2017 Top Ten Candidates
Candidate Lily Waterhouse
Lily is the daughter of Dan and Sharon Waterhouse. Lily is the captain of her high school tennis team, has been involved in varsity soccer and basketball and played on the Unified Basketball Team. She attended Evergreen Girls State over the summer and has been in Honor Society for three years and participates in the Running Start program. Lily is a group leader at her church and loves to volunteer in her sister’s classroom. She works for Wenatchee Parks and Recreation and helps with youth basketball, Special Olympics, day camps, social programs for adults with disabilities, and tennis lessons. In her spare time Lily enjoys playing board games, hiking and exploring the Wenatchee Valley with her family. After graduation Lily plans to attend Biola University and major in psychology, continue on with her masters and become a counselor at an elementary school.
Lily’s favorite TV show is Full House and her favorite movie is Cheaper by the Dozen. Her favorite song is “Try Everything” by Shakira and her favorite novel is The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Lily is most inspired by her mom because of her generosity and love for people. Her most treasured keepsake is a bracelet that a little girl from Mexico made for her while on a mission trip.
Lily’s favorite thing to do in the Wenatchee Valley, besides Apple Blossom, is playing tennis. Her proudest moment in life was winning her second consecutive district singles tennis title. If Lily could trade places with anyone for a day, she would trade places with her four-year-old cousin. Lily feels she should represent the Wenatchee Valley because she loves her valley and would be an exceptional role model to other young girls in the community.
Candidate Emily Thompson
Emily is the daughter of Rebecca and Thad Duvall and the late Charles Thompson. Emily is the treasurer of her school’s chamber choir, served as a 2016 cross country captain, and was chosen as a senior trainer for Natural Helpers' camp. Emily volunteered at the museum this past summer and worked at Listen and Learn Daycare in the summer of 2015. In her spare time, Emily likes to sing, dance, hangout with friends, watch movies, hike, camp, and visit her adorable nephews. After graduation, Emily plans on attending Brigham Young University and majoring in music.
Emily's favorite TV show is Pysch and her favorite movie is McFarland USA. Her favorite song is "Taste the Feeling" by Avicii and Conrad Sewell. Emily's favorite books are the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling. She is most inspired by her older sister Rachel and her mom, and her most treasured keepsake is a photo of her and her dad when she was a baby.
Emily's favorite thing to do in the Wenatchee Valley, besides Apple Blossom, is to go boating and tubing on the river. Her proudest moment in life was completing her Young Womanhood Recognition, an award from her church for achieving certain personal growth requirements. If Emily could trade places with anyone, she wouldn't, because she loves her life and all the wonderful people in it. Emily believes she could represent the Wenatchee Valley because she has lived in Wenatchee her whole life, and loves the Apple Blossom Festival. Emily loves this valley and will always feel at home here.
Candidate Amy Sand
Amy is the daughter of Brian and Diane Sand. Amy is in her high school’s marching band, Wind Ensemble, and is a part of the senior senate combined with ASB, and a former cheerleader. Amy has been a volunteer at Highgate Senior Living, and has worked in orchards as a summer job. In her spare time, she enjoys being on the competition dance team at Fabulous Feet Dance Studio, playing the piano, going four-wheeling, listening to music, and singing. After graduation, Amy plans on majoring in criminal justice.
Amy’s favorite TV show is New Girl and her favorite movie is The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Her favorite song is “Wait” by M83 and her favorite novel is TH1RTEEN R3ASONS WHY by Jay Asher. She is most inspired by her ASB teacher Mr.Grothe and her most treasured keepsake is her bear that she’s had since she was a small child.
Amy’s favorite thing to do in Wenatchee Valley, besides Apple Blossom, is to perform with the marching band at football and basketball games. Her proudest moment in life was winning the 2016 Sweepstakes Award at the Auburn Veteran’s Day Festival with the band. If Amy could trade places with anyone for a day, she would trade places with Selena Gomez. Amy feels she should represent the Wenatchee Valley because she brings energy and enthusiasm to anything she does. She’s a very sociable person, and loves meeting new people. She appreciates the apple industry because her family has made a living from it and she would love to be able to give back to the community by promoting it.
Candidate Halston Harn
Halston is the daughter of Michael and Tammy Harn. Halston is the captain of her school’s cross country team and has also participated in tennis and choir throughout high school. Halston is actively involved in Young Life, Honor Society and Natural Helpers. In her spare time she enjoys makeup, shopping, hiking, boating, and spending time with family and friends. After graduation, Halston plans to attend a 4 year university to major in business and minor in Spanish.
