The following 28 women from the Alliance area will compete for the title of 2019 Greater Alliance Carnation Festival Queen. The 60th pageant will take place at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4.

Kylie King

Kylie King, 19, is the daughter of Amy and David King of Alliance. She was a high-achieving student of Alliance High School, earning a high GPA and making the honor roll each year. She was also a two-year letter winner in both cheerleading and track and field. Additionally, she became a certified physical therapy aide through her high school sports medicine curriculum.

King feels passionately about health and wellness, and if she were a superhero, she would want the power to alleviate suffering by curing illness. In the future, she hopes to make that dream somewhat of a reality by attending Stark State College or Kent State University to become either a physical therapy assistant or a registered nurse. She describes herself as determined, and most looks up to her mother, who she says is the strongest and most selfless person she knows.

In her free time, King enjoys taking photos, writing, crafting, watching “Grey’s Anatomy” and “The Voice,” and listening to Luke Combs’ music.

King has attended the Carnation Festival for 15 years, and looks forward to attending Days In the Park each summer. She wishes more people would acknowledge the festival’s impact, and as Carnation queen, she would like to use her title to give back to the City of Alliance in a similarly beneficial way.

King is sponsored by Melissa Bella Brows.

Bayleigh Carver

Bayleigh Carver, 18, is the daughter of Molly and Matthew Carver of Alliance. She graduated from Alliance High School in May with cum laudehonors and was a member of the National Honor Society.

Carver wishes she had the power to keep every being happy and healthy, and she’ll do what she can to make that happen by becoming a dentist. She’ll attend Walsh University in the fall to begin studying for her future as a DDS. Throughout her studies, she’ll have her mother to look up to, who Carver says is her hero because of her hardworking nature.

In her free time, Carver enjoys horseback riding, reading, writing and creating art. She has a love for country music, especially Luke Combs, and enjoys watching “The Good Doctor” on TV.

Carver is a lifelong attendee of the Carnation Festival and fondly remembers watching the parade when she was very young. She hopes to be crowned Carnation queen so she may serve as a representative of her community, embracing its traditions and gaining new experiences along the way.

Carver is sponsored by Ohio Drill and Tool.

Andé Marie Green

Andé Marie Green, 21, is the daughter of Gayle Williams and Andrew Green. She is a rising senior at the University of Mount Union, where she actively participates in a number of extracurricular activities. Her achievements include being named the Black Student Union Member of the Year in 2017, earning the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Book Award, and earning the Martin Luther King Jr. Service Award.

Green, who describes herself as compassionate, is pursuing a career in education, hoping to become a principal in an urban school district and eventually establish her own schools. She most admires Dr. Gloria Malone, a barrier-breaking educator in Stark County and the first African-American faculty member at Mount Union, because she inspires Green to always give her all.

In her free time, Green enjoys cheerleading, cooking, spending time with loved ones, listening to her favorite artists Lil Baby and YG, and watching “Power.” She wishes she had the power to fly so she might travel the world, the first place she would visit being Dubai.

Green has attended the Carnation Festival each year of her life, and wishes every year it didn’t go by so fast. She wants to be the 2019 Carnation queen because she is proud to be Alliance-made, and hopes to represent what the city is truly made of.

Green is sponsored by Cantell Elks Lodge 1417.

Alivia Collins

Alivia Collins, 18, is the daughter of Tammy and Michael Collins of Alliance. This spring, she graduated in the top 10 percent of her class at Alliance High School, where she was a member of the National Honor Society, historian of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, a delegate to Buckeye Girls State and Elk Student of the Month.

Collins is passionate about the world around her, and plans to begin pursuing a career in international business in the fall at Cleveland State University. She wishes she had the power to fly so she could visit a number of Spanish-speaking countries such as Spain, Ecuador and Nicaragua.

