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You are Viewing an Archived IssuePosted: 05/30/12
Those seeking a chance to become the 2012 Peach Queen were from left, Renee Wolschleger, Lauren Goodreau, Lisa Polley, Cailey Craig, Leah Hobbs, Samantha Wingerter, Molly Edwards, Gabriella Walker, Mikaela Martens, Corey Klein, Elizabeth Cusick, Haley Cicchini and Megan Havern.
(Observer photo by Chris Gray)
crowned 2012 Peach Queen
by CHRIS GRAYTwo seasoned members of the Peach Queen court have been crowned as the 2012 Peach Queen and Runner-up.
Observer Staff Writer
Lisa Polley, the 2011 Peach Queen Runner-up, was named the 2012 Peach Queen during the annual pageant held May 26 at the Romeo Lions Club Field House.
Joining her is Leah Hobbs, the 2010 Runner-up who earned the Runner-up title this year as well. They were chosen amongst 13 candidates.
"It feels amazing<I'm trying to think of the right words," Polley said. "I can't believe it, I'm in complete shock and I'm so thankful."
Polley, 21, is the daughter of Glen and Dale Ann. The Romeo native said she is looking forward to this summer since she knows from the Runner-up point of view what the Peach Queen will do.
"It's an opportunity to represent Romeo and promote the Peach Festival, but mainly being a good role model while doing so to all the young children," Polley said.
Hobbs, a Washington Township native and Romeo High School 2010 graduate, said she too looks forward to presenting a positive image for young kids to follow.
"I'm so excited to dress up like a princess this summer and represent Romeo," she said. "It's going to be a lot of fun."
Along with being former Peach Festival royalty, both girls attend Oakland University. Polley is in her senior year of nursing school. She is currently employed at Royal Oak Beaumont as a nurse tech and hopes to become a full-time employee upon graduation.
Hobbs, the daughter of John and Barbara, is a junior majoring in Human Resources with a double minor in training and development and in employment systems and standards. She works at Target and hopes to intern with Disney or Target.
The girls also share the same passion for being a positive role model for girls as the Peach Queen and Runner-up. Polley said she would like to create more opportunities to meet with local kids at elementary schools or children's hospitals.
"I want to do more one-on-one with the community and the kids," Polley said.
The girls even shared experiences at Romeo High School. Polley graduated in 2009 while Hobbs graduated in 2010, and both were members of the school's track team.
Outside of activities like assisting the cemetery groundskeeper for Bruce Township, helping with Operation Christmas Child at her church and various volunteer opportunities, Polley's hobbies include hunting, raising quail, gardening and playing the piano.
This year's pageant was held a month later than normal, so the girls already jumped into their roles over the Memorial Day weekend during events in St Clair Shores and Sterling Heights.
"We're just going to jump right in," Polley said.