|Introducing the Azalea Court for 2010|
|Written by Bill Schlichting, Pilot staff writer|
|December 26, 2009 05:00 am|
Five young women have been selected for the 2010 Azalea Court by the Azalea Festival Scholarship Pageant Board.
The princesses for the 2010 court are Kelly Aldrich, Shalynn Doan, Ashley Lueckfeld, Alycia Jacobson and Sarah Lyne Miller. All are seniors at Brookings-Harbor High School.
The court members will begin training for their duties in January, beginning with a speech craft course from the Toastmasters Club.
By tradition, their first public appearance will be with the Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce at a membership luncheon later in the spring.
They will compete for the queen’s crown at the annual scholarship pageant on May 1, and participate in a myriad of duties during the Azalea Festival, set for May 28-31.
The scholarship pageant is operated by an independent nonprofit board, which includes several former members of the court. The Azalea Festival is organized by the Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce.
Kelly Aldrich is the daughter of Tim and Mandy Aldrich of Brookings.
Kelly’s goal in being on the Azalea Court is to teach a message of self-acceptance. “My aim is to stand as proof that honesty and self-acceptance are indeed special,” she said in her application.
Her activities at BHHS have focused on art, including painting the senior hall for this year’s class, teaching art at Brookings-Harbor Christian School, and being one of 30 national finalists in a Lucerne dairy products contest to paint a life-size sculpture of a cow.
Outside of school, she has volunteered for the Brookings-Harbor Garden Club, Relay for Life, and Little League, and has worked part-time at Dairy Queen.
Kelly hopes to study art history or graphic design, and is applying to Southwestern Oregon Community College, Southern Oregon University and the Art Institute of Portland.
Shalynn Doan is the daughter of Greg and Karla Doan of Brookings.
“Out of this experience, my goals are to be that (Azalea princess) role model: the figure of a young, positive, happy and healthy person to look up to,” said Shalynn.
At BHHS, she has been involved in band, the talent show, and the Bruin Hunter yearbook, as well as being nominated for Bruin Cafe and named Soroptimist Girl of the Month.
Outside of school, she has performed as a singer/songwriter at a variety of events, from Brookings Art Walk to the Azalea Festival Street Fair. She had roles in both “Grease” and “Jolly Roger and the Pirate Queen.” Her art and photography have been displayed at the Curry County Fair, the Coos Art Museum and at the Art Walk. She has been a student of Tae Kwon Do for 10 years.
Shalynn plans to study audio engineering and production at Portland Community College or the Art Institute of Seattle, with the ambition of becoming a recording artist and record producer.
Ashley Lueckfeld is the daughter of Jennifer Kelley and Eric Lueckfeld.
“I really like having a busy schedule and being a part of as many things as I can,” Ashley said. “It makes me feel involved and gives me a sense of success.”
At BHHS, Ashley sings with the Sea Breeze Choir, is senior class treasurer and co-leader of the Spirit Committee. She’s a captain of the cheerleading team, and placed third at state in individual competition.
Outside of school, she participates in a variety of community services projects and holds down three part-time jobs: at Town & Country Animal Clinic, at Redwood Theater, and helping a private party with transportation and chores.
Ashley is applying to both Oregon State University and Western Oregon University, planning to major in pre-nursing so that she can become a registered nurse in pediatrics.
Alycia Jacobson is the daughter of John and Amber Jacobson of Brookings.
“My goal on Azalea Court is to be a good role model to everyone who looks up to the princesses,” she said.
Alycia has been active in Leadership Class at BHHS, holding a student office every year as well as being manager for volleyball. This year, she is senior class president, head of the committee raising funds for Doernbecher Childrens Hospital, and organized Bruin Day and the Winter Sports dance.
Outside of school, she has been active in 4-H for eight years.
Alycia plans to major in animal science at Oregon State University, then go on to veterinary school.
Sarah Lyne Miller
Sarah Lyne Miller is the foster daughter of Bob and Katy Horel.
“I love to help out in the community,” she said.
At school, she is in the Leadership Class, is vice president of the Interact Club, sings in the jazz choir, plays softball, and has been honored both with Bruin Cafe invitations and being named Soroptimist Girl of the Month.
Outside of school, she has helped with the KASPER program, is a member of Southern Oregon Coast Youth Leaders, and worked last summer as a lifeguard at the Brookings City Pool.
Sarah Lyne has applied to Southwestern Oregon Community College and Eastern Oregon University, with the goal of becoming an elementary school teacher.