VERSAILLES - It was a tough competition this year with 15 contestants, said the judges of the 2014 Miss Chick pageant, but in the end it was Elizabeth White’s big personality that brought the house down and got her crowned 2014 Miss Chick.
White, daughter of Ron and Rachel White, was sponsored by Encore! Showchoir, of which she is an active member; White is also involved in theatre and band, she said, and enjoys reading.
Coming in as first runner-up was Courtney Rose, a member of the Versailles FFA and daughter of Richard and Carolyn Rose. Rose was sponsored by the Canine Capers 4-H Club. She also has her own broadcast on WTGR where she reports agriculture, which she said is “an awesome way to educate people about agriculture.” Rose plans to study political science at The Ohio State University, and would like to go on to study constitutional law and one day become involved in politics, she said.
Second runner-up was Cassidy Condon, daughter of Gary and Teresa Condon. Condon was sponsored by Edwin F. Nickol Monuments, Inc. She is a 2014 graduate of Versailles High School and plans to attend The Ohio State University to study communications.
Also coming in the top five were Rachel Osterloh, daughter of Luke and Sharon Osterloh, sponsored by Versailles FFA; and Taylor Stover, daughter of Eric and Julie Stover, sponsored by Pohl Transportation, Inc.
The Miss Chick contest has a “rich tradition of raising up young women…giving them confidence and experiences that build skills for their future,” said one of the pageant chairmen. Many past winners and court members attend each year to re-live the traditions; while the scores were being tallied, these women had an opportunity to share what being Miss Chick, or a part of the court, had meant to them.
Rachel Hedrick, 2011 Miss Chick, shared that the memories made during Miss Chick are ones that carry on, and that being Miss Chick provided her opportunities and experiences she wouldn’t otherwise have had. Teria (Judy) Heyne, Miss Chick 2004, and a 2014 judge, shared that it was a great experience that built her confidence. Even 60 years later, Miss Chicks come back to see the younger generations have the experience that they remember fondly; 1954 Miss Chick Roberta Condon and her granddaughter Summer Condon, 2012’s second runner-up, were also present.
The 15 Miss Chick contestants included: Elizabeth White; Malinda Barlage; Abigail Nealeigh; Emily Walters; Courtney Rose; Rachel Osterloh; Holly Dirksen; Cassidy Condon; Gabrielle Walker; Ariana Barnhart; Presley Oda; Taylor Stover; Caitlin Litten; Abbey Didier; and Andrea Luthman.