82nd Pageant of the Queen of the Candles
(Sponsored by the Lititz Woman’s Club, www.lititzwomensclub.org)
This year marks the 82nd Queen of the Candles Pageant. The Pageant is sponsored by Listrak and arranged by the Lititz Woman’s Club. Twelve young ladies, who are all members of the Warwick High School Class of 2023, are selected by their classmates through a secret ballot. The individual who received the most votes serves as the Queen and the others as her Court. The honor of being chosen the Queen remains a secret until the last moment of the Pageant when the floral arrangement is placed upon her head.
The newly crowned Queen lights her candle and in turn, lights the candles of her court. Lititz Boy Scouts light their torches from the lighted candles and pass the light to those who will light the colossal display of over 4,500 candles that create the grand illumination of the Park.
Julia Love Barto
Julia was a member of National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, and Link Crew. She was on Distinguished Honor Roll throughout high school. She was part of the Varsity Field Hockey Team and was elected a Captain. Julia was selected as a L-L League 1st Team All Star and earned the 2022 ALL League Award for field hockey. She also played Varsity Lacrosse and served as Captain. Julia enjoyed coaching for the youth field hockey summer program. After high school Julia is committed to playing field hockey at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and studying Biology. Julia is the daughter of Troy and Jessica Barto.
Angeliki Ioanna Billis
Kiki was Vice President of National Honor Society, Varsity Girls’ Tennis co-captain, Future Business Leaders of America Vice President, and a Unified Track Partner. She was also a member of Student Council, Link Crew, and National Business Honor Society. Additionally, Kiki is youth group president at her beloved Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. She spends time at church practicing in the Greek dance group, meal-prepping for food festivals, and playing basketball with her youth group. This year one of her favorite hobbies is line dancing with friends. Kiki is a distinguished honor roll student, and received the National Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT) regional affiliate award. Kiki plans on furthering her academic studies at Lehigh University this fall to pursue mechanical engineering. Kiki is the daughter of Nicholas and Athena Billis.
Devon Harp Deery
Devon played for the Warwick Girls Varsity soccer team and earned 1st Team All-Star. She also played on the PA Classics U19 Elite team, was a member of the National Business Honor Society and helped with Girls on the Run. Devon will continue her academic and athletic career at Penn State Berks where she will be majoring in Risk Management. Along with committing to Berks, she is playing on the Lancaster Inferno UWSL Tier Two Team. Devon is the daughter of Jason and Michelle Deery.
Claire Elizabeth Dodds
Claire was an active member of Link Crew, PALS, FBLA, National Business Honor Society, National Honor Society, and the Warwick Girls Lacrosse team. She is a member of St. Luke’s UCC and enjoys helping with Vacation Bible School in the summer. Claire also works as a cashier at Bombergers Hardware Store. She was elected March Student of the Month for the Lititz Woman’s Club and graduated from the Women in Business program along with achieving distinguished honor roll all throughout high school. Claire represented her class by being nominated to the Homecoming Court this year. During the school day Claire enjoyed going to John Beck Elementary School and working with students. Claire plans on attending West Chester University to study early childhood education along with special education. Claire is the daughter of Robert and Abby Dodds.
Kristen Marie Galway
Kristen plans to attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania this fall to major in Interior Design and minor in Marketing. During her years at Warwick, Kristen was on the Distinguished Honor Roll and participated in Link Crew, Unite Club, PALS, Future Business Leaders of America, and was a member of National Business Honor Society. Outside of school, Kristen has been on the Dance Dynamix’s competitive team and has been a member of the LCBC family since 2004. When Kristen isn’t busy dancing or working at her design internship with Steiner-Houck and Associates, she can be found hanging out with friends and family, shopping, and going on beach vacations. Kristen is the daughter of Mark and Linda Galway.
Lourdes was the President of the National Honor Society and Secretary of the Spanish Honor Society. She was also a member of a variety of clubs, including UNITE, PALS, Environmental Action Club, Link Crew, Attollo, and the Lititz Leos Club. Lourdes has been on Distinguished Honor Roll throughout high school and was also part of the Varsity Lacrosse Team. She enjoys coaching youth field hockey over the summer and volunteering in the community throughout the year. After high school Lourdes will be attending Penn State University. Lourdes is the daughter of Andres and Gabriela Haloua.
Piper Marie Hepler
Piper was the Senior Class President and organized three popular Farm Show Milkshake fund raisers for the prom. She co-captained both the girls tennis team and the Warriorettes Dance Team. Piper was the Morale Committee Chairperson for Unite, planning Mini-THON for the 4 Diamonds Fund. Piper was also a Link Crew Leader, a member of National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, and Concert Choir. Piper produced the Warwick (WNN) Morning Show, was a member of the Homecoming Court, and interned for the Lancaster Barnstormers. She has performed at the American Music Theater and with COJO Motion Dance Company. After graduation Piper plans to attend James Madison University, majoring in Communication with a focus on Sports Media. Piper is the daughter of Tim and Dawn Hepler.
Annalyce Nicole Hess
In school, Annalyce was an active member of Link Crew, PALS, Future Business Leaders of America, and National Business Honor Society. She is also heavily involved with her church, River of Life Ministries and youth group. She has attended multiple missions trips including traveling to West Virginia and Panama to volunteer. Annalyce represented the senior class by being nominated to the Homecoming Court. She graduated from the Women in Business program and achieved Distinguished Honor Roll throughout high school. This past March Annalyce was chosen Student of the Month for the Lititz Rotary Club. Annalyce enjoys playing lacrosse for Warwick High School and this year she competed on Warwick's first female wrestling team. After high school Annalyce plans to take a gap year to further her faith by attending a Disciple Training School. Annalyce is the daughter of Cory and Dana Hess.
