Winners of the 2013 Miss Marion Popcorn Festival Scholarship
Program pose with their sashes and flowers following the competition
Saturday. The winners are, from left: third runner-up Courtney Hamilton,
1st runner-up Kari Boles, Queen Jennifer St. John,
2nd runner-up Anna Foss, and fourth runner-up
ST. JOHN CROWNED
IN SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
MARION, OH – Jennifer St. John captured the title of Miss Marion
Popcorn Festival 2013 Saturday evening, August 3,
during competition at Harding High School.
By winning the Miss Marion Popcorn
Festival title, St. John earned a $1,000
scholarship, as well as the Festival crown, banner,
and a prize package.
Speechless at first, St. John
gathered her thoughts and said, “I was truly blessed
to have represented Marion as Miss Teen Popcorn, and
I’m now so excited to have the opportunity to do the
same as Miss Marion Popcorn Festival.
St. John also won the
Academic/Community Service Award, the Steve Somerlot
Interview Award, and the Popcorn-wear Award with her
popcorn adorned Little Red Riding Hood ensemble.
Accompanying herself on keyboard, St. John
performed a vocal rendition of Clarity.
The daughter of William and
Jocelyn St. John of Marion, St. John is a graduate
of Pleasant High School and is currently studying
nursing at the University of Cincinnati.
As Miss Marion Popcorn Festival
2013, St. John will reign over all Festival
activities; including being highlighted in the
Festival’s Orville Redenbacher Parade and performing
from the main stage.
She will also make numerous appearances
throughout Ohio during the coming year.
First runner-up honors and a $400
scholarship went to Kari Boles, who captured both
the Evening Gown Award and Talent Award with an
energetic tap routine to “I’ve Got Rhythm”.
The daughter of Shannon and Bryan Boles of
New Bloomington, she is an Elgin High School
graduate currently enrolled at Marion Technical
College majoring in business management.
Anna Foss took home a $300
scholarship and second runner up honors.
She also netted the Photogenic and People’s
Foss performed an Irish Dance to “Smooth
The Ridgedale High School graduate is
majoring in speech and hearing science at The Ohio
State University at Marion, and is the daughter of
Daren and Peggy Neuenschwander of Marion and Beau
Foss of Hilliard.
Third runner-up and receiving a
$200 scholarship was Courtney Hamilton who presented
her vocal rendition of “They Just Keep Moving the
The daughter of Justin and Nicole Hamilton of
Delaware, Hamilton is a graduate of R. B. Hayes High
School and is attending The Ohio State University at
Marion majoring in education.
Angelica Dye, receiving a $100
scholarship as fourth runner-up, performed an Irish
Dance to the theme from Green Bushes.
The daughter of Clovis Dye of Marion, the
River Valley High School graduate is studying
elementary education at The Ohio State University at
Also participating was Jonikka
Shepherd who won the Popcorn Spirit Award. Shepherd
is a graduate of River Valley High School and
attends The Ohio State University at Marion majoring
in early childhood education.
She is the daughter of Melinda and Barry
The scholarships and awards for
the contestants were sponsored by The Ohio State
University-Marion, Marion Community Credit Union,
Richwood Bank, Bluefusion Entertainment, Kirby Auto
Parts, Preferred Popcorn, The Family of Steve
Somerlot, Carol Ault’s Dance Factory, Goldrush
Jewelers, Hemmerlys, Mauk Chiropractic, and Dr. Bob
Contestants were scored by two
separate panels of judges.
The first panel judged the afternoon
Interview session worth 30%; and the second graded
the evening competition which included 30% for
Talent, 10% for Popcorn Wear, 20% for Evening Wear,
and 10% for the On-Stage Interview.
Scholarship director Lynnell
Jamison expressed her delight in the excellence of
“This was again a tough competition among yet
another great group of young women,” said Jamison.
“All who competed are exceptional young women
and were wonderful to work with … all would have
made great queens.”