2018 Top Ten Candidates
Candidate Brynn Sherrell
Brynn is the daughter of Jimmy and Paula Sherrell. Brynn is the president of her school’s house system, vice-president of Key Club and has been involved with her school’s yearbook. She has been part of Student United Way where she completed over 800 hours of community service, earned her four-year varsity letter and was elected treasurer. She has also received varsity letters in mock trial and ultimate Frisbee. Brynn also enjoys participating in her schools reading buddy program and being a nanny, she currently works at McGlinn’s Public House in Wenatchee. In her spare times she enjoys reading, watching movies and spending time with friends and family. After graduation, Brynn plans to major in communications with a minor in public relations.
Brynn’s favorite TV show is Friends and her favorite movie is Pretty Woman. Her favorite song is “My Girl” by The Temptations and her favorite book is A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks. She is most inspired by her mom and her most treasured keepsake’s are her families photo albums.
Brynn’s favorite thing to do in the Wenatchee Valley, besides Apple Blossom, is driving above the valley to admire the beautiful sunsets and laughing and playing cards with her friends. Her proudest moment was going outside of her comfort zone and attending her first mission trip. If Brynn could trade places with anyone it would be Princess Diana. Brynn has grown up participating in Apple Blossom events and has always admired the way Apple Blossom has brought the community together. She believes her perseverance, open heart and loving personality would help her represent the values of the festival and our community.
Candidate Brooke Mott
Brooke is the daughter of Ed and Sherry Mott. Brooke is enrolled in the Running Start program through Wenatchee Valley College and currently works as a nanny to an infant and toddler. During her sophomore year, Brooke lettered as a first year cross country runner for her high school. Brooke's favorite way to be involved in the community is through Grace City Church with the photography team being her favorite. She was excited to help this team video tape the first ever Apple Blossom Opening Ceremonies. Brooke also serves on the childcare and hospitality teams at her church as well as the youth leadership team with which she participated in the clean-up following the Pateros fires. In her spare time, she enjoys wakeboarding, horseback riding, photography, snowboarding, and four-wheeling. After graduation, Brooke plans to earn a degree in elementary education.
Brooke's favorite TV show is Heartland and her favorite movie is The Ultimate Gift. Her favorite song is "While I'm Waiting" by John Waller and her favorite book is Though None Go With Me by Jerry B. Jenkins. She is most inspired by her grandmother and her most treasured keepsakes are the photos she has of family, friends and adventures.
Brooke’s favorite thing to do in the Wenatchee Valley besides Apple Blossom events, is to spend time at Mission Ridge and Lake Chelan. Her proudest moment in life was going on a mission trip to Roatan Honduras last April. If Brooke could trade places with anyone for a day, she would choose Sadie Robertson. Brooke feels that she should represent the Wenatchee Valley because not only was she born and raised here, she understands and appreciates what makes the beautiful Wenatchee Valley so great. She has a strong desire to represent the wonderful people of this community, and to be a role model to those around her.
Candidate Estela Navarro
Estela is the daughter of Ed and Deborah Navarro. Estela is the Senior Drum Major for her school’s marching band, a member of her school’s mock trial team, Model United Nations, Honor Society, and Key Club. Estela paged in the Washington State Senate in March 2017 for Senator Brad Hawkins, and she is a Brand Associate at Old Navy. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the clarinet, baking, and playing with her dogs. After graduation, Estela plans to attend a university and major in economics, policy, and law in order to pursue a career as an attorney.
Estela’s favorite TV show is The Office and her favorite movie is Elf. Her favorite song is “Talking To The Moon” by Bruno Mars and her favorite novel is Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech. She is most inspired by her band director, Mr. Kovach and her most treasured keepsake is a cookbook that is filled with all of her grandma’s favorite recipes.
Estela’s favorite thing to do in the Wenatchee Valley, besides Apple Blossom, is to cheer on her school’s sports teams while participating in band. Her proudest moment in life was winning Best Drum Major at the 2017 Auburn Marching Band Competition. If Estela could trade places with anyone for a day, she would trade places with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Estela feels she should represent the Wenatchee Valley because she brings great leadership qualities as well as compassion and an attitude to serve. Her goal is to make a positive impact in the Wenatchee Valley, and she would love the opportunity to give back to the community that has given her family so much.
Candidate Shayn Stanaway
Shayn is the daughter of Eric and Sandy Stanaway. Shayn is a varsity volleyball player for her high school, an active member of Key Club and Honor Society. She is a running start student at Wenatchee Valley College and is on track to receive her AA degree upon graduation. Shayn was selected to be a student ambassador for the Wenatchee Valley Misawa Sister City in 2014. In her spare time, Shayn enjoys reading, painting, writing in her daily journal, playing golf and baking treats. After graduation, Shayn plans on attending a university and majoring in nursing and minoring in journalism.
Shayn's favorite TV Show is Grey's Anatomy and her favorite movie is Remember the Titans. Her favorite song is "What Do I Know?" by Ed Sheeran and her favorite novel is The Hobbit by J.R. Tolkien her favorite author is Dr. Seuss. Shayn is most inspired by her older sister Mikel, and her most treasured keepsakes are flattened pennies from memorable trips.
