By Kaitlyn Eichelberger, The Dominion Post
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Elizabeth Lynch began riding horses when she was just 5, which ultimately led to her love of agriculture. Nearly 20 years later, this passion has brought about Lynch’s crowning as Miss West Virginia 2022.
Founded in 1923, the Miss West Virginia Organization selects the state’s representative in the Miss America Pageant. This year’s representative is Lynch, a Martinsburg native and first-generation farmer.
Contestants have the opportunity to receive scholarships, something that motivated Lynch to compete.
“The Miss America Organization is so much more than crowns and heels,” Lynch says on her website. “Miss America promotes hard-working, educated women.” After completing her Ph.D., Lynch’s 10 years of schooling will leave her debt-free, primarily due to the scholarships she’s earned from pageants…