In her free time, Collins enjoys reading, writing, and volunteering as a Spanish tutor and for organizations like the Alliance Area Ulster Project and the Humane Society. She is also a member of the Marlboro Christian Church. She most admires her grandmother for her dedication to her faith and her kindness to others.

Collins wishes more people felt a passion for volunteering during the Carnation Festival, which she has attended nearly her whole life. She loves spending time with her community at Days In the Park each year, and hopes to represent and meet more of those people if she is crowned Carnation queen.

Collins is sponsored by Custom Poly Bag.

Ke’Aijah Hawkins

Ke’Aijah Hawkins, 17, is the daughter of Jennifer Jones of Alliance. She is a rising senior at Alliance High School, where she has been named to the Honor Roll. She has also been named to the Stark State College Dean’s List, and has served as a delegate to Buckeye Girls State and the Ohio University Summer Law & Trial Institute.

Hawkins describes herself as independent, but looks up to her mother and grandparents because they keep her confident and inspire her to pursue her dreams. In the future, she dreams of attending Baylor University to become a lawyer.

In her free time, Hawkins enjoys staying active through soccer, cheerleading, cross country, track and field, and tumbling. When she’s not participating in one sport or another, she enjoys sleeping. Her playlist includes plenty of Beyonce, and “Pretty Little Liars” is probably listed on the “Recently Watched” list on her Netflix account.

Hawkins has enjoyed attending the Carnation Festival, especially Days In the Park, every summer of her life. If she is crowned Carnation queen, she hopes to serve as a role model for young girls in the area.

Hawkins is sponsored by McCrea Manor.

Bailey Balderson

Bailey Balderson, 19, is the daughter of Michelle and Darin Balderson of Alliance. She is a rising sophomore at the University of Mount Union, where she is studying elementary education and communications. She has earned Dean’s List honors, is a cheerleader, and is a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority. While in high school, she was named Elks Student of the Month, made the Honor Roll, was cheer captain and a Little Dukes cheer coach, and served as president of the Interact Club and vice president of Student Council.

Balderson wishes she had the power to heal the physical and mental ailments of others. She hopes to pursue a career that allows her to positively impact others, much like she sees her mother do. She considers her mother her role model because she is a strong and kind leader, who also has a strong faith in God.

In her free time, Balderson enjoys staying active by exercising, running, and participating in dance and gymnastics. She also likes spending time with friends and family, going to church and volunteering. Her TV show of choice is “Riverdale,” and her favorite musical artist is Selena Gomez.

Balderson sees the carnation as a symbol of peace and unity for the good of the community, and that’s inspired her to pursue the Carnation queen crown. She feels it would be an honor to give back to the City of Alliance by serving as a role model for young residents of the Carnation City.

Balderson is sponsored by MAC Trailer.

Vanessa Atkinson

Vanessa Atkinson, 18, is the daughter of Michelle and Jason Pfaff of Alliance. She graduated from Marlington High School in May, and during her time as a Duke, she earned two varsity letters and was a Scholar Athlete.

Atkinson has a passion for healing, and will attend Walsh University in the fall to begin pursuing a career as a neonatal nurse. Her role model is her good friend Cathryne because of her love for God and her dedication to her friends.

If she is crowned Carnation queen, Atkinson hopes to serve as a role model for others, in addition to learning more about the City of Alliance and making new friends. Although she is a relatively new Carnation Festival-goer, only having attended the past five years, she most enjoys the Rib Fest, where she can interact with the community.

Atkinson is sponsored by Salon One83.

Abby Moore

Abby Moore, 19, is the daughter of Kristi and Mark Moore of Alliance. She is a rising sophomore at Walsh University, where she earned Dean’s List honors for both semesters of her freshman year. She is also a member of the university bowling team.

Moore describes herself as caring and wishes she had the power to heal others and alleviate suffering. She hopes to spend her life caring for children as an elementary school teacher. She credits her role model, her mother, for making her the person she is today.

