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Oyster Festival Queen contestant helps spread awareness of domestic violence

Kausha Parrish and Tara Lee Mastro

Urbanna Oyster Festival Queen contestant Kausha Parrish, a Middlesex High School senior, worked closely with Laurel Shelter in Gloucester for her community service project. Laurel Shelter offers hope, love and support to those affected by domestic violence situations. Parrish chose this charity because it was close to her heart. Parrish, her mom and sister have all been victims of domestic violence and know all too well the pain victims feel.

On July 27, Parrish held a fundraiser called “A Day to Play.” The initiative of the fundraiser was to raise awareness in the community about domestic violence and sexual harassment and also to bring the community together for a day to play outside.

Parrish and her Little Miss Spat contestant, Tara Lee Mastro, also volunteered at a fair in Gloucester to help boost awareness about Laurel Shelter.

During the summer Parrish volunteered at Smart Start daycare in West Point.

After high school Parrish plans to attend Longwood University or the University of Virginia and major in early childhood development.

Parrish, of Laneview, is the daughter of Sonia Young and the granddaughter of Jessie Osbourne and the late Robert Osbourne of Laneview. Parrish has a sister, Kanisha Parrish.

During her career at MHS, Parrish has been an active member of DECA, YOVASO and FBLA. She also participates in competition and sideline cheering, and she runs track. Last year she did not cheer during the fall and instead kept the boys basketball team statistics.

Parrish was also inducted into the National Honor Society. She attends Union Shiloh Church and Make-A-Way Baptist Church. 

Tara Lee Mastro is Parrish’s Little Miss Spat contestant. Tara Lee is a first grader at Middlesex Elementary School and the daughter of Bonnie Mastro. Tara Lee enjoys singing and dancing. Her favorite color is purple and her favorite foods are hot dogs, ranch dressing, and bananas.

Parrish and Tara Lee thanked everyone in and out of the community for their support while they are involved in the Oyster Festival Queen and Little Miss Spat competition. They also leave the public with a message: “Love is not abuse.”

The crowning of the Oyster Festival Queen and Little Miss Spat will take place on Friday, November 1, at 4 p.m. during the Urbanna Oyster Festival.

posted 09.25.2013

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