Miss Maple City contestant Ashleigh Lemon sang "Wishing You were Somehow Here Again" from "The Phantom of the Opera" Saturday night. In the song, one of the characters longs for her father to be alive again.
Lemon, a Muskingum College student and Caldwell resident, might as well have been singing about her late grandfather the only father the 23-year-old has ever known. If he were alive Saturday, he would have seen Lemon crowned Miss Maple City 2009, beating out 15 other young women. Each competed in four on-stage categories swimsuit, on-stage question, evening wear and talent along with a private interview in front of the seven judges.