Six young women are vying for the title of 2018 Weston Volunteer Fire Department Flame Queen.
The Flame Queen will be crowned at 4 p.m., July 7, at the Weston Volunteer Fire Department. The coronation follows at 7 p.m., alongside Fourth of July festivities on the athletic field of Robert L. Bland Middle School.
Haley Hartley, 17, the daughter of Amanda and Joe Hartley of Camden, was active in yearbook and cheerleading in high school. A 2018 graduate of Lewis County High School, she was the 2017 Lewis County Homecoming Queen and an honor roll student. She plans to attend Glenville State College to advance her education.
Claire Moneypenny, 18, the daughter of Tim and Beth Moneypenny of Weston, was a varsity cheerleader at Lewis County High School for four years. Also a 2018 graduate of LCHS, she was the Lewis County Future Farmers of America (FFA) Vice President for two years. She was a member of the homecoming court as a freshmen and senior, was awarded student of the month and has earned honor roll for the past four years. She was active in Chemistry Club, the National Honor Society, as well. She plans to attend West Virginia Wesleyan College to pursue a degree in biochemistry before furthering her education in veterinary pharmaceuticals.
2018 LCHS graduate Maddysen Parsons, 18, of Weston, the daughter of James and Michelle Gum and Eric Parsons, was active in dance, yearbook and Youth Alive at high school. She plans to further her education at Fred Eberle Technical School before college.
“I grew up in the firehouse ever since I was little,” Maddysen Parsons said on her contest application.
Cierra Smith, 18, of Weston, the daughter of Kelly Montgomery and granddaughter of Regina Taylor, participated in yearbook, anatomy, the Red Cross Blood Drive and the National Art Honor Society, and also earned honor roll. She plans to go into the nursing program at Fairmont State University.
Abby Watson, 17, the daughter of Ronald and Stephanie Watson of Roanoke, participated in the National Art Honor Society, Chemistry Club, Rachel’s Challenge, cheerleading, track and field and the Vandalia 4-H Club. She earned honor roll and was the Homecoming Princess her freshman and senior year. She plans to continue her education at Davis and Elkins College, majoring in nursing. Watson also graduated from LCHS in May.
Abby Woofter, 18, the daughter of Sue and Miki Woofter of Weston, participated in Student Council and the National Honor Society. She plans to study speech pathology at Fairmont State University. Woofter also graduated in May from LCHS.
Michael James, chairman of the Flame Queen Committee, said there are several stores around Weston that have displays with each contestant’s photograph where people can vote for their favorite. All proceeds benefit the Weston Volunteer Fire Department.