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Don Seabrook | Apple Blossom time

Every year we publish a page of the Apple Blossom top ten candidate biographies with their official photograph to preview this coming Saturday’s selection night.

Seeing that on our internal story budget, I called festival administrator Darci Christoferson to get some ideas about when I could photograph the top ten out in the community. The idea would be to use that image on page A1 or A2 to reference the biographies in the other section of the paper last Friday, Jan. 31.

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Washington State Apple Blossom Festival Administrator Darci Christoferson hugs royalty candidate Chelsea Wickel after Wickel went through a mock panel interview session Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020.

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Washington State Apple Blossom royalty candidate Kelly Norland talks to chaperone Allison Womack to evaluate her interview with a mock panel interview Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020.

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Washington State Apple Blossom royalty candidate Carmen Valencia begins a mock panel interview in front of apple blossom volunteers in a room at the Rivertop Bar and Grill in Wenatchee Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. All ten candidates sat through a ten minute interview, later going over notes taken by observers to improve their skills. They will meet with the real judge panel on the morning of the Cashmere Valley Bank Royalty Selection Pageant, Saturday, Feb. 8. The panel interviews count for 25% of the vote. There are still tickets available for that evening. According to Festival Administrator Darci Christoferson the practice interviews have been going on for about 10 years. "The panel interviews help the candidates tremendously for the real thing," she says. The observers talked to judges after each interview and relayed information to the candidates about how they entered the room, their posture, speaking volume, confidence, and answers to their questions.

Photo Editor Don Seabrook: (509)661-5225

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I was born in Wenatchee, went to Eastmont High School, graduated from the University of Washington with a communications degree in journalism. I have a wife and three children.

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