Montgomery selected as Miss West Virginia USA

Flatwoods, W.Va. -- On Sunday, Oct. 7, Skylene Montgomery of Parkersburg was selected as Miss West Virginia USA 2008, and Micah Michael of Morgantown became the new Miss West Virginia Teen USA 2008. The two young women were crowned at the conclusion of the three-day Miss West Virginia USA and Miss West Virginia Teen USA Pageants respectively, both were held at the Days Inn Hotel in Flatwoods.

Montgomery was crowned the 2008 Miss West Virginia USA. She is the 22 year old daughter of Skylar and Darlene Montgomery, a graduate of Marshall University and a CAN at St. Mary's Hospital. She enjoys watching Ellen and Oprah while working out, as well as, shoe shopping, scrapbooking, competing in figure competitions and cooking. She is involved in numerous volunteer activities including Katrina Relief, Breast Cancer Awareness, Friendship Kitchen and Relay for Life among many others. Her ambition is to complete her Master's degree in Nursing and work for a cardiac rehabilitation clinic.

Crowned by Miss West Virginia USA 2007, Kasey Montgomery, she will represent the Mountain State at the annual MISS USA Pageant, which will be broadcast live on NBC Television in April 2008.

The "Top 5" were: First Runner-up, Sarah Hart of Dunbar; Second Runner-up, Heather Marie Hostutler of Bridgeport; Third Runner-up, Lindsay Weaver of Buckhannon; Fourth Runner-up, Gabrielle Valentina Colombo of Bluefield. The Semi-Finalists were: Celestine Renee Le Noir of Martinsburg; Erica Jade Goldsmith of Mineral Wells; Kristina Marie Baker of Petersburg; Hanna Danielle Law of Grantsville; Jessica Schueler of Jumping Branch; Britanni Chase Mills of Huntington; Tanayia Simpson of Handley.

Skylene Montgomery was also named Miss Photogenic and Ashley Reed was voted Miss Congeniality by her fellow contestants.

Micah Michael of Morgantown was crowned the 2008 Miss West Virginia Teen USA. She is the 17-year-old daughter of Charlotte Michael and Eric McGuire. Michael is a junior at Morgantown High School. She enjoys aerobics, running, dancing and shopping. Her ambition is to pursue a degree in broadcasting and become a radio or television personality. Michael was awarded the position of first chair flute player for Morgantown High School.

Crowned by Miss West Virginia Teen USA 2007, Chelsea Welch, she will represent the Mountain State at the annual MISS TEEN USA Pageant.

The "Top 5" were: First Runner-up, Lena Huynh of Vienna; Second Runner-up, Kaitlin Gates of Bridgeport; Third Runner-up, Miranda Jo Ferrari of Bridgeport; Fourth Runner-up, Brigitte Morris of South Charleston. The Semi-Finalists were: Ally Grace Brandfass of Morgantown; Sarah Elizabeth Thorne of Moorefield; Kayla Anne May of Franklin; Meghan Cea Daniels of Matewan; Alysia Marie Thompson of Ripley; Adrianna Jazz Lindsay of Bridgeport; Jessica Ann Bostic of Summersville.

Michael was also named Miss Photogenic and Sarah Thorne was voted Miss Congeniality by her fellow contestants.

Fall Festival Children's Pageant set for Nov. 4

Lincoln County Fairs and Festivals Inc. will be hosting its Fall Festival Children's Pageant Sunday, Nov. 4, at the Lincoln County High School Auditorium.

Registration will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m., with the pageant beginning at 2 p.m.

Boys and girls form infant through 12 years are eligible to compete and Lincoln County residency is not required.

Attire will be casual or street wear, no dresses or tuxedos.

Pre-registration is encouraged.

Lincoln County High School is just west of Hamlin on Route 3. For more information or to request an entry application, call (304) 824-5161 or (304) 524-7422.

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