Summer Hawkins of Kittanning was selected last night as the new Loyalty Day Queen for 2018. She will represent the Ford City VFW Post 4843 in Pattonville.
Loyalty Day is observed on May 1 in the United States. It is a day set aside for the reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States and for the recognition of the heritage of American freedom. The holiday was first observed in 1921,
Miss Hawkins is 17 years of age and attends Armstrong High School. Her parents are Bryan and Mary Hawkins. Her grandparents are John and Dolly Kacprowski, and Ray and Nellie Hawkins.
She was excited about the news.
“I feel amazing. I would like to thank everyone for this opportunity. I am looking forward to serving the community.”
Her reason for becoming involved was a very personal one, since both of her grandfathers as well as her father served in the military.
“I feel it is my way to thank my family members who served in the Armed Forces as well as all other veterans in the community.”
She has aspirations to follow an academic course for her future. She currently attends classes at Indiana University of Pennsylvania as a senior at Armstrong High School.
“I am going to be certified in teaching, both primary (pre-K to grade 4) and special education (pre-K through grade 8).”
Miss Hawkins has been an active volunteer for several local organizations.
“In the past I have done different community service projects. Currently I do some through the Leo Club through the high school. But this will help me further reach out to my community because working alone is not as good as working with an organization, like the VFW.”
She will now go on to represent VFW Post 4843 at the District Loyalty Day Banquet being held at Indiana’s VFW on April 28. A District Queen will be selected at that time.
The Loyalty Day Queen is required to attend the District competition and Banquet, as well as participate in the Memorial Day parades and Post 4843 services, Ford City’s Summerfest parade, and Veterans’ Day activities at the Post.
This is not Miss Hawkins’ first time in winning a pageant. She won numerous awards in the Miss Teen event, including Miss Photogenic, where she was invited to participate nationally last December. She also was the Sunburst Beauty Queen where she took top honors at Prettiest Hair, Best Smile, Best Attire, Top Model Look, Most Photogenic, Best Denim Wear, and Best Personality.
A Bethel Township girl came in second in the competition for queen. Savannah Johns is the daughter of Carol and Clifford Johns. Her grandparents are Larry Wilson and Goldie Jack, and Chamber and Lavera Marie Johns. She plans on attending Butler County Community College to specialize in accounting.