enjoys working with young children at a recreation center, helping with volleyball camps or day camps. She also enjoys babysitting.

In her capacity as horticultural queen, Jordan looks forward to promoting the tree fruit industry. She has already distributed peaches, plums, nectarines and apples, donated by Butler's Farm Market, during the 2011 Beef Show and Judging competition at the Berkeley County Youth Fair.

Jordan is looking forward to presenting the awards to the apple peeling and eating contest winners at the 32nd Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival; and representing West Virginia in the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival in May 2012.

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