The Azalea Pageant board has selected five girls to serve as Azalea Princesses for 2013 — Jessica McKee, Brandi Rodgers, Taylor Simon, Kayla Webre and Sarah Ziemer.
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.
McKee, 18, the daughter of Kathy and Dan McKee, enjoys singing and playing piano. She has taken two years of piano and was a member of Grace Notes choir at Brookings-Harbor High School. She desires to use her musical experience for the talent portion of the pageant.
Following graduation from high school, she plans to pursue a degree in medical imaging to become an ultrasound technician. She is applying to attend Oregon Institute of Technology, Boise State University and Seattle University.
Currently her high school activities include student government, soccer, softball and National Honor Society. When not involved in school, she enjoys camping, hiking, water sports, baking and reading.
Seventeen-year-old Rogers aspires to earn a doctorate degree in sports medicine and has applied to several universities throughout the country. To learn more about her chosen career path, she shadowed physical therapy Mike Worthey of Brookings-Harbor Physical Therapy for her senior project.
She plans to use her athletic skills for her talent presentation in the pageant, although she admits she has a few other ideas in mind, including a musical act.
At Brookings-Harbor High School, she is involved in National Honor Society, student government and cross country. Her hobbies including running, spending time at home, hanging out with friends, studying, reading, listening to music, volunteering and working out.
Rodgers is the daughter of Sherrey Rodgers and Nick Rodgers.
Simon, 17, has been accepted to Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls where she plans to study radiology and pursue a career in vascular technology or ultrasound technology.
For her talent, Simon plans to play a guitar and possibly sing. She has taken guitar, violin and clarinet lessons. Prior to moving to Curry County three years ago, she wrote articles for the Granite Bay High School Gazette. She continues to enjoy writing, blogging and reading as well as playing soccer and volunteering in school and community activities.
Simon is the daughter of Michelle Chylik.
Webre, the daughter of Sharon Webre and Steven Webre, grew up in Brookings and enjoys drawing and painting, “though I am mostly an avid doodler,” she wrote in her application. She also enjoys reading.
Because of her love of art, Webre, 17, plans to do a speed art demonstration during the talent portion of the pageant.
In school, she has been involved in leadership, which has given her opportunities to be involved in the community.
Following graduation, Webre aspires to become a paramedic. She has applied to Southern Oregon University, University of Oregon and Oregon State University, as well as Penn State University.
Ziemer, 17, has not only been involved in community theater, Girl Scouts and 4-H at the local level, but has spent a month in Mongolia as part of a 4-H exchange program.
At Brookings-Harbor High School, she is involved in leadership, student government and art classes. She has had her art displayed at the Coos Art Museum in Coos Bay as well as in the Azalea Festival art show.
Her hobbies include drawing, painting, photography, acting, hiking, reading, baking, singing in the shower and baking. For her talent, she plans to tell a story.
Ziemer, the daughter of Lauri and Tom Ziemer, plans to pursue a career in pediatric nursing. Her dream is to work at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. She is applying to Linfield College, Warren Wilson College and Southern Oregon University.