What fun it was to judge the Miss Parkersburg Pageant May 25.
No coincidence, it marked three years to the day of the devastating EF5 tornado which claimed 8 lives.
These young women deeply impressed me with how they have risen above extreme challenges.
One contestant lost her home during the tornado.
One contestant tearfully recounted how she was present when a gunman walked into the high school weight room and shot beloved Coach Ed Thomas.
Another contestant’s boyfriend was present during the shooting and has had to journey back from that horrible day.
But these young women all had clear direction. They all participate in their communities through sports, music, speech, dance, and so much more.
God is an integral part of these ladies’ lives as well.
As I told their parents, the future is in good hands with young people like this.
The new Miss Parkersburg is Emory Ballhagen – a senior who is rolling full steam ahead to Iowa State University to study biological engineering.
She is the student government president, and brought in a speaker to talk to students when she noticed some friends turning to drugs and alcohol.
She also got the community involved in a program called Elevate, which seeks to help young people transitioning out of foster care at age 18.
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This post was written by qni_it on May 26, 2011