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Pear Blossom Royalty: Osmaida Balbuena

EDITOR'S NOTE: Nine Jackson County senior girls have been selected as princesses to compete for the title of queen of the 2013 Pear Blossom Festival in Medford. Following is biographical information about one of the girls; bios for all the girls will be published between March 20 and March 28.

Princess: Osmaida Balbuena

Age: 17

City: Medford

School: Phoenix High School.

Parents: Jose Ramon Balbuena and Maria Rodriguez.

Honors and Awards: Honor roll (grades 9-12), Student of the Month, perfect attendance.

School Activities: Varsity soccer, math team, Sparrow Club (chief fundraiser).

Civic Involvement: Volunteer at Rogue Regional Medical Center, tutors kids at Listo, a program that teaches ESL parents English.

Future Education/Career Plans: Plans to attend Southern Oregon University to pursue a career in nursing.

The 23rd annual Senior Royalty Scholarship Pageant will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 30, in the North Medford High School Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for students and free for children under 6.

Pear Blossom Royalty: Osmaida Balbuena