WENATCHEE — Until Saturday, Roslyn Thompson’s proudest moment was singing in the Janice Franz talent show.
But on Saturday night, the Wenatchee High School senior and daughter of Bil and Angell Thompson was crowned Apple Blossom Queen. And a new proudest moment was born.
Joining Thompson in the 95th Apple Blossom royal court are princesses Caroline Dahl, daughter of Dr. Jim and Brenda Dahl, and Nikara Morgan, daughter of Paddy Blessing and Jeremy Morgan.
They were chosen from among 10 candidates who gave speeches, displayed their talents, and answered impromptu questions for a chance to reign over Wenatchee’s largest event.
The day’s events overwhelmed the new queen, and her princesses, who were nearly speechless.
“I feel like I’m in a dream and I think my heart is not beating right now,” Thompson said just after being selected.
The new queen said music has always been a big part of her life. She remembers being enthralled by her grandfather playing and singing in the back yard. She sings and writes music in her free time. And she chose the college she plans to attend — Hillsong Leadership College in Australia — because she heard a band from there. “I read their mission statement and it was exactly how my heart felt,” she said.
But for now, Thompson and. all expressed gratitude to Apple Blossom organizers and the community for giving them the opportunity to represent them.
Festival Administrator Darci Waterman said she’s proud of all of the young women who were selected to participate in this year’s pageant. “They did an amazing job all day and all night. I was just super proud of all 10 of them,” she said.
The 2014 royalty will spend the next few months attending luncheons and community events, and will attend over 20 parades and other events around the region.
Other awards presented to the candidates on Saturday night included:
Achievement Award: Olivia Janney, daughter of John and Colette Janney.
Community Involvement Award: Roslyn Thompson, daughter of Bil and Angell Thompson.
Most Photogenic Award: Caroline Dahl, daughter of Dr. Jim and Brenda Dahl.
Congeniality Award: Madison Ransford, daughter of Dana Ransford and Peter Ransford.
Most original Speech: Lupe Martinez, daughter of Gabriel and Velinda Martinez.
The Lehman Johnson Award for service to the festival went to Fred and Ann Deal. Mrs. Deal was Apple Blossom Queen in 1958, and Dr. Deal has driven dignitaries and performed countless other tasks for the festival.