Halston’s favorite TV show is Gossip Girl and her favorite movie is Shawshank Redemption. Her favorite song is “Hoops” by The Rubens and her favorite novel is Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. She is most inspired by her grandmother and her most treasured keepsake is all of the scrapbooks her mother has made for her throughout her life.
Halston’s favorite thing to do in the Wenatchee Valley, other than Apple Blossom, is to go skiing at Mission Ridge in the winter. Her proudest moment in life was reaching the summit of Mount Adams. If Halston could trade places with anyone for a day, she would trade places with the president of the United States. Halston feels she should represent the Wenatchee Valley because she has enjoyed and been involved in Apple Blossom her whole life. She loves living in the valley and wants to give back to the community that has given her so much. She believes she is a good leader and role model that would represent her community well.
Candidate Madelynn Albert
Madelynn Albert is the daughter of Steven and Robin Albert. Madelynn is a member of her high schools FFA and trapshooting team, and is an ASB officer at the Wenatchee Valley Technical School. Madelynn regularly volunteers her time with The Taste of Washington, and the East Wenatchee First Baptist Church AWANA program. In Madelynn’s spare time she loves to bake, paint, sing and hang out with friends. After graduation Madelynn plans to attend Wenatchee Valley College and transfer to Eastern Washington University to obtain a teaching degree.
Madelynn’s favorite TV series is Bones and her all time movie pick is My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Her favorite song is “Riser” by Dierks Bentley, and Forevermore by Cathy Hake is her book of choice. Her favorite keepsake is a ring that has been handed down by 3 generations. Madelynn has been inspired by family friend, Pete Savage through his ministry outreach program.
Madelynn’s favorite things to do in the Wenatchee Valley besides Apple Blossom include exploring the loop trail, fishing, hunting and shopping downtown. The proudest moment of her life came when she completed Hunters Education and got her certificate. If she could trade places with anyone for a day, it would be with Amelia Earhart. Representing the Wenatchee Valley as a part of the Apple Blossom Royalty has been a dream of Madelynn’s since her first Apple Blossom Parade 8 years ago. Madelynn loves being involved in our community and believes she has the skills and positive attitude to represent our beautiful area with grace and dignity.
Candidate Paige Chvilicek
Paige Chvilicek is the daughter of Jeff and Brigid Chvilicek. Paige has been an active member of DECA for four years, an Honor Society member and a freshmen orientation leader throughout high school. Paige has been dancing for 8 years at Next Step Dance Studio, and has been a dance instructor for 3 years. She is also a barista at a local coffee shop. In her spare time, Paige enjoys hiking, cooking, shopping, and playing with her dog. After graduation, Paige plans to attend a four year university and double major in marketing and public relations.
Paige’s favorite TV show is Friends and her favorite movie is Sleepless in Seattle. Her favorite song is “She Will Be Loved” by Maroon 5 and her favorite book is The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. She is most inspired by her mom and her most treasured keepsake is a letter her grandfather wrote her when she was in elementary school.
Paige’s favorite thing to do in the Wenatchee Valley, besides Apple Blossom, is to run on the loop trail and hike. Her proudest moment in life was seeing her four year old dance students performing on stage for the first time. If Paige could trade places with anyone for a day, she would trade places with Amy Poehler. Paige feels she should represent the Wenatchee Valley because she has lived in Wenatchee her entire life and has been attending Apple Blossom events as long she can remember. She believes that she is a strong example of positivity, kindness and involvement and would love to represent her community.
Candidate Alissa Riker
Alissa is the daughter of David and Candi Riker. Alissa dances competitively at Fabulous Feet Dance Studio and plays violin for her school’s chamber orchestra. Alissa works at Cascade Veterinary Clinic and volunteers her summers as a counselor at Lake Wenatchee YMCA Camp. In her spare time Alissa enjoys walking her dog in her neighborhood, roller blading on the loop trail, and visiting the kitties at the Humane Society. After she graduates, Alissa plans on starting the vigorous journey to becoming a pediatric cardiologist.
Alissa’s favorite TV show is Grey’s Anatomy and her favorite movie is Night at the Museum. Her favorite song is “Renegade” by Styx and her favorite novel is Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Alissa’s middle school leadership teacher, Heidi Sherman, most inspires her.
