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CANNELTON – The first Miss Heritage Fest Pageant will kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Covered Wagon.
Ashlyn Gehlhausen of Bristow is the daughter of Tim and Denise Gehlhausen and attend Perry Central Junior-Senior High School. She has been active in Big Brothers-Big Sisters, student council, Key Club, National Honors Society, German Club, art club and a member of the school newspaper. Gehlhausen has also participated in cross-country, been a church lector and alter server, a cadet teacher, is a member of STAND and Perry County Power of Youth. After high school, she plans to attend Indiana University, where she will major in nursing.
Darian Oliva of Cannelton is the daughter of Kim Oliva and Pete Oliva. She attends Tell City Junior-Senior High School and has participated in volleyball, student council, We the Youth of Perry County, Power of Youth of Perry County and the Renaissance Leadership Class. She is the co-captain of the Tell City High School cheerleading team, a member of the pep club, Spanish Club and the Student Steering Committee. Oliva plans to attend Indiana University. Although her major is undecided, she will minor in Spanish.
Hanna Goffinet of Tell City is the daughter of David and Jane Goffinet. She attends Tell City Junior-Senior High School where she has participated in swim club and junior-high swimming, cross-country and trace, Renaissance Leadership class, Student Steering Committee and student council. She has also been involved with Key and pep clubs, HOSA, We the Youth of Perry County and is the senior class president. Goffinet is currently looking at various universities and wishes to pursue a career in nursing.
Jaylen Avallone of Tell City, the 19-year-old daughter of Tammy Oeding and Tim Avallone, attends school at Ivy Tech Community College. Her extra curricular activities include working on the yearbook staff, JAG, being a member of the Fusion Cheer Pride cheer team and softball. She plans to finish college and pursue a career as a phlebotomist and pharmacy technician.
Kendall Bennett of Tell City is the daughter of Steve and Danielle Kirtley. She is a senior at Tell City Junior-Senior High School and has participated in cheerleading for two years, softball for four years, advocates club for four years and pep club and chorus for four years. Her college choice is undecided at this time, but her plans are to become a special education teacher.
Kara Huff of Chrisney, the 17-year-old daughter of Jack and Amanda Huff of St. Meinrad, is a senior at Heritage Hills High School. When not working or studying, she enjoys reading, tweeting and photography. She also spends her time four-wheeler riding, hanging out with friends and participating in pageants. She is a member of book club, Dale Presbyterian Church and a former member of the student council. Huff’s future plans include attending Indiana University to become a pediatric nurse. She hopes to work at Riley’s Children Hospital.
Rebeca Shearn of Haw-esville, Ky., is a junior at Cornerstone Christian School in Cannelton and is the daughter of Brad and Melissa Shearn. She is a teaching assistant and helps to teach grade-school children. She also teaches Children’s Time Sunday School class at her church and is very involved with her church’s youth group. Her future plans include attending Murray State University and studying meteorology.
Morgan Baker of Ow-ensboro, Ky., is the daughter of Kevin and Julie Baker. She attends Maxamillion Montessori Academy, a private school program, and is also enrolled at a local community college. She volunteers at a local humane society, coaches a Special Olym-pics cheerleading squad, sews pillows for breast cancer patients and spends time with homeless pets. Her future plans are to become a veterinarian.
Mikah Hemmings of Tell City is the daughter of Charlene and Scott Hemmings. She is a student at Cannelton High School and has been involved in basketball, softball, volleyball, track and travel softball for more than two years. She has also been involved in student council, Spanish and art clubs, is a member of the National Honor Society and has helped clean the William Bennett Learning Center grounds. Hemmings future plans are to attend the University of Louisville and major in psychology.
Allicyn Garrett of Cannelton is the daughter of Brian and Mikki Garrett. She is a senior at Cannelton High School and has played on the volleyball, basketball and softball teams for four years. Garrett has also been a Hoosier Girls State delegate, on the student council for four years, the National Honor Society for three years, a church youth group mentor and participated in peer tutoring. Her future plans are to attend Bresica University and major in business management before attending Sullivan University to specialize in baking.
Makala Kellems of Cannelton is the daughter of Patti Coyle. She is a junior at Cannelton High School and participates in varsity cheerleading and softball. She is also a part of student council, pep club and has held a position as class historian. After high school, Kellems plans to attend Indiana University and major in political science.
Andrea Boarman of Utica, Ky., is the daughter of Ray and Teresa Boarman and attends Owensboro Catholic High School. She participates in Right to Life, pep club, Scrubs Club, Christmas Wish, Thanksgiving Drive and Habitat for Humanity. She volunteers at Owensboro Medical System, a nursing home and the Rick Pinto Shelter for the Homeless. Her future plans include attending the University of Southern Indiana to major in speech pathology and minor in communications.
Kendall Hauser of Rome, the 18-year-old daughter of Tom and Beth Hauser, is a graduate of Perry Central Junior-Senior High School and attends Indiana University Southeast, where she studies business, psychology and pre-law. While attending Perry Central, she participated in Key Club, Students Taking Action Not Drugs, Big Brothers-Big Sisters, German club and softly. She was also active in yearbook, art club, dance club, cheerleading, National Honor Society, the volleyball team and was a football manager.
Hunter Griepenstroh of Chrisney is the daughter of Keith Griepenstroth and Shelly Griepenstroh. She is a student at Heritage Hills High School where she runs for the track team and participates in VOICE and SADD. She also volunteers at Brooklawn Children’s Home in Louisville, Ky., and St. Mary’s Warrick Hospital. Griepenstroh’s future plans are to attend college at Ivy Tech and become an ultra technician.
Victoria Hedinger of Dale is the daughter of Heather Horney and Jason Hedinger and is a senior at Forest Park Junior-Senior High School and involved in SADD, Rangers for Christ, Renaissance, Peers Educating Peers, Beta Club, National Honors Society and FFA. Her future plans include to attend Murray State University to major in pre-veterinarian technology and minor in equine science.