VFW Auxiliary celebrates Loyalty Day with crowning of 2021 queen


Area youths recognized for outstanding displays in recent VFW contests during event

GRAFTON—The ladies of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3081 Auxiliary met on Sunday to celebrate the successes of local youths in many of their recent competitions.

Taylor County recognizes the crowning of various queens, but only one lady represents an organization that is centered on the brave men and women who have served in the armed forces, and that is the VFW Loyalty Day Queen.

In her role, she serves as a representative of the VFW and their mission to provide veteran assistance and educate the community about issues that many veterans face after their years of service.

On Sunday, the VFW proudly announced Miss Montana Skye Sheets as their 2021 Loyalty Day Queen.

Sheets is the granddaughter of Ronda and the late Hayward “Junie” Cross, Jr. She comes from a family with a long history of military service, which made her eligible to receive her crown and title.

Among the veterans in her family include her grandfather, who served in the United States Army, and her great-grandfathers, Sergeant Ronald D. Stevens and Hayward Cross, who both served in the Army during World War II.

Sheets is currently a junior at Grafton High School. When not focusing on her studies, Sheets works to inspiring the youth of the county to follow their passions and dreams to become a dancer, as a studio assistant at Rising Starz Studio, where she also showcases her dancing talents.

In addition to dancing, Sheets enjoys cooking, baking and singing.

“We are so pleased to announce Montana as our 2021 Loyalty Day Queen. She is such a wonderful young lady, and we know she has a bright future,” expressed VFW Post 3081 Auxiliary President Brenda Thompson.

In her position, her first order of business will be to represent the VFW during this year’s annual Memorial Day Parade. She will also attend various VFW functions during her reign.

During the event, the auxiliary took a moment to officially crown their 2020 Loyalty Day Queen, Aubree Collins, after the cancellation of last year’s event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

After receiving her crown and sash, Collins then crowned Sheets, presenting her with her own sash, as well. In addition to receiving her title, crown and sash, she was presented with a check to help with her future educational endeavors.

Sunday was also a day of recognition for participants in this year’s Voice of Democracy Contest, as well as the organization’s annual poster contest.

Essay winner Mia Chambers was on hand to read her well thought out composition that touched on the ideas the founding fathers had in regard to the position of those in power, including race, age and gender.

Chambers was presented with a certificate, a pen and a check for winning this year’s contest.

Thompson also wanted to thank the third-grade students at West Taylor Elementary School for taking part in the 2021 poster contest. This year, five winners were selected, due to the talented submissions the group received.

Winning first place was Elyza Leach, while Gwyneth Proctor and Tenley Tucker tied for second. Addison Westfall earned third place, and Brayden Scheuvront received an honorable mention for his design.

“We have such wonderful kids in this county, and we appreciate everyone that took part in our contests,” voiced Thompson. “We really appreciate your support.”

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