2016 Queen of Hearts

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The Queen of Hearts campaign supports heart research projects in our region and has raised more than $2.2 million since 1964. 

Each year the school that raises the most money collectively is awarded the Buddy Crump Memorial Award. The Queen of Hearts Gala will be held Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the HirEd Center in Abingdon, VA. 

Below is a list of the candidates and the schools they represent.  Donations to support a candidate (be sure to include the candidate’s name) can be sent to:

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3101 Browns Mill Rd, Ste. 6, Box 321
Johnson City, Tennessee 37604
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For more information about Queen of Hearts, click here

Caroline Kole Creasy

Caroline Kole Creasy

A junior at Abingdon High School, Caroline is the daughter of Todd and Debbie Creasy.  She is the granddaughter of Charles and Brenda Henderson and Linda Creasy. Caroline also represents her school as a Varsity Cheerleader, on the Varsity Girls Tennis Team, the DECA Club treasurer and a member of the Civinettes.   Miss Creasy attends Highlands Fellowship Church.  She plans to pursue a career in the medical field as a nurse or physician assistant.  Caroline chose to participate in the Queen of Hearts Campaign to honor her grandfather who is a survivor of heart disease.  Miss Creasy feels that serving as a candidate of the Queen of Hearts, she has a unique opportunity to give her campaign managers and herself a chance to help make a difference and raise awareness to help prevent heart diseases and stroke.


Kealy Shaye Childressgoodwin photography KG1_8 - Kealy Shaye Childress

Kealy Childress is the daughter of Keith and Anissa Childress and the granddaughter of Hal and Barbara Salley, Bob and Belinda Childress and Gail Childress.  Miss Childress is a senior at Sullivan Central High School and has represented her school for four years as member of the Varsity cheer team.  Kealy was voted by the student body as Miss Cougar, football Homecoming Queen and senior superlatives elected her as being the most likely to make someone smile.  She is committed and involved in the school Beta Club, EPIC Team, Journalism, Key Club, Math Honors Society, National Honors Society, Science Honors Society, Respect and Leadership and World Language Honors Society.  She is active in youth with her church and enjoys volunteering and helping others.  After college Kealy plans to obtain an advanced degree in the medical field.  Her inspiration comes from the loss of her great-grandmother, who suffered from heart disease.  She is inspired to raise funds for advanced technology and research to help save lives.

goodwin photography KG1_1 - Maggie Leigh CapellMaggie Leigh Capell

The daughter of Michael and Penny Capell and granddaughter of Charles and Shirley Balthis and Harvey and Dora Capell, and great niece of Betty and George Fields.  As a sophomore at John Battle High, Maggie is a member of the school band and was chosen as the co-drum major for this year.  She has participated in All County and All District bands and qualified for All State band auditions.  She is a member of the FCA, Club121 and serves as the Secretary for the Sophomore Class.  Miss Capell is a member of Indian Springs Baptist Church where she takes an active role in youth activities, participates in the praise band, youth choir as well as the church drama team.  Maggie plans to attend college and pursue a career in the medical field.  Maggie has experienced the impact of heart disease, as her grandfather and uncle are survivors.  Sadly, her also great grandmother passed away as a result of congestive heart failure.  She is participating as a candidate for the Queen of Heart because she wants to help others with this condition and it is such a worthy cause.

Samantha Jo Hessgoodwin photography KG1_5 - Samantha Jo Hess

The daughter of Bryan and Rachel Hess and granddaughter of Barry and Ileen Hess and Eddie and Kathy Miller.   Samantha is a junior at Tennessee High School.  A dedicated dancer for fourteen years, Samantha started at the early age of three.  Her other activities include active membership in the Student Council and Delta Charm.  She is a graduate of the 2015 Bristol Youth Leadership program and has been a Tennessee High cheerleader since her freshman year.  Her long term goals are attending college followed by medical school to become a cardiac surgeon.  Her dream is to be able to open a free clinic in Guatemala, providing basic health care for the less fortunate in that region.  Samantha enjoys being involved in her community and doing something for the greater good.

Halea Brook Colquittgoodwin photography KG1_6 - Halea Brook Colquitt

Halea is a senior at Virginia High School and the daughter of Rayetta Shaw and Rico Shaw and Mack Colquitt.  Her grandmothers are Linda Colquitt and Ann Stittner.  Halea is the first candidate to participate in the Queen of Hearts Campaign with Special Needs.  Miss Colquitt has had the honor to be chosen as the 2000 Ambassador for the March of Dimes and won the Bearcat Pride Award at Virginia Middle School.  Haleas is well known as a sweet and loving young lady that possesses the ability to make everyone feel happy wherever she goes.  She never allows her limitations to stop her from what she wants to accomplish.  As a survivor of open heart surgery, Halea know firsthand the importance of funding ground breaking heart research.  Her future plans are to be a bright and beautiful girl.


goodwin photography KG1_7 -Madyson Rose KentMadyson Rose Kent

A 10th grader at Tennessee High School, Madyson is the daughter of Martin and Vonda Kent and granddaughter of Gordon and Sharon Kent and Jerry and Jean Stokely.  Madyson stays very busy with her Tennessee High School activities.  She is a member of the Civinettes, Interact Club and yearbook staff.  In addition, she is in the Bristol Ballet Senior Company and assists with Bristol Ballet classes once a week.  She was featured in the Youth Spotlight of the 2015 April issue of the Magazine for the Arts and received a partial merit scholarship to attend Richmond Ballet’s 2015 intensive five week summer program.   Also, Madyson was just recently accepted into a 2016 Tennessee Governor’s School.  Madyson doesn’t know what the future will hold for her, but she is very interested in pursuing a career in the medical field.  Through the Queen of Hearts Campaign, she feels that she has found a way to make a positive impact in her community and support a cause that she deeply cares about.  Since her family has a history of heart disease and stroke, this campaign means a lot to Madyson on a personal level.

goodwin photography KG1_4 - Jasmine Marie Hightshoe
Jasmine Marie Hightshoe

Jasmine is the daughter of Kristal Hightshoe and is a senior at Virginia High School.  She is a member of Virginia High’s Distributive Education Club or DECA, an active member of Citizens in Action and a participant in Skills USA.  Jasmine is a student-athlete and enjoys playing basketball and running track, but her grade are her first priority.  She plans to attend a four year college and pursue a profession in education.  She hopes to become an elementary teacher in order to give children a good foundation to start their education.  The Queen of Hearts campaign is personal to Jasmine.  When her brother was twelve he was diagnosed with a condition called cardioneurgentic, a condition of the brain and heart.  Jasmine feels that being able to participate as a candidate and represent her school is a major honor for her.

goodwin photography KG1_2 - Kamryn Renee Morey
Kamryn Renee Morey

A junior at Tennessee High School, Kamryn is the daughter of Shannon and Brett Morey and granddaughter of Bonnie Lucas.  Kamryn stays very busy being active in travel Volleyball for NETVC, a member of the Student Council, National Honor Society, Delta Charm and Younglife.  In her spare time she is a hostess at Quaker State and Lube.  Kamryn plans to pursue a career as an elementary school teacher.  Her choice to participate in the Queen of Hearts was to be able to provide funding for heart research, so people affected by heart disease can have the hope to live a long and full life.

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