CANTON, OH (May 8, 2009)Abby Hexamer, 19, of Massillon, Ohio was crowned the 2009 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Queen from a field of 52 contestants. The 2009 Enshrinement Festival Queen Pageant was held Thursday, May 7, at The Canton Palace Theatre in downtown Canton.  Contestants were judged on the basis of personality, poise, beauty, communication skills, academic achievement and service to community.


Six Court members also were selected, including Amanda Bortz, 19, of Uniontown; Jera Dougherty, 19, of Louisville; Bridget Linton, 18, of Uniontown; Chloe Logan, 18, of Canton; Jacqueline Reece, 18, of Doylestown; and Danielle Vaccani, 22, of Massillon.

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Hexamer, the daughter of Ray and Annette Hexamer, is a graduate of Perry High School and will soon graduate from Hiram College. Bortz, the daughter of Denver and Lisa Bortz, is a graduate of Green High School and attends John Carroll University. Dougherty, the daughter of Jerry and Pam Dougherty, is a graduate of Louisville High School and will graduate from Walsh University. Linton, the daughter of Darrell and Kathie Linton, is a graduate of Green High School. Logan, the daughter of John and Holly Logan, is a graduate of Perry High School and will graduate from Northwestern University. Reece, the daughter of Ted and Anita Reece, is a graduate of Chippewa High School and attends Walsh University. Vaccani, the daughter of Paul and Laynn Vaccani, is a graduate of Perry High School and will graduate from Ohio University.


Kayleigh Kriss, mid-day personality and FM music director of WHBC Mix 94.1, and Ron Ponder, host of Points to Ponder on NewsTalk 1480 WHBC, were masters of ceremonies, and Tonya Hodgson Stuck, Enshrinement Festival event manager, was choreographer. Barbara Hammontree Bennett, 2009 general chairman of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival’s Chamber committees, crowned the new queen and six court members, and Bob Hill Quartet provided music throughout the Pageant.


Judges for the event included Daniel Fuline, CEO and executive director, Community Services of Stark County (and 2009 general vice-chairman); Darlene Schuring, sales/buyer, Gasser Fine Jewelers; Michelle Siegfried, owner/operator, McDonald’s® Restaurants of Canton, Siegfried Enterprises, Inc.; and Betty Smith, executive director, Multi-Development Services of Stark County. The 2009 Queen Pageant received substantial support from Siegfried Enterprises, Inc. / McDonald's Restaurants and many other generous sponsors, including Abbott Electric, The Coca-Cola Company, Kreighbaum-Sanders Funeral Homes, and Taggarts Ice Cream. 


Patti Schott, 2009 Queen Pageant chairman, and the members of the Queen Committee will work with Enshrinement Festival staff to coordinate all activities relating to the Queen and Court during their service as goodwill ambassadors and positive role models throughout the summer.


At the Enshrinees Dinner, the Court will serve as escorts to the 2009 Class of Enshrinees or their representatives, including: Bob Hayes, Randall McDaniel, Bruce Smith, Derrick Thomas, Ralph Wilson, Jr., and Rod Woodson. Further, the Queen and Court will represent the community at all Enshrinement Festival activities, happening from Friday, July 31 through Sunday, Aug. 9 in Canton, Ohio.