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Seven vie for Pear Blossom Festival queen

Seven Jackson County high school senior girls will compete to be queen of the 64th annual Pear Blossom Festival in Medford.

The 27th annual scholarship competition will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at the North Medford High School Auditorium, 1900 N. Keene Way Drive, Medford.

Contestants are McKenna Frison, Crater High School; Anna Wilder, Logos Public Charter School; Ariana Segura, Phoenix High; Kristina Ribeiro, North Medford High; Savanna Breiholz, Prospect Charter School; Jeweliana Burgoyne-Russell, South Medford High; and Stella Sanchez, Cascade Christian.

The contestants will be judged on school leadership skills, academic achievement, community involvement, an interview with the judges, writing and presenting an essay, and answering impromptu questions on stage.

School activities directors hand out applications to interested senior girls at Rogue Valley high schools. The Senior Royalty Committee chooses the top five from each school, and then each school selects its princess. More than 50 applications are received each year from area schools.

Each princess earns a $500 college scholarship. The winner becomes queen, reigns over the Pear Blossom Parade April 8 and receives a $2,000 college scholarship sponsored by Kogap Enterprises, Inc.

Doors to the pageant open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for students and free for kids younger than 6.

Over the last 27 years, the Pear Blossom Festival Association has given out more than $150,000 in scholarships to more than 150 young women in the community. The pageant was created in 1991 by the late Patti Bills and Darcey Mann-Self and Val James to add a new dimension to the Pear Blossom Festival and a scholarship opportunity.

Entertainment includes the Dance Arts Center and winners of the USA Dance Young Ballroom Dance Competition, held in February.

The Pear Blossom Junior Royalty Court, to be selected earlier that day, will present bouquets donated by Corinne’s Flowers to the princesses.

For more information, call pageant director Darcey Mann-Self at 541-840-7209.

Contestants for 2017 Pear Blossom Queen are, top row from left, Anna Wilder, Ariana Segura, Jeweliana Burgoyne-Russell, Kristina Ribeiro. Bottom row from left are: McKenna Frison, Savanna Breiholz, Stella Sanchez.