Erin Shipbaugh reigns as 2011 Enshrinement Festival Queen, seven court members announced
CANTON, OH (May 9, 2011) – Erin Shipbaugh, 22, of Rochester, Ohio, was crowned the 2011 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Queen from a field of 56 contestants. The 2011 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. Seven Court members also were selected, including Brooke Catazaro, 20, of Massillon, Ohio, Kee’Auna Cherry, 21, of Canton, Ohio, Lauren Cheviron, 18, of Canton, Ohio, Ebonie Parks, 20 of Canton, Ohio, Cecelia Ramsey, 18, of North Canton, Ohio, Shanice Robinson, 18 of Canton, Ohio, and Haley Smith, 18 of Massillon, Ohio. [gallery link="file" columns="2"] Shipbaugh, the daughter of Joe and Kim Shipbaugh, is a graduate of Minerva High School and Ohio University and is currently attending Notre Dame College. Catazaro, the daughter of Bob Catazaro and Kathy Catazaro-Perry, is a graduate of Perry High School and attends Walsh University. Cherry, the daughter of Tonya Fontes, is a graduate of GlenOak High School and attends Kent State University. Cheviron, the daughter of Dennis and Claudia Cheviron, will graduate from Canton South High School and will attend Walsh University. Parks, the daughter of Nelson Parks and Tracy Curtis, is a graduate of GlenOak High School and attends Kent State University. Ramsey, the daughter of Kent and Tam Ramsey, is a graduate of Hoover High School and attends David Lipscomb University. Robinson, the daughter of Stephanie Robinson, will graduate from McKinley High School and will attend Spelman College. Smith, the daughter of Timothy Smith and Jeanne McNeal, will graduate from Perry High School and will attend The Ohio State University. 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 Tonya Hodgson Stuck, Enshrinement Festival Queen Pageant event manager, was choreographer. Robert Timken, 2011 general chairman of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival’s Canton Regional Chamber committees, assisted with crowning the new queen and seven court members, and Bob Hill Quartet, singer/songwriter Julie Hufstetler and Green High School Dance Team provided entertainment throughout the Pageant. Judges for the event included Shelly Haugh, senior corporate communications Consultant, AEP Ohio; Terrance Jones, executive director, Multi-Development Services of Stark County; Tammy Owens, executive assistant, Pro Football Hall of Fame; and Candy Wallace, community volunteer and 2011 Enshrinement Festival General Vice Chairman of the Canton Regional Chamber committees. Kara Abbott, 2011 Queen Pageant chairman, vice chairman Crystal McLendon, 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. At the Enshrinees Dinner, the Court will serve as escorts to the 2011 Class of Enshrinees, including: defensive end Richard Dent, running back Marshall Faulk, linebacker Chris Hanburger, linebacker Les Richter, contributor Ed Sabol, cornerback Deion Sanders and tight end Shannon Sharpe. Further, the Queen and Court will represent the community at all Enshrinement Festival activities, happening from Thursday, July 28 through Tuesday, Aug. 9. ABOUT THE ENSHRINEMENT FESTIVAL In 2011, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Enshrinement Festival will mark the 48th anniversary of honoring the legends of professional football, which includes conducting a world-renowned festival celebrating the annual enshrinement of football players, coaches and contributors into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The collaborative efforts of this leadership team, combined with the professional staffs at the Chamber of Commerce and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the dedicated team of more than 4,200 volunteers, will ensure the success of 18 unique events over a period of July 28 – Aug. 9, 2011. The Enshrinement Festival activities, attended by nearly 700,000 people, are expected to produce an economic impact of over $30 million for the Canton/Stark County area and nearly $54 million for the State of Ohio. In addition, millions will experience aspects of the Enshrinement Festival as events are televised and covered by other media. For the complete schedule of events, ticket information, and the latest news, check the Web sites periodically: www.profootballhofef.com or www.profootballhof.com.