2013 Lilac Queen coronation

January 27, 2013 8:23 p.m.  •  8 comments

After months of preparation, competition and bonding, the fourteen candidates for Lilac Festival Queen gave their last speeches and heard the judges’ decision Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 at the Bing Crosby Theater. Seven girls were chosen as Lilac Princesses and Brett Rountree of Central Valley was chosen as Lilac Queen for 2013.

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Felicia Jackson of Freeman High School waits with her father, Brian Jackson, to proceed into the coronation event Sunday.

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Candidates wait with their fathers before the beginning of the event Sunday at the Bing Crosby Theater.

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After the procession of candidates, the girls stand for applause by the audience.

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Quinne Evans of Shadle Park High School acknowledges applause after she won one of several scholarships handed out before the announcement of the queen and her court.

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Sara Hyman of The Oaks Classical Christian Academy delivers her memorized speech at the Bing Crosby Theater.

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Shelby Schafer delivers her speech.

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Candidate Jade Wong accepts one of the two scholarships she received Sunday night as part of the Lilac Festival competition.

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Shelby Schafer of West Valley High School holds her skirt aloft so the audience could see her sparkling purple soccer cleats.

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Queen Sydnee Scofield and the Lilac Festival Court from 2012, reminisce about their experiences during event.

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Leslie Lowe of KHQ-TV was emcee for the event.

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Camiele Travis, the candidate from North Central High School, delivers her speech Sunday.

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Somber hugs are exchanged between winners and non-winners after the seven members of the Lilac Festival Court were announced SUnday.

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The time to announce winners approaches, the girls clasp hands.

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The fourteen Lilac princess candidates hold hands as the big announcement nears.

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After being selected as the Lilac Princesses, from left, Hailey Hyde, Emily Staker, Brett Rountree, Katie Heitkemper, Devyn Russell, Michelle Tatko and Savannah Sundseth, wait nervously for the announcement of the Lilac Queen Sunday.

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Brett Rountree, the Lilac princess from Central Valley High School, gets a hug from 2012 Lilac Queen Sydnee Scofield after she was crowned the 2013 Lilac Queen.

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The members of the 2013 Lilac Festival Court pose for photos at the end of the event.

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