In addition to being an avid bowler, Moore enjoys spending time with family and friends, and eating ice cream. She also likes to watch “Grey’s Anatomy” and listen to the Jonas Brothers in her free time.

Moore has always loved attending the Carnation Queen Pageant with her mother and grandmother since she was young. If she becomes Carnation queen herself, she hopes to use her title to serve as an ambassador for the City of Alliance and a role model for others.

Moore is sponsored by Lamp Post Properties.

Grace Richards

Grace Richards, 18, is the daughter of Amy Richards of Marlboro Township. She is a Marlington High School senior and vice president of her class. As a standout student, she has earned a handful of awards and honors including the Career Tech Junior Horticulture Award, the Gabric Award, and a Greenhand degree.

Richards describes herself as caring and feels especially passionate about the natural world. After graduating high school, she plans to attend Hocking College and earn a degree in environmental law.

Richard also spends much of her free time outdoors. She enjoys fishing, camping, gardening and archery. She also likes cooking, spending time with friends, watching her favorite TV show “Lucifer” and listening to music by Lauren Daigle.

Richards turns to the icon Rosie the Riveter for inspiration and strength, and if she is crowned Carnation queen, she hopes to serve as a similar role model for young women in the community.

Richards is sponsored by Cassaday-Turkle-Christian Funeral Home.

Abigail Shoemaker

Abigail Shoemaker, 18, is the daughter of Brandy and Kevin Shoemaker of Marlboro Township. She is a senior at Marlington High School, where she has earned honors such as Duke of the Month and the Gabrics Award. She also earned a Discovery Award as a Venture Scout, and was sworn into the Ohio National Guard.

After graduating high school, Shoemaker hopes to serve her state and country in the National Guard before pursuing a career in either welding or law enforcement. She hopes to travel to every state in the U.S. someday.

Shoemaker spends much of her free time outdoors raising her 4-H animals, camping, and organizing and participating in quarter-scale tractor pulls. She enjoys watching the TV show “Gilmore Girls” and listening to Garth Brooks.

Shoemaker describes herself as outgoing. She calls her mother her role model because she has inspired Shoemaker to feel confident and proud of the person she is in all circumstances. She hopes to win the Carnation queen pageant to prove that authenticity is important.

Shoemaker is sponsored by Stillwell Seamless Spouting.

Carli Beckett

Carli Beckett, 18, is the daughter of Amanda and Brandon Bates and Kaitlyn and John Beckett. In May, Beckett graduated from Alliance High School, where she was an outstanding athlete. She was a three-year varsity letter winner in both volleyball and softball, earned first team all-county and second team all-district honors for volleyball, and was The Review’s Female Athlete of the Week in November 2018.

In the fall, Beckett will begin taking courses at the Kent State University Stark campus, majoring in psychology. She hopes to someday be a childhood counselor.

In addition to being active in sports, Beckett enjoys watching her favorite TV shows “Friends” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and listening to Eminem in her free time.

Beckett cites her mother as her role model because she shows her how to stand out while being a good person. Beckett describes herself as outgoing, and if she is crowned Carnation queen, she hopes to show others the value of trying new things outside of one’s comfort zone.

Beckett is sponsored by Accentrix’s Salon and Spa.

Jordyn Ritchie

Jordyn Ritchie, 19, is the daughter of Angela and Bob Ritchie of Lexington Township. Ritchie recently graduated from Marlington High School in the top 10 percent of her class. She was also a member of the National Honor Society, and earned honors such as the tennis MVP award, the Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award, the National School Choral Award and the Youth Theater Award.

Ritchie is fascinated by the human body and its inner workings. She considers Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to graduate from medical school, her role model. In the fall, she will attend the University of Akron and begin pursuing a degree in biomedical science. She hopes to someday attend medical school to become a psychiatrist. If she could choose a superpower, she would want to break language barriers by being omnilingual.

