Selection for the Manson Apple Blossom Royalty will take place Saturday, January 24th at 6:30 p.m. at the manson High School Gym.
The theme for this year's Apple Blossom Festival is "The First Harvest."
Here are this year's candidates:
Katelyn April Stocker - Katelyn April Stocker is the 18 year old daughter of Frank and Kathy Stocker. She has a younger sister, Kimberly.
Katelyn was on the honor roll. She played on the volleyball team and the golf team for Manson. She helped with the concessions, food drive, blood drive, and is a volunteer at the Habitat Thrift Store.
Since childhood, Katelyn’s interests and hobbies have been swimming, hiking, camping, golfing, traveling, sewing, singing, volleyball, and American Sign Language. Her after school activities include dance, gymnastics, karate, jump roping, and choir.
Katelyn says "I would really appreciate the opportunity to be on the Manson Apple Blossom Royalty because I would enjoy the new experiences and challenges. I could also be an example for people who are shy like me to show you can overcome personal obstacles. I hope to increase my own self confidence and learn how to enhance my own natural beauty."
Katelyn would like to attend college at George Fox University, WSU, or North West College of Art and Design. Her goal is to become a special effects artist, American Sign Language interpreter, or a vocal performer.
Katelyn's favorite TV shows are Psych and Quantum Leap and her favorite novels are Distant Waves and The Running Dream.
Aylee Willow Neff - Aylee Willow Neff is the eighteen year old daughter of Greg and Sue Neff. She has 3 older brothers: Aaron, Kyle, and Schuyler, and 2 older sisters: Megan and Keisha.
Aylee is a member of FFA, was a State Creed Speaker in 9th grade, was treasurer in 10th grade, and was president 11th and 12th grade. She has been a member of National Honor Society for 3 yrs.
Aylee was Class President in 10th grade. In her junior year she was both the “Washington Aerospace Scholar” and a“Joint Science Educational Project Semifinalist” as well as Chelan County Fair Ambassador.
Aylee has been on the High Honor Roll grades 9-12. She has participated in concert, marching and pep bands all throughout her high school career.
Aylee played basketball grades 9 and 10, volleyball grades 9-12, and track and field grades 9-12. She qualified for the State 2B track championship meet for the last three years.
Aylee enjoys spending time with family, volunteering at the community library, reading, baking, sewing, and drawing.
Aylee says "Becoming Manson Apple Blossom royalty stands for more than just a crown; it represents a desire to give back to the community I love and be a part of the community celebration that focuses on bringing people together. I firmly believe in those values at the festival."
Aylee's future plans are to attend the University of Washington to major in Biochemical Engineering.
Her favorite TV show is Bones and favorite book is Miss Rumphius.
Jana Russell - Jana Leigh Russell is the seventeen year-old daughter of Julie Russell. She has an older brother, Jesse, and his fiancé, Andrea Rainey, who are both attending the University of Washington.
Jana is a member of Honor Society, has been on the Knowledge Bowl state team her junior year, and in FFA for 4 years where she served as photographer, sentinel, treasurer, and state participant her junior year.
Jana was the treasurer for her junior class and currently her senior class, ASB representative/treasurer, and senior representative to the local association of student councils.
Jana played volleyball 4 years, was captain her senior year, has played basketball 4 years, and track 3 years. She was captain of the track team her junior year.
Jana is an avid reader, has been snowmobiling for 5 years, swims, babysits, and enjoys holiday baking.
Jana says " Along with serving and representing the Manson community, I want to be Apple Blossom Royalty to prove to myself, the community, and every shy little girl out there, that with a little hard work, dedication, and of course, a smile, dreams really can come true."
Future plans for Jana include attending a four-year university such as the University of Washington or Stanford. She wants to major in Biochemistry and then work at a cancer research center.
Jana's favorite TV shows are Glee and America's Got Talent and her favorite novels are the Harry Potter series.
Kristen Adrienne Gibson - Kristen Adrienne Gibson is the seventeen year-old daughter of Brock and Tanya Gibson. She has 2 older brothers, Adam and Bret.
Kristen has been on the high honor roll and earned Academic letters throughout her high school years.
She lettered in volleyball and softball, serving as captain of both teams, and received the Most Consistent Server her Junior year. She was voted “Most Inspirational Cheerleader” for the Basketball season her freshman year, and "Most Inspirational" in volleyball her senior year.
Kristen was a member of FFA as a Freshman, has been in Knowledge Bowl all 4 years, has been in the National Honor Society for 2 yrs, and FBLA for 2 yrs, where she currently serves as the Vice-President.
Kristen was ASB Secretary her senior year and Assistant Secretary during her junior year.
Kristen was chosen to attend the Washington State Legislative Conference in her junior year and the Washington Student Leaders Conference in her senior year. She also received Best of Show in the regional art show, for a sculpture she created with two partners.
Kristen has enjoyed skiing her whole life. She also enjoys volleyball, kayaking, hiking, Cross Fit, watching football, and spending time at her Grandma Hobbie's boat shop in the summer.
Kristen says. "There are not enough words to express the love I have for this community. I have deep roots here and I cannot imagine loving any town as much as I love Manson. To represent my community as Apple Blossom royalty and to be a role model for little girls, as past royalty were for me, would be the greatest honor and a dream come true."
Future plans for Kristen include attending the University of Washington to earn a degree in Communications and Business Administration. Her dream is to become a sideline reporter for the National Football League.
Her favorite TV show is Hart of Dixie and the Harry Potter series are her favorite novels.
Kendra Lynn Ellsworth - Kendra Lynn Ellsworth is the eighteen year old daughter of Mike and Diana Ellsworth. She has two older sisters, Sierra and Hailey.
Kendra is currently ASB Vice-President and previously served as Secretary and Assistant Secretary. She has attended Chewelah Peak Leadership Camp and was an ASB delegate to WASC. She has served as Class President for two years.
Kendra participated in Knowledge Bowl for two years, FFA for 4 years and was an officer for 3 of those years. She raised the Grand Champion Market Hog in 2013 as well as receiving a Reserve Champion ribbon for Showmanship.
Kendra lettered in varsity volleyball 3 years receiving the "Top Offensive Player" award and was chosen as the "First Team All -League". She has lettered in varsity basketball all 4 years, receiving the "Captains Award" and "Most Inspirational" award. Kendra has lettered in varsity softball for 2 years and received the "Team Captain" and "MVP" awards and was chosen as the "First Team All-League" last year.
Kendra enjoys fishing with her Dad, spending time with her family, and playing with their huge chocolate lab, Oakley. She also enjoys Cross Fit, scrapbooking, and trying new Pinterest projects. She loves to sing, but doesn't call it one of her talents.
Kendra says "Manson Apple Blossom is a wonderful tradition that I have always known I wanted to be a part of. It would be an honor to have the opportunity to be a part of the royalty that represents our community and shares with others the beauty of our small town."
The future plans for Kendra are to attend Central Washington University where she will major in Elementary Education.
Her favorite TV show is The Walking Dead, and favorite novels are the House of Nights Series.