Four Johnstown young ladies will be “Walking on Sunshine,” the theme of the Miss Johnstown 2017 pageant, that will kick off beginning at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 26.
The annual pageant will be held at the Opera House on the town square.
Pageant director Christy Bailey said it has been a difficult year with the number of contestants due to the timing of the event conflicting with other activities.
“Some understand the tradition and want to be a part of it,” she said. “As long as we have enough (contestants) to have a pageant, we will keep it going.”
The teens competing for the title of Miss Johnstown includes Olivia Grove, Cherish Keyser, Maria Tucker and Makayla Smith.
Grove, daughter of Mark and Jane Grove, will be a junior at Johnstown-Monroe High School for 2017-18.
She’s an active member in the Big Red Band and will be a cymbal-section leader. She also plays percussion in symphonic band.
Grove is also a member of student council, FFA, athletic student council and the environmental club.
She said she enjoys participating in the vocal department as a member of Apogee and has been in two high school musicals.
Grove also has been involved in volleyball and track and field and has been an honor-roll student.
Grove participates in 4-H, showing rabbits through the club’s Pork ’n’ Stuff, and is running for 2017 Licking County Rabbit Queen.
She also is an active member at the Croton Church of Christ and enjoys helping teach children’s church Sunday mornings and being a teen leader for vacation Bible school.
Keyser, daughter of Mark and Jennifer Keyser, will be a junior in the 2017-18 school year at Johnstown-Monroe.
She’s active in symphonic band, the Big Red Band, Apogee choir and school musicals.
Keyser attends the Church of Christ at Alexandria, where she sings on the worship team, volunteers as music director for vacation Bible school and is active in her youth group, U67.
She went on a mission trip to Haiti in July 2016 to help build houses and distribute food and clothing to those in need.
Smith, daughter of Laura and Dale Smith, will be a Johnstown-Monroe senior in the 2017-18 school year.
She has three siblings, Zachary, Allyssa and Lillyan.
Smith is a three-year varsity cheerleader, models for Cilento Photography and is a Chassé representative.
She said she loves nature and making people laugh and smile.
Smith said she plans to attend Otterbein University to major in business management and hopes to become an interior designer.
Tucker, daughter of Tom and Joanne Schwab, will be a senior at Johnstown-Monroe in the 2017-18 school year.
She’s an active member of the high school’s choir and has participated in the show groups, Apogee and Chorale, and recently was selected to be a member of Double Q.
Tucker was a chorus member in “Guys and Dolls” and a dancer in “Grease” and was cast as the lead of Gingy in “Shrek the Musical.”
She also has been a member of the varsity cheerleading squad, varsity soccer team and high school track team and plays the trumpet in the Big Red Band.
Tucker said she hopes to major in nursing at Ohio University and plans to audition for OU’s Marching 110.
During the talent portion of the pageant, Bailey said, Grove will provide a vocal performance; Keyser will play the piano and sing; Smith will dance; and Tucker will sing in both Russian and English.
Miss Johnstown 2016 Heather Mansell has choreographed the opening number, “Walking on Sunshine.”
During Mansell’s reign, she has represented Johnstown at the Pataskala Street Fair, the Millersport Sweet Corn Festival and the Johnstown Santa Parade.
She said it has been a privilege and honor to represent the village that four generations of her family have called home.
Mansell said it’s an experience she’ll always remember.
She’s the daughter of Lee and Karen Mansell.
Admission to the pageant is $3.