This one gives the Dairy Princess a run for her money
From today's Centre Daily Times. There's now a beauty queen title for pretty much every young woman in Central Pennsylvania.
Bellefonte girl takes home title of Miss Flaming Foliage
October 19, 2010 2:50am EDT
A very excited Chelsea Bowes, of Bellefonte, was crowned Miss Flaming Foliage at the 62nd annual Flaming Foliage Festival at the Bucktail Area High School in Renovo on Oct. 10.
The Bellefonte Area High School senior, who was crowned Miss Bellefonte in her junior year, has family roots in the Renovo area. Her greatgrandfather, Lester Geise, lived in Renovo until his death two years ago. And her great-grandmother until recently lived in South Renovo, where Chelsea’s grandfather, Jim Bowes, grew up. Jim Bowes brought Chelsea’s father, Ken Bowes, to the festival every year when he was a child, and Chelsea has also attended since she was a child.
“I always wanted to be there and be a princess like all those girls,” she said.
The 31 contestants had submitted applications listing their academic information, accomplishments and community service. In a two-hour interview, poise, character and personality were judged.
All the girls competing for Miss Flaming Foliage stayed with host families for the weekend and Bowes spoke enthusiastically about her host couple, Wendy and Vitto Janerella from North Bend. Bellefonte senior Brad Grieb accompanied Bowes on her walk through the pageant walkway to her crowning.
In my interview with Bowes, I asked her, “Was it all that you expected?”
“Oh it was even more thrilling!” she said, her eyes shining. She said she likes to think her greatgrandfather was watching her from heaven.
Bowes is a busy young woman who is a cheerleader for football, basketball and wrestling. She is a vice president of her class, vice president of Key Club, a member of National Honor Society, and sings in both school and church choirs. I met her at the Bellefonte Waffle Shop where she works. Her twin sister, Ashley, a member of the state championship softball team, plans to attend Lock Haven University, and her older sister Amanda attends Penn State.
Bowes plans to study nursing at Lock Haven University in Clearfield. She dressed as a nurse for Halloween one year and that started her thinking; now she says she just wants to help people.