Girls State is a nationwide program sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary.
Each year, more than 400 high school junior girls from throughout the state of West Virginia are offered the opportunity to be active participants in structured role-playing that emphasizes the country's democratic form of self-government.
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 29 works with local high schools to select the students. The students selected have demonstrated an interest in learning about government and are leaders in their high schools along with being in the top of their class.
West Virginia Rhododendron Girls State for 2012 will be conducted at Wheeling Jesuit University from Sunday to June 15.
Jillian Amos, 16, is the daughter of Tim Amos and Rob and Robin Thompson, of Elkins. She will serve as vice president of the class of 2013 at Elkins High School. She is a member of the National Honor Society. Amos is president of the EHS Christian Club, Aftershock, and she enjoys missions with the youth group of Summit Church. Amos is employed at T-Mart in Elkins. She has been sponsored by Mountain Valley Bank of Elkins.
Kayla Anne Carr is the 16-year-old daughter of Penny Carr, of Beverly, and Rich Carr, of Elkins. She will be a senior at Elkins High School. She is an active member of student council and also part of the school's National Honor Society. She has participated in cheerleading for three years for football, basketball and also part of the competition team. Carr is the No. 2 tennis player and also No. 1 doubles along with her sister at Elkins High School. She has been a member at Cheri's Dance Studio for 11 years. As a youth volunteer, she worked at Homeplus for two years under the management of Davis Memorial Hospital. Carr is being sponsored by Newlons International and Rotary Club of Elkins.
Kelli Dawn Carr is the daughter of Penny Carr, of Beverly, and Rich Carr, of Elkins. She is 16 and will be a senior at Elkins High School. She was voted student body president and had been inducted into her school's National Honor Society. She participates in cheerleading and has been for three years at Elkins High School. She is the No. 1 player on the girls tennis team and part of the No. 1 doubles team along with her sister, Kayla. As an 11-year dancer at Cheri's Dance Studio, she has performed at many events. She also has volunteered at Homeplus for two years under Davis Memorial Hospital. Kelli Carr is being sponsored by Newlons International and Elkins Women's Club.
Julia Fregonara is the daughter of Nana Bross-Fregonara of Elkins. She is an upcoming senior at Elkins High School. Fregonara is being sponsored by GFWC Junior Women's Club of Elkins.
Katelyn M. "Katie" Harris, 16, will be a senior at Elkins High School. She is the daughter of Timothy and Leesa Harris and the sister of William "Mark" Harris, of Montrose. Harris is a member of Key Club and will be the club treasurer for her senior year of high school. She is an apprentice at the Old Brick Playhouse in Elkins and has been for five years. She is also a member of the Leading Creek 4-H Club, where she is a very active participant in the Randolph County Fair, as she raises and shows livestock. She attends Older Members Conference and Alpha II State 4-H Camps at Jackson's Mill. She plans to pursue a bachelor's degree, majoring in elementary education with a minor in business administration. Currently, she is employed by Elkins Cinema 8. Harris has been sponsored by Citizens National Bank in Elkins.
Shanda Howell is an upcoming senior at Tygarts Valley High School. She is the daughter of Kevin and Roslyn Howell. She has lettered three years in varsity girls basketball and volleyball. She is a member of Future Farmers of America, Future Business Leaders of America and the National Honor Society. Her awards include the Potomac Valley Conference Team for both basketball and volleyball, and she was the West Virginia Bottle Rocket Competition winner. Besides volleyball and basketball, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, as well as hunting. She hopes to become an optometrist. Howell is being sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 29 of Elkins.
Delaney Johnson is the daughter of Mike and Peggy Johnson of Elkins. She is a three-year member of the Elkins High swim team, in which she has five state champion titles, a two-year member and letter holder of the volleyball team and a one-year member of the track team. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the National Art Honor Society and the Randolph Area YMCA and Elkins Otters swim teams. Johnson is also a four-year member of the Class Council of 2013 and a two-year member of the EHS Student Council. She is active in the First United Methodist Church youth group. Johnson is being sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 29 of Elkins.
Kelsie Elizabeth Krantz is the daughter of Keith and Sherry Krantz. She is the middle daughter of three girls. She will be a senior at Elkins High School this fall, where she is an honor roll student and the only female snare drummer in the EHS Marching Band drum line. Her favorite subjects are chemistry and anatomy. For more than eight years, she has been a West Virginia Highland Dancer. She has received top honors in her class in numerous dance competitions, both in and out of state. She attends Rivers of Living Water Ministries and is active in the youth group. Krantz is being sponsored by Davis Trust Co. of Elkins.
Kaitlyn Miller, the daughter of Howard and Jackie Miller of Coalton, is very active in her school and community. She has been involved with her student government since freshman year, and she was elected sophomore and senior class president. As a sophomore, she also was the 2011 HoBY representative for Elkins High School. Last year, she participated on the Elkins High School Envirothon Team, which took fifth place in the state competition. She also was inducted into the Unitas Chapter of the National Honors Society. She enjoys sports and being with friends. She has been a part of the volleyball team since freshmen year and has been nominated for second team all conference for the past two years. Miller also enjoys attending Summit Church and participating in their youth group. She hopes to attend Shepherd University to become an orthodontist or physician. Miller is being sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 29 of Elkins.
Erin Murphy, daughter of Tim and Kim Murphy, is an upcoming senior at Tygarts Valley Middle High School. She is an honor roll student. She lettered two years in varsity girls basketball and three years in varsity volleyball. She also is the varsity boy's baseball statistician. Murphy is a member of Future Farmers of America, Future Business Leaders of America, National Junior Honor Society and the National Honor Society. Along with volleyball and basketball, she enjoys spending time with her friends, hunting and farming. She hopes to become a radiologist. Murphy is being sponsored by GFWC Junior Women's Club of Elkins.
Amiah Price, 16, is the daughter of Todd and Beverly Price, of Elkins, and is the younger sister of Marissa. Price has been in the Elkins High School marching band for two years, played volleyball for three years and participated in track for two years. Price was her sophomore class council vice president and is a member of National Honors Society. In her spare time, she enjoys working out, eating chocolate and training her dog and two guinea pigs. Price is being sponsored by the Elkins Lion Club.
Colleen Webley is an upcoming senior at Elkins High School. She is the daughter of Bryan and Deborah Webley, and she has one brother, Spencer. She is the granddaughter of Barbara Kesling and Merle and Nancy Webley. Webley is a member of student council and holds a state office as West Virginia's Senior High Representative. She is also active in class council and the Randolph Technical Center's Future Business Leader's of America. She is a completer in the finance area of the Randolph Technical Center. She is a member of the Spanish Honor Society, National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society. In addition to her academic activities, Webley works part-time at Elkins Dairy Queen and as a dancer at the Gandy Dancer Theatre and Conference Center. She has danced at Center Stage Studio of Dance for nine years and recently was chosen as the senior representative for Melissa Swecker Photography. She hopes to pursue a career in radiology. Webley is being sponsored by Elkins Wal-Mart.