The Copperas Cove Five Hills royalty were honored by the City Council for having contributed more than 4,000 hours of service since being crowned in May.

Each titleholder was presented before the council as pageant director Wendy Sledd, also a volunteer, shared his or her contributions.

From the youngest titleholder, Baby Miss Copperas Cove Five Hills Braelyn Liles collecting money in baby bottles for Hope Pregnancy Center to the oldest titleholder, Senior Ms. Copperas Cove Five Hills Hope Ransom, advocating on behalf of sexual assault victims, the 17 royalty spend time every week throughout the year volunteering on behalf of their various chosen causes, said Sledd.

“Although the royalty are only required to make one appearance a month, they understand that this unique opportunity only lasts for one year and then it is someone else’s turn. So, our titleholders make the most of their yearlong reigns as the time flies by and it seems like it is over very quickly,” Sledd said.

This year, the titleholders have a shortened reign as the pageant was moved from May to March 24. It will be the culminating event of the city’s birthday week celebration.

Each royalty was presented with the silver Presidential Volunteer Service Award. They received the bronze award in September.

As of Jan. 15, this year’s royalty have contributed 4,050.25 volunteer hours to the community.

On average, the royalty contribute in excess of 5,000 hours of service annually and are expected to exceed that total this year when they crown their successors at the Miss Five Hills Scholarship Pageant on March 24.

Applications for the pageant will be accepted from Feb. 1 to March 1. They are available on the city’s website at www.copperascovetx.gov/parks/five_hills_pageant/ or go to the Five Hills Pageant Facebook page.

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