Competition Begins for 2016 Apple Blossom Royalty!

Selection of the 2016 Washington State Apple Blossom Festival Royalty begins with the announcement of 25 young women, from the Wenatchee and Eastmont School Districts, who will compete for a chance to be chosen as one of the ten candidates who will vie for the Royal Court, consisting of a queen and two princesses.

Among the 25 young ladies (the candidates with an (E) are from Eastmont High School, those with a (W) are from Wenatchee High School:

Front Row L to R:  Stephani Hobson (W), Savannah Wilson (E), Sami Everhart (W), Kori Martin (W), Megan Sand (W), Gracie Granstrom (E

Second Row: Dallas Crowder (W), Makena Ackerman (E), Cynthia Lopez (E), Danika Kapeikis (W), Breana Thomas (E)

Third Row:  Kyla Mataya (E), Zoie Ziesmer (E), Maria Jacobus (E), Zoie Patch (W), Karly Marker (W), Maggie Walker (E)

Top Row:  Emily Holmes (E), Diana Sotelo (E), Tiana Kind (W), Sara Wickens (W), Emma Lukens (W), Veronica Wright (

Not Pictured:  Emily Castorena (W), Karen Gonzalez (W)

The Candidates will be honored at a reception that is open to the public on Tuesday, January 12, at the Performing Arts Center, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

On Wednesday, January 13, the Candidates will give a 2-3 minute 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 12 candidates registered in the Eastmont School District will speak in the Eastmont High School Gymnasium at 7:45 a.m.    The 13 candidates registered in the Wenatchee School District will speak in the Wenatchee High School Auditorium at 10:00 am. The Top 10 Candidates will be announced that evening at 6:00 pm, in the Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee. All events are 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 $24,000 in scholarships will be awarded! Pageant is Saturday, February 13 in the Wenatchee High School Auditorium at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets will go on sale Monday, January 18, 9:00 am at the Apple Blossom Festival office, located at 2 S. Chelan St., Wenatchee and online at  Cost is $18 for lower level seating and $15 for upper level seating; all seating is reserved.

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