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Natchez Garden Club announces 2011 court

NATCHEZ — The Natchez Garden Club has announced the 2011 royal court for the Historic Natchez Tableaux. The pages, maids and generals in the royal court will serve the Natchez Garden Club’s king and queen during their reign in the upcoming Spring Pilgrimage.

The court is as follows:

Page Mckinley Claire Ulmer

Mckinley Claire Ulmer is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William R. Ulmer II. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Ulmer of Centreville, Mr. Jack Pope Jr. of Monroe, Mr. Jack Walker and the late Gayle Tilbury Walker of Rayville, La.

Claire attends Cathedral Elementary School and is in kindergarten. She was 2010 homecoming mascot, attends Middleton Ballet School, is part of the Adams County Softball League and is a member of First Baptist Church in Natchez.

Claire loves playing with her friends, going to the lake with her family, swimming and participating in the Historic Natchez Tableaux.

Her past pageant participation includes the Little Maypole.

Page William Bruce Welch

William Bruce Welch is the son of Sarah Beth and Jerod Welch. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. E.R. (Bubba) Bruce Jr. of Natchez, and Mr. and Mrs. Danny Welch of Natchez.

William attends Cathedral Elementary School. He enjoys hunting, fishing, spending time with family, soccer and T-Ball.

His past pageant participation includes Little Maypole, The Hunt and The Picnic.

Maid Ashley Nicole Norman

Ashley Nicole Norman is the daughter of John and Barbara Norman of Starkville. She is the granddaughter of Elsie Rhodes of Starkville, Roland Rhodes of Natchez, Sue Norman of Monroe and the late Jack C. Norman.

Ashley graduated from Starkville High School in 2006 and graduated from Mississippi State University in May 2010 with a bachelor’s of business administration in marketing. She was on the dean’s list and a member of Phi Theta Kappa.

Ashley enjoys working, hunting, exercising and spending time with family and friends.

Her past pageant participation includes Little Maypole.

Maid Rachael Cameron Wagoner

Rachael Cameron Wagoner is the daughter of Russell and Angela Wagoner. She is the granddaughter of Roy and Ivy Wagoner of Ferriday and Jean Miller and Harold Clark of Ellon, Scotland.

Rachael graduated from Vidalia High School in 2008. She attended Louisiana Tech in 2008-2009 and currently attends Alcorn State University Nursing School aspiring to be a nurse practitioner. Rachael received honors at Louisiana Tech, teaches youth group at Cliff Temple Baptist Church, is a missionary every summer in Ecuador and is a member of the church choir.

Rachael enjoys singing, sports, nursing activities, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Maid Jesse Marie Pace

Jesse Marie Pace is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dave Pace and Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Hood. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Bobbie Pace and the late Jeff Pace of Canton, the late Mr. and Mrs. Troy King of Pelahatchie and Charles Hollingsworth and the late Lillian Hollingsworth of Glenmora, La.

Jesse graduated from Jackson Preparatory School in 2008 and attends Mississippi State University, majoring in nutrition. She received the Mississippi Eminent Scholar, Rankin County’s Junior Miss 2008, Mississippi State dean’s list, member of the Phi Mu sorority, academic excellence chair, Student Dietetic Association, Lamba Sigma Honor Society, Reformed University Fellowship, Campus Crusade for Christ Student Association.

Jesse enjoys reading, singing and cooking.

Maid Rachel Elizabeth Reeves

Rachel Elizabeth Reeves is the daughter of Edward L. and Joyce C. Reeves. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Carrice Reeves and the late Pete Reeves of Winnsboro, La., Mrs. JoAnn Chafton and the late James Chafton of Vidalia, La.

Rachel graduated from Trinity Episcopal Day School in 2008. Her senior year she was class president and yearbook editor and she graduated with honors. She attends Mississippi University for Women for a bachelor’s in nursing and a minor in legal studies. At MUW she’s a member of Silhouette Social Club, Bench and Gavel Club and Mississippi Coalition of Partners in Prevention.

Rachel enjoys swimming, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Maid Hannah Elizabeth House

Hannah Elizabeth House is the daughter of Mr. Kenny House and Mrs. Karen Hinson and Mr. Prentiss Hinson. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Graves of Ferriday, Mrs. Alpha Blount of Ferriday, and the late Mr. O.C. House.

Hannah graduated from Trinity Episcopal Day School in 2008 and attends Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, majoring in graphic design. She serves as vice-president of Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, member of Delta Gamma sorority and member of Graphic Design Student Association.

Hannah enjoys attending LSU events, traveling and golf.

Her past pageant participation includes Little Maypole, Big Maypole, Polka Favor Girl, Picnic, Junior Bridesmaid in The Wedding, Polka and Bride of Jefferson Davis in The Wedding.

Maid Betsy Lee Daggett

Betsy Lee Daggett is the daughter of Rod and Penny Daggett. She is the granddaughter of J.W. and Bobbie Calhoun of Monterey, and the late Dick and Eula Routh Daggett of Jonesville.

Betsy graduated from Cathedral High School in 2010 and attends Copiah-Lincoln Community College and is an honors student. While in high school, Betsy played and lettered in slow-pitch softball for six years, fast-pitch softball for six years, track for six years and basketball for four years. She was named to the all district teams several times for slow-pitch and fast-pitch softball being named All-Metro Player of the Year.

