The Azalea Pageant Scholarship Committee has interviewed applicants and has selected five girls to serve as princesses for the 2014 Azalea Festival.
The chosen are Mallory Darger, Morgan Early, Michaela George, Kendra Graham and Mikaela Lea.
The princesses, all seniors at Brookings-Harbor High School, will undergo training that includes public speaking, walking, makeup, poise and dining etiquette. One princess will be crowned Azalea Festival queen at the Azalea Pageant in early May. Prizes will also be awarded for first runner-up, miss congeniality and for most tickets sold. All will receive scholarships.
Darger, 18, the daughter of Sue Darger of Harbor, has applied to several universities to study ultrasound and aspires to be an obstetric sonographer.
Her hobbies include running, yoga, baking, drawing, interior decorating, movies and photography. She has taken classes in art and band and she has helped coach the Azalea Middle School dance team. She plans to present her dancing skills during the talent portion of the pageant.
The princess also enjoys going to the beach and the river with her family and friends as well as being involved in her church.
Darger has lived in Brookings all of her life and said she has been influenced by previous Azalea princesses.
“It would be my great pleasure and privilege to be that kind of role model for the young girls in our community,” Darger wrote in her scholarship application.
Early, 17, the daughter of Gary and Val Early of Brookings, enjoys sports, fishing and hunting, following in the footsteps of her mother, a fishing guide. Because of her mother’s career, Early has been able to enjoy life in both Brookings and in Alaska.
Her goal is to become an attorney. Her plans are to major in communications before attending law school. She has applied to George Fox University and Linfield College in Oregon as well as Montana State University.
The princess was a member of the Azalea Middle School dance team and has been involved as a dance team coach. She plans to use this experience to present an original dance for the pageant talent competition. She also was involved in choir and public speaking — plus she enjoys shopping.
Early said she enjoys volunteering.
“When I was little, my mom would drag me around to all her nonprofit organization events,” Early wrote in her application. At first, she admits she didn’t enjoy it, but when she learned more about what it’s all about, she was hooked.
Princess Michaela Renee, 17, who enjoys theater, is currently playing a princess in the upcoming Chetco Pelican Players’ production of “The Clumsy Custard Horror Show”
George is known for her theatrical roles with the Chetco Pelican Players as well as Brookings Harbor Community Theater.
In addition to acting, she enjoys playing and writing music, dancing, reading and running. She performs her music on piano and guitar. She is a member of Sea Breeze choir at BHHS and shares her dance skills with children by being an instructor at The Dance Zone.
George, the daughter of Lisa and Michael George of Brookings, has been influenced by music all of her life and plans to major in music and become a teacher. She has applied to Oregon State University, Corban University and California State University-Chico.
Graham, 17, is a newcomer to Brookings, having only lived her two years, and has already taken an interest in being a princess and what they represent — community service.
In her application, Graham shared an experience where she saw an elderly man fall in a convenience store. She and her mother, Renee Graham, went to help him.
“He thanked me and I could see the happiness in his eyes,” Graham wrote. “At that very moment I knew I loved helping people.” She continued that being an Azalea princess would benefit her “by furthering my interest in helping people and being a great role model.”
Her ambition is to work in government. She has applied to Oregon and Portland state universities and plans to major in economics.
She has been involved in cheerleading, dance, sports and mentoring children. For her talent, she plans to present an African lyrical dance.
Lea, 17, the daughter of Michelle Robidoux and Mark Lea of Brookings, aspires to attend Oregon State University to study health education and the German language. After obtaining her degree, she is considering joining the Peace Corps.
She has also applied to Linn-Benton Community College and Southern Oregon University and she is also considering studying elementary education and communications.
“My future looks bright,” Lea wrote in her application. “I have so many plans and ambitions; it is as if my life hasn’t even started yet. As for a career, I don’t know what I truly want to do, but I do know I want it to be bigger than myself.”
Lea went on to say, “I don’t believe I should make up my mind on what I want to spend the rest of my life doing before it has even begun.”
In school, Lea has been involved in Rotary Interact, dance and acting. Her hobbies include singing, playing chess, cooking, photography, running, drawing, stargazing, dancing and traveling. For her talent, she plans to perform an original song.