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Judges name NC student Lilac queen

The Lilac City has a new Lilac queen and six new Lilac princesses.

Zanie McMillan of North Central High School will lead the royal court, judges decided Sunday as they narrowed down the Fabulous 14 finalists. The event, sponsored by Avista Utilities, was held in the Pend Oreille Pavilion at Northern Quest Casino in Airway Heights.

“The pavilion was packed,” said Ken Briggs, Spokane Lilac Festival Association executive director. “We had pretty close to 700 people there.”

The queen and princesses will participate in various events, highlighted by the Spokane Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade through downtown on May 20. They also will receive scholarships, donated mainly by Northern Quest Casino.

“These young women exemplify the best of our community,” Briggs said.

Here’s a look at the seven members of the royal court:


Zanie McMillan

North Central High School

“Activities: National Honor Society, varsity sports, cheerleading, Fast Forward Select jazz choir, Spokane Peer Abstinence Movement, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Gear Up, church youth group

“College plans and studies: Seattle Pacific University, pediatric cardiology


Annie Caldwell

Medical Lake High School

“Activities: National Honor Society, leadership, senior class representative, varsity softball, Candlelighters Children’s Support Group, church youth group

“College plans and studies: Eastern Washington University, child psychology

Charli Johnson

Contract Based Education

“Activities: Juvenile Delinquent Center outreach, pre-school teacher assistant, nanny, piano, Running Start, Cup of Cool Water

“College plans and studies: UCLA, sociology

Elizabeth Lewis

Mt. Spokane High School

“Activities: National Honor Society, Link Crew, jazz choir, chamber choir, violin and guitar, orchestra, church youth group worship team, youth group, ALIVE Bible study

“College plans and studies: Undecided, music and English

Megan Murphy

West Valley High School

“Activities: Senior class president, Interhigh representative, National Honor Society, Link Crew, cheerleader, One-Eighty Youth Ministries, Achievers scholarship recipient

“College plans and studies: Eastern Washington University, secondary education and special education with a minor in speech therapy

Nicolle Rose

Ferris High School

“Activities: National Honor Society, Running Start, Link Crew, elementary and high school tutor, Early Morning Seminary

“College plans and studies: Undecided, science

Brittany Tenold

The Oaks Classical Christian Academy

“Activities: Commended National Merit Scholar, City Gate and Shriners Hospital for Children volunteer, church youth group, church teacher, discipleship group

“College plans: Hillsdale (Mich.) College, Pepperdine or Wheaton (Ill.) College, nurse practitioner