2017 Queen of Candles Court

by | Jun 8, 2017 | Events, Queen of Candles


Carson Reid Armstrong,
Madeline Elizabeth Armstrong,
Taylor Christine Gonzales,
Carley Jayne Hess,
Laura Kramer,
Madalyn Paige Mendez,
Rebecca Marie Owsinksi,
Jenna Kathleen Raezer,
Hannah Nicole Reinhart,
Kayla Mariah Rohrbach,
Jordan MaryBeth Sweeney,
Maddie Grace Wagner,
T. Bonaro (Flower Girl)
R. Thomas (Crown Bearer)


76th Pageant of the Queen of the Candles

(sponsored by the Lititz Woman’s Club)

Twelve young ladies, members of the Warwick High School Senior Class of 2017, are selected by their classmates through secret ballot to serve on the Court.

Your first peek of the Court will be at the Lititz Lion’s Parade on July 3rd at 6:30pm. The crowning of the Queen will be at 8:45pm on July4th at Lititz Springs Park.  The ceremony is the final event in the band shell outdoor ampitheatre for the 200th 4th of July Celebration.

The newly crowned Queen lights her candle and in turn, lights the candles of her Court. Lititz Boy Scouts help illuminate the display of over 4,500 candles throughout the park.  Stroll through the park looking at the candles, and then join us at the baseball fields for a spectacular fireworks display set to music.

Samantha Shields, Reigning Queen

Meet Samantha Shields, the reigning Queen of Candles.

She is currently attending the University of Pittsburgh, and is happy to be back in her home town to crown the new Queen of Candles.

Samantha is the daughter of Tom and Melonni Shields and sister to Kelsey, Derrick, and Connor.

When at Warwick High School, she was a member of the National Honor Society and a Co-VP of the Spanish Honor Society. She also participated in Interact, Link Crew, UNITE, and FCA. She was captain of the Warwick High School Cross Country, Swimming, and Track teams and took her skills to the University of Pittsburgh where she’s a member of the Pittsburgh Track and Field Team.

She is excited that she will always be home for the one activity every Lititz resident must do, the wonderful 4th of July celebration!


Carson Reid Armstrong

Carson is the daughter of Ryan and Alison Armstrong. During her senior year, she served her second year as class secretary. She also helped to plan senior prom. She served as vice president of the Aevdium Club, which focuses on student empowerment and acceptance.

She was the Lititz Rotary Club’s 2016 September student of the month. Carson participated in 4 years of basketball and lacrosse, where she was selected as captain for her second year. She coached for the Lititz youth lacrosse program. She is attending Lock Haven University to continue playing lacrosse and study Health and Physical Education.

Madeline Elizabeth Armstrong

Madeline is the daughter of Michael Pautz and Pamela Armstrong-Pautz.  Madeline was the president of Aevdium, a commissioner for Link Crew and a member of ASAP in her senior year. She also was a member of the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society and Interact.  She was honorably selected to be the Lititz Woman’s Club Senior of the Month for September 2016.


She spoke at the Community Resiliency event in March where she was able to share her testimony.  She fills her time playing soccer with the Lititz youth Travel Club, volunteering with NHS and helping out at the home for North Star Initiative.  She recently returned from a missions trip to Sierra Leone where she helped deliver a two-day leadership training to adults to help them run kid’s ministries and recognize sex trafficking signs. While there she also delivered Vacation Bible School programs to close to 500 children. She plans to attend college to major in biological studies with a pre-med focus and minor in Spanish.

Taylor Christine Gonzales

Taylor is the daughter of David and Heidi Gonzales. She was on the girls’ soccer and basketball teams, receiving a varsity letter in both sports during all four years of her high school career. Taylor was also honored to be selected as team captain for both during her senior year. She is a member of Aevidum, Student Council, Civics Club, and was a commissioner for Link Crew. She was selected to be the November Student of the month by the Lititz Woman’s Club.

She is a member of the New Apostolic Church and works at Moravian Manor. Her future plans are to attend Pennsylvania College of Technology to pursue becoming an ER Nurse while also playing for their soccer team as the goalkeeper. She also hopes to travel the world, have a family and live life to the fullest.

Carley Jayne Hess

Carley is the daughter of Randy and Stephanie Hess. Throughout her senior year at Warwick High School, Carley was an active member of National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, and National Business Honor Society. She was on the distinguished honor roll all four years of high school. She was also involved with the Unite Club in school and volunteered her time to participate in Link Crew. She was the Varsity cheerleading captain her senior year and volunteered many years coaching Warwick Youth Cheerleading. Outside of school she works at the Brickerville House Family Restaurant. Carley will be attending the University of Pittsburgh in the fall and hopes to have a successful career in the business field.