She was also voted “Most Athletic,” was a member of the Key Club, Pep Club and honor roll student.

Betsy enjoys hunting, fishing, modeling and exercising and attends Trinity Presbyterian Church in Jonesville.

Her past pageant participation includes Little Maypole, Big Maypole, Picnic, Soiree, Polka, Placard Bearer, Raising of the Flag and The Wedding.

General William Taylor Hinson

William Taylor Hinson is the son of Jeannie and Jimmy Dickey and Bill and Barbara Hinson. He is the grandson of Ann Ballew and the late Gene Ballew of Natchez, Billy Fae and Edgar Ray Hinson of Natchez and the late Leland and Bernice Sturgis of Natchez.

Taylor is a 2007 graduate of Trinity Episcopal Day School. He graduated from Copiah-Lincoln Community College with a major in nursing and is employed at Natchez Regional Medical Center Emergency Department.

Taylor was a member of Phi Theta Kappa.

Taylor enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling and attending LSU games.

Previous pageant participation includes The Wedding and Court.

General George Steven Eames

George Steven Eames is the son of Pam and David Eames. He is the grandson of Patsy Eames and the late George Eames of Ferriday, and Louise Wyant and the late Robert Wyant of Ferriday.

Steven graduated from Cathedral High School in 2008 and attends Copiah-Lincoln Community College, majoring in business.

Steven enjoys working, reading, scuba diving, jet skiing and riding dirt bikes.

His past pageant participation includes Big Maypole, Picnic, Fisherboy, Showboat, The Wedding and Raising of the Flag.

General Joshua Miller Gamberi

Joshua Miller Gamberi is the son Mr. and Mrs. Joe Gamberi. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Leckie of Natchez, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Joe Gamberi Sr. of Natchez.

Josh is a 2009 graduate of Cathedral High School and attends Belhaven University majoring in sports medicine.

In high school Josh earned Eagle Scout, Mr. CHS, National Honor Society, Key Club, lettered three years in football, All Metro, All District and All Region. In tennis he lettered two years, involved in the Peer Ministry Team, attends St. Mary Basilica, was member of CYO, and attended Catholic Heart Work Camp for three summers.

At Belhaven, Josh is on the football team, dean’s list scholar, Sports Medicine and Exercise Science Club and Academic Excellence in Athletics Award.

Josh enjoys hunting, snow skiing, wakeboarding, fishing and cooking.

His past pageant participation includes Little Maypole, Big Maypole, Picnic, Wheelroller in Showboat, Groom and Groomsman in The Wedding, Raising of the Flag (Indian and Soldier), Polka and Confederate Flag Runner.

General Kyle Roberts Ketchings

Kyle Roberts Ketchings is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Gregory Ketchings, Sr. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Alton Roberts of Natchez, Mrs. Virginia Ann Hughes of Natchez, and Mr. Walter H. Ketchings of Long Beach.

Kyle is a 2008 graduate of Trinity Episcopal Day School and attends the University of Mississippi majoring in criminal justice with an emphasis on homeland security. Kyle is a member of the chancellor’s honor roll at Ole Miss, Kappa Sigma fraternity, Relay for Life, Kappa Sigma Rush Committee and the Kappa Sigma Philanthropy Committee.

Kyle enjoys turkey hunting.

His past pageant participation includes Polka.

General Mark Brandon Houck

Mark Brandon Houck is the son of Mark and Vanessa Houck and Shelia Houck. He is the grandson of Gloria Houck and the late Don Houck and Ruth Smith and the late George Smith.

Brandon graduated from Vidalia High School in 2009 and attends Baton Rouge Community College majoring in architecture and design.

Brandon is a member of the Natchez Community Choir, Literary Vocal Excellence, Parkway Relay for Life, Muscular Dystrophy Assoc. volunteer and Red Cross volunteer.

Brandon enjoys music, golf, tennis, coaching and competing in cheerleading, running, singing and spending time with family.

His past pageant participation includes The Virginia Reel and Picnic.

General Andrew Garretson Johnson

Andrew Garretson Johnson is the son of William (Butch) Johnson and Brenda W. Floyd. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Price and the late Mr. Cecil Whitehead of Natchez and Mr. and Mrs. William Johnson, Jr. of Natchez.

Andrew graduated from Trinity Episcopal Day School in 2009 and attends East Mississippi Community College majoring in construction management.

Andrew lettered in football his sophomore and junior year, and in basketball three years. His junior year he was All District 3AA 1st Team, Natchez Democrat All Metro 2nd Team, South State AA All Tournament Team and State AA All Tournament Team. His senior year he was All District 3AA 1st Team, South State AA All Star, All Metro 2nd Team, South State AA All Tournament, Most Valuable Player, MPSA Tournament Team and MPSA Runner Up 3 Point Shoot Out. He received a basketball scholarship to Copiah-Lincoln Community College, Wesson.

Andrew is a member of Jefferson Street United Methodist Church. He enjoys hunting, fishing and 4-wheel riding.

His past pageant participation includes Little Maypole, Big Maypole and Polka.

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