Wenatchee Apple Blossom Royalty Crowned

Queen Amy Sand,

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.

Queen Amy Sand,

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.

Princess Alissa Riker
Princess Paige Chvilicek




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Steve Hair
Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.