In her free time, Ritchie enjoys singing, acting, dancing, reading and playing tennis. She loves singing along to Taylor Swift’s music and watching her favorite show “Friends.”

Ritchie has enjoyed attending the Carnation Festival for the past several years, especially the Rodman Library Used Book Sale, where she finds many new books to read each summer. She credits the City of Alliance for shaping her into the woman she is today, and thinks it would be an honor to represent it as Carnation queen.

Ritchie is sponsored by White Physical Therapy.

Hayley Krahling

Hayley Krahling, 17, is the daughter of Meredith Krahling of Sebring. In May, she graduated from Alliance High School one year early. She also served as 2017 Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull County Beef Ambassador.

Krahling hopes to attend cosmetology school in the future and pursue a career as a makeup artist. She also dreams of traveling to places like Italy, and hopes to become a flight attendant.

Krahling enjoys watching “The Resident” and listening to the musical artist NF in her free time. She also raises chickens, and her passion for animals makes the Pet Show her favorite event during the Carnation Festival.

Krahling describes herself as determined, and is inspired to be so by her grandfather, who is her role model. She hopes to serve as a role model for others in the community if she is crowned Carnation queen.

Krahling is sponsored by Trend Again Consignments.

Karah Skinner

Karah Skinner, 17, is the daughter of Amanda and Josh Skinner of Beloit. She is a recent graduate of West Branch High School, from which she earned an honors diploma and was named Student of the Month.

Skinner will attend Kent State University beginning in the fall where she will major in criminology with a minor in forensic anthropology. She hopes to put her degree to use as a CSI agent someday, and to raise a family of her own. She most admires her mother because of the sacrifices she has made for her family.

In her free time, Skinner enjoys being outdoors and active, dancing, working with children and watching “Friends.” She also enjoys her job at Heggy’s Confectionery.

During the Carnation Festival, Skinner has always most enjoyed watching the cheerleaders and Carnation queen in the Grand Parade. If she is crowned this year’s Carnation queen, she hopes to be a role model for the City of Alliance and become more involved in her community.

Skinner is sponsored by Heggy’s Confectionery.

Hannah Moore

Hannah Moore, 17, is the daughter of Jessica and Ron Moore of Beloit. She is a student at West Branch High School and a two-year letter winner in cheerleading.

In the future, Moore hopes to attend college to earn a nursing degree. She describes herself as determined and considers her mother to be her role model because of her own determination.

In her free time, Moore enjoys spending time with friends and family, doing outdoor activities like hiking, and tumbling. She enjoys watching “Grey’s Anatomy” on TV and listening to Bruno Mars.

Moore has attended the Carnation Festival for more than a decade and most enjoys attending the Grand Parade with her loved ones. She sometimes wishes the festival was even bigger so more people could enjoy it. She hopes to serve as a positive representation of her city if she is crowned Carnation queen.

Moore is sponsored by Pet Connection.

Karleigh McCracken

Karleigh McCracken, 18, is the daughter of Tina and Michael McCracken of Alliance. She graduated from Alliance High School in May with honors and was a member of the National Honor Society. As an active member of the band and flagline captain, she earned a number of awards including two letters in band and orchestra and the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award.

McCracken’s passion for music will continue to be a part of her life in the future. In the fall, she will attend Bowling Green State University, where she will continue to play upright bass. She most looks up to her mother because of her strength and the sacrifices she has made for her daughter’s future.

In addition to music-related activities, McCracken enjoys making art, dancing, spending time with animals, listening to Sam Smith, and watching movies and her favorite TV show, “Game of Thrones.” She hopes to travel to every state in the U.S. someday, and wishes she had the power to fly and see the world.

For the past dozen years, McCracken has enjoyed attending the Carnation Festival, especially Days In the Park. She believes it would be an honor to serve as Carnation queen in the city she calls home.

McCracken is sponsored by Coastal Pet Products.

