Turner named fair queen

Published 8:30 am Friday, October 23, 2015

Pine High School student Fallon Turner let out a deep breath and covered her mouth in disbelief Tuesday night after she was named 2015 Washington Parish Fair Queen at the Washington Parish Fairgrounds in Franklinton.

The 2014 queen, Destanie Austin, placed the crown on Turner. Along with her reign for the next year, Turner earned a $4,000 scholarship, entrance into the Queen of Queens Pageant and a gift basket.

Turner is a four-year member of the Pine cheerleading team and is currently serving as the 2015-2016 cheer captain. From 2014-2015, she served as co-captain. She is also a four-year member of the Lady Raiders soccer team, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, student council, and Beta Club, in which she serves as reporter.

Previously, Turner earned the Student of the Year Award and traveled to Washington, D.C. to represent Washington Parish to the Louisiana senators.

After graduation from high school, Turner plans to attend LSU, where she will study surgical obstetrics.

Turner beat out 11 other contestants. Bowling Green senior Riley Robertson was first alternate and Franklinton High School student Madison Peco was second alternate. Peco also won the Interview Award. Robertson earned a $250 scholarship, while Peco earned a $150 scholarship.

The Fashion Award went to Bowling Green student Cameron Robertson, while the Miss Congeniality winner was Pine High School senior Megan Graham.

At Bowling Green, Riley Robertson serves as president of the Interact and 4H clubs, senior class vice president, and student council treasurer. She is a member of the Beta Club, the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society. She also mentors sixth grade girls in the Live Out Loud Club. She is three-year member of the varsity cheerleaders and is this season’s squad captain. She has been a Homecoming Maid for three years.

Riley Robertson represented Bowling Green at the district and state literary rallies, placing first in English at district and third in state.

She plans to pursue a degree in accounting and then attend law school.

Peco is a four-year varsity cheerleader, co-captain and choreographer. She has been on the homecoming court for three years. Peco is a member of the FHS 4-H Club and has received awards for academic excellence. She has also received the Softball Manager Award.

After graduation, Peco desires to pursue a career in dental hygiene.       

Queen contestants also included Dantasia Dyson, Jessika Hodges, Breana Holloway, Victoria Kennedy, Victoria Murphy, Michelle Statham and Karis Winbish.

The master of ceremony for the pageant was Mike Mathis. He was assisted by 2015 Miss Teen USA winner Katherine Haik.

Royalty from the surrounding region who were recognized included Bogalusa Paper Queen Grace Anne Fornea, 2015-2016 Bogalusa in the Park Queen Anna Katherine Slaughter, Washington Parish Farm Bureau Queen Calli Sprehe, Miss Tangipahoa Parish Fair Queen Fatima Vazquez, Miss Amite Oyster Festival Queen Victoria Rooney, Junior Miss St. Tammany Parish Aixa Crespo, Miss St. Tammany Parish Ashley Moorman and Miss Livingston Parish Mackenzie Johnson.