POINT PLEASANT — Emily Catherine Hussell has been appointed as the first Mason County Tourism queen.
Hussell, 22, of Point Pleasant, was appointed last week at the Mason County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. Tourism directors Dennis Bellamy (executive) and Twila Clark (assistant) were on hand to crown Hussell as this year’s representative.
Hussell is the daughter of Abby and Andy Hussell. She is a 2010 graduate of Point Pleasant High School, and is currently in her senior year at Marshall University where she is studying at the St. Mary’s School of Medical Imaging.
This first tourism queen was chosen through an essay contest according to coordinator Delyssa Edmonds.
“We were unable to hold a pageant this year, but we still wanted a representative for the area,” Edmonds said. “And that is why we decided to host a contest and choose the winner based on her interest in tourism.”
According to Edmonds, seven essays were received, but a panel of judges chose Hussell’s because of her genuine love for the area and West Virginia.
“We feel Emily will do a great job promoting tourism throughout the tri-state area,” Edmonds said. “She was very excited when she found out she was this year’s winner.”
Hussell said she is looking forward to being involved in all of the area’s activities, as well as learning more about her county.
“It’s a tie when it comes to my favorite part of Mason County,” Hussell said. “It’s between two attributes: the unique/fascinating history and the small town atmosphere.”
The 2014 Mason County Tourism queen will make her first appearance July 1 at the Point Pleasant Riverfront Park when the American Queen will dock in Point Pleasant.