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Festival Queen contestant helps ‘keep Middlesex safe’

Urbanna Oyster Festival Queen contestant Holly Oliver and Little Miss Spat contestant Cheyenne Sears.

Urbanna Oyster Festival Queen contestant Holly Oliver and her Little Miss Spat contestant, Cheyenne Sears, teamed up to be one of the first contestants to do their community service project on safety of their county. “Keep Middlesex Safe” was the slogan of the project. Oliver worked with the sheriff’s offices in Lancaster and Northumberland counties to help train and raise money for their canine units. Since Middlesex no longer has a K-9 unit, it calls on Lancaster or Northumberland when needed.

Cheyenne did not participate in the dog training because her loved ones and her queen contestant decided that due to her young age they did not want to scare her.
Oliver was able to collect money, raise awareness, and assist by setting up booths at Bethpage Camp-Resort’s annual carnival. A weekend or two later there was a demonstration held there to show how some of the donated money was going to be used.

Also, Oliver set up donation bins at Urbanna Market and Marshall’s Drug Store.

From the three sources—the carnival, the demonstration and donations from the county and loved ones—Oliver and Cheyenne collected nearly $2,000 in donations, plus dog food and toys.

Oliver works at Saluda Food Lion as a cashier, and has worked at Bethpage Camp-Resort as a lifeguard for two summers. She is a senior at Middlesex High School and is an active member of multiple clubs. She is an officer in the Key Club, president of HOSA, she was a junior class officer, an FBLA officer, and a member of the National Honor Society. Oliver also represented Middlesex High at the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership (HOBY) conference.

After graduation, she intends to go to Virginia Tech or join the Corps of Cadets and later join the Air Force as an officer in the medical field.

Oliver is the daughter of Timothy and Sherry Oliver, and is the granddaughter of Mary Eagle and Phyllis and Daniel Oliver.

Cheyenne is the daughter of Curtis Sears, and is the granddaughter of Tim and Gail Spencer, and Bobby and Tracy Sears. She is a first-grader at Middlesex Elementary School. In her spare time she takes gymnastics classes (this is the second year). She loves going to the beach, playing with her brothers, putting on dresses, and playing with her dolls. When Cheyenne grows up she wants to be a mom and a pediatrician.

posted 10.16.2013

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