Alissa’s favorite thing to do in the Wenatchee Valley other than Apple Blossom is going to the Stemilt Store and getting ice cream. Her proudest moment in life was completing 420 volunteer hours at Y-Camp in summer of 2016. If Alissa could trade places with anyone for a day, she would trade places with the famous dancer, Melanie Moore. Alissa feels she should represent the Wenatchee Valley because she has an enthusiastic attitude toward Apple Blossom festivities and a great love for the Wenatchee community. These attributes can serve as a great role model and representation for the community.
Candidate Emily Prieto
Emily is the daughter of Thomas and Herminia Prieto. Emily is a member of both Interact Club and MEChA, along with being Key Club's secretary she is also on the bowling team and involved with the youth group at a local church. Emily has also been working recent summers to save money for college and for her family. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, watching movies and spending time with her friends and family. After graduation, Emily plans to major in social work and minor in Spanish.
Emily’s favorite T.V. show is The Fosters and her favorite movie is Under the Same Moon. Her favorite song is “King of my Heart” by Love & the Outcome, and her favorite novel is House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. She is most inspired by her younger sister and her most treasured keepsake is a small pearl in a small box, which symbolizes the value of a person.
Emily’s favorite things to do in the Wenatchee area besides Apple Blossom events are hiking up Saddle Rock and going to cafés with her good friends. Emily’s proudest moment was when she received a varsity letter in community service. If Emily could trade places with anyone for a day, she would trade places with Wonder Woman. Emily feels that she should represent the Wenatchee Valley and the Apple Blossom Festival because as she has lived her whole life in Wenatchee, she is an example of the importance of serving others and the importance of this festival. She’s always been involved within the community and being part of the royalty would lead her to achieve an even greater understanding of her home and become a great representative of what the valley has to offer.
Candidate Julizia Cervantes
Julizia is the daughter of Agustin and Anjelica Cervantes. She is a two year member of her high school’s varsity cheer team, is a member of the Unified Club, and Leadership. Julizia also volunteers her time assisting wrestling matches during home events, Pop Warner cheer for young girls, and u10 boys soccer in the spring. In her spare time, Julizia likes to explore the beauty of the valley and likes to hike, photography, and baking delicious goods. After graduation, Julizia plans to attend college to receive her Masters in Education with a focus in history.
Julizia’s favorite TV show is Modern Family and her favorite movie is A Girl Like Her. Her favorite song is “Life is Worth Living” by Justin Bieber and her favorite novel is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. She is most inspired by her parents and their hard work and dedication to be exemplary individuals. Her most treasured keepsake is the memories of her great grandmother before she passed away. If Julizia could trade places with anyone for a day, she would trade places with Queen Elizabeth II.
Julizia’s favorite thing to do in the Wenatchee Valley, besides Apple Blossom, is to go to the Columbia Riverfront on a warm day, and dip her feet in the water with her mother by her side. Her proudest moments in life, are the days she became an older sister to both of her brothers. Julizia believes she should represent the Wenatchee Valley because she was born and raised in the Apple Capital of the World. She grew up watching the apples blossom in the 50 acres of orchard her grandfather managed and the dedication of hard labor it takes to nurture this valley. Julizia knows the significance of Apple Blossom and what it means to this community.
Candidate Judith Torres
Judith is the daughter of Roberto and Delia Torres. She is the editor in chief of her school’s yearbook, a member of Key Club and Random Acts of Kindness Club, and has been participating in the Sports Medicine program at her school for three years. Judith has worked with tutoring elementary and middle school students through Centro Latino since her sophomore year and is an active member in her church. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with friends and family, watching movies, and traveling. After graduating high school, she plans to major in elementary education.
Judith’s favorite TV show is New Girl and her favorite movie is She’s the Man. Her favorite song is “Pretty Hurts” by Beyoncé and her favorite novel is Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. The person who inspires her the most is her mother. Her most treasured keepsake is a ring gifted to her by her grandmother for her first communion.
Judith’s favorite thing to do, besides Apple Blossom events, is to spend time with friends finding new places to hang out. Her proudest moment in life is when she participated in a very successful food drive for the homeless students in her school and community. If Judith could trade places with anyone for a day, she would trade places with Angelina Jolie. Judith thinks she should represent the Wenatchee Valley and the Apple Blossom Festival because she is a passionate and devoted individual who was born and raised in Wenatchee and is ardent about the valley itself and the festival.