Miss West Virginia, Miss West Virginia Teen USA 2022 crowned


BUCKHANNON — Friday, June 3 through Sunday, June 5 was a busy weekend for contestants vying for the titles of the 2022 Miss W. Va. USA and Miss W. Va. Teen USA. The weekend long pageant was held at the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts (PAC) at West Virginia Wesleyan College. Thirty-two ladies graced the stage, competing in an interview, as well as swimsuit/athletic wear and gown/cocktail attire.

Contestants arrived on Friday, June 3 to register, have orientation and perform an on-stage rehearsal at the PAC. The ladies then enjoyed a pajama party meet and greet that evening. On Saturday, June 4, contestants spent their day getting ready for the preliminary competition, taking place at the PAC at 7:30 p.m. Following the evening’s itinerary contestants gathered at the Opera House on Main Street in Buckhannon for a Red-Carpet Reception.

Among the contestants vying for the title of Miss W. Va. Teen USA was Upshur County’s own and current W. Va. Strawberry Festival Teen Queen Cadence Ringer from French Creek. Other contestants included Miss Barbour County Teen USA Jocelyn Cumberledge from Moatsville, Miss Calhoun County Teen USA Emily Grace Anderson from Big Bend, Miss Festival of Dreams Teen USA Leah Hinchee from Weirton, Miss Greenbrier County Teen USA Cheyenne Hinkle from Lewisburg, Miss Jefferson County Teen USA Allison Dodson from Kearneysville, Miss Marshall County Teen USA Elizabeth McDonald from Moundsville, Miss Mingo County Teen USA Aleena Ramey from Matewan, Miss Morgantown Teen USA Sarah Lojewski from Morgantown, Miss New Martinsville Teen USA Hailee Johnson from New Martinsville, Miss Parkersburg Teen USA Lakyn Campbell from Parkersburg, Miss Putnam County Teen USA Taylor Miller from Scott Depot, Miss River and Woods Festival Teen USA Kendall Tucker from South Charleston, Miss Riverfest Teen USA Ashlyn Donohew from Evans, Miss Sweetheart Festival Teen USA Ava Belt from Horner, Miss Three Rivers Festival Teen USA Olivia Edinger from Parkersburg, and Miss Williamstown Teen USA Emma Kitchen from Williamstown.

Contestants competing for the title of Miss W. Va. USA included Miss Berkeley County USA Tamia Hardy from Martinsburg, Miss Charleston USA Neveah Harmon from Charleston, Miss Cheat Lake USA Caylie Simmons from Morgantown, Miss Eastern Panhandle USA Tess Hyre from Summit Point, Miss Festival of Dreams USA Ricki Stewart from Oceana, Miss Huntington USA Marleigh Ross from Huntington, Miss Kanawha County USA Miranda Kalaskey from South Charleston, Miss Mineral County USA Haley Geiger from Ridgeley, Miss Monongalia County USA Krystian Leonard from Morgantown, Miss Morgantown USA Jade Thompson from Morgantown, Miss Oceana USA Emily Prichard from Oceana, Miss Pleasants County USA Katie Billeter from St. Mary’s, Miss Pocatalico USA Presley Slater from Charleston, Miss Sweetheart Festival USA Emma Rice from Point Pleasant, and Miss Three Rivers Festival USA Cassidy Myers from Camden on Gauley.

Following all the aspects of competition, the weekend’s events would end with the announcement of the winners, including those recognized for People’s Choice, Photogenic and Miss Congeniality. In the Miss W. Va. Teen USA Division People’s Choice was awarded to Miss Greenbrier County Teen USA Cheyenne Hinkle. The Photogenic award was received by Miss Parkersburg Teen USA Lakyn Campbell. Miss Congeniality was awarded to W. Va. Strawberry Festival Teen Queen Cadence Ringer. In the Miss W. Va. USA Division People’s Choice was awarded to Miss Oceana USA Emily Prichard. The Photogenic award was received by Miss Three Rivers Festival USA Cassidy Myers. Miss Congeniality was awarded to Miss Morgantown USA Jade Thompson.

