The Van Wert Peony Festival committee has announced the candidates for the Queen Jubilee XLVIII Pageant. Each school selected its representative from its own field of applicants, following the criteria set for them by the Peony Pageant Committee.

This year, 7 young ladies will vie for the crown, and title of Queen Jubilee XLVIII. This year, the pageant will be awarding a total of over $3,500 in scholarships.

The 2023 Candidates are:

• Crestview: Kimberly Sites, daughter of Candi and Jamie Sites

• Lincolnview: Emma Hatcher, daughter of John Hatcher and Heather Torlina

• Parkway: Nevaeh Seals, daughter of Jeremy and Cassandra McMurry

• Paulding: Caydence Rice, daughter of Tina Collins

• Van Wert: Mackenzie Jones, daughter of Tim and Laura Jones

• Vantage Career Center: Riona Workman, daughter of Paul and Gina Workman

• Wayne Trace: Kiara Bahena, daughter of Katrina Bahena

The candidates will meet in January for a formal meet and greet with each other and the committee and begin preparations. The 2023 Peony Pageant will be held on Friday, March 31 at Lifehouse Church.

(Information submitted by the Van Wert Peony Festival committee.)