Grace Elizabeth Kegel
Grace was a member of National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and Tri-M Music Honor Society. Grace is active in the music department, serving as President of Concert Choir and is a member of Warwick’s Show Choir and Chamber Choir. She was honored this year to participate in LLMEA and PMEA Choirs and to be recognized at the LLMEA Senior Honors Banquet. Grace loved participating in the school musicals; you might have seen her this past spring in “Seussical” playing the role of Mrs. Mayor. At school Grace enjoyed her role as President of the History Club and Head Delegate of Model UN, as well as participating in Link Crew and Debate Club. She is involved in her local Rotary Club Chapter and was acknowledged as their Student of the Month. In the fall, Grace will be attending Allegheny College to pursue her dream of studying International Relations and Political Science. Grace is the daughter of Robert and Stephanie Kegel.
Alyssa Lynn Kramer
At the start of the year, Alyssa was selected as a co-captain for the Warwick Varsity Cheer team. At the end of the season, she received the “Best All Around” award. She was also selected to participate in the Tri-County All Star Game. From August to November, Alyssa spent many hours volunteering her time as a coach for the Warwick Youth Cheerleading Program. In school, she was on Warwick’s UNITE Leadership Committee for Mini-THON, as well as PALS. She was also involved in Link Crew and National Honor Society. Throughout high school, Alyssa earned Distinguished Honor Roll. Outside of school she is the co-president of the Lititz Leos Club and attends Manheim Brethren In Christ Church. After high school, Alyssa will be attending Elizabethtown College where she will major in Occupational Therapy. Alyssa is the daughter of Chad and Tammy Kramer.
Ella Kelly Lucas
Ella was the Secretary of the Senior Class and was heavily involved in fundraising and planning for the senior prom. She was a member of National Honor Society, National Business Honor Society, and Link Crew. She graduated from the Women in Business program where she was mentored by successful women in the business field. During the second semester of her senior year, Ella worked with fourth grade students at John Beck along with helping in an elementary art class. Ella was captain of the Track and Field team and currently holds the shot put and discus school record. After high school, Ella plans on attending the University of South Carolina to major in business and will be a member of their track and field team. Ella is the daughter of David and Susanne Lucas.
Adalyn Caris Ober
Adalyn was elected co-captain of the Warwick Varsity Cheer team, where she was later awarded the Leadership Award and was selected to participate in the Tri-County all Star Game. Adalyn spent over 160 hours as a coach for the Warwick Youth Cheer Program as well as volunteering with Toys for Tots. She participated in Link Crew, was a member of National Honor Society and National English Honor Society. Adalyn was voted Warwick’s 2022 Homecoming Queen by her classmates and was honored to be selected March Senior of the Month by Lititz Womans Club. After high school, Adalyn plans to attend Kutztown University to work towards a Masters in Art Therapy. Adalyn is the daughter of Brian and Doreen Ober.
Ella Morgan Brechbill
2022 Queen of Candles
Since being crowned last summer, Ella finished her freshman year at West Chester University. She is studying to get her BFA in Graphic and Interactive Design with a minor in Digital Marketing. While at school Ella is involved in her campus ministry, Cru. With Cru, she has had the opportunity to meet new friends, participate on a missions trip, and get acclimated to college. Although she loves West Chester, Ella will always hold Lititz close to her heart. She is thankful for every memory Lititz has given her, and every person she has had the honor of knowing. Ella is the daughter of David and Katrina Brechbill.
Alaythea Grace Smucker
Aly is a kind, fun, and responsible girl. She enjoys taking ballet classes. Aly has many friends at school and church. In the summer she loves attending kid’s camp and swimming. At home she listens to music, plays with Barbies and plays board games with her family. In first grade, Aly excelled in math and became a fluent reader. Aly is the daughter of Josh and Christa Smucker.
Landon Lynwood Harrison
First grade was a year of making new friends for Landon. He had a nice teacher. Landon’s favorite subject is math and he enjoys time in the school library. Landon loves superheroes, with the HULK being his favorite. Landon is a member of the Warwick Wrestling Club and he wrestles at LAW. He also plays flag football at the Nook and enjoys playing card games like Go Fish and spending time with his Mom. Landon is the son of Travis Harrison and Aislinn Sutcuffe.
Queen of the Candles Committee
Chairpersons: Lisa Gleason, Amy Hamilton, Ronni Sakamoto
Committee Members: Lauren Amabile, Brenda Crosetto, Sally Dowling, Patricia Kline, Beth Mack, Stacey McCarthy, Mary Lou Nelson, Peggy Rooney, Kathy Ross, Lori Ruchalski, and Barb Sandhaus
Back Row: Ella Lucas, Adalyn Ober, Julia Barto, Devon Deery (center/tallest), Lourdes Haloua, Claire Dodds
Front Row left to right: Alyssa Kramer, Annalyce Hess, Grace Kegel, Angeliki Billis, Kristen Galway, Piper Hepler
Flower Girl: Alaythea Smucker Crown Bearer: Landon Harrison