The Azalea Pageant board has selected five girls to serve as Azalea Princesses for 2012 – Jaime Alto, Roxanne Gothard, Louie Deraita, Emerald Rose Dodson and Breanna Moen.
During the next four months, the princesses will be preparing for the Azalea Scholarship Pageant, scheduled in early May. There, one will be crowned queen and reign over the annual Azalea Festival scheduled for Memorial Day weekend.
Alto, 17, is the daughter of Lloyd Alto and Dione Alto and has lived in Brookings all of her life. She enjoys cooking and aspires to be a chef and restaurateur.
She also enjoys music, which includes piano and voice. She has been studying piano for the past two years and has been singing all of her life. Her vocal background includes singing with Sound Wave at Azalea Middle School and Sea Breeze at Brookings-Harbor High School and she was selected for honor choirs at both schools. She plans to present a musical piece for her talent at the pageant.
Being on stage is nothing new for Alto as she has been in several church plays. Also, at her church, she has been involved with Impact.
“I am almost always helping others and doing things around the community,” Alto wrote in her application. “I love my life.”
Gothard, 17, is the daughter of Erick Gothard and April Gothard. She has lived in Brookings all her life. She plans to become a baker at one of three culinary institutes for which she has applied.
“Baking is a passion for me,” Gothard said in her application. “I bake when I am happy, sad, or just want to do something special for someone.
Gothard enjoys music, which includes playing trumpet and singing, as well as drawing and acting. She has performed several roles with the Chetco Pelican Players, as well as doing stage makeup.
At Brookings-Harbor High School she has been involved in debate, yearbook and cross country. In the community she has participated in such events as Relay for Life.
Deraita, 17, is the daughter of Pam and Steve Deraita has lived in Brookings for the past 11 years.
She is involved in a variety of activities in the community and at Brookings-Harbor High School. She participates in Leadership, Lions Club, Leo Club, Honors Society and sports. She enjoys ballet, soccer, track and art.
After high school, Deraita would like to study English because of her love for writing and literature. However, she would like to keep her options open.
“The main reason I want to further my education and go to college is to find out what I really want to do with my future,” Deraita wrote in her application.
Emerald Rose Dodson
Dodson, 17, is the daughter of Anne and Josh Richey and has lived in Brookings for the past six years.
Dodson aspires to attend Pacific University in Forest Grove to become a physician’s assistant in the hematology or oncology field. She has already begun preparing for her chosen profession by attending Camp MD at Southern Oregon University during the summer. Participants job-shadowed physicians; talked with emergency medical technicians, dentists, dental assistants, wilderness medical practitioners and physician’s assistants.
“This is the best and most important experience I’ve ever had,” Dodson wrote in her application. “It helped me make up my mind about my future.”
Dodson’s hobbies include hiking, swimming, baking, reading and working.
Moen, 17, is the daughter of Ken and Tammy Stebbins and has lived all of her life in Brookings.
Her hobbies include photography, drawing, writing poetry and theater. She is known for her roles in Chetco Pelican Players’ productions. She is also involved in Leadership Class at Brookings-Harbor High School as well as choir and band.
Moen plans to attend college in the fall with the goal of earning a master’s in business administration with a minor in photography. Her career goal is to open a photography studio and be in business for herself.