Alexandra Hill

Alexandra Hill, 18, is the daughter of Gail and James Hill of Alliance. She is a rising sophomore at the University of Mount Union, where she studies psychology. During high school, she earned Honor and Merit Roll recognition, was given the Hartshorn Award, and earned the McConahay Scholarship.

Hill has a passion for healing and hopes to someday earn her doctorate in psychology. She aspires to be a leader, and most looks up to Princess Diana because she was the people’s princess who lead from the heart.

In her free time, Hill enjoys volunteering, helping others and spending time with her pets. She’s also an avid lover of music and television. Her favorite shows including “Gotham,” “Sailor Moon,” “Criminal Minds” and “Riverdale.” Her preferred musical artists are Dan + Shay, Shawn Mendes and Pentatonix.

Hill has prior pageant experience, having competed in the National American Miss pageant in the past. She sees the Carnation queen crown as a special opportunity to serve as a role model for younger girls in the community she is a part of.

Hill is sponsored by the Alliance Lion’s Club.

Allison Waggoner

Allison Waggoner, 18, is the daughter of Amy Waggoner of Alliance. Waggoner graduated in May from Alliance High School, where she earned a number of academic honors including graduating in the top 10 percent of her class with summa cum laude distinction. She was also president of the National Honor Society, an Investment Alliance Scholar, The Review Teen of the Month, Alliance High School Athlete of the Year and an OHSAA Scholar Athlete.

In the fall, Waggoner will attend the University of Mount Union and begin pursuing a degree in nursing. She hopes to someday become a nurse practitioner, doing what she can to heal others and alleviate pain. She describes herself as kind, and credits who she is to her mother, who she considers her role model.

In her free time, Waggoner enjoys spending time with family, volunteering, kayaking and reading. She most enjoys watching “Criminal Minds” on TV and listening to Khalid.

Waggoner is a lifelong Alliance resident and Carnation Festival attendee. She wishes the Carnation Festival could last all year so the community could always celebrate the many great things about Alliance. If she is chosen as Carnation queen, she hopes to encourage and empower others as so many in the community have done for her.

Waggoner is sponsored by Tiny Ogre Trucking.

Taylor Clayton

Taylor Clayton, 19, is the daughter of Christy and Trent Clayton of Washington Township. Clayton is a rising senior at Bio-Med Science Academy in Rootstown. There, she is president of the National Honor Society and has earned a number of other awards such as the Engaged Learner Award, the Motivated Learner Award, the VEX Judges Award and more.

Clayton has a passion for STEM and sees the carnation itself as a prime example of genetic engineering far ahead of its time. She most admires Ada Lovelace, a barrier-breaker for women in computer science. In the future, she hopes to attend college to double major in computer science and mechanical engineering and become a robotics engineer.

Many of Clayton’s hobbies and interests are also STEM-related, such as robotics, advanced fabrication engineering, aquarium design and biomimicry. She also enjoys kite flying, watching “House” on TV and listening to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. She hopes to someday be a world traveller.

For the past several years, Clayton has been an active volunteer in the Alliance community and has found her work to be incredibly rewarding. She hopes to be crowned Carnation queen so she might continue to help the city she loves.

Clayton is sponsored by Tanner Real Estate.

Morgan Lucas

Morgan Lucas, 17, is the daughter of Christina Lucas of East Rochester. She is a rising senior at West Branch High School, where she is president of the Leo Club. She is also a letter winner in both cross country and track and field.

After high school, Lucas plans to attend college and secure a stable job. She dreams of moving south and building her own ranch. She most admires her grandfather, who taught her she can achieve any goal she wants to pursue and do it independently.

In her free time, Lucas likes spending time outdoors exploring, fishing, four wheeling and working on vehicles. She also enjoys drawing, watching “Friends,” and listening to Kane Brown. She also likes to travel and hopes to someday visit Australia.

