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Pear Blossom Festival kicks off with scholarship award, Junior Royalty crowning

South Medford High School's Rayna Zohar was chosen out of eight high school seniors for a $2,000 scholarship on Saturday, kicking off the 62nd Pear Blossom Festival since 1954. Jorden Zeigler and Caitlin Campbell were the first and second runners-up. Contestants were judged on school leadership skills, academic achievement, community involvement and essay writing. They also underwent interviews with community judges and answered impromptu questions on stage.

Mikaia Mellas and Judah Wallis were named as the festival's Junior Royalty Court earlier in the day, said festival director Darcey Mann-Self. The festival runs through April 12.

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Jorden Zeigler
Caitlin Campbell