Manley becomes fourth family member to win Miss Adams County
For the fourth time, Roger and Marla Manley of rural Monroe took pictures and celebrated with one of their daughters after winning a Miss Adams County contest.
Daughter, Meghan, was crowned Miss Adams County for 2013. Manley walked in the steps of sisters Monica, Ashley and Carley, who were also crowned Miss Adams County.
Manley, who will be a junior at Adams Central this fall, is involved with Substance Abuse Awareness Council, FFA and excels in volleyball and tennis.
First runner-up was Amanda Reynolds and second runner-up was Corrinne Bussel. Erica Bluhm was selected as Miss Congeniality by the rest of the contestants while Manley was also selected as winner of the viewer’s choice award.
Other contestants included Tazza Mosser, Marissa Bisel and Brittany Thatcher.
“I didn’t expect to win in my first year,” said Manley. “I’m really excited. I have three other sisters who won. I’m carrying on a family tradition.
“I’m excited about representing Adams County. I love everything about this county,” continued Manley.
Manley has been involved in a medical internship at Lutheran Hospital this summer. That, says Manley, has influenced her into considering education to become a nurse after she finishes high school.
“This is awesome; all four of us have been county queen,” commented Carley (Manley) Rediger. “She is continuing on the family tradition, but she did it at such a young age.
“We all have personalities for this type of competition,” added Rediger. “We always have a positive attitude, whether we win or lose.”
“I’m proud of her,” observed Ashley (Manley) Beard. “All of us girls are pretty determined. When we set out to do something, we are determined to accomplish it.”
This year’s pageant director, Sarah Ellenberger, said she was really pleased with the spirit of cooperation that characterized this contest.
“They are a great group of girls,” Ellenberger said. “They worked hard and were very cooperative. They had great respect for each other.”
Each contestant was asked to answer a question spontaneously. Questions were formed by other contestants and then drawn for individual contestants to comment on.
Manley’s question was whether or not she would sooner be liked or respected.
“I would rather be respected,” Manley answered. “Being liked is for the here and now, but being respected is for a lifetime. In order to be liked, I might be tempted to compromise and I would not be true to myself.”
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