Top Ten Candidates
Candidate Emma Standerford
Emma is daughter of Lara Harris and David Standerford. Emma is the president of the Drama Club, has been very active in the drama community, is the Vice President of Chamber Choir, and has volunteered at various functions around the valley. She currently works at Papa Murphy’s. In her spare time, she enjoys singing, acting, playing various instruments, dancing around her house in her pajamas re-enacting scenes from musicals, and driving leisurely around the valley. After graduation, Emma plans to attend college and major in music.
Emma’s favorite TV show is Pushing Daisies and her favorite movie is Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Her favorite song is “See Through” by Pentatonix and her favorite book series is Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. She is most inspired by her best friends and her most treasured keepsake is her baby blanket.
Emma’s favorite thing to do in the Wenatchee Valley, besides Apple Blossom, is to go shopping in the local antique stores with her friends. Her proudest moment in life to date is getting the lead role in her school’s production of The Curious Savage. If she could trade places with someone for a day, she would trade places with Beyoncé. Emma thinks that she would represent the Wenatchee Valley and the Apple Blossom Festival in the best way possible because she believes herself to be a good role model and a reliable, trustworthy person. She wants to help make a positive impact on the Wenatchee Valley.
Candidate Anissa Sangster
Anissa is the daughter of Cindy Sangster and Corey Sangster. Anissa is the ASB Treasurer of student government, a captain on the Varsity cheer squad, and has been an active member of Key Club, the community service club at her school. Anissa has danced competitively for a local dance studio and works part time at Froyo Earth in Wenatchee. In her spare time, she enjoys exercising, spending time with friends and family, cooking, and watching movies. After graduation, Anissa plans to attend a four year university to pursue a major in Pre-Medicine, and a minor in Spanish.
Anissa’s favorite TV show is Pretty Little Liars and her favorite movie is The Fault In Our Stars. Her favorite song is “I Don’t Dance” by Lee Brice and her favorite novel is My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. She is most inspired by author Maya Angelou and her most treasured keepsake is her bear blanket that she has had ever since she was born.
Anissa’s favorite thing to do in the Wenatchee Valley, besides participate in Apple Blossom festivities, is to hike Saddlerock with her closest friends and family. Her proudest moment in life was becoming an older sister. If Anissa could trade places with anyone for a day, it would be actress Jennifer Lawrence. Anissa feels she should represent the Wenatchee Valley because she desires to positively represent the community she was born and raised in. She has actively participated in the festival events, gaining an understanding of what the festival is about and would love nothing more than to be right at the heart of it.
Candidate Sarah Kneadler
Sarah is the daughter of Bill and Karen Kneadler. Sarah is her school's ASB Secretary, the President of Honor Society, an active member of Key Club, and a varsity cheerleader. She is a violinist in the Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra, and is employed at Desert Canyon Golf Resort. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys playing sports and staying active, playing board games, baking, and spending time with family and friends. After graduation, Sarah plans to pursue her pre medical, and eventually, medical degree.
Sarah’s favorite TV show is Pretty Little Liars and her favorite movie is Mamma Mia. Her favorite song is “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift and her favorite novel is The Jungle by Upton Sinclair. She is most inspired by her ASB advisor, Bob Gallaher, and her most treasured keepsakes are her favorite stuffed animals from when she was a baby.
Sarah’s favorite things to do in the Wenatchee Valley, besides Apple Blossom, are walk by the river and enjoy Pybus Market. Her proudest moment in life was her leadership role in the Maddie Matters fundraiser, which raised money for a young girl’s bone cancer treatment. If Sarah could trade places with anyone for a day, she would trade places with Bill Gates. Sarah feels she should represent the Wenatchee Valley through the festival because she has looked forward to the festival every year, and as she has grown older, been involved in a number of ways. She feels she is a well rounded, well spoken individual who is involved in many aspects of life and would be an effective ambassador for the Valley.
Candidate Gabby Waterman
Gabby is the daughter of Sandy and Gar McDonald and Eric Waterman. Gabby has earned multiple letters in varsity soccer and basketball at her school, she is the secretary of Math Club, and has been an active member of Honor Society all four years of high school. Gabby was employed at Lakeview Drive In and Sorrento’s Ristorante in Chelan the past two summers, and has volunteered to help with Special Olympics basketball during her junior year. In her free time she enjoys reading, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends on the Columbia River. After Gabby graduates, she plans to major in Pre-Medicine at a four-year University, seeking a career in Dermatology.
