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McNamee, Brooke reign over 52nd Oyster Festival

2009 Urbanna Oyster Festival royalty includes, front from left, Little Miss Spat award winners Natalie Cutler, Katie Brooke, Brooke Brohawn and Emma Gresham; back row, Queen award winners JaLisa Carter, Susan Heyman, Kendall McNamee, Libbie Randolph and Stephanie Hutton. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)
Kendall McNamee was crowned Queen of the 52nd Urbanna Oyster Festival and Katie Brooke was crowned Little Miss Spat last Friday in Taber Park.

McNamee received a $5,000 college scholarship. Brooke received a $150 savings bond.

For her community service project, McNamee volunteered at the Middlesex Food Bank and also organized various events to help raise money for the food bank. She collected over 300 canned goods and $550 for the food bank.

McNamee, a senior at Middlesex High School, is the daughter of Kevin and Dianne McNamee of Hartfield. She is the granddaughter of Donald and Patricia McNamee of Hartfield, and Robert and Jean Bailey of Richmond. She has two siblings, Lauren and Kyle.

Brooke, a first-grader at Middlesex Elementary School, is the daughter of Ed and Karen Brooke of Stormont. She is the granddaughter of Webster and Ellen Brooke of Stormont, Don and Pam Lindeman of Winter Garden, Florida, and the late Marion Lindeman of Alexandria.

Queen’s Court

Susan Heyman, a senior at St. Mary’s School in Raleigh, North Carolina, was the first runner-up for Queen and received a $3,500 college scholarship. She is the daughter of Joe Heyman and Martha Heric of Urbanna.

The second runner-up in the Queen competition was Libbie Randolph, a senior at Christchurch School, who received a $2,500 scholarship. Randolph also received the $250 scholarship for the academic achievement award. She is the daughter of Randy and Cara Randolph of Hardyville.

JaLisa Carter and Stephanie Hutton were both chosen as Miss Congeniality and will each receive a $750 scholarship. Both are seniors at Middlesex High School.

Carter is the daughter of Darryl and Patricia Carter of Topping.

Hutton is the daughter of Stephen and Michelle Hutton of Wake. She was also awarded a $250 scholarship for the overall best community service project. Hutton organized a community garden for the residents of Middlesex.

A total of $13,000 in scholarships was awarded.

Little Miss Spat’s Court

Natalie Cutler was the first runner-up in the Little Miss Spat competition and received a $100 savings bond. She is the daughter of Nathan Cutler of Wake and is a first grader at Middlesex Elementary School.

Brooke Brohawn was second runner-up in the Little Miss Spat competition and received a $75 savings bond. A first-grader at Middlesex Elementary School, she is the daughter of Steven and Cristi Brohawn of Topping.

Emma Gresham was named Little Miss Congeniality and received a $50 savings bond.She is the daughter of Scott and Chris Gresham of Urbanna and attends Aylett Country Day School.


The Queen and Little Miss Spat were chosen separately by judges who do not live in Middlesex County and have no prior knowledge of the contestants.

The Queen contestants were judged in five areas—individual community service project, individual judges interview, academic achievement, a spontaneously written response to a random question, and overall participation in the competition. 

The Spat contestants were judged in six areas—a judges’ interview, written response to a random question, an ice cream social, Little Miss Spat’s Dinner, involvement with their Queen’s community service project, and overall participation in the competition.

The community service project accounts for a large portion of the competition and judging. Each contestant had to complete a minimum of 25 hours on her project. In all, the 14 contestants volunteered over 625 hours of community service.

posted 11.11.2009

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