Duckworth claims the Little Miss Bearcat title of 2022

GRAFTON—Some girls grow up hearing about princesses and hope one day they can wear a crown. For a little local lady, that hope came true when she was crowned Little Miss Bearcat of 2022.

Haven Duckworth, the three-year-old daughter of Caitlin Duckworth of Grafton, became royalty when she was named this year’s Little Miss Bearcat. Haven and her cheerleading sponsor, GHS Senior Chloe Saltis, with the help of her family and friends, raised $10,431.77 for the cheerleading squad.

During a recent home football game, she was presented with a trophy, flowers, sash, and of course her 2021 Little Miss Bearcat Victoria Quinn Radabaugh crown.

As the Little Miss Bearcat of 2022, Haven will represent Grafton at various parades and various other events throughout her year-long reign.

Joining her in the spotlight was first place winner Brynlee Martin. Brynlee is the daughter of Dustin and Kaelyn Martin of Grafton. She was sponsored by GHS Senior Cheerleader Marley Geiger.

Bowie Efaw took second place. She is the daughter of Kevin and Jessica Efaw of Grafton. Miss Bowie was sponsored by Junior Cheerleader Miley Knotts.

The remaining Little Miss Bearcat contestants included: Stevie McCormick, Mya Tustin, Jolie Moore, Layla Geiger, Reign Alex Lee, Madilyn Kay Pitzer, Kendyl Haddix and Ayva Klug.

Each contestant received a new cheerleading backpack that contained a Little Miss Bearcat t-shirt, poms, cheer socks and a cheerleading bow so they could be like their favorite sponsors and cheerleaders.

GHS Cheerleaders will use the money raised for cheering mats, uniforms, warm-ups, poms, choreography, competition music and cheerleading equipment.

“We would like to thank our Little Miss Bearcat coordinator Crystal Morris and GHS secretary Regina May, without them this would not be possible,” expressed GHS cheerleading coach Chatera Morris. “We love you Crystal and Regina!”

“We would also like to thank Grafton High School management, Lori Shumaker, Matt Knopp and Bryant McCarthy, as well as athletic director Rich Bord for all their support,” he added. “We would also like to thank Little Miss Bearcat 2021, Victoria Quinn Radabaugh, who helped Crystal crown Little Miss Bearcat 2022.”

Morris said a huge thank you goes out to the community, the candidates and their parents, family and friends, as well as their cheerleading supporters and their families, without whom the contest would not have been a success.

In addition, Grafton High School’s cheerleaders, coaches and mascot would like to thank their sponsors, without whom the contest would not be possible.

This year’s sponsors included Fire and Safety Investigation; Cornerstone Drilling LLC; Kaeco construction; Ford denture; 84 Sawn wood; Triple B Rails; Family Fishing and Camping; Champion Brake and Drive Shaft Inc.; Doctor Jones of Fairmont; Moore detailing; Mine Leer; City Construction; Phil’s Tire and Auto Hardcore Hunters The Hot Dog House; Tilman Land; No & Pop Jeff and Jodi Piscura; Mammy Shirlee Alfred; Mimi, Papaw and Duh Duh (Duckworth Family); Brian, Tara, Marissa, Austin, Kaitlyn and Chloe Saltis; Grafton Social Center; Almost Ice Sky Koana; Ace Hardware Graft; Arsenal of Angels; Drill Pest Control; Grafton Tobacco and Vape Outlet; Acme Truck Line; Studio C/Casey Cox and family; Olde Town Café & Donut Shop; Tygart Lake Golf Course; Queen Bee Boutique; Expressive Nurse/Tammy Moyer; Sam Gerkin; Kolbey Criss; Samantha Harper; Gary, Rylee and Lucky Jones; Susie Grossman; Traci Haskins; Jeff Haskins; Gary Croston & Kari Ekis-Croston; Mike & Kim Dier; Ashlie Clark; Elaine, Chip and Callie Gilbert; Jesse Graham; Robert and Shirley Hutson; The base invaders; Megan Hicks; Kayla Martin Makenzie; Ashley Gobel; Kim Goodwin; Heather Watkins; Jason Rhinehart; Betty Carpenter; Lauralyn Wittik; Tom and Joyce Bailey; Tim Brown; Paula Stutler; Shawnee Garrison; Sharon Ware; Great custom M&J woodwork; and Hilly Billy Essentials.

A special thanks to all the artisans who participated in the Haven’s Craft Show; everyone who participated, donated and/or attended the craft fair, those who bought tickets for the WVU raffle, those who attended Studio C’s Glow Night and/or Designer Bag Bingo; and to Cierra Springs, Arabella and Sarah Jones, Kaylie Bolyard, Ellie Royce and Rylee Jones for their help with bingo.

The GHS Cheer coaches also want to remind the community to support the Lady Bearcat team at Regionals on Saturday, November 5th at East Fairmont High School.

The competition starts at 18:00, with the doors opening to the public at 17:00. The Big Ten Cheer Competition will take place the following week, on November 10, at Lincoln High School.

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