Shayn's favorite thing to do in the Wenatchee Valley, besides Apple Blossom events, is going to dinner at her favorite local restaurants with her family and attending the Wenatchee Valley Super Oval. Her proudest moment was helping her high school volleyball team go to state for the first time in school history her junior year, then repeating it again as a senior this season. If Shayn could trade places with anyone for a day, she would choose Jennifer Lawrence. Shayn should represent the Wenatchee Valley because she gained experience building relationships with others while representing the Wenatchee Valley in Japan. She wishes to have the opportunity to positively influence her community and to impact the lives of others.
Candidate Jessica Murray
Jessica is the daughter of Bill and Jodi Murray. 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.
Candidate Aryana Villafuerte
Aryana is the daughter of Julio and Claudia Villafuerte. Aryana is the Lieutenant Governor of the River Academy, Eastmont, Wenatchee, Cashmere, and Cascade High School Key Clubs. Aryana is also an Editor of her school Yearbook and is involved in the reading buddy program. Aryana serves as the president of the Student United Way Youth Leadership Council and works at McGlinn’s in Wenatchee. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering, babysitting, and going to her grandmother's house. After graduation, Aryana plans to major in non-profit management.
Aryana’s favorite TV show is Friends and her favorite movie is The Devil Wears Prada. Her favorite song is “Better Together” by Jack Johnson and her favorite novel is Paper Towns by John Green. She is most inspired by her mom for her hard work and determination to provide their family with endless opportunities. Aryana’s most treasured keepsake is a photo box filled with family and childhood photographs.
Aryana’s favorite things to do in the Wenatchee Valley, besides Apple Blossom, are going to different coffee shops and having lunch on the Wenatchee Riverfront Park Moorage with good friends during the summer, and being involved with Wenatchee Valley Kiwanis. Her proudest moment was being inducted as the Pacific Northwest Key Club District Lieutenant Governor of Division 52. If Aryana could trade places with anyone for a day, she would trade places with Selena Quintanilla. Aryana feels she should represent the Wenatchee Valley because she was born and raised in the valley and she loves serving the community and people of Wenatchee who have given her a wonderful and safe place to call home. As a leader, Aryana believes that her love and devotion to others will allow her to represent her community as it rightfully deserves.
Candidate Gretta Wiersma
Gretta is the daughter of Don and Sue Wiersma. 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.
Candidate Lauren Thompson
Lauren is the daughter of Andrew and Anita Thompson. Lauren is an active member in the drama club as well as International Thespian Society and participates in National Honor Society. Lauren serves as a youth leader at her church and manages the lighting board for events held at her church, as well as directing church productions. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, drawing, reading, and going camping. After graduation, Lauren plans on majoring in film or creative writing.
Lauren’s favorite TV show is Downton Abbey and her favorite movie is The Count of Monte Cristo. Her favorite song is “Feeling Good” by Michael Bublé and her favorite novel is The Princess Bride by William Goldman. She is most inspired by her mom and her most treasured keepsake is a ring her parents bought for her.
Lauren’s favorite thing to do in the Wenatchee Valley is eating ice cream at the Owl Soda Fountain. Her proudest moment was the first time she received a role that had more than two lines in a school production. If Lauren could trade places with anyone for a day, she would trade places with Queen Elizabeth II so she could be surrounded by all her corgis. Lauren feels that she should represent Wenatchee Valley because she truly thinks that Wenatchee is one of the best places to live and loves Apple Blossom. She also sees this as an excellent way to connect with more people in the community.
Candidate Rebecca Hall
Rebecca is the daughter of Chris and Jodie Hall. Rebecca is currently the ASB President at her high school, a four-year varsity athlete, and an active member of senate for over six years. Rebecca has lettered in community service for more than 150 hours of volunteering in one year, and currently serves as a youth volleyball coach. In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys playing sports, working on art projects, and hanging out with friends. After graduation, Rebecca plans to play volleyball for Whitman and pursue pre-medicine.
Rebecca’s favorite TV Show is Grey’s Anatomy and her favorite movie is Love, Rosie. Her favorite song is “Location” by Khalid and her favorite novel is The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks. She is most inspired by her dad, and her most treasured keepsake is the letters she received from her parents while she was attending Natural Helper’s Camp.
Rebecca’s favorite thing to do in the valley, besides Apple Blossom, is to go swimming in the river during the summer. Her proudest moment in life is when her high school volleyball team made it to state for the first time in history. If Rebecca could trade places with anyone for the day, she would trade places with Beyoncé Knowles. Rebecca believes she should represent the Wenatchee Valley because she has lived within the community her entire life and is incredibly proud to be a part of it. She has always loved being active within the community and believes this is a great opportunity to give back and celebrate those who have developed the festival.
Candidate Sophie Castillo
Sophie Castillo is the daughter of Miguel and Megan Castillo. 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.