Duckworth claims 2022 Little Miss Bearcat title


GRAFTON—Some little girls grow up hearing about princesses and hope to one day be able to wear a crown. For one local little lady, that hope came true when she was crowned as the 2022 Little Miss Bearcat.

Haven Duckworth, the three-year-old daughter of Caitlin Duckworth, of Grafton, became royalty when she was named this year’s Little Miss Bearcat. Haven and her cheer sponsor, GHS Senior Chloe Saltis, through the help of their family and friends, raised $10,431.77 for the cheerleading squad.

During a recent home football game, she was presented with a trophy, flowers, sash and of course, her crown by 2021 Little Miss Bearcat Victoria Quinn Radabaugh.

As the 2022 Little Miss Bearcat, Haven will represent Grafton in various parades and a variety of other events throughout her year-long reign.

Joining her in the spotlight was First Runner Up, Brynlee Martin. Brynlee is the daughter of Dustin and Kaelyn Martin, of Grafton. She was sponsored by GHS Senior Cheerleader Marley Geiger.

Bowie Efaw earned the Second Runner Up spot. She is the daughter of Kevin and Jessica Efaw, of Grafton. Miss Bowie was sponsored by Junior Cheerleader Miley Knotts.

The remaining Little Miss Bearcat contestants included: Stevie McCormick, Mya Tustin, Jolie Moore, Layla Geiger, Reign Alex Lee, Madilyn Kay Pitzer, Kendyl Haddix and Ayva Klug.

Each contestant received a new cheer backpack that contained a Little Miss Bearcat T-shirt, poms, cheer socks and a cheer bow, so they could be just like their sponsors and favorite cheerleaders.

The GHS Cheerleaders will use the money raised for cheer mats, uniforms, warmups, poms, choreography, competition music and cheer equipment.

“We would like to thank our Little Miss Bearcat coordinator, Crystal Morris and GHS Secretary Regina May, without them this would not be possible,” expressed GHS Cheer Coach Chatera Morris. “We love you Crystal and Regina!”

“We would also like to thank the administration of Grafton High School, Lori Shumaker, Matt Knopp and Bryant McCarthy, as well as the Athletic Director, Rich Bord for all the support they give us,” she added. “We would also like to thank 2021 Little Miss Bearcat, Victoria Quinn Radabaugh who helped Crystal with coronation of 2022 Little Miss Bearcat.”

Morris said that a huge thank you goes out to the community, the candidates and their parents, families and friends, as well as their cheer sponsors and their families, without whom the contest would not be a success.

In addition, the Grafton High School cheerleaders, coaches and mascot would like to thank their sponsors, without whom the contest would not be possible.

This year’s sponsors included Fire and Safety Investigation; Cornerstone Drilling LLC; Kaeco Construction; Toothman Ford; 84 Lumber; Triple B Gutters; Family Fishing and Camping; Champion Brake and Drive Shaft Inc.; Doc Jones of Fairmont; Moore Detailing; Leer Mine; City Construction; Phil’s Tire and Auto Hardcore Hunters The Hot Dog House; Terrah Tilman; Non & Pop Jeff and Jodi Piscura; Mammy Shirlee Alfred; Mimi, Papaw and Duh Duh (Duckworth Family); Brian, Tara, Marissa, Austin, Kaitlyn and Chloe Saltis; Grafton Social Center; Almost Heaven Koana Ice; Ace Hardware Grafton; Angels Arsenal; Pierce Pest Control; Grafton Tobacco and Vape Outlet; Acme Truck Line; Studio C/Casey Cox and family; Olde Town Coffee & Donut Shop; Tygart Lake Golf Course; Queen Bee Boutique; Expressive Nurse/Tammy Moyer; Sam Gerkin; Kolbey Criss; Samantha Harper; Gary, Rylee and Lucky Jones; Susie Grossman; Traci Haskins; Jeff Haskins; Gary Croston & Kari Ekis-Croston; Mike & Kim Dier; Ashlie Clark; Elaine, Chip and Callie Gilbert; Jesse Graham; Robert and Shirley Hutson; The Base Invaders; Megan Hicks; Kayla Martin Makenzie; Ashley Gobel; Kim Goodwin; Heather Watkins; Jason Rhinehart; Betty Carpenter; Lauralyn Wittik; Tom and Joyce Bailey; Tim Brown; Paula Stutler; Shawnee Garrison; Sharon Ware; Big M&J Custom Wood Work; and Hilly Billy Essentials.

A special thank you goes out to all of the crafters that participated in Haven’s Craft Show; everyone that participated in, donated to and/or attended the craft show, those who purchased  tickets for the WVU raffle baskets, those who attended Studio C’s Glow Night and/or Designer Bag Bingo; and to Cierra Springs, Arabella and Sarah Jones, Kaylie Bolyard, Ellie Royce and Rylee Jones for their assistance at the bingo.

The GHS Cheer coaches also want to remind the community to come out and support the Lady Bearcat squad at Regionals on Saturday, November 5 at East Fairmont High School. 

The competition begins at 6:00 p.m., with doors opening to the public at 5:00 p.m. The Big Ten Cheer Competition will take place the following week on November 10 at Lincoln High School.

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