Five Brookings-Harbor High School seniors have been chosen by the Azalea Pageant Committee to compete for the title of Azalea Festival queen.
The girls are Kristi Leigh Bansemer, Lindsey Davis, Tarah Ann Dougherty, Kristin Weichers and Jessica L. Wood.
Between now and the pageant scheduled the first Saturday in May, the girls will learn how to be princesses, including the walk, the wave and the curtsy. They will also receive speech training, dining etiquette, makeup and hairstyling.
Bansemer, the daughter of Jim and Deanna Bansemer, has dark blonde hair, green eyes and stands 5-feet, 9 inches. She has 14-year-old twin brothers, Kenton and Chase, and includes her pomeranian, Mango, as family.
The princess rates family life as important, including cooking and eating together, which she credits for her passion for food, cooking, nutrition, exercise and wellness.
Because of this interest, she plans to major in nutritional science when she attends college in the fall. She has applied to New York University, Pepperdine University and University of Nevada, Reno.
Bansemer would like to minor in political science in college. She has volunteered at the local Republican office and has signed up to be a "Bush Team Leader."
"I'm a very passionate person and politics gets me fired up," Bansemer said in her Azalea Court application.
Her community and school involvement includes serving as president of the Brookings-Harbor Youth Association's Teens-2-Teens organization and vice president of the National Honor Society. She also has served as junior class treasurer and has been involved in leadership.
At BHHS, she has played volleyball for two years, varsity basketball for three years and was on the track team for two years.
As for why she would like to be on the court, she wrote in her application that "The first year I attend the pageant in sixth grade, I was filled with admiration for each of the princesses on the Azalea Court. Since then I have looked forward to the year when I could apply to be one of the five girls chosen to represent her community, and that time has finally come.
"I strive to be a positive roll model for younger kids, and I strongly feel that this pageant is a perfect opportunity to present myself to the community and make a positive lasting impression in young minds.
"Being on the Azalea Court is a remarkable honor, and I would love to accept it, and really get to know four other girls who have similar aspirations."
Blonde-haired, blue-eyed Lindsey Davis is the daughter of Tom Davis and Shari Shattuck.
The 5-foot, 4-inch Brookings-Harbor High School student has been dancing for 12 years, including all four years of high school. For three years she has served as a Bear Delights dance team captain. She plans to perform a jazz dance routine for the talent competition at the pageant.
Along with dancing, her hobbies include snowboarding and surfing. She also is interested in cinema and animation, which she would like to study in college.
She has applied to University of Southern California, University of California (UC) Los Angeles; UC Santa Cruz and University of Oregon.
In addition to dance team participation, she has been involved with the National Honor Society serving as president and senior class vice president.
Davis wrote in her application that she would like to be a member of the Azalea Court because "I think that being on the Azalea Court would be a great chance to learn new things and to meet new people.
"It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I would love to be able to have this wonderful opportunity to learn and grow," Davis said.
Tarah Ann Dougherty
With an interest in theater arts, Dougherty plans to study drama at Reed College in Portland and present a monologue to show her talent at the pageant.
The 5-foot, 3-inch blue-eyed red head is the daughter of Wendy Appleton and Timothy Dougherty.
The BHHS student has been involved in acting for the past six years and has served as the Bruin Players drama captain during her junior and senior years.
Dougherty has served as captain of the speech team and has been involved with the Knowledge Bowl, student council, National Honor Society and is serving as secretary of Brookings-Harbor Youth Association's Teen-2-Teen board, student body secretary and co-chair of the Doernbecher Children's Hospital committee.
Aside from school, Dougherty works as a barista at Buzz Bean Espresso. In her free time she enjoys oil and watercolor painting, and reading.
"I would like to not only be a role model, but to represent my school," Dougherty wrote in her court application. "Also, I am going to be a first-generation college student and I need scholarships to be able to attend.
"Most important is being a role model to young women in our community."
After graduation, Weichers plans to attend either Brigham Young University or Oregon Institute of Technology to become a dental hygienist.
The BHHS senior has been involved with the Bear Delights dance team for the past four years and has been in choir since the eighth grade. This year she is a member of the Sea Breeze jazz choir.
To demonstrate her talent during the pageant she plans to either dance, sing, play the piano or flute.
Dancing and singing are among her hobbies, too. She also enjoys reading and scrapbooking.
She also is involved as president of her Young Women's Youth Group at her church and will receive a certificate for attending a four-year early morning seminar program. Weichers has served as a mentor for Girls State in Salem and is secretary for the National Honor Society and senior class.
"I feel it is a great opportunity and honor to be selected on (the) court," Weichers wrote in her application. "It has been a dream of mine since I moved to Brookings in the third grade. I'd love to represent my school and community in a positive and productive way."
Weichers is 5-feet, 5-inches tall, has brown hair with blonde highlights and brown eyes.
She is the daughter of Jerry and Chris Weichers and has three older brothers and one younger brother.
Jessica L. Wood
Wood has been a member of the Bear Delights dance team at BHHS for the past four years and is co-captain of the team this year.
Utilizing her experience, she plans to present a jazz dance routine during the talent portion of the pageant.
In addition to dance, she also enjoys hanging out with friends and supporting teams sports.
Hazel-eyed Wood has dark brown hair and stands 5-feet, 6-inches tall. She is the daughter of Bill and Leslie Wood.
At school she has been a member of STARS (Students Today Aren't Ready for Sex) and is in her first year in leadership. Wood has been honored several times for the school's Bruin Caf.
In addition, Wood is a first year member of the re-established mentor program. Four days a week she works with a student at Kalmiopsis Elementary School.
After high school, Wood plans to attend Lane Community College or Western Oregon University to study business.
Wood wrote in her application that she would like to be a member of the Azalea Court because, " Ever since I can remember, I have watched the princesses parade across the stage showing their talents and beauty.
"I have always dreamed of joining the select few that get to show their grace, showmanship and stunning looks on the stage in the lights, in front of the whole community.
"To be on the court would be a great honor a perfect way to spend my final year in Brookings fulfilling my responsibilities as a princess."