VERSAILLES — Ten young women sparkled under the lights as they competed for the coveted title of Miss Chick 2016 at Poultry Days Saturday afternoon, with Alyssa Morgan finally taking the crown and sash. Megan VanSkyock won the title of first runner-up, and Maggie Hedrick was named second runner-up.
Morgan is a Versailles graduate and the daughter of Aaron and Stephanie Morgan. She was sponsored by Rocking M Horse Farm. Morgan was asked what three words of advice she would give to her younger self, and she replied, “Don’t get stuck,” explaining that when faced with a challenge, she often over thinks while trying to seek an immediate solution. She also was asked if teen celebrities should be held to a higher standard than ordinary teens. She said that they should because young people look up to them, want to be like them and “they have the entire world looking at them.”
VanSkyock also is a Versailles graduate and is the daughter of Shaun and Amy VanSkyock. She was sponsored by Brown’s Sweet Shop. She was asked her favorite family tradition, and she replied that is was the summer family cookouts that bring together both sides of her family each year. She also was asked about how she would respond to a classmate being cyberbullied. She said she would first comfort and support the person being victimized and also make sure that a teacher or authority figure was informed of the problem.
Hedrick is a senior and the daughter of Lisa and Kevin Hedrick. She was sponsored by Versailles Dental and Dr. Stephanie Sommer. She answered that if she could keep only one book she currently owns it would be the first book of the Harry Potter series because it holds great memories for her. When asked if fairy tales have a positive or negative influence on children, she responded that they can do both, because the heroes of the stories show great character and generally see the good in people, but they appear to be “perfect” and can cause children to create unrealistic expectations of themselves.
Also vying for the crown were Kayla Bruns, Shelby Winner, Meladi Brewer, Presley Oda, Lily George, Brianne Buzard and Megan Marchal.
Bruns is the daughter of Brad and Lil Bruns and was sponsored by Bruns Animal Clinic.
Winner is the daughter of Jill and Eric Winner and was sponsored by Versailles FFA.
Brewer is the daughter of James and Tracy Brewer and was sponsored by Brewer Electrical Sales and Service.
Oda is the daughter of Shelly and Thomas Todd and was sponsored by Back to Better Medical Massage Therapy and Nail Salon.
George is the daughter of Bernie and Heidi May and was sponsored by the 4-H Beef Club.
Buzard is the daughter of Mary Buckingham and Edwin Buzard and was sponsored by the Versailles National Honor Society.
Marchal is the daughter of Mark and Elaine Marchal and was sponsored by Mike’s Montes.
Keith Rawlins of the Darke County Center for the Arts returned this year as Master of Ceremonies.
Personal interviews were conducted on Friday by Linda Moody of The Daily Advocate; Scott Ward of WTGR Tiger Radio; Calvin Rose, HoosierMama captain and Poultry Days Ultimate community representative; and Beth Simmons, former Miss Chick chairwoman.
Pageant judges for Saturday were Rose; Cassie Schemmel, Miss Chick 2008; and Eric Stacher, 2013 Poultry Days chairman.
Pageant chairwomen were Amanda Borchers and Madelyn Borchers. Stage decor was provided by Susan Ballinger of Nature’s Reflections. Court bouquets were provided by Kathy Magateaux of House of Flowers. Pageant sponsors were U.S. Bank and Versailles Poultry Days.