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Alleya Tavares, 18, of Canton, Ohio, was crowned the 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Queen from a field of 49 contestants. The 2016 Enshrinement Festival Queen Pageant was held Thursday, May 5, 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.

Alleya is the daughter of Leroy and Toynette Tavares. She graduated from McKinley High School and is attending Kent State University. She hopes to someday become a special education teacher.  Five Court members also were selected, and include:

  • Aashawnti West, 18, of Canton.  Daughter of Aaron West and Clishawn Robinson.  Graduate of Early College High School and currently attending Ashland University.
  • Katelynn Calabretta, 18, of Canton.  Daughter of Joey and Lori Calabretta. Graduate of GlenOak High School and currently attending Walsh University.
  • Jennifer Gotschall, 18, of Carrollton.  Daughter of Gregg and Wendy Gotschall.  Graduate of Carrollton High School and attends the University of Mount Union.
  • Amelia Stefan, 18, of Massillon.  Daughter of Michael and Andrea Stefan.  Attending Jackson High School.
  • Courtney Storey, 19, of North Canton.  Daughter of Duane and Margaret Storey.  Attending Jackson High School.

2016 Enshrinement Festival Queen and Court. Pictured (l to r) Aashawnti West, Amelia Stefan,
queen Alleya Tavares, Jennifer Gotschall, Courtney Storey and Katelynn Calabretta.

Kayleigh Kriss, mid-day personality and FM music director of WHBC Mix 94.1, and Ron Ponder, host of Points to Ponder on News-Talk 1480 WHBC, were masters of ceremonies, and Nicole Wohlheter was choreographer. Chip Conde, 2016 general chairman of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival’s Canton Regional Chamber committees, assisted with crowning the new queen and five Court members. Bob Hill Quartet provided music and entertainment was provided throughout the Pageant by the McKinley Bulldog Marching Band the Candy Apple Dance Center.

Judges for the event included Judith E. Barnes Lancaster, Esq.; Dennis Manzella, Assistant Vice President Marketing, Western Reserve Group; Kristie Woods, Director of Development and Community Relations, St. Luke Lutheran Community.

Brenda Stevens, 2016 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 via participation in a wide range of community service projects.  Further, the Queen and Court will represent the community at all Enshrinement Festival activities, happening from July 24 through Monday, August 8, and continuing Sept. 8 through 10.