2018 Canal Days Queen Skye Stevenson and her Little Princess Gabby DeVelvis. (DH Media/Nancy Spencer)
2018 Canal Days Queen Skye Stevenson and her Little Princess Gabby DeVelvis. (DH Media/Nancy Spencer)
DELPHOS — St. John’s High School senior Skye Stevenson is the 2018 Canal Days Queen. She is the daughter of Jeremy and Kelly Stevenson.

“This means so much to me,” Stevenson said shortly after winning the crown Sunday. “My dad is deployed and he was able to watch. It’s 1:30 a.m. where he is.”

One of the questions judges asked Stevenson during the interview was about kneeling during the National Anthem at NFL games.

“I think everyone should stand and show respect, especially with my dad serving our country. A lot of people have died for our freedoms,” Stevenson said. “I understand and support why it all started but I don’t think it’s the appropriate time or place.”

Stevenson’s first Canal Days responsibility will be the Toast to the City Thursday evening.

”This is my first Toast and I’m ready to attend and see the community come together and celebrate Delphos,” she said.

She will also preside over other various events during Canal Days including awarding prizes for the fishing derby and judging during the Pet Parade. Both events are Saturday morning.

Stevenson keeps herself busy as a member of the Girl Scouts and the FBLA Mentors Program. She is a member of the choir and has received superior ratings at solo and ensemble competition.

She is also a member of the Van Wert All Stars competition cheer squad through Kim Hohman’s Danceworks and plays on the varsity softball team at Jefferson.

She enjoys volunteering at the humane society and spending time with her friends and family.

After high school, Stevenson will enter the Air Force with plans of pursuing a medical career.

Along with a $1,000 cash scholarship, crown and sash from the Canal Days Queen Pageant Committee, she received a mini cedar chest from Westrich Furniture, a large floral bouquet compliments of Ivy Hutch, Flowers on Fifth and the Petal Shed; a queen’s plaque, decorative necklace and Mary Kay gift bag courtesy of Kim Ousley.

First Runner-up was Jefferson High School junior Audryanna Stewart, who also won the talent portion of the pageant. She earned a $500 scholarships for her placement, the $150 Michael Gallmeier Memorial Talent Scholarship and the Carl Core Memorial Scholarship worth $50 for her winning essay. She is the daughter of Erin and Malcolm Stokes and Jeff Phillips.

Second Runner-up was Lauren Grothaus, a senior at Jefferson. The daughter of Kevin and Christina Grothaus earned a $300 scholarship for her placement.

Third Runner-up was Rachel Kroeger, who earned a $150 scholarship. She is the daughter of Michelle Kroeger and Ron Kroeger and a senior at Jefferson High School. She was also Miss Congeniality and received an MC decorative plaque and gift compliments of Gary and Judy Mack.

The 2018 runners-up also received decorative sashes from the pageant committee, small floral bouquets from participating florists, decorative plaques and Mary Kay gift bags.

St. John’s senior Lakin Stevenson was the People’s Choice winner and received a decorative plaque and gift bag courtesy of the pageant committee. She is the daughter of Gina and Nick Liming and Joe Burns.

The pageant committee includes, Director Kimberly Ousley, Megan Goedde and Tony Wiechart.

The contestants were escorted on and off stage by Jefferson High School students Mark Rice and BJ Hutchinson.

Judges were Mark Schitke from Defiance, Jill Kuhlman of Ottawa and Hayley Michael of Hicksville.