Mountain State Forest Festival Bridesmaids Announced | News, Sports, Jobs

ELKINS – Mountain State Forest Festival General Manager Robbie Morris and Queen’s Department Director Tracy Gooden announced the appointments of Hannah Lee Phillips and Sarah Diane Riggleman as Queen Silvia’s bridesmaids LXXXIV.

Phillips and Riggleman receive Randolph County’s highest honors at the 84th Forest Festival Royal Court.

Bridesmaid Phillips is the daughter of Junior and Peggy Phillips of Coalton. She is the granddaughter of Mickey and Charlotte Phillips, Sumiko Elmore and the late James Elmore, all of Coalton. She has a brother, Michael.

Hannah, appeared at the 77th Mountain State Forest Festival as the Flower Girl. Her mother, Peggy, was Deputy Director of the Queen’s Department for one year and Director of the Queen’s Department for four years.

Phillips is a 2021 graduate of Elkins High School and is currently attending Davis & Elkins College majoring in Elementary Education. At Davis & Elkins College, she is a recipient of the Highland Scholarship and the Underwood Smith Teaching Fellowship. She is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, named to the President’s List, and a member of the women’s swim team.

Sarah Diane Riggleman

While at Elkins High School, she was the Class of 2021 Salutatorian, served as Student Body President and National Honor Society President, and was a member of the Spanish National Honor Society and Class Council Member during four years.

Phillips has been employed as a coach for the otter and stingray swim teams, lifeguard, babysitter and Zul’s Frozen Lemonade. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, coaching swim teams, cooking and crafting.

Bridesmaid Riggleman is the daughter of Larry and Brenda Riggleman of Beverly. She is the granddaughter of Floyd Riggleman and the late Sylvia Riggleman, of Beverly, and Raymond Hamrick and the late Virginia Hamrick, of Elkins. She has a sister, Haleigh, and she appeared at the 77th Mountain State Forest Festival as a Flower Girl.

Riggleman graduated from Elkins High School in 2019 and is currently attending Davis & Elkins College, majoring in Outdoor Recreation Management and minoring in Accounting. She is a recipient of the Highland Scholarship, the West Virginia Rhododendron Girl’s State Scholarship, and the Davis & Elkins College Leadership Scholarship and was named to the President’s List.

While at Elkins High School, she was an honor roll student, National Honor Society member, four-year class council member, three-year student council member. She served as student body president and vice president of the class council, attended the West Virginia Rhododendron Girl’s State, and was a Homecoming princess her senior year. She was a member of the women’s basketball team for three years and was named to the All-Conference Second Team.

Sarah is a member of Landmark Baptist Church where she participated with the puppet team. She is a volunteer coach for the Elkins High School girls’ basketball team and works for Mary’s Greenhouse and Terra Flora Landscaping. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, coaching basketball, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.

Phillips and Riggleman will accompany Queen Silvia LXXXIV during her royal coronation on October 7 at Davis & Elkins College’s outdoor amphitheater.

The 84th annual Mountain State Forest Festival with the theme “Mountain Mosaic” will take place from October 1 to October 9. For more information, visit the Mountain State Forest Festival website at www.forestfestival.com or call 304-636-1824.


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