The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival office has announced the winners and runners up of the In Town and Out of Town Miss Honorary Fire and Rescue Chief Pageant. There were 19 young women who competed on March 23 at Daniel Morgan Middle School in Winchester.
The In Town runner up was Emilee Marie Payne of Cross Junction and the winner was Christina Dee Floyd of Winchester.
The Out of Town runner up was Destiny Dawn Kerns of Front Royal and the winner was Taylor Leigh Childs of Strasburg.
Emilee Marie Payne is the 18 year old daughter of Steven and Deborah Payne of Cross Junction, VA. She is a senior at James Wood High School where she is a varsity volleyball player and made first team and second team all-district. Emilee is a member of DECA, FCCLA and the Varsity Club. Her ambition in life is to go to college and get a degree to help kids with special needs. Emilee is being sponsored by Reynolds Store Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company.
Christina Dee Floyd, 18, is the daughter of Steve and Elizabeth Floyd of Winchester. She is a senior at John Handley High School where she is vice president of the senior class. She is secretary of the Latin Club and Anchor Club and a member of the National Honor Society, first chapter at Handley for Rho Kappa, Interact Club and Local Christian Club Young Life. She also participates in forensics and debate. She was awarded Handley Scholar and carries a 4.42 GPA. Throughout her years at Handley, she has been a team member of girls basketball, softball and varsity cheerleading. She has been a Girl Scout for 10 years and earned the Bronze Award. She is also a Handley High Gavel Guide for freshman. She has been a community volunteer at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley and the Child Care Center at Winchester Medical Center. She is a leader in the Follow the Leader Camp for autistic children and is a volunteer at the rehabilitation center on Cork Street. Christina plans to attend a four year university and then go on to a graduate program in occupational therapy. As an occupational therapist she would like to care for all persons with disabilities and help men and women of all ages live life to their fullest potential. Christina is being sponsored by Charley Rouss Fire Company.
Destiny Dawn Kerns, 18, is the daughter of Michelle Willis of Front Royal. She is a senior at Warren County High School where she is on the A/B honor roll. Destiny volunteers at her fire department and does fundraising for the March of Dimes. She enjoys going to the race track to support her boyfriend. She wants to live life to the fullest, cherish every day and enjoy what she does, so she'll never look back and wish she would have done something differently. She is being sponsored by North Warren Volunteer Fire Department.
Taylor Leigh Childs, 17, is the daughter of Gregory Childs of Leesburg and Wendy Williams of Strasburg. She is a junior at Strasburg High School where she is an honor roll student. She is currently dual enrolled at Triplett Tech and will have completed 21 college credits at the end of her junior year. She has been a teen counselor at the Front Royal 4-H Center for the last four years and was a member of the Strasburg 2010 District Region and State Champion Varsity Cheerleading team. She plans to attend George Mason University to pursue a career in criminal justice in hopes of becoming a criminal psychologist. Taylor is being sponsored by Strasburg Volunteer Fire Department.