Shamokin crowns queens
SHAMOKIN - Lydia Sandri has been crowned queen of the city of Shamokin.
The crowning took place on Sunday afternoon at the Independence Fire Co. in anticipation of the city's 150 anniversary celebration.
Sandri earned the honor by raising the most money in the 18 and over age group in a fundraising drive for the city's 150th celebration events.
Sandri's efforts added $632 to the event's coffers.
Teen Queen Daizy Barrett, competing in the 13 to 17 age group, raised $382, and Little Queen Kelsey Olszewski, competing in the three to seven age group, raised $1,127.
Junior Miss Elyse Whitman, competing in the eight to 12 age group, was the overall fundraising winner with $1,200. She was awarded a special prize for her efforts.
"The best part about it is everybody getting together and coming out," said Whitman.
Court members are Maggie Villari, Kara Smith, Kendra Jones, Brea Whitmer, Emily Goodrich, Katie Cox, Emily Brokenshire, Baylee Latshaw, Caylee Latshaw, Shanon Jilinski, Nina Wilk, Morgan Schminkey and Maria Silcox. All members of the court will ride on a float in the July 5 parade.
Altogether, competitors raised $6,133.
Margaret Heim, organizer of the queen contest, was ecstatic with the results of the competition.
"It's way above what we thought we'd raise," said Heim.
Heim's idea for the queen competition came from her daughter, who was the queen at Shamokin's 125th anniversary celebration.
Mayor William D. Milbrand attended the crowning and took time to speak with many of the winners.
"I'm very proud of all the girls that participated," said Milbrand. "It was a major contribution to our event. I just can't say enough."