Eleven girls will compete for the honor of being the 2013 Strawberry Teen at Sunday's pageant at Buckhannon-Upshur High School. Doors open for the event at 3 p.m., and the pageant begins at 4 p.m.
Competing in the Strawberry Teen pageant are Madisen Burns, Kenzie Blayke Frye, Eva Leigh-Ann Thorne, Madison Douglas, Taylor Everett, Katherine Elizabeth Preusch, Kathryn Grace, Scarbro, Kaitlyn Elizabeth Durbin, Taylor McKenzie Rolenson, Brittany Shapiro and Lauren Elizabeth Roush.
Burns, 16, of Huntington, is the daughter of Carrie and Derek Fowler. She is an honor student at Huntington High School, where she participates in the Math Honorary Club, Latin Club, cross country and track teams. Her hobbies include reading, running, finding unique items at estate sales, pageants and shopping.
Frye, 15, of Spurlockville, is the daughter of Tammy Frye. She attends Lincoln County High School, where she is active as a Special Olympics volunteer, takes part in Rachel's Challenge, is a board member of the Rose Tree Boutique and is the student manager for the high school baseball team. Her hobbies include ice skating, modeling, painting, photography and riding dirt bikes.
Thorne, 17, of Moorefield, is the daughter of Tim and Paulette Thorne. She is an honor student at Moorefield High School and also attends the Eastern Community and Technical College. She is active in National Honor Society, cheerleading, student council, Spanish Club, Pep Club and 4-H, along with volunteering at local elementary schools and Red Cross blood drives. She is a regional Science Fair winner.
Douglas, 15, of Clarksburg, is the daughter of Jacqueline and Richard Douglas. She is an honor student at Robert C. Byrd High School, where she is the sophomore class and student council president. She was the overall teen champion at the 2011 Mountain State Forest Festival's vocal competition. Her hobbies include playing the piano and reading.
Everett, 17, of Buckhannon, is the daughter of Dean and Connie Everett. She is an honor student at Buckhannon-Upshur High School, where she participates in National Honor Society, Teen Institute, Hi-Y, prom committee and student council and is a volunteer at Sharpe Hospital in Weston. Her hobbies include traveling, shopping, fashion, fitness, social media, reading, art and technology.
Preusch, 17, of Elkins, is the daughter of Chuck and Lisa Preusch. She is an honor student at Elkins High School and is a performer at the Gandy Dancer Theater. She is also active in the FBLA Club, cheerleading and has served as a flower girl and a jester in the Mountain State Forest Festival. Her hobbies include dancing, cheerleading, tumbling, snowboarding, skiing and horseback riding.
Scarbro, 14, of Fairmont, is the daughter of Greg and Susan Scarbro. She is an honor student at Fairmont Senior High School, where she is active in student council, American Heart Association, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, swimming, tennis, Young Life and musicals. Her hobbies include running, cooking, singing and modeling.
Durbin, 16, of Morgantown, is the daughter of Daniel and Maria Durbin. She attends Morgantown High School, where she participates in the Italian Club, student council and Model United Nations and she volunteers at local Alzheimer's and cancer center events. Her hobbies include writing, shopping, traveling, exercising and tennis.
Taylor McKenzie Rolenson, 16, of Buckhannon, is the daughter of Rodney and Amberly Rolenson. She is an honor student at Buckhannon-Upshur High School, where she has won several academic achievement awards and was the Artist of the Year. She also served as the 2011 Upshur County Fair Queen. Her hobbies include photography, cheerleading, music and art.
Shapiro, 16, of Buckhannon, is the daughter of Debbie Shapiro. She is an honor student at Buckhannon-Upshur High School, where she participates in cheerleading and the Teen Institute. Her hobbies include cheerleading and attending WVU sporting events.
Roush, 17, of Mason, is the daughter of Jamie and Rebecca Roush. She is an honor student at Wahama High School, where she is active in National Honor Society, volleyball, Special Olympics and 4-H. She is a West Virginia PROMISE Scholar, a WVU Shenandoah Scholarship winner and a VFW Voice of Democracy winner. Her hobbies include riding roller coasters and watching baseball.