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Local royalty, a figure skater and a professional baseball player are to be available for a meet-and-greet and autograph signing session during the Children’s Hometown Holiday in Wapakoneta scheduled for Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.
From 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Dec. 1, six queens and a Double AA professional baseball player will be available to meet the public and sign autographs of pictures, baseball cards and other memorabilia. From noon to 1 p.m. Dec. 1, a local figure skater will join the other seven.
National American Miss Pageant finalist Miranda Lee Allen, 17, a senior at Wapakoneta High School, had never competed in a pageant prior to auditioning for National American Miss Pageant and “found it to be a wonderful experience.”
She said she “gained confidence in herself, experience in how to handle herself in new situations and exposure to new things and new friends.”
“I would recommend the experience to any young girl,” Allen said. “I was thrilled to have been asked to be a part of this day and I take serious my position as a role model for the younger generation.”
The daughter of Jodi and John Fisher and Angie and Mark Allen also attends classes at Apollo Joint Vocational School where she is taking classes in photography.
Her interests include photography, music and singing, modeling and art.
After graduation, Allen intends to attend the Ohio State Beauty Academy in Lima. She also plans to continue here education in photography.
“My ultimate dream is to one day own my own photography studio,” Allen said.
Mindy Kiefer, a 2012 graduate of Wapakoneta High School, placed third in the “Voice of Democracy” speech contest while in high school. She also graduated with honors and received the “President’s Education Award” as a senior.
The Miss Summer Moon Scholarship Pageant queen is a freshman at the University of Toledo where she is pursuing a degree in psychology with emphasis in sociology.
Her hobbies include line dancing, volleyball and archery.
Kelsey Barrett, a 2012 graduate of Wapakoneta High School, returns this year as Miss Ohio’s Outstanding Teen 2011. She is the reigning Miss West Central Ohio.
She is pursuing a performing arts degree at Ohio Northern University.
Ali Wayman, the daughter of Cheryl and Kenny Wayman and the sister of Drew Wayman, is a seventh-grader at Wapakoneta Middle School and is the Little Miss Ohio 2012.
She has been involved in dance for 11 years and this is her sixth year in the Dance Company.
Her favorite subject is math. Her hobbies include hanging out with friends, First United Methodist Church activities and dog and cat sitting.
“My platform is to educate others about lupus and living with a chronic life-threatening disease,” Ali said. “I think every girl has a princess inside them.”
Sarah Wilker, a 2012 graduate of Memorial High School, will be on hand as the 2012 Auglaize County Junior Fair queen. At Memorial High School, she served as Student Council president and National Honor Society vice president. She ran cross country and track.
The daughter of Cindy and Gene Wilker was a three-year member of the Auglaize County Junior Fair Board where she served as secretary for two years.
She is a freshman at the University of Dayton studying adolescent young adult math education.
Shelby Boyd, 17, is Miss Moon Glows’ Outstanding Teen 2012, representing the Neil Armstrong area. She is a junior at Botkins High School, where she is involved in the varsity soccer team.
Boyd also is a member of The Dance Centre’s competition team.
“I spend most of my time at the studio practicing new routines and working on technique,” Boyd said. “I hope to in the future pursue a dance career of owning my own studio.”
In the summer, Boyd will compete in Miss Ohio. She said her platform is “Steps toward confidence” where she strives to help dance students perfect certain skills and moves so they can be more confident in their dance classes.
Figure skater Lacey Dietrick, who will be giving a skating demonstration at the skating rink at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 1, earned first place in a competition in Columbus last year and earned a first place in Cincinnati. She took home a third and fourth place trophy at competitions in Troy.
The daughter of Treasa and Wayland Dietrick is a fifth-grader at Wapakoneta Middle School.
Former Wapakoneta Redskins baseball standout pitcher Brian Garman, who went on to pitch for the Cincinnati Bearcats, returns for his third year signing autographs. He was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers and remains in their farm system.
After playing Single A baseball for the Helena Brewers two years ago. In the summer of 2011, Garman found himself playing baseball with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
This summer, Garman starting the season at Single A baseball with the Brevard County Manatees in Florida before being called up to play Double AA ball with the Huntsville Stars.
As a left-handed relief pitcher, he has compiled a 4-3 record with a 2.31 ERA in three seasons. He also has struck out 63 batters in 62 1/3 innings.