Apple Blossom Royalty Pageant
The 2017 Washington State Apple Blossom Festival season officially kicked off last night with the crowning of this years’ Royal Court. The winners were named at Saturday night’s Pageant at a packed Wenatchee High School auditorium.
Winners Selected from Top Ten Finalists
This years’ Royalty was selected from a field of 10 finalists who were selected from among 25 young ladies from the Wenatchee and Eastmont School Districts. Each girl was judged by their student bodies to select the top ten, with prepared speeches presented at assemblies earlier this year.
In order to select the queen and two princesses, a panel of five judges ranked the 10 finalists based on panel interviews and a community vote. The ranking is broken down as:
-50 percent pageant
-22.5 percent panel interview
-22.5 percent one-on-one interviews
-5 percent community vote
Other awards were given out including five honors and scholarship awards totaling almost $2,400. Awards included:
-Madelynn Albert — Most Photogenic Award
-Lily Waterhouse — Congeniality Award and Community Involvement Award
-Judith Torres — Most Original Speech Award
-Emily Thompson — Achievement Award
The Royalty will travel the state promoting Wenatchee and its fruit industry, along with a special appearance at the annual Apple Blossom Festival, running April 27 to May 7.