Roxanne Gothard wants to use her talents to be a positive role model for other girls. The Pilot/Submitted photo
Roxanne Gothard wanted to be an Azalea princess to be a role model for young girls, as past princesses were for her.
“I want to show girls that they can get where they want to go without having to do anything bad,” Gothard said.
Ever since she was a little girl, the daughter of Erick and April Gothard has admired the princesses. She always thought they were smart and talented.
Now that she is a princess, the theatrical girl who isn’t afraid to show her emotions, enjoys spending time with the other princesses. Gothard also liked the public speaking class sponsored by the local Toastmasters International club.
“That was fun,” Gothard passionately said. “I had a blast.”
She learned different tricks speakers can use to make a speech more interesting, and how to catch people’s attention – all of which are quite useful for someone involved in the Brookings-Harbor High School speech and debate team.
Gothard also plays the trumpet, and has been in the concert, jazz and pep bands, has sung in Grace Notes, the BHHS women’s choir, participated in the drama program, run cross country, bowled for the bowling team, applied stage makeup for plays and the annual Halloween haunted house and is the copy editor for the school yearbook.
In her spare time, she likes to draw, take pictures, bake and keep wrestling stats for the BHHS team.
Honors and awards include third place in public debate and second in impromptu speaking at the speech and debate district tournament. She was a member of the 2010 team that received the “Top Ten Academic All State Award” as well.
Gothard also received a Bruin MVP award for a BHHS play, and two “Golden Bucket” awards, recognizing that she pushed herself the hardest for cross country. She was a member of the cross country team that received the “Top Ten Academic All State Award” too.
In the fall, Gothard will attend the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute in Coos Bay to study baking and pastry art. She wants to be a pastry chef.
For her talent, Gothard will sing and accompany herself on piano to “New Beginning,” an original song that she wrote.
Gothard’s advice for future princesses is “Keep an open mind because honestly, whether you’re doing something extremely fun or something boring, having those girls there will make it fun anyway.”