Byram names its Royalty Court for 2018
Four young ladies to represent town at county fair

From left, Little Miss Byram Lily Carnivale and Young Miss Byram Daria Khasyanova Photo by Mandy Coriston

By Mandy Coriston
Byram — On Tuesday evening, July 17, 2018, before the town council and the assembled public, Byram Mayor Alex Rubenstein read a proclamation naming Byram’s Royalty Court for 2018. The royalty court, made up of four young ladies, will represent the township at the Sussex County Farm and Horse Show, and will participate in Byram Day in September. Little Miss Byram and Young Miss Byram were on hand to receive their official tiaras and sashes, while Junior Miss and Miss Byram will collect theirs next week in time to be worn to the fair.
Lily Carnivale, who is 6 years old, will hold the title of Little Miss Byram. Lily loves football and pizza, and wants to be an ankle doctor when she grows up. Lily also wants to spend her tenure as Little Miss Byram helping to feed the less fortunate, and has been invited by Police Chief Zabita to participate in the township’s next Stuff the Cruiser event.
The title of Young Miss Byram will be held by 10-year-old Daria Khasyanova, who says she loves the people and the animals of Byram. In fact, she said, the B.A.R.K.S. shelter is her favorite place in town. Daria is enjoying the summer by spending a lot of time swimming. She speaks fluent Russian and wants to become a pre-school teacher when she gets older.
Junior Miss Byram for 2018 is Tia Wasson. The 13-year-old loves the people of her hometown and enjoys hiking the Mansfield Trail. The high honor roll student is active in peer leadership and also loves acting, learning Japanese, and eating sushi. Miss Wasson would like to have a career as an interpreter.
Lenape Valley Regional High School Senior Kelly Rafferty will be Miss Byram for 2018. The 17-year-old National Honor Society member is a varsity cheerleader and volunteer cheer coach, as well as being an active participant in many school clubs and leadership organizations. When she graduates Lenape next spring, Rafferty would like to attend college, followed by medical school, and has a goal of working at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.