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Miss Amazing has an amazing rock program
July 4, 2019

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On July 4, a special program kicked off, thanks to the efforts of Canfield High School senior Jillian Mt. Castle and Andrea Emery, the 2019 Miss Amazing Queen. The two best buddies placed 100 special rocks around the city for people to find.

"If a person finds one, they can go to the Facebook page '100 rocks of cheer' and click on the album that corresponds to the rock they found," said Andrea's mother Lori Emery.

She said if possible, take a photo of where the rock was found and upload it, then take the rock and place it somewhere else. She said it would be easy to find a rock, record it on the Facebook site, then place it in a neighboring community such as Board or Austintown parks for others to find.

The rocks were place prior to the Fourth of July and the announcement about them was made during the Fourth. The program is part of a plan to bring awareness for Down Syndrome.

As for Andrea, she is the reigning Miss Amazing Queen, which is a contest where females of all ages compete for the state, then national title if selected. At the state level, Andrea competed and became runner up. She received a call several months ago asking if she could step up to queen and represent Ohio in the national pageant. Of course she said yes.

Andrea stands a good chance because she has the support of her best friend. The two got hooked up through a Canfield High School National Honor Society "Buddy" program.

"My friend introduced her to me," Jillian said. "We've been hanging out ever since."

The National Honor Society program ended, but the two's close friendhship carries on. In fact, Jillian will be making the trip with Andrea and Lori to the national competition the first week of August. The event will be held in Chicago and Andrea will have to compete in formal wear, interviews, and a talent, which she is already for.

Andrea is going to perform a comedy routine that she is presently rehearing for. She is ready for a host of short jokes like "How do you repair a hole in a jack-o-lantern." Her answer, "You use a pumpkin patch."

"I just want to keep everyone laughing," she said.

In the meantime, Andrea is making appearances around the valley to try to raise funds to make the Chicago trip and represent Ohio. She rode in a Downs Syndrome Association of the Valley (DSAV) convertible in the Fourth of July parade and had a booth set up near the gazebo after the parade to meet and greet people.

For those who want to meet this incredible young woman as she prepares to represent Ohio, she will be setting up at Whitehouse Fruit Farm on Saturday, July 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

At the present time, Andrea has collected just over $1,500 for her trip to Chicago, but it takes close to $4,000 to make the trip to the nationals. Andrea has a web page for donations at sponsoraqueen2019.funraise.org/fundraiser/andrea-emery.

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