Laura N Kramer

Laura is the daughter of Matthew Kramer and Jennifer Egizi.  She is a commissioner for Link Crew, a member of the National English Honor Society and an employee of the Canine Country Club in Manheim.

In the fall Laura will be attending Penn State University with a major in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences.  She then hopes to go on to get her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine.

Madalyn Paige Mendez

Maddie is the daughter of Susan Delgiorno-Ream & Jeffry Ream and Wes & Stacey Mendez. During her senior year she played field hockey and also ran the 1600-meter race in Track& Field where she was a team captain. Maddie is involved in Link Crew which helps incoming freshman with the “shock” of high school.

Rebecca Marie Owsinksi

Rebecca is the daughter of Thomas and Jacqueline Owsinski. She was on the leadership committee of Warwick’s Unite mini-THON where she was the head of Public Relations and was also a Link Crew leader this year. She is part of the music program where she is first chair violin for the high school orchestra.


Rebecca was captain of the Lacrosse team as well as member of the National Honor Society, the National English Honor Society, the National French Honor Society and the National Music Honor Society. After graduation she plans to attend college and major in marketing.

Jenna Kathleen Raezer

Jenna is the daughter of Christian and Susan Raezer. She is an active member of the PALS club which assists the learning support students with fun activities. She is a Link Crew leader which helps the incoming freshmen with their transition to high school.  Jenna is part of the National Art Honor Society and enjoys art. She is on the steering committee for the UNITE club which organizes the Warwick Mini-THON that helps raise money for pediatric cancer. She was in charge of decorations for Mini-THON as part of her role on the steering committee.


She volunteers at the Hands-On-House over the summer and works as a server and hostess at the Brickerville House Family restaurant. Jenna will be attending Millersville University in the fall to continue her passion for art as she majors in art education.

Hannah Nicole Reinhart

Hannah is the daughter of Betty Jo and Jason Reinhart. Throughout her senior year she has been part of multiple clubs such as Environ, Link Crew and Nation Honor Society. She serves on the leadership board of the UNITE club and is Vice President of the National English Honor Society.  She is employed at Copper Cup and volunteered at the Lititz Public Library.


Jenna completed her 11th year of piano lessons with Carolyn North.  She was selected as the Senior of the month for March by the Lititz Woman’s Club. Next year she is planning on attending Ithaca College in New York to attain a degree in environmental studies and a minor in music.


Kayla Mariah Rohrbach

Kayla is the daughter of John and Jennifer Rohrbach. She is the Co-President of PALS, part of the UNITE club, a Link Crew Leader, and this year really enjoyed being Mrs. Morris’s teacher assistant in the Life Skills class. She has been on the distinguished honor roll throughout her senior year.


Outside of school she enjoys volunteering her time at Citygate Free Lunch Café in Lancaster and Lancaster General Hospital in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit. She also works at the local farmers’ market. Jenna is an active member at Lancaster Evangelical Free Church where she volunteers in the infant nursery.  She enjoys running in her free time. After graduation she is attending Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences to pursue a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. She would also like to travel and most importantly, have a family.

Jordan MaryBeth Sweeney

Jordan is the daughter of John and Jeanette Sweeney. She has been involved in numerous clubs at Warwick such as Link Crew, the Literary Magazine, National French Honor Society and National Honor Society. Outside of school she plays the piano and is very passionate about dance. She is a captain on a four-time national champion hip hop dance team called Construct.


She works at Isabella’s Ice Cream Parlor and volunteers at the Lititz Community Chest. After graduation she will attend St Joseph’s University as a psychology major, while continuing to pursue her dream of becoming a professional dancer.

Maddie Grace Wagner

Maddie is the daughter of Jeff and Kris Wagner.  She is a member of the National Honor Society, National Business Honor Society and the HYPE club. She is on the distinguished honor roll and is also a captain on the lacrosse team.

Maddie attends White Oak Church of the Brethren and is an active member in the youth group. This past summer she traveled to Puerto Rico for a week long missions trip. After graduation she is planning to attend Capernwray Bible School in England.


Flower Girl

Flower Girl

T. Bonano is the daughter of Carlos and Ebony Bonano.  As a first grader, her favorite subject is math.  When she is not at school, she enjoys jumping at the trampoline park and showing her acrobatic talents. She also enjoys drawing and attending children’s church. She is always willing to help and enjoys being on the go.

