2013-2014 Canal Festival Royalty
From Left to Right: Princess Megan Stonebraker, Jr. Queen Savannah Langdon, Queen Lydia Els, Sr. Queen Shirley Fitch
Lydia Els is the 17-year-old daughter of Jon and Lynn Els of Warsaw. She is a Senior at River View High School where she is an honors student and was inducted this past year into the National Honor Society. She was chosen as the 2013 Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership (HOBY) ambassador for River View and attended the HOBY conference. Lydia is very active in Ohio Model United Nations. She currently holds OMUN State Office as Council Vice President. In addition to attending the annual conferences, she attended OMUN Leadership Training Conference the past two years.
Lydia is a three-year member of the Varsity Volleyball and Swim Teams. Her Freshman and Junior year she was named ECOL Swimmer of the Year and has medaled by placing in the top eight in her events at District Swim Meet the past three years. She swam with Rising Tide Aquatic Club for five years, one year with Licking County YMCA Sharks, and is currently swimming with Pau Hana swim team at Denison University. She has played for New Wave 18 and under Volleyball teams the past three years.
Lydia is a six-year member of student council and has been elected to serve as President of Student Council this upcoming school year. She has been a member of the choir for three years and recently performed at Disney World. She was chosen by her class as the Sophomore Attendant on the Homecoming Court.
Lydia has worked as a lifeguard for Lake Park Aquatic for two years, Denison University for one year, and volunteered as a lifeguard for Rising Tide.
Lydia attends New Pointe Community Church where she enjoys volunteering in the children’s department.
At the age of four, Lydia first participated in the Coshocton Canal Festival Jr. Queen competition and won 2002 Jr. Queen at the age of five. She began competing for the Princess title in 2006 and was the 2007 and 2008 Princess 1st Attendant and won Princess in 2009. Lydia was the 2012 Queen’s 1st Attendant and was crowned the 2013 Canal Festival Queen this past August.
Upon completing high school in the Spring of 2015, Lydia plans to attend college and pursuie a degree in public and international affairs with an interest in political science.
Lydia has enjoyed the opportunity to travel all over Ohio this past year, meeting new people, and representing Coshocton County as the Coshocton Canal Festival Queen.
2013 Coshocton Canal Festival Princess
Megan Stonebraker is the 14 yr old daughter of Ron and Amy Stonebraker. Megan will be a freshman this coming year at Coshocton High School and enjoys English class. She is involved in ballet, pointe, and jazz at Miss Jennifer’s where she completed her 12th year of dance. She also participates in 4H and will be taking her pygmy goat Phoebie to the fair.
Megan attends the First Church of the Nazarene and takes part in the youth group. During her free time, she enjoys playing with her two dogs Sugar and Isaac, her pygmy goat Phoebie, and making origami. She loves to travel with her family on vacations, take leisure car rides, and attend festivals. Some of her favorite festivals this past year have been the Amanda Firefighters, Geneva Grape, Parade of the Hills, and Killbuck. She’s had a great year of representing Coshocton County as the Coshocton Canal Festival Princess with her friends that she met, Logan Eversole, Olivia Neuhart, and Caitlyn Williamson.