2018 Apple Blossom Festival Royal Court
Queen Gretta Wiersma
Gretta is the daughter of Don and Sue Wiersma she has two brothers, Jake 16 and Nick 13. Gretta serves as senior class president, sports editor for her school’s newspaper, and has participated in both varsity soccer and track her entire high school career. Gretta is also involved with Young Life, Random Acts of Kindness club and is a member of Honor Society. She also enjoys babysitting when she can fit it into her busy schedule. In her spare time, she loves skiing in the winter, hiking in the summer, baking, crafting, and watching movies. After graduation, Gretta plans to major in education and minor in psychology.
Gretta’s favorite TV show is The Office and her favorite movies are Pride and Prejudice or Zootopia. Her favorite song is “Another Day of Sun” by the La La Land Cast and her favorite novels are An Abundance of Katherines by John Green and Princess Academy by Shannon Hale. She is most inspired by both her grandparents and her teachers over the years. Her most treasured keepsake is a handmade necklace from Malibu, British Columbia.
Gretta’s favorite thing to do in the Wenatchee Valley, besides Apple Blossom activities, is enjoying the natural beauty of the river by boating, swimming, running on the loop or just hanging out at the parks. Her proudest moment was when her team won the first league and district titles ever for her school’s soccer program this past season. If Gretta could trade places with anyone for a day, she would trade places with Princess Diana. Gretta feels that she should represent the Wenatchee Valley because she would love the opportunity to give back to a community and place that she loves so dearly. She believes she is a positive role model to younger girls and would approach this opportunity with enthusiasm.
Princess Sophie Castillo
Sophie Castillo is the daughter of Miguel and Megan Castillo, she has one brother, Tony 19. Sophie is involved in her school’s varsity golf team, DECA, FBLA, mock trial team, model United Nations organization, and Key Club. In her spare time, Sophie tutors and job shadows at John Newbery Elementary School and has been involved with the TEDdriven organization. After graduation Sophie plans on going to a four-year university and getting her major in elementary education with an endorsement in special education, and a minor in business.
Sophie’s favorite TV show is Grace and Frankie, her favorite song is “On My Own” from the Broadway Musical, Les Mis, and her favorite book is Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keys. Sophie is most inspired by the improvement and the power of education. Her most treasured keepsake is a necklace that her aunt made for her out of wall paper from her great grandmother’s house.
Sophie’s favorite thing to do in the Wenatchee Valley is to visit The Escape Room. Sophie’s proudest moment to date is being an international top 20 finalist in marketing communications with DECA. If she could trade places with one person for the day it would be with her mom, teacher Megan Castillo. Sophie is most inspired by the progress that her tutoring student Angel has made. As someone who has lived in and loved the Wenatchee valley her whole life, Sophie has experienced the positivity and happiness the Apple Blossom Festival brings. If selected as Royalty, Sophie wants to be the type of representative who kids can look up to. She wants everyone who attends to see just how beautiful it is when the community comes together to celebrate spring in the valley.
Princess Jessica Murray
Jessica is the daughter of Bill and Jodi Murray, she has two brothers, Alex 23 and Matt 20. Jessica is her high school's activities coordinator, co-president of Random Acts of Kindness Club, a member of Honor Society and a Math is Cool instructor. Jessica is a freshman Ignite leader and she volunteers at our local humane society. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys hiking, watching movies, making crafts and journaling. After graduation, Jessica plans to attend a university and double major in mathematics and business.
Jessica’s favorite TV show is Grey’s Anatomy and her favorite movie is The Imitation Game or any film based on a Nicholas Sparks Novel. Her favorite song is “Big Jet Plane” by Angus and Julia Stone and her favorite novel is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. She is most inspired by Malala Yousafzai and her most treasured keepsake is a framed photograph with her brothers dressed up as Peter Pan, Captain Hook, and Tinkerbell from her first Halloween.
Jessica’s favorite thing to do in the Wenatchee Valley, besides Apple Blossom, is to take her dog for walks at the riverfront. Her proudest moment in life was receiving a varsity letter for volunteering over 200 hours in our community. If Jessica could trade places with anyone for a day, she would trade places with Reese Witherspoon because of her promotion for women in leadership positions and advocacy for children's education. Jessica feels she should represent the Wenatchee Valley because besides loving the festival, she believes her leadership skills and positivity would be a strong asset to serving a community that has given her so much.