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Rebecca Seymour named 2007 queen

Monday, July 16, 2007

Rebecca Seymour, 19, was named the 2007 Clay County 4-H Fair Queen Saturday.
2006 Clay County 4-H Queen, Larissa Staley enjoyed being queen, but was delighted to pass the crown on Saturday during the 2007 Clay County Queen Pageant.

Three judges decided who would receive this honor, based on poise, confidence and overall personality.

Danielle Steiner, Tawnee Hayden, Brittany Jones, Rebecca Seymour, Andrea Thomas, Jackie Sands, Ashlynn Hauser, Hannah VanHorn, Ashley Clarke and Whitney Moore had more than enough of those attributes to make it a difficult decision.

Marching onto the stage in a variety of outfits that were symbolic of their personalities, to modeling professional wear, all the way to showcasing their elegant formal wear, these ladies who would be queen exhibited style and grace under pressure.

With a variety of questions thrown at them, and a sound system that was determined to break their concentration, all the contestants proved that they could handle whatever was thrown at them.

In the end, there can only be one queen, and the final question helped make that decision for the judges.

Asked, "If you could be president, vice-president or first lady, which would you be and why," their answers showed how the contestants felt about themselves as leaders.

Many chose to be the "power behind the man" and be the first lady. The president was the last choice on the list.

2006 Queen, Larissa Staley delivered a knockout good-bye speech that had many in the audience in tears.

"I want to thank God for giving me the best family." Staley said. "Mom and Dad, you made me strong, and I thank you for that."

Finally, the contestants lined the stage, and Staley presented the Miss Congeniality Award to a surprised Ashley Clarke.

Second runner-up went to Ashlynn Hauser, with first-runner-up awarded to Ashley Clarke.

Rebecca Seymour, who secretly wants to be a spy, who won the DAR award for leadership, was crowned the 2007 Clay County 4-H Queen.

"This is just crazy," Seymour said. "I can't even think yet."

Seymour is the 19-year-old daughter of Brad and Connie Seymour and is sponsored by Mapel-Hunter Decals.

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