Finally, the moment that so many had been waiting for had arrived, the announcement of the Top 5 and the 2022 Miss W. Va. Teen USA and 2022 Miss W. Va. USA. Moving on to the Top 5 in the Miss W. Va. Teen Division were Miss Morgantown Teen USA Sarah Lojewski, Miss Putnam County Teen USA Taylor Miller, Miss Three Rivers Festival Teen USA Olivia Edinger, Miss Parkersburg Teen USA Lakyn Campbell and Miss Williamstown Teen USA Emma Kitchen. Advancing to the Top 5 in the Miss W. Va. USA Division were Miss Three Rivers Festival USA Cassidy Myers, Miss Cheat Lake USA Caylie Simmons, Miss Monongalia County USA Krystian Leonard, Miss Huntington USA Marleigh Ross and Miss Berkeley County USA Tamia Hardy.

The anticipation and excitement were growing as the winners from each Top 5 were then announced first beginning with the runners-up. In the Miss W. Va. Teen USA Division, the fourth runner-up was Miss Parkersburg Teen USA Lakyn Campbell, the third runner-up was Miss Putnam County Teen USA Taylor Miller, second runner-up was Miss Morgantown Teen USA Sarah Lojewski, and first runner-up was Miss Three Rivers Festival Teen USA Olivia Edinger. The winner for the title of Miss W. Va. Teen USA was received by Miss Williamstown Teen USA Emma Kitchen.

In the Miss W. Va. USA Division, the fourth runner-up was Miss Cheat Lake USA Caylie Simmons, third runner-up was Miss Huntington USA Marleigh Ross, second runner-up was Miss Three Rivers Festival USA Cassidy Myers, and first runner-up was Miss Berkeley County USA Tamia Hardy. The winner for the title of Miss W. Va. USA was received by Miss Monongalia County USA Krystian Leonard.

The 2022 Miss W. Va. USA Krystian Leonard gave a powerful statement following her win. “I’ve been on this journey for almost 12 years now,” Leonard said. “I competed in my first pageant when I was 14. I discovered my life’s purpose, which is my non-profit, and each day, I get to wake up and compete in these pageants. I want to let every single young woman know in the audience tonight or watching on the livestream that if you have a dream and you have a goal, don’t let anybody try and steer you away from it. You have to know that you are worthy of it because I believe in you and you should believe in yourself…Your family believes in you and your dream can come true. Just don’t give up.”

Both Miss W. Va. Teen USA and Miss W. Va. USA will receive an extensive award package, including the following: (Additional awards include services and prizes from pageantry’s highly respected professionals)

• A $2,500 a year scholarship to West Virginia Wesleyan College ($10,000 total over four years). She will also be eligible to apply for the college’s robust academic awards between $13,000 and $17,000 yearly, which can be combined with the $2,500 award, along with additional Creative and Performing Arts award monies through audition

• The opportunity for representation by MMG, an International Model, Talent and Celebrity Management Company and Agency

• Appearance opportunities representing sponsors and charitable organizations as Miss West Virginia Teen USA

• The Miss West Virginia Teen USA Award, sash and crown

• A floral bouquet presented by Anita’s Flower Shop

Also, according to misswestvirginiausa.com, “In addition, all contestant had an opportunity to receive a $1,000 yearly ($4,000 total over four years) scholarship to attend West Virginia Wesleyan College. The scholarship will be funded through the Creative and Performing Arts award process at West Virginia Wesleyan College. *Successful candidates will need to apply and be accepted to West Virginia Wesleyan College as seniors to receive the award. These students will also be eligible to apply for the college’s robust academic awards ($13,000 to $17,000 yearly), which can be combined with the $1,000 award along with additional Creative and Performing Arts award monies through audition.”

Congratulations to the winners and all contestants! Be sure to follow Miss W. Va. Teen USA and Miss W. Va. USA on Facebook for exclusive updates and information.

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