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2014 Lilac Festival Fab 14

Meet the Lilac Festival Fab 14 for 2014.

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Lilac Court candidate Majestic Tschabold of Medical Lake

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Age: 17


Plans to attend: Syracuse University to study broadcast journalism


Best advice: Ever since I was a little girl, my mom has always been my No. 1 supporter. She always told me that she believes in me and that I am capable of doing anything that I put my mind to. Even to this day and throughout the rest of my life, I will always refer back to her famous quote, “You can only do the best you can, because whatever happens, happens.” I have learned to love this saying, for it reassures me. When I’m far from home next year, these words will always remind me that as long as you give it all you’ve got, you’ve accomplished a lot and the results were meant to be.


Lilac Court candidate Brynn Campbell of Lewis and Clark

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Age: 17


Plans to attend: Seattle University to study nursing


What is the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you? From my dad, who told me that hard work always wins out over talent. This advice has served me well over the years, encouraging me to persevere through original disappointment and keep working toward my goals.


Lilac Court candidate Coralyn Kinney of North Central

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Age: 17


Plans to attend: University of Great Falls or Northwest Christian University


Best advice: “Be true to yourself. The choices you make today impact your life tomorrow,” was the best advice, given me by my mom.


Lilac Court candidate Kaylee Pearson of Ferris

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Age: 17


Plans to attend: Washington State University or Seattle University


Best advice: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” From the time I was a very young girl, my parents have encouraged me to interact with my friends, teachers and all who I meet in the same way I would hope to be treated.


Lilac Court candidate Elsie Story of Mt. Spokane

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Age: 17


Plans to attend: Capernwray Bible School


Best advice: My mom explained to me in seventh grade that I can’t please everyone, no matter how hard I try, and it has stuck with me to this day. I need to focus on being the best face of me. Nothing more and nobody else. There will be people in life that for whatever reason won’t like me or that I cannot please. If I am doing the best I can, doing what is right and loving all I come into contact with. It is up to others to decide how they will treat me in return. She told me to love all but to not be disappointed in myself or feel like a failure if some don’t love in return.


Lilac Court candidate Mackenzie Claeys of Freeman

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Age: 17


Plans to attend: Gonzaga University


Best advice: Tough times are only a moment in life, and they’re also a time to learn from. From my mother.


Lilac Court candidate Chelsea Evans of Riverpoint Academy

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Age: 17


Plans to attend: Grand Canyon University


Best advice: From my parents; they have always taught me to respect everyone. Regardless of age, race, gender, appearance or personality, everyone deserves respect. This simple piece of advice has stayed with me my whole life. It has shaped the way I treat others and how I wish to be treated in return.


Lilac Court candidate Sara Stuhr of Northwest Christian School

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Age: 17


Plans to attend: Whitworth University


Best advice: From my mom, who said, “If you always do your best, you will not have any regrets.”


Lilac Court candidate Tessa Heiydt of Cheney

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Age: 17


Plans to attend: Gonzaga University


Best advice: “It’s not what you say, but how you say it,” from my mom, Tabitha Heiydt.


Lilac Court candidate Rebekah Fields of Valley Christian School

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Age: 18


Plans to attend: Eastern Washington University


Best advice: From my dad, who always says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and might.”


Lilac Court candidate Olivia Woehrlin of West Valley

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Age: 18


Plans to attend: Western Washington University


Best advice: We all have our bad days, and when I do, my mom has always told me that tomorrow is a new day. With each new day will come new opportunities and experiences to flourish and grow.


Lilac Court candidate Megan Peffer of Mead

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Age: 18


Plans to attend: Brigham Young University


Best advice: The best piece of advice ever given to me was from my best friend. I had been presented with a very big decision that could turn my life into two different directions. I was having an extremely difficult time deciding what to do. I had turned to every mentor and to my faith for the answer, but was only given vague suggestions. While on the verge of a breakdown, my best friend came to me, took my shoulders and said, “Megan, decide, commit and forget. You aren’t being given a straight answer because it isn’t what you choose, as long as it is what YOU pick, commit to and forget about what could have happened.” This gave me the wake-up call I needed and has stuck with me as I ponder other big decisions in my life. It is no wonder she is my best friend.


Lilac Court candidate Nicole Steffenhagen of Rogers

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Age: 18


Plans to attend: Eastern Washington University


Best advice: “Don’t let what other people say about you affect who you know you truly are. Like if someone called you a bowl of spaghetti, you wouldn’t let it affect you, because you know you are not a bowl of spaghetti,” from teacher Carol Wirth.


Lilac Court candidate Madisen DeGeest of Central Valley

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Age: 17


Plans to attend: University of Washington or Whitworth University


Best advice: Never settle, from John Umin.


2014 Lilac Festival Court

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Front row left to right: Tessa Heiydt of Cheney; Kaylee Pearson of Ferris; Olivia Woehrlin, West Valley; and Majestic Tschabold, Medical Lake. Middle row: Coralyn Kinney of North Central; Brynn Campbell of Lewis and Clark; Sara Stuhr, Northwest Christian and Chelsea Evans, Riverpoint Academy. Back row: Nicole Steffenhagen of Rogers; Elsie Story of Mt. Spokane; Mackenzie Claeys, Freeman; Rebekah Fields, Valley Christian School; Madisen DeGeest, Central Valley; and Megan Peffer of Mead.

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