Selection of the 2019 Washington State Apple Blossom Festival Royalty begins with the announcement of the 32 young women, from the Wenatchee and Eastmont School Districts, who will compete for a chance to be one of the ten candidates who will then vie for the 100th Royal Court, consisting of a queen and two princesses.
The candidates with an (E) are from Eastmont High School, those with a (W) are from Wenatchee High School:
Front Row L to R: Paola Silva (W), Tania Ocampo-Castro (W), Lucy Gomez (E), Zoey Sorenson (E), Jess Gutierrez (W), Karissa Long (W), Elizabeth Popoff (E) Lainie Johnston (W)
Second Row: Megan Creek (W), Morgan Narby (W), Olivia Lancaster (W), Ellie Toth (W), Whitney Lane (E), Cassandra Gow (E), Maria Elena Pepito Metzger (W)
Third Row: Victoria Salling (E), Sequoia Stagg (E), Acadia Rice (E), Isabel Pelayo (W), Bailey White (W), Cassidy Cunningham (E), Savannah Slife (W), Cassandra Noyd (W)
Top Row: Karina Sapozhnikova (W), Micaela Salgado (W), Lorena Zepeda (E), Sophia Dillon (W), Laura Dagg (W), Adi Mathison (W) Flor Gonzalez (W) Torrance Pearson (E) Citlali Gonzalez-Arroyo (E)
The Candidates will be honored at a reception that is FREE and open to the public on Tuesday, January 8, at the Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee, beginning at 7:00 p.m.
On Wednesday, January 9, the Candidates will give a 2-3minute speech in front of their peers. A panel of 3 out-of-town judge’s votes will count as 50% of the total Top 10 score, the student body votes count as the other 50% of the total Top 10 score. The Top 10 Candidates will be announced that evening at 6:00 pm, in the Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee. The announcement is also FREE and open to the public.
Following a month of preparation, the Top 10 Candidates will compete at the Royalty Selection Pageant, sponsored by Cashmere Valley Bank, where over $31,000 in scholarships will be awarded! The 100th Queen will receive a $10,000 scholarship and the two Princesses will each receive a $5,000 scholarship. Pageant is Saturday, February 19, in the Wenatchee High School Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. Tickets will go on sale Monday, January 14, 9:00 am at the Apple Blossom Festival office, located at 2 S. Chelan St., Wenatchee and online at www.appleblossom.org. Cost is $25 for lower level seating and $20 for upper level seating; all seating is reserved.