The West Virginia Water Festival has announced the participants for their “Little Miss Mermaid” festivities. Each year the festival invites girls ages 7-13 and their parents to sign up to participate. Each of them fundraises and complete community service projects. One winner is announced at the “Little Miss Mermaid” coronation event.
The Water Festival submitted the following statements about each participant.
“Ms. Callista Anne Leftwich is the 8-year-old daughter of Crystal Reed and Al Leftwich of Hinton, WV. Callista has two brothers, A.J. and Max. Her grandparents are Juanita Reed and the late Gary Reed and Richard and Gemma Leftwich. Her extended family is Darrell Blair, Haylee, Lexi, and Mia. Callista will be entering the 3rd grade this fall. She loves school, she is a girl scout, a member of 4-H, loves doing art projects, drawing, playing baseball, and is an avid animal lover, she has two dogs Sprocket and Trash Can, her cats, Derp and Rey and her hermit crabs. Callista says she is 8 years old and wants everyone to know how much she loves her puppy. She wants to participate in Little Miss Mermaid because being in Jr King and Queen in 2018, where she earned the title of Queen, was so much fun.”
“Ms. Abigail Elizabeth Reed is the 12-year-old daughter of the late Greg Reed and Amy Elkins Reed of Hinton. She has one sister Jaden and two brothers Aiden Meadows and Liam Goff. Her grandparents are Roger and Patty Reed and Peggy Elkins and the late Fred Elkins. In her free time, Abigail loves playing basketball, cheerleading, riding her bicycle and skateboard. She loves expressing herself artistically through painting. Abigail participated in Little Miss Mermaid in 2019 and won 1st runner up. She says she loves participating because of all the fun activities she had the opportunity to take part in; she enjoys fundraising where she gets to interact with the public and meet new people. Abigail says she wants to participate in the WV Water Festival Little Miss Mermaid because she enjoys helping people, being involved in the community, and because she had such a good time in 2019 where she earned the title of 1st runner up.”
“Ms. Micaya Woodrum is the 8-year-old daughter of Micah and Crystal Woodrum of Hinton. She has one brother Caynan Bowling and one sister Montana Woodrum. Her grandparents are Tom and Connie Woodrum, Drema and Jeff Childress and great grandparents Leroy and Mattie Dick. Micaya loves art and making new fashions, designs, and clothes. She loves taking care of her farm animals and playing with her bunny. Micaya is an honor student at Talcott Elementary and will be entering the 3rd grade this fall. Micaya says she wants to participate in Little Miss Mermaid because she loves fashion and wants to become a beauty model when she grows up. She has also participated in Jr. King and Queen. She is excited about being in Little Miss Mermaid because she loves meeting new friends and helping people.”
“Ms. Montana Woodrum is the 8-year-old daughter of Micah and Crystal Woodrum of Hinton. She has one brother Caynan Bowling and one sister Micaya Woodrum. Her grandparents are Tom and Connie Woodrum, Drema and Jeff Childress and great grandparents Leroy and Mattie Dick. Montana loves taking care of her farm animals, making her goat faint, doing front flips on the trampoline, arts and crafts, and making people laugh. She is an honor student at Talcott Elementary where she will be entering the 3rd grade this fall. Recently her artwork was chosen to be on display at Tamarack. Montana is a spunky and loving 8-year old who enjoys helping people and animals. Montana is excited to participate because she wants to help others during the WV Water Festival and have fun with the other contestants.”
The Little Miss Mermaid coronation will take place the last week of July — during the festival.