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Kylee Hussey is awarded a $2000 scholarship in Senior Royalty Scholarship Pageant

Kylee Hussey is awarded a &

36;2000 scholarship in Senior Royalty Scholarship Pageant

A senior at Cascade Christian High School will reign over this year's Pear Blossom Festival.

Kylee Hussey was crowned Pear Blossom Queen Saturday night at the 13th annual Senior Royalty Scholarship Pageant at North Medford High School. 2002 Queen Anne Wintemute crowned Hussey.

First runner-up is Samantha Mott from Phoenix High School, and second runner-up is Ali Rotar of Eagle Point High School.

Other members of the court are Nicole Preston of Ashland; Sheri Costelow of Crater; Savannah Spencer of North Medford; Jamie Nelson of Butte Falls; and Alexandra Dean of Rogue River. All the princesses get a &

36;500 scholarship and Hussey will receive a &

36;2,000 scholarship sponsored by Umpqua Bank.

Pageant is sometimes a negative word, said Darcey Mann-Self, pageant director, as she addressed audience and the girls in shimmering evening gowns. We like to call this a scholarship extravaganza.

She noted that the court members had been selected from more than 50 applicants for their community involvement and leadership. They were judged on their leadership skills, interviews with judges, writing and presenting an essay on Where do we go from here? and answering impromptu questions.

Judges were Jean Turner, an assistant manager at Sears; Jeff Heaton, meteorologist at KOBI TV; Ellen Ashbaugh, a vice president and business development officer at Umpqua Bank; and Bill Eckart, executive director of the Fruit Growers League.

Brian O'Connor, a local radio personality, hosted the festivities. The evening's entertainment included singers Just 4 Fun and the Gentlemen Songsters, and dancers from Bear Creek Country Dancers and Dance Arts.

The court will preside over the Pear Blossom parade April 12 and attend other community events throughout the year.

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Bryson Campbell, 5, of Central Point and Tiasie Mackenzie, 5, of Medford were crowned Junior Pear Blossom king and queen Saturday. Mail Tribune / Jim Craven - Mail Tribune Jim Craven