Snyder recognizes 2017 Coal Queen in House presentation

Kacey Furlong of Brownsville receives traditional honor

HARRISBURG, May 1 – In a presentation before the state House of Representatives today, 2017 Pennsylvania Bituminous Coal Queen Kacey Furlong of Brownsville was recognized by state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington.

“Kacey has demonstrated that she is an exceptional citizen who is not only a leader, but a positive role model for others to emulate,” Snyder said. “Her selection as coal queen is testimony to her values, work ethic, leadership abilities, commitment to others, integrity and determination – as well as her incredible drive to be the best person she can be.”

Furlong is the daughter of Dr. David and Roxie Furlong, and a senior at Brownsville Area High School, where she is enrolled in advanced placement and college accredited courses. Serving as secretary of the National Honor Society, she is also a member of Student Council, the Grand Marche Committee, the National French Honor Society, Tri-Hi-Y, Student Forum, YEA and the Yearbook Committee.

In addition to her academic endeavors, Snyder noted that Kacey Furlong has danced competitively since she was 10, earning scholarships to the Joffrey Ballet School and to Complexations Ballet in New York City. She has also been named national champion at Rising Star Talent Productions.

“Kacey’s connection to the coal industry dates back to her great-grandfather, John Lenk, who dedicated his career to Maple Creek Mine, and her family lineage includes several great-uncles who also worked in coal mining,” Snyder said, noting that the reigning coal queen also teaches dance and works in her father’s chiropractic office.

Snyder also presented a House citation to Kacey Furlong, congratulating her on her selection as coal queen.