Lucas has always attended the Carnation Festival and spends many hours at Days In the Park each year, helping her mother with carnation sales or accompanying her grandfather with the Homeworth Lions Club. She believes being crowned Carnation queen would be a great achievement and would make her grandfather very proud.

Lucas is sponsored by Tailgaters.

Katie Decker

Katie Decker, 18, is the daughter of Margie Decker of Knox Township. She is a rising senior at West Branch High School, where she earned the Friendship Award and was named Student of the Month for the work-study program. After high school, Decker plans to attend Kent State University.

In her free time, Decker enjoys horseback riding at Pegasus Farm, playing with her dog and dancing. She’s also close with her sister, Hannah, who she says is her role model.

Decker has attended the Carnation Festival for a decade and most enjoys the Grand Parade. She sees winning the Carnation queen crown as an opportunity to be among the best representatives of the State Flower City.

Decker is sponsored by the Elks Ladies Auxillary.

Kylie Dean

Kylie Dean, 18, is the daughter of Tonya and Scott Dean of Beloit. She is a recent graduate of West Branch High School. She earned a number of honors during high school including Alliance Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month, the Alliance Office Professionals Scholarship, the Alliance and Salem Music Study Club Scholarship, and the West Branch Minister Association Scholarship.

Dean will attend the University of Mount Union beginning in the fall. She plans to double major in theater and vocal performance and will minor in pre-law. She hopes to later attend law school. If she could have one superpower, she would choose to control the weather to alleviate flooding and improve food access around the world.

Dean enjoys all kinds of music and performance activities like singing, acting, and dancing. Her favorite TV show is “Grey’s Anatomy” and she enjoys music by Lin-Manuel Miranda. She also enjoys going on missions trips and performing with the worship team at Damascus Friends Church. Her late grandfather is her role model because of his hard work, kindness and his exemplary way of leading a godly life.

Dean would like to be crowned Carnation queen both to serve as a representative of Alliance and to fulfill her grandfather’s wish of seeing her compete in the pageant. She has enjoyed attending the festival for more than 10 years and especially appreciates the Grand Parade’s way of showcasing all Alliance has to offer.

Dean is sponsored by Dean’s Funeral Home.

Rachael Wagner

Rachael Wagner, 18, is the daughter of Trivia and David Wagner of Alliance. In May, she graduated from Alliance High School with magna cum laude distinction. During high school, she also earned the Pre-Medical Professionals Education Award and the 2017 Musical Blue Robe award.

Wagner plans to pursue a career in medicine. In the fall, she’ll attend Bowling Green State University and study pre-medicine. She hopes to later attend medical school to become a pediatrician or radiologist. She feels the most important lessons she’s learned in life have come from her mother, her role model.

Along with learning new things about medicine, Wagner enjoys volunteering, practicing yoga, painting and spending time with her friends and cat. She likes watching movies and “Grey’s Anatomy,” and listening to Shawn Mendes.

Wagner has attended the Carnation Festival for more than a dozen years and feels like the festivities fly by each year. She most enjoys attending Days In the Park and the accompanied feeling of shared love for Alliance. If she is crowned Carnation queen, she hopes to serve as a role model for Alliance residents of all ages.

Wagner is sponsored by Wet Paws Dog Spa.

Carleigh Loudon

Carleigh Loudon, 17, is the daughter of Melissa and Scott Loudon of Beloit. She is a rising senior at West Branch High School and a three-year letter winner in choir.

Loudon greatly admires anyone who chooses to pursue a goal they feel passionately about. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career in business or marketing by earning a degree from Kent State University.

Loudon enjoys anything related to music. She spends her time participating in choir and theater activities, and enjoys listening to Billie Eilish music. Her favorite TV show is “Supernatural,” and she someday hopes to travel through the Caribbean Sea.

For the past several years, Loudon has attended the Carnation Festival and most enjoys the Grand Parade. As Carnation queen, she believes she could share her passions for music, service and the Alliance community with others in a positive way.

