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Sanchez named queen during annual scholarship competition

Stella Sanchez of Cascade Christian was crowned Pear Blossom queen during the 27th annual scholarship competition Saturday night at the North Medford High School Auditorium.

Sanchez and her court will ride in the 64th annual Pear Blossom Parade, set for April 8 in downtown Medford. She will also receive a $2,000 college scholarship sponsored by Kogap Enterprises, Inc.

Kristina Ribeiro, North Medford High, finished as the first runner up, and Anna Wilder, Logos Public Charter School, was the second runner up. The other princesses are McKenna Frison, Crater High School; Ariana Segura, Phoenix High; Savanna Breiholz, Prospect Charter School; and Jeweliana Burgoyne-Russell, South Medford High. Each princess will receive a $500 college scholarship. 

Contestants were 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.

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.

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

Stella Sanchez