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Eight will compete for Pear Blossom title

Eight Jackson County high school seniors will compete to serve as queen of the 2004 Pear Blossom Festival during the 14th annual Senior Royalty Scholarship Pageant, scheduled for 7 p.m. March 27 at the North Medford High School auditorium.

Sarah Cate, Ashland High School; Natalie Brown, Cascade Christian High School; Brianna Beck, Crater High School; Chelsea Schoenlein, North Medford High School; Rebecca Nitcher, Phoenix High School; Joy Ingraham, South Medford High School; Sarah Erickson, Eagle Point High School; and Lauren Schwartz, St. Mary's High School.

During the selection process, the Senior Royalty Committee chose the top five applicants from each school. Each school then selected its princess. Contestants were required to have a grade-point average of 3.5 or better.

Each princess will be judged on school leadership skills, academic achievement, community involvement, an interview with the judges, essay writing and presentation, and answers to impromptu questions on stage.

Each princess earns a &

36;500 college scholarship. The winner becomes queen, receives a &

36;2,000 college scholarship and reigns over the Pear Blossom Parade on April 10.

Doors open at the pageant at 6:30 p.m. Admission is &

36;3 for adults, &

36;1.50 for students and free to children under 6.

For more information, call pageant director Darcey Mann-Self at 840-7209.