Congrats to fest court

Published 9:07 pm Saturday, October 1, 2011

Any resident of or visitor to Suffolk in the next week will be able to enjoy a flurry of Peanut Festival activities, but there’s one young lady who might be enjoying them a little more than the rest.

Ravynn Stringfield of King’s Fork High School was crowned the 2011 Peanut Fest Queen at the annual Queen’s Luncheon hosted by the Suffolk Pilot Club last week.

A fundraiser for the nonprofit organization, the Queen’s Luncheon annually crowns the queen from among a group of 10 girls — two from each high school in the city — based on an essay, school activities, awards and achievements and community involvement.

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It must have been hard for the Pilot Club members to choose from among 10 girls, all of whom were eminently qualified for the position of Peanut Fest Queen. After all, each of them had a list of activities, awards and community involvement nearly as long as her arm.

But in the end, it was Stringfield who bested the competition with her litany of achievements. She is part of the International Baccalaureate program and serves as a mentor for younger IB students, as well as acts as the head of the Student Advisory Board for the program. She is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars and the Key and Beta clubs at King’s Fork. She has maintained straight A’s throughout high school and volunteers for UNICEF, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Salvation Army.

But each of the other girls, who all were named Peanut Fest Princesses, had her own list of academic achievements, awards and volunteerism to match. The princesses are: Mollie Edick of King’s Fork; Kimberlyn Mehalko and Ashley Scott of Lakeland High School; Brooke Starling and Emily Tuck of Nansemond-Suffolk Academy; Jaclyn Davis and Sydney Owen of Nansemond River High School; and Tiffany Stancil and Amber Ballance of First Baptist Christian School.

The girls began their official duties Saturday morning when they rode in convertibles in the Peanut Fest Parade. Their duties will continue this week with a number of appearances at different events during the festival.

Congratulations to all the girls on the Peanut Fest court for their numerous achievements. And make plans to visit the Peanut Fest this weekend. If you see the queen and her princesses, make sure to say, “Congratulations.”