Loudon is sponsored by Jupiter Studios.

Sarah Chunko

Sarah Chunko, 18, is the daughter of Lori and Mike Chunko of Alliance. She recently graduated in the top 10 percent of her class from Marlington High School, where she was a member of the French National Honor Society. She was awarded the Marlington Alumni Scholarship, the Marlington Legacy Scholarship and was an OHSAA Scholar Athlete.

To prepare for her future, Chunko will begin attending Kent State University in the fall. She plans to pursue a nursing degree, and hopes to someday specialize in anesthesia. She was inspired to become a nurse by her mother, who Chunko calls her role model.

In her free time, Chunko enjoys writing, and staying active by playing softball and swimming. She likes watching “Grey’s Anatomy” and listening to Luke Bryan.

Chunko has many fond memories from her time spent at the Carnation Festival during the past 16 years, especially at Days In the Park. She sees wearing the Carnation queen crown as an opportunity to meet more members of the Alliance community and give back to those who have given her so much.

Chunko is sponsored by Ohio Rack.

Alysha Mitzel

Alysha Mitzel, 21, is the daughter of Tina and Jeffrey Mitzel of Alliance. She is a junior at the University of Mount Union, where she has earned Dean’s List honors each semester she has been enrolled. She is also an active and involved leader of an on-campus group. In high school, she also earned a number of awards in both academics and athletics.

In the future, Mitzel plans to also attend graduate school to become an art therapist and school counselor. She considers mental health to be of crucial importance in the wellbeing of young people and wants to be a positive influence on the minds of others.

Mitzel spends her free time golfing, playing softball, reading, making art and playing video games. She also enjoys watching “The Walking Dead” on TV and would someday like to travel to Europe.

Mitzel most admires her mother because she is an example to her of what it means to be a strong and independent woman. If she is crowned Carnation queen, she hopes to serve as a positive role model for other young women in the community.

Mitzel is sponsored by Givens-Grove Insurance.

Erika Black

Erika Black, 18, is the daughter of Tammy Newill and William Black of Alliance. She is a recent graduate of Marlington High School, where she was an active member of the band. She was named Band Queen her senior year, and was the junior homecoming attendant.

In the fall, Black will attend Kent State University to major in art therapy and minor in music therapy. She feels passionately about helping others and doing what she can to make people happy. If she’s ever in doubt, she finds herself turning to her youth minister, Danny, who she describes as her role model and a father figure.

In her free time, Black enjoys being creative through art, music and photography. She watches plenty of Netflix, especially her favorite show “Friends,” and listens to lots of Elvis Presley music. She’s also interested in traveling and would someday like to tour Europe.

Black thinks the people of Alliance are lucky to have the Carnation Festival and those who work hard to organize it each year. She especially enjoys attending Days In the Park each year, where she can reconnect with old friends while enjoying great food. As Carnation queen, Black would be honored to serve as an ambassador for Alliance.

Black is sponsored by Robertson Kitchen & Bath Gallery.

Ki’Errah Martin

Ki’Errah Martin, 18, is the daughter of Almetra Hawkins of Alliance. She graduated in May from Alliance High School, where she was a member of the National Honor Society and earned Honor and Merit Roll recognition.

In the future, Martin plans to attend a four-year college and build a successful life. She also dreams of someday visiting Hawaii. Finally, she hopes to be as kind and helpful as her Aunt Mariah, who she calls her role model.

Martin, who describes herself as fun, enjoys cheerleading and writing. In her free time, she likes watching “Dance Moms” on TV, and her favorite music comes from the artist PnB Rock.

Martin thinks the Carnation Festival is fantastic and especially enjoys the food and fellowship she finds at Days In the Park each year. If she is chosen as Carnation queen, she hopes to be seen as a role model for both children and adults alike.

Martin is sponsored by Copeland Oaks Retirement Community.