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Emma Kirkbride, 19, of North Canton, Ohio, was crowned the 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Queen on Thursday, May 9, 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.

Emma is the daughter of Eric and Kelly Kirkbride. She is a graduate of GlenOak High School and attends Kent State University at Stark. She looks forward to joining with the five Royal Ambassadors in gaining insight into different facets of the community as they spend time this summer serving as positive role models and goodwill ambassadors.

The five Royal Ambassadors selected are:

Abbey Anderson, 19, of Louisville. Daughter of James and Sherri Anderson. Graduate of Louisville High School and attends Hiram College.

Haley Burns, 18, of Canton. Daughter of April and Brian Kerns. Senior at Jackson High School.

Maya Polen, 18, of Canton. Daughter of Todd and Beth Polen. Senior at Perry High School.

Lauren Rhodes, 19, of North Canton. Daughter of Terry and Sandy Rhodes. Graduate of North Canton Hoover High School and attends Kent State University.

Lainey Smith, 18, of Canton. Daughter of Jon and Meredith Smith. Senior at Archbishop Hoban High School.

Kayleigh Kriss, mid-day personality and FM music director of WHBC Mix 94.1, and Ron Ponder, owner of Ron Ponder Productions, were masters of ceremonies, and Nicole Wohlheter was choreographer. The Larry Pindel Trio provided music, and members of the Perry High School ROTC served as escorts throughout the Pageant.  Special performances showcased talented youth from our community, including singers Isabel Gill from Northwest High School and Simon Bailey and Lauren Burwell from Perry High School, as well as young hip-hop dancers Hudson Rich and Layla Moran from Candy Apples Dance Center.

Judges for the event included Kristen Hiltz, interior design consultant and owner of Kreative Designs; Dr. Robert Powell, Director of Health and Wellness at Powell Chiropractic; and Janelle Lee, Economic Development Consultant at Strengthening Stark.  Participating in crowning of the new Queen and five Royal Ambassadors were Barb Schloneger and Sherri Mosnot, Queen Committee chairman and vice chairman respectively, as well as 2018 Queen Imani Bush.

Members of the Queen Committee will work with Enshrinement Festival staff to coordinate all activities relating to the Queen and Royal Ambassadors 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 Royal Ambassadors will represent the community at all Enshrinement Festival activities, happening from July 21 through August 5.