Page County High Alumna Going from Coronation to Graduation
A week before she puts on her cap and gown as a 2018 Lord Fairfax Community College graduate, Madison Comer will put on her sash and crown.
The 2016 Page County High School graduate was recently chosen to be the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival’s Miss Out-of-Town Honorary Fire and Rescue Chief. She represented Stanley Volunteer Fire Department.
“I was very, very happy, definitely happy and excited,” says Comer, who will be getting her associate degree in health professions May 12, and is applying to the radiologic technology program at Sentara RMH Medical Center.
Having just started participating in pageants within the past year or so, the Honorary Fire and Rescue Chief event was just her fifth contest. But attending the Apple Blossom Festival – this year marks the festival’s 91st year – has been a long-standing tradition for Comer and her parents, Allen and Tina.
“My parents and I go just about every year,” she says. “It’s a big thing for us. They were very, very excited I was crowned. I think my dad was in tears.”
The Apple Blossom Festival is April 27-May 6, and Comer will be attending most events as an honorary chief. She and the Miss In-Town honorary chief will lead the May 5 Firefighters’ Parade.
LFCC was Comer’s best option after high school graduation, and fortunately, she was able to take nearly every class at the Luray-Page County Center.
“I had only heard great things about LFCC,” she says. “I’ve loved my studies here. It’s been great. It has nice people and I love all the campuses.”
Comer counts Biology Professor Jeff Hollar and psychology instructor John Van Wyck among her favorites.
“They were just both really willing to work with me through a lot of different circumstances; they wer just always there,” she says.