Q&A with 2022 Screven County Breeding Festival Queen Emma Webb

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The 71st Annual Screven County Livestock Festival is coming to a close. The festivities kicked off last weekend with a “parade of champions”. One of those champions is this year’s festival queen, Emma Webb. The Sylvania Telephone spoke with Emma by phone on Monday to ask her about life, how she became queen and what she hopes to do in the future.

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself.

A: I am 16 years old. I go to Screven County High School, I play on the tennis team. I dance; I have been dancing since I was two years old, doing tap, ballet and jazz. I take all honors classes, AP classes in school. I am also a lifeguard.

Emma Webb says she's staying busy.  The 16-year-old plays tennis, dances and was recently honored as the 2022 Screven County Breeding Festival Queen.

Q: You seem very active. How do you stay on track?

A: It really is time management. If I can stick to the schedule and know when and where I need to be, I can manage it properly; and relaxing on weekends helps.

Q: When did the apparatus appear?

A: This is actually my first contest I’ve ever done. So, I was asked to do it, just before the start of training. There weren’t too many people to do it, so I just decided ‘I have a talent, I might as well give it a try.’

Emma Webb performed a ballet at the 2022 Screven County Cattle Festival Queen Pageant.

Q: You did balletat the forefront for the talent part. Was it different to dance in this context?

A: Yeah, that was exactly it. Usually in my dance studio [Statesboro School of Dance] we don’t do competitions, so you’re just dancing for an audience… so it was kind of more stressful to know that something was at stake.

Q: Regarding the other elements of the contest (how to dress, walk, etc.), how did you learn and practice these elements?

A: I think dancing really helped me to be graceful and to walk, but I also have a friend who did this contest a few years ago and she helped me to walk and keep my knees straight and make sure I don’t fall and things like that.

The 2022 Screven County Cattle Festival competition was the first time winner Emma Webb has competed in such an event.

Q: Since it was your first contest, when they announced your name as the winner and put this crown on your head, what did you think of it?

A: I was very surprised. They had announced the second runner-up and the first runner-up, so my heart was pounding out of my chest because I won or didn’t place, so I was like, ‘This is kinda scary.’ But, I was so excited, it was a great moment.

Q: You were supposed to be one of the stars of the cattle parade then. What was your experience with that?

A: That morning we lined up and I got in a friend of mine’s Jeep, and so we drove through downtown and threw candy at the little kids and waved, and they applauded. It was fun. It made me happy, because all these people are cheering me on and all the little girls are looking at you with big smiles and it just makes you happy, like you’ve done something.

Emma Webb, the 2022 Screven County Livestock Festival Queen, plans to study speech therapy after high school.

Q: Now that you have this experience, would you like to do more competitions?

A: I am not sure. With school and everything, it’s a busy time right now. I had a great time, so it wouldn’t be terrible, but I don’t know if I’ll have time to do another one.

Q: Next year is your last year. Have you thought about what you would like to do and where you would like to go in the future?

A: I would like to attend the University of Georgia and get a degree in speech pathology to become a speech therapist when I grow up. My sister has a muscle disorder that makes it difficult for her to speak, so that really influenced this decision.

Q: For those little girls you talked about looking at you, do you have any advice for them?

A: If you think you can’t, you can; and if you got a lot to do, pray about it and you’ll get through it, and it’ll be all right.

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