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Festival queen contestant puts the emphasis on art

Macey Horne and Jocelynn Nester

Urbanna Oyster Festival Queen contestant Macey Horne and her Little Miss Spat contestant Jocelynn Nester came together to raise money for something they both enjoy and think is important—art.

Macey stated she believes that art helps people relieve stress, enhances creativity, and has numerous other benefits. Macey named her project “The Power of Art” because of all the endless possibilities art has. The art program at Middlesex High School is always in need of funding as the art program offers numerous enrichment projects throughout the year. Macey decided to support the art program at Middlesex High School by raising money.

Macey began fundraising by holding a couple of bake sales at Urbanna Market IGA in the center of Urbanna. Macey and Jocelynn reached out to the community about what they were doing and why it is so important. This allowed others to understand the importance of art in the world. “Art is where someone can grow and do whatever they want with their imagination. There are no limits to art,” said Macey.

The next community event held was a Kid’s Craft Afternoon at Harmony Grove Baptist Church for children ages 5-12 to come and have an afternoon filled with art. The children made pineapple paintings, monsters, slime, jellyfish, and a craft snack. Everyone had a blast and used their imagination to its fullest.

The last event that Macey held was a paint night. It was held at Harmony Grove Baptist Church and was for children and adults. The adults painted a night scene with a mason jar while the children painted over their initial with their own designs. “I had a great time hosting this event. It was filled with laughter, music, and some encouragement where it was needed,” said Macey. Macey had a goal to raise $1,000 for the art program, and with this event she was able to exceed her goal.

High school
During her years of attending Middlesex High School, Macey has been a member of the Key Club for 3 years and secretary for 2 of those years, a member of the National Honor Society, and a member of the Art Club for 3 years. Since her sophomore year, Macey has attended the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School for Marine and Environmental Science where she spends half of her school day at Rappahannock Community College in Glenns taking her math and science classes.

Other than academics, Macey has been a part of football sideline cheerleading for 5 years, basketball sideline cheerleading for 5 years, competition cheerleading for 1 year, and track and field for 1 year. Macey has been on the varsity team for sideline cheer since 9th grade.

She is a member of Harmony Grove Baptist Church.

After she graduates, Macey plans on attending Virginia Tech or North Carolina State University to pursue her dream of becoming a veterinarian.

Macey is the daughter of Larry and Susan Horne of Warner, and granddaughter of Brenda and William Maul Jr., and Diane Voncannon and the late Larry Horne. Macey has two brothers, Matthew and Mattox, and a sister, Mckinsey.

Jocelynn Nester is the daughter of Steven and Suzanne Nester of Water View, and granddaughter of Pastor and Mrs. Kevin Schrum, and Mr. and Mrs. Larry Nester. Jocelynn has one sister, Leila, and one brother, Anthony. She enjoys fishing, camping, swimming, and Barbies. She has a passion for horses and taking care of her animals. Her aspirations are to become a dentist and own her own horse.

posted 10.11.2017

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