WENATCHEE — A new trio of Wenatchee Valley girls were crowned Apple Blossom Royalty for 2023 at the Royalty Selection Pageant Saturday night.
Queen Scarlette Cron, Princess Dylan Schmitten and Princess Natalie Pearson were selected to reign over the 104th Wenatchee State Apple Blossom Festival by five judges. The Top Ten finalists, bit.ly/3jAOQ7X, took the stage at the Numerica Performing Arts Center, vying for the crowns and to represent the community. The candidates delivered a prepared speech, as well as taking on a round of impromptu questions in front of the packed audience.
Cron, the daughter of Adrienne Andersen and Matt Regan and Tobias and Marcia Cron, was named queen and plans to attend Western Washington University to major in sociology.
“I’m most looking forward to having younger girls in the community be able to look up to me and set a really good example for them as to how you should lead and what a positive role model looks like at our age,” Cron said during an interview. “Try to send out positive messages about self esteem.”
Pearson, daughter of Travis and Kristen Pearson, was named princess and post-graduation plans to attend Eastern Washington University in a dental hygiene program.
“I think service leadership is the ability to put others before yourself when you are being a leader,” Pearson said during the impromptu question round.
Schmitten, daughter of Brandon and Shannon Schmitten, was named princess and plans to attend Boise State University and major in education.
“I learned (about myself in this experience) that I’m able to do a lot more than I think I’m capable of,” Schmitten said in an interview.
Over $31,000 in scholarships was doled out to the Top Ten finalists who competed in the pageant. As queen, Cron, pocketed a $10,000 scholarship, which was provided by the Wenatchee Applarians, a pool of local ambassadors who support the Wenatchee Valley Apple Blossom Festival. Both princesses, Schmitten and Pearson, received a $5,000 scholarship. Each finalist was awarded at least $1,000 in scholarships.
In other honors:
- Sophia Kinniger won the Achievement Award.
- Kendall Flanagan took home the Most Photogenic Award.
- Elisha Bartlett received the Community Involvement Award.
- Hannia Hernandez-Mendoza was awarded the Congeniality Award.
- Finnley Ottley won the Most Original Speech Award.
Kathy and Mark Lewis were selected for the Leman Johnson Award, which highlights exceptional volunteerism.
For the 2023 royalty, the upcoming agenda is slated with over 180 appearances at local events, parades across the state and community luncheons to represent the Wenatchee Valley. Royalty will also be featured in the Apple Blossom Festival’s Stemilt Grand parade, set for May 6. The festival will run from April 27-May 7.