The search for the next Spokane Lilac Festival queen has been narrowed to 14.
The group – dubbed the “Fabulous 14” – was chosen from approximately 200 Spokane County girls who had visions of being the belle of the Spokane Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade on May 19. The committee contacted 30 high schools and opened the selection to all senior girls, including those at alternative schools, home-schooled students, and Running Start students with a 3.0 or better grade-point average. Twenty-three schools responded.
On Feb. 11, the 14 finalists will be interviewed by the five-member Spokane Lilac Festival royalty selection committee judges. The interviews will be at the Spokane Masonic Center, 1108 W. Riverside Ave.
The committee will select a queen and six princesses, all of whom will participate in various events, highlighted by the annual parade. This year’s theme is “Here’s to the Heroes.”
The selection process will include a breakfast with the judges and 15-minute private interviews, followed by the coronation.
The queen will be the 62nd in a civic event that was founded in 1938.
The seven members of the royal court each will receive a $1,250 scholarship. The committee is in search of a new scholarship sponsor as the previous sponsor, Northern Quest Casino, announced on Nov. 21 it will not provide the scholarship money. The queen will be awarded an additional $1,300, which is paid through private funds.
Here’s a look at the “Fabulous 14,” in alphabetical order:
•Erika Brathovde, Mead
Activities: Drama, French clubs, Miss Spokane Outstanding Teen Organization, Model United Nations, debate team, Middle Eastern dance
Work: Albertsons, baby sitter, Miss Teen Spokane 2005
College plans: Undecided, with plans to major in international studies
•Kali Clark, Central Valley
Activities: Choir, Key Club, piano and voice, Just4Fun youth group, Chase Youth Award
Work: Pet Veterinarian Hospital and Wellness Center
College plans: Undecided, although she would like to major in nursing
•Brianne Didier, Northwest Christian
Activities: Sunday School teacher, Youth group, INSTE, VBS leader
Work: Roybal Chiropractic, McGlades Market
Post-high school plans: Interface computer school to become a Microsoft Office specialist
•Margeaux Fox, Lewis and Clark
Activities: ballet, piano, Girl Scouts, drama, acolyte, Spokesman-Review student newspaper
Work: Park Bench restaurant
College plans: University of Washington; major is undecided
•Rachel Hart, Shadle Park
Activities: band, percussion, pipe band, Link, vacation Bible school teacher
Crew, cross country, golf, ASB, class president, school senate, church
youth group, Washington Association of Student Councils, Sunday school teacher
Work: nanny, baby sitter
College plans: Seattle Pacific or University of Washington, where she plans to major in medicine or physical therapy
•Alyssa Henke, Gonzaga Prep
Activities: Logan School volunteer, G-Prep food drive, Link Crew, volleyball, cheerleading, Ancilla, Blue Crew Spirit
Work: baby sitting, boat washing
College plans: University of Washington or San Diego to major in neo-natal nursing
•Melissa Johns, West Valley
Activities: orchestra, leadership and drama teams, Spokane Teen Advisory Council, technology/robotics team
Work: West Valley Outdoor Learning Center, Buckle
College plans: Washington State University, to major in civil and
environmental engineering and minor in Spanish
•Kelleene Jolstead, East Valley
Activities: Drama, treble select choir, seminary class president
College plans: Brigham Young University to major in music
•Kristin Kelly, Mt. Spokane
Work: Commellini’s Italian Restaurant
Activities: VBS, food bank, Sunday School teacher, hippotherapy, Sacred Heart Medical Center mission trip
College plans: Spokane Falls Community College or Spokane Community College to major in early elementary education
•Laura Lorber, Ferris
Activities: Choir, Select Jazz, piano and voice lessons, Link Crew, Box and Hat Players
Work: Cold Stone Creamery
College plans: Western Washington University, where she will major in theater arts
•Tawnee Moss, Rogers
Activities: Choir, youth group, cheerleading, Chase Youth Award, volleyball, Youth Leadership Spokane
Work: Dairy Queen, Pizza Hut, Albertsons
College plans: New York University to major in journalism
•Wylie Patton, Freeman
Activities: Volleyball, cheer, Running Start, American Cheer University
Work: Cornerstone Sterling, Teddy Bear Junction, currently the Sourdough Place
College plans: University of Montana, where she plans to major in
•Alexandra Stierwalt, North Central
Activities: Volleyball, senior class officer, Youth group international representative, Chase Youth Award
Work: Page for Rep. John Serben, baby sitting
College plans: University of Montana; her major is undecided
•Jasmine Williams, Medical Lake
Activities: Young Life, ASB officer, freshmen mentor, Future Business Leaders of America, dance club,
Work: Medical Lake Pizza
College plans: Spokane Community College or Eastern Washington University to major in dentistry
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