Marge Woodfin, Pilot staff writer

The 2010 Azalea princesses were able to cross two assignments off

their long lists of scheduled appearances and activities this week.

The five princesses attended their Toastmasters Speechcraft

graduation ceremony Tuesday at the Chetco Community Public Library, and

then they put their public speaking skills to the test when the they

received their tiaras Thursday during the Brookings-Harbor Chamber of

Commerce forum luncheon at the Brookings Inn Resort.

Each year the Chetco Chatterers Toastmasters Club provides a

six-week training program to help the young women hone their speaking

skills in preparation for their appearance at the Azalea Festival

pageant on May 1 at Brookings Church of the Nazarene.

The training is aimed at increasing leadership skills and confidence by accepting responsibility for a different activity at each meeting, demonstrating logical thought in an atmosphere of fun and fellowship.

The princesses took charge of Tuesday evening's program with Shalynn Doan acting as toastmaster, Alycia Jacobson leading the invocation and pledge, and Kelly Aldrich tormenting the other princesses with her table topics for short extemporaneous speeches. Sarah Lyne Miller served as grammarian, presenting the word of the day, and Ashley Lueckfeld adding a bit of levity as the joke master.

Family and friends applauded the princesses' performances, especially their prepared speeches, which included a summary of plans for college and career.

Aldrich announced that she looks forward to a career in the art world after completing her education at Southern Oregon University and the Art Institute of Portland.

Doan said that she plans to study audio engineering and production at Portland Community College, aiming for a career as a recording artist and record producer.

Lueckfeld said that she has applied to both Oregon State and Western Oregon universities to major in pre-nursing to become a pediatric nurse.

Jacobson is looking forward to majoring in animal science at Oregon State University on her way to becoming a veterinarian.

Miller is planning on a career as an elementary teacher following completion of studies at Southwestern Oregon Community College.

The princesses also told of their career plans when they introduced themselves during the chamber forum. After the speeches, Les Cohen, Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce executive director, presented each girl with her tiara.

andndash; Reporter Bill Schlichting contributed to this story.

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