A Booneville high school senior has been crowned the City of Hospitality’s 2020 Christmas Queen.

Civitan Club nominee Meg Bailee Michael was selected as this year’s queen, chosen from nominees put forth by each of the city’s civic clubs. Caroline Thompson, nominated by the Rotary Club, was selected as alternate.

Booneville Tourism and Community Development Director and Main Street Association Director Lori Tucker said they were excited to continue the tradition of the Christmas Queen competition despite the damper the pandemic has put on many Christmas activities. Sponsored by the Booneville Civic Clubs, the Christmas Queen program each year recognizes young women who have shown themselves to not only be dedicated students, but community servants.

“These young ladies are the true definition of community servanthood. All of the nominees have been involved in school clubs, community service, athletics, band, girl scouts, honor classes, leadership roles and much more. The judges were amazed at the outstanding honors and achievements by these ladies,” said Tucker.

Nominees this year were:

Booneville Woman’s Club: Cristyn Lindley. Lindley is a senior at Booneville High School.

Civitan Club: Meg Bailee Michael. Michael is a senior at Booneville High School.

Rotary Club: Caroline Thompson. Thompson is a senior at Booneville High School.

Pilot Club: Anna DeVaughn. DeVaughn is a senior at Booneville High School.

Junior Auxiliary: Alantyon “Lanty” Swinney. Swinney is a senior at Booneville High School.

Kiwanis Club: Saydee LeeAnn Taylor. Taylor is a senior at New Site High School.

Christmas Queen winner Michael is the daughter of Sam and Amy Michael, a senior at BHS and a member of Jumpertown United Methodist Church. She serves as president of the BHS Student Government Association as well as President of the Class of 2021 senior class. She is also a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish Club, FCCLA, Anchor Club, Math and Science Club, National Spanish Honor Society, and Interact Club. At BHS, she has been a member of the pom squad all four years of high school as well as the All Superior Blue Devil marching band, where she serves as Captain of the drum line. She represented BHS as 2020 Homecoming Queen. She has attained ambassador rank in Girl Scouts, the highest membership rank within the Girl Scout organization. As part of her Gold Award project, she advocated for literacy in small communities. She plans to pursue a degree in medicine with the goal of working in dermatology.

Alternate Caroline Thompson is the daughter of Alan and Lacy Thompson and a senior of at BHS. An active athlete, she plays varsity volleyball, soccer and fastpitch softball and serves on the leadership team of the school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter. She also loves Bible journaling. While still determining her path after high school, she said she’s trusting in the Lord to make clear what she should do next.

The pandemic did force a change in the format for the annual program. Representatives submitted a resume for the judges to review in order to choose the winner and alternate.

“Congratulations to all for a job well done and thank you for representing these wonderful organizations. Big thanks to all our Civic Clubs for participating and honoring this annual event for the City of Booneville,” said Tucker.

Banner Independent Editor

Managing editor of the Daily Corinthian’s sister newspaper, Booneville’s Banner-Independent, Brant Sappington has been a member of the Daily Corinthian family since 2001.

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