(L-R) Emily Quinn, Janessa Scott, queen Sofia Pileggi, Felisa Markoski, Annie Chessler and Brooklyn McDaniels
Sofia Pileggi, 22, of Canton, Ohio, was crowned the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Queen from a field of 45 contestants. The 2015 Enshrinement Festival Queen Pageant was held Thursday, May 7, at the Canton Palace Theatre in downtown Canton. Contestants were judged on the basis of personality, poise, beauty, communication skills, academic achievement and service to community.
Sofia is the daughter of Lucia and Joe Pileggi, graduated from GlenOak High School and Baldwin Wallace University, and currently teaches in the Plain Local School system. Five Court members also were selected:
- Annie Chessler, 18, of Canton. Daughter of Linda and Craig Chessler. Attending Central Catholic High School.
- Brooklyn McDaniels, 18, of Canton. Daughter of Jeaneen and Jeffrey McDaniels. Graduate of GlenOak High School and currently attending The Ohio State University.
- Felisa Markoski, 19, of East Canton. Daughter Marie and Charlie Markoski. Graduate of East Canton High School, associate degree from Stark State, and currently attending Kent State University.
- Emily Quinn, 18, of Canton. Daughter of Jennifer Giavasis and James Quinn. Graduate of GlenOak High School and currently attending Ashland University.
- Janessa Scott, 20, of Massillon. Daughter of Linda Parr and Devon Scott. Graduate of Central Catholic High School and currently attending Heidelberg University.
Kayleigh Kriss, mid-day personality and FM music director of WHBC Mix 94.1, and Ron Ponder, host of The Ron Ponder Show on News-Talk 1480 WHBC, were masters of ceremonies, and Nicole Wohlheter was choreographer. George Lemon, 2015 general chairman of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival’s Canton Regional Chamber committees, assisted with crowning the new queen and five Court members. Bob Hill Quartet provided music and entertainment was provided throughout the pageant by Madison and Juliana Heichel, Genevieve Hornyak, and Perry High School varsity cheerleaders.
Judges for the event included Chip Conde, 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival General Vice Chairman; Agatha Johnson, Community Sanctions Officer, Canton Municipal Court; Dora Silvis, Executive Vice President/COO, Alliance Petroleum Corporation; and Ray Zinicola, Administrator, OMNI Orthopaedics.
Brenda Stevens, 2015 Queen Pageant chairman, and the members of the Queen Committee will work with Enshrinement Festival staff to coordinate all activities relating to the Queen and Court during their service as goodwill ambassadors and positive role models throughout the summer via participation in a wide range of community service projects. Further, the Queen and Court will represent the community at all Enshrinement Festival activities, happening from July 26 through Monday, August 9, and continuing Sept. 10 through 13.