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Cherry takes top honors in Winter Carnival pageant


Newport's Danielle Cherry was crowned Carnival Queen at the 101st annual Newport Winter Carnival pageant Friday night. — PAUL HOWENewport's Danielle Cherry was crowned Carnival Queen at the 101st annual Newport Winter Carnival pageant Friday night. — PAUL HOWENEWPORT — At the age of 17, Newport’s Danielle Cherry has a pretty ambitious future goal. 

She wants to become an Academy Award-winning film director. As a junior at Bishop Brady High School in Concord, Cherry already has some impressive notes on her resume.

Her extra curricular efforts and hobbies include baton twirling, acting and filmmaking. She is a two-time National Champion and a four-time Disney Champion for Baton Twirling. And she still has her senior year of high school left before moving on to college.

Friday night, before a capacity audience of 520 in the Newport Opera House, Cherry, the daughter of Dan and Sandra Cherry, added one more accomplishment to her resume when she was named Carnival Queen at the 101st Newport Winter Carnival Pageant.

Competing in a field of seven candidates for the crown, Cherry twirled three batons and danced on her way to the talent title to the music of “Confident,” by Demi Lovato. Prior to the Pageant, she was also busy, placing No. 1 as the top fundraiser.

Aspen Toliver was first runnerup and Miss Congeniality. She is the daughter of Joe and Christy Ryba.

Claudia Biron, daughter of Amy and Patrick Zullo, was second runner-up and winner of the Lisa Gauvin Award.

Other contestants were Hannah Everitt, daughter of Jeannine and Ken Everitt; Emma Kibbie, daughter of David andCatherine Kibbie; Kyrstin Kibbey, daughter of Kristy and Raymond Kibbey and Jasmine Patenaude, daughter of Jodi and Aaron Wheeler and David Boissonneault.

Escorts were Hunter Johnson and Jacob Merritt. Anthony DiPaola Jr. was Master of Ceremonies. Kristie Howe was pageant director.

In the carnival program, the pageant committee extended its thanks to Eileen Barton who served as prince/princess coordinator for seven years. “Eileen has decided to retire from the position,” it was stated.

Princes and Princesses, all second-graders, were Nevaeh Abair, Marissa Ann Aldrich, Carson Douglas Almstrom, Caitlin Sophia Ash, Andrew Michael Benoit, Kendall Ellen-Grace Blood, Lynden Crease, Hanna Fellows, Brycen Flewelling,Hailey Ann Gardner, Paige Hall, Audrey Henault, Hailey Hill, Ayden Walter Hodge, Gabriella Landry, Trei Raymond Marsh,Megan W. Maynard, Isaiah Mercado, Leah Palmer, Addison Elizabeth Spear, Cole Sinclair Stevens, Sadie Trybulski and Alidia Urista.

The princes and princesses were roundly applauded by the audience for their performance of the dance number to “Walking on Sunshine,” by Katrina and the Waves. The girls were dressed in neon colors and the little boys in black pants and colorful and glittery striped vests that tied in with the carnival theme, “Back to the 80s.”

Although most events went on as scheduled, the chilly weather did affect some.

“There were about 35 units in the winter carnival parade Saturday morning with some choosing not to come out due to the weather and cold temperatures,” said Chris Smith, winter carnival parade organizer.

In the float competition the over 25-foot category winner was the Newport Moose Lodge Family Center with second place going to the Car Nutz. In the under 25-foot category it was The Road to Independence in first place with the Richards Free Library Children’s Group in second.

There were no third-place awards in either category as there were not enough participants.

The Newport Health Center and New London Hospital provided free hot chocolate to all those that came out to the parade.

The Library Arts Center’s annual Newport Winter Carnival Photo Contest winners were announced Saturday afternoon.  

Judge Linda Billingsly carefully looked over all entries and deemed so many worthy of awards that she decided to award one first-place award, two second-place awards and three third-place awards.  Entries were submitted from a variety of local towns, but by chance, all winners this year were residents of Newport.  Keeping in line with the "Back to the 80s" theme, the photo contest entries needed to be titles of 1980s songs. 

First place went to Paula Johnson with “Time After Time.”

Second place was awarded to Ann St. Martin Stout with “Another One Bites the Dust” and Caleb Godwin with “Cadillac Ranch.”

Third place went to Kerry Rochford-Hague with “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” Mike Johnson with “Cars” and “Wild, Wild West.”

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