Gabby’s favorite TV show is The Middle and her favorite movie is The Notebook. Her favorite song is “A Woman Like You” by Lee Brice and her favorite book to read is The Diary of Anne Frank written by Anne Frank herself. Gabby is most inspired by her Grandma Emilie and her most treasured keepsake is a book passed down from her great-grandfather.
Gabby’s favorite thing to do in the Wenatchee Valley, besides Apple Blossom, is to go skiing at Mission Ridge. Her proudest moment in life to date was breaking history at her school as her team made it to State for soccer. If Gabby could trade places with anyone for a day, she would trade places with tv personality Ellen DeGeneres. Gabby feels she should represent the Wenatchee Valley because she wants to give the community the love, support, comfort, and guidance it has given her. She represents good values and leadership, and wishes to act as a role model to allow the Valley to continue growing together.
Candidate Logan Harper
Logan is the daughter of Brian and Heather Harper. Logan is involved in her school's Senate, where she helps plan and conduct activities such as school dances, fundraisers and activities which help give back to the community. Logan works at McGlinn's and Cupcake Blues. In her spare time, she loves to read, write, and spend time with her family, friends & her dog. After graduation, Logan hopes to major in Communications and Journalism so that someday, she can become a journalist and see the world.
Logan's favorite TV show is Friends and her favorite movie is Silver Linings Playbook. Her favorite song is "Kiss Me" by Ed Sheeran and her favorite book is Looking for Alaska by John Green. She is most inspired by her cousin Kelsey, and her most treasured keepsake is a chest her grandmother gave her in which she keeps souvenirs of her favorite childhood memories.
Besides the Apple Blossom Festival, Logan's favorite thing to do is take photos of the beautiful scenery on the Loop Trail. Her proudest moment was landing a spot on the Wenatchee Valley College's President's List while juggling work, dance classes, and school activities. If Logan could trade places with anyone for a day, she would trade places with actress Emma Watson. Logan feels that she should represent the Wenatchee Valley because she was born and raised in the Valley and loves everything about the Apple Blossom Festival. She believes she is a dependable role model who always does her best to make others around her smile.
Candidate Haley Bush
Haley is the daughter of Greg and Mandy Bush. She is currently involved with Interact Club and French Club at her high school. Haley enjoys helping out at the St. Josephs Harvest Festival and their annual crab feed every year. Haley has been involved with dance since she was four years old, taking classes in jazz, tap, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, and ballet. She also works in her uncle’s cherry orchard every summer. In her free time she loves drawing & writing, photography and learning how to play the guitar. In her spare time she likes to have sarcastic conversations with her friends. After graduation, Haley is planning on attending a four year university to major in accounting.
Haley’s favorite TV show is The Following and her favorite movie is Tommy Boy. Her favorite song is “Hero” by Family of the Year and her favorite book is The Shack by William P. Young. Haley is most inspired by her Aunt Melanie and her most treasured keepsake is her mustard seed necklace.
Haley’s favorite thing to do in the Wenatchee Valley, besides Apple Blossom, is to hit up her favorite local restaurant Café Rio and devour a delicious pork salad. Her proudest moment in life to date was when she decided to start the journey to obtain her goals and dreams without letting other’s opinions get in her way. If Haley could trade places with someone for a day it would be the movie character Maleficent because she’s strong, a bit scary, very opinionated, and rocks the color black. Haley feels that she should represent the Valley and the Apple Blossom Festival because she is very proud of this valley and how close and loving this community is, and would love the opportunity to be the one to show it off to others.
Candidate Sierra Hedding
Sierra is the daughter of Tim and Sheri Hedding. Sierra participates in chamber orchestra, swim and dive and played violin in the pit for her school’s production of Phantom of the Opera in 2012. Sierra is the president of her youth group at church, and over the summer works at the local Dairy Queen. In her spare time she loves to run and to read. After graduation Sierra plans to major in pre-medicine and eventually become a doctor.
Sierra’s favorite TV show is Greys Anatomy and her favorite movie is Titanic. Sierra’s favorite song is “I won’t Give up” by Jason Mraz and her favorite book is The Adventures of Jacky Faber by L.A. Meyer. She is most inspired by her grandfather and her most treasured keepsake is her journal.
Sierra’s favorite thing to do in Wenatchee Valley is to hike or to stroll through the water front parks. Her most proud moment in life was participating in the reenactment of the Pioneers over the summer through the duration of a week pulling hand carts. If Sierra could trade places with anyone for a day, she would choose to be her favorite actress, Sandra Bullock. Sierra is a bright and cheerful person and would represent the festival in the most positive manner. She loves Wenatchee and would be honored to stand as a representative of her community.
