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Five vie for Miss Cortland title

Queen contest in Cortland

CORTLAND — The 2019 Miss Cortland Queen contest will kick off the annual street fair 6 p.m. today with five young ladies vying for the title. The queen contest will follow the Little Miss Cortland contest, with the 65th Miss Cortland Queen to be crowned at 9 p.m. by reigning Miss Cortland 2018 Hunter Ainsley. Julie Vugrinovich, Miss Cortland Queen contest coordinator for the past 19 years, said candidates must be sophomores, juniors or seniors in high school at the time of signing up and live within a Cortland mailing address. Contestants are judged by the All American Judges Association and will participate in one-on-one interviews, casual wear, and introductions, modeling and formalwear categories, with questions regarding today’s youth and current events. Television news reporter Janet Rogers will serve as event emcee / mistress of ceremonies and Michelle Ascano, pageant photographer, will choose Miss Photogenic 2019. Cash scholarship awards in the amounts of $500 will be awarded to the new queen and a $250 scholarship to first runner-up.

Queen candidates are: * Noelle Baumgartner, 18, daughter of Eric and Erica Baumgartner, is a recent graduate of Lakeview High School. In the fall, she will attend Youngstown State University to major in criminal justice. Her sponsor is Cocca’s Pizza;

* Breanna Hipkins, 18, daughter of Troy and Cheri Hipkins, is a recent honors graduate of Lakeview High School. She will attend Thiel College to major in biochemistry and will serve in the Air Force or National Guard. Her sponsor is JC3 Builders;

* Haylee Huffman, 16, daughter of Cary-Lee and Carla Hipkins, is a recent honors graduate of Lakeview High School. She will attend Hiram College with a double major in criminal justice and sociology. Her sponsor is Cortland Lions Club;

* Angel Kelley, 17, daughter of Steve and Trisha Herald, will be a junior at Maplewood High School and is active with volleyball and varsity cheerleading. Her sponsor is Steve Herald;

* Allison Mark, 16, daughter of Shawn and Amy Mark, will be a junior at Lakeview High School and is active with Student Council, French Club, cross country and track. Her sponsor is Klaben Ford Lincoln of Warren.

Ainsley, during her reign as 2018 queen, organized the Little Miss Cortland this year and will have 12 girls ages 6 to 10 competing.

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