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Natalie and Avery…Dairy Fest Queen Contestants

Dairy Festival Contestant #5 Natalie Cruz and Contestant #1 Allie Avery

Both Sulphur Springs High School juniors, Natalie and Allie are joining the five other contestants in pursuit of the title of Hopkins County Dairy Festival Queen. Their pageant and coronation is Saturday June 17 at 7 pm inside the Civic Center’s auditorium. Be sure and get your ticket in advance from any contestant through Thursday at $7! Admission is $10 at the door on pageant night.

Contestant #1 Allie Avery is the daughter of Anthony and Tenny Tanton and the late Stan Avery. In the talent competition, she will play a piano instrumental to “A Tale as Old as Time” from Beauty and the Beast. For evening gown competition, she will be wearing a royal blue and white gown with a train. Allie has studied piano since childhood and been involved in her church youth praise team. Allis is “Wally the Wildcat” football mascot. Also in high school,she studies floral design/horticulture, is on the Student Council and is Junior Class officer. Allie also takes part in Key Club, BPA, FFA, Dare to Dream and is head Pledge in Hi King Klub.  After high school, Allie plans to attend college and major in Business and in Engineering.

Contestant #5 is Natalie Cruz, daughter of  Curtis and Kathy Wright. On pageant night, she will play piano and sing an original song called “Made of Glass”. Her evening wear will be a royal blue ball gown. Music is part of her life with seven years of school band on bass clarinet, plus private lessons in piano, guitar and ukulele. In school, she is ranked in top 3% of her class, and acquired 15 college credits during her Junior year. She is state-ranked as a Texas Music Educators Association Scholar. Natalie is also state-ranked in UIL Editorial Writing and state-ranked in BPA Leadership.  She is a 3-year member of the Wildcat Color Guard. She is in French Club and in Student Council is Parliamentarian of the Senior Class for 2018. She has studied Tae Kwondo and was a Girl Scout. She is a member of First Baptist Church and has volunteered for numerous mission trips. She is also a Young Eagle and is pursuing her private pilot’s license. She also hopes to pursue a career in the nursing field following college at Baylor University.

Next, we will interview Jaci and Marissa, then spend some time chatting with reigning Queen Sadie Evans about her year representing Hopkins County, before she crowns a new Queen on pageant night. Listen to KSST and Channel 18 TV at 8:15am this week!

Author: Enola Gay

Has enjoyed working for KSST since 1989. Hosts the Good Morning Show with Enola Gay on weekday mornings from 6-9am, so 'start your day with Enola Gay'! Guest interviews during the Morning Show can also be seen in playback on Cable Channel 18 TV. Along with local country music fan Benny Potter, co-produces 1230 West, a Country and Western Swing radio show which airs weekly on Saturdays from 7-8am and repeats on Thursdays from 7-8pm. Also writes "At the Corral Gate", a column appearing weekly in The Millennium Shopper and in the Lifestyles section of ksstradio.com.

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