Candidate Maddy Atwood
Maddy is the daughter of Paul and Kelly Atwood. She is an activities coordinator for her school’s ASB, a member of honor society, a participant in school theater productions, and the assistant business manager for her school’s newspaper. She is also a member of Drama Club and Chamber Singers. Maddy has been involved with the Short Shakespeareans for 11 years and works in her family’s orchard. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, watching movies, and playing games with friends and family. After graduation, Maddy plans to attend a four year university where she will pursue a degree in the medical field.
Maddy’s favorite TV show is Scandal and her most beloved movie is The Court Jester with Danny Kaye. Her favorite song is “anything Disney” and her favorite novel is To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. She is most inspired by her mother and her most treasured keepsake is the multiple souvenirs she has collected from the theater productions that she was involved in.
Maddy’s favorite thing to do in the Wenatchee Valley, besides Apple Blossom, is attending and performing in community theater. Her proudest moment in life was getting the opportunity to play Annie Sullivan in the drama club production of The Miracle Worker. If Maddy could trade places with anyone for a day, she would trade places with Snow White in Disneyland. Maddy feels that she would be a great representative for the Wenatchee Valley because growing up and working on an orchard has taught her the importance of the fruit industry in the valley. She has volunteered for multiple groups in the community and has a great understanding of what the festival is about. With her leadership experience Maddy believes she will be a good role model and she has a strong desire to represent the community.
Candidate Kelly Strang
Kelly is the daughter of Andrew and Sarah Strang. She is the President of Honors Society, and is also a participating member of Chamber Choir, FBLA, and Cross Country, where she recently finished her second season as a captain. Kelly is an active member of her church and serves as President of her Youth Group. She is also taking a period of her school day to help in a Kindergarten class. When she isn’t busy with school or church, Kelly likes to sew, paint, run, read, and play with her six year old brother. After graduation, Kelly plans to fulfill a year and a half mission for her church then return to study at Brigham Young University to earn a degree in Elementary Education.
Kelly’s favorite TV show is Criminal Minds and her favorite movie is Pride and Prejudice. Her favorite song is “Grace Kelly” performed by BYU’s Vocal Point, and favorite book is Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice. She is most inspired by her mother and Elaine S. Dalton, a former world-wide leader for youth. Kelly’s most prized possession is Betty, her 1955 sewing machine.
Other than participate in Apple Blossom activities, Kelly’s favorite thing to do in the Wenatchee Valley is run on the Loop with her friends. Her proudest moment was when she finished Biofeedback Training at Seattle Children’s Hospital. If she could trade places with anyone for a day, Kelly would choose her little brother, Anthony, who has Downs Syndrome. Kelly would be honored represent the Apple Blossom Festival because she loves people and connecting with the citizens of her community.
Candidate Francesca Nevil
Francesca is the daughter of Natalie Noyd and Craig Nevil. She is the President of Honor Society and the leader of the Random Acts of Kindness and Diversity Clubs. She has also been a four year member of both Earth and Key Club, has held ASB positions throughout her high school career and was captain of her undefeated league and district champion Swim and Dive Team. Francesca is employed by Wenatchee Parks and Recreation as youth staff, was a Girls State Delegate, and for the past four years has been an active member serving through Youth United. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, volunteering, learning new things, eating and sleeping. After graduation, Francesca plans to travel to Costa Rica with Capemway Bible School for five months, followed by five months of exploring Europe. Francesca will then return to Washington to attend Gonzaga to major in Education and minor in Spanish and Psychology.
Francesca’s favorite TV show is Friends and one of her many favorite movies is She’s the Man. Her favorite song is “Blown Away” by Carrie Underwood and her favorite novel is Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. She is most inspired by her mother and her most treasured keepsake is a bracelet given to her by her father when she was young.
Francesca’s favorite thing to do in Wenatchee, besides Apple Blossom, is hitting the slopes of Mission Ridge in the winter, hiking on the many trails in the valley in the fall and spring, and enjoying all that Lake Chelan has to offer in the summer. Her proudest moment to date was throughout elementary school when she collected shoes in her school and delivered them to needy children in Mazatlan. If Francesca could trade places with someone for a day, she would trade places with Katie Davis who created “Amazima Ministries” in Uganda. Francesca believes she would represent the Valley and the Apple Blossom Festival well, as she adores this home and all the people and features that make it such a wonderful place to live. Francesca is a very outgoing, compassionate servant leader with much experience and understanding which would make her a genuine and remarkable representative for the Greater Wenatchee Valley.