Crown Bearer

Crown Bearer

R. Thomas is the son of Jon and Toni Thomas.  He is a Tiger Scout, plays Little League Baseball, enjoys Hip-Hop dance, and sings in the church choir.  He was selected as Student of the Month in October 2016 at his school for Responsible Citizenship. He also took first place in his den at the Pinewood Derby. Last summer, he and his brother and sister raised $226 for Alex’s Lemonade Stand (a foundation for childhood cancer). He loves to play outside with his brother, sister and neighborhood friends. He especially loves to ride his bike.

1952 Crowning of Cynthia Breininger
(ring bearer John Sheaffer)

1959 Queen of Candles Court
Joan E. Klopp Clair crowned as Queen

1976 Bicentennial Celebration
Queen of Candles Court
Elizabeth J. Hanna Counselman crowned Queen

1971 Crowning of Ida Mae Reiff High

2013 Greta Marie Weidemoyer

Former Queens  1942 to 2016

1942 - Polly Moyer Keenen
1943 -  Dorothy F. Sing Graybill
1944 - Jane Reidenbaugh Carper
1945 - Jane S. Martin Kreider
1946 - Margaret Grosh Reidenbaugh
1947 - Sylvia L. Roth Kauffman
1948 -  Ruth Risser Wimble
1949 - Barbara Lou Miller
1950 - Virginia Lou Ranck Ludwig
1951 - M. Jean Sturgis Steffy
1952 - Cynthia Wier Breininger
1953 - Audrey Risser Cochran
1954 - Joan C. Reist Gibbel
1955 - Jane L. Risser Pinkerton
1956 - Vivian C. Landis Aichele
1957 - Susan Beck Smith
1958 - Nancy Eicholtz Badorf
1959 - Joan E. Klopp Clair
1960 - Leslie Reinhart Male
1961 - Suzanne Hosler Kay
1962 - Mary Ann Hess Scherpf
1963 - Sue Minnich Weaver
1964 -  Linnea J. Minnich Hershey
1965 - Terry Kegel Johnson
1966 - Gloria J. Brubaker Quigley
1967 - Donna Ann Wiegand Hammond
1968 - Daphne Shaeffer Treat
1969 - Catherine Hess Figart
1970 - Donna J. Steffy Enck
1971 - Ida Mae Reiff High
1972 - Debbie Ann Kleinfelter Wier
1973 - Kathryn M. Eckert Wanenchak,
1974 - Kathleen Jo Garner Schoenberger
1975 - Cynthia Lynne Gingrich
1976 - Elizabeth J. Hanna Counselman
1977 - Rufina Lynn Eckman Ebersol
1978 - Cheryl L. Martin Tennis
1979 - Jo Ann Washchysion Conjar
1980 - Lisa M. Zercher Goodin
1981 - Kathy Lynne Haddad Howley
1982 - Mary Beth Gibbel Bertrando
1983 - Kathryn M. Badorf Norris
1984 - Beth Ann Eidemiller Duch
1985 - Cynthia N. Hurst Sensenig
1986 - Linda Jo Geiger Fleth
1987 - Julie D. Turano
1988 - Debra J. Haddad Ramsey
1989 - Kimberly Ann Harris Eckman
1990 - Jill Michelle Musser Starliper
1991 - Amy Fyock Stehn
1992 – Dori Harnly
1993 - Bree Allison Derr Arva
1994 - P. Dawn Harnly
1995 - Kelly Jo Coen
1996 - Kaye Louise Bucher Black
1997 - Sarah E. Eshelman Sell
1998 - Christina M. Booth
1999 - Emily Good
2000 - Katie Jo Gerfen
2001 - Nicole Marie Mobarak Diller
2002 - Jill Christine Newberry
2003 - Roxannah Hunter
2004 - Taryn Hollister
2005 - Alyssa Newberry
2006 - Kate E. Stewart
2007 - Sierra Kreft
2008 - Mikaela Soto Watkins
2009 - Kelsey A. Zeswitz
2010 - Marissa Laine Talbot
2011 - Danielle Marie Keim
2012 - Taylor Lee Calta,
2013 - Greta Marie Weidemoyer
2014 - Lauren Gabrielle Stork
2015 - Reagan Elizabeth Conrad
2016 - Samantha Shields

1950  4th of July – Queen of Candles

Lighting of the candles at the park