Five Brookings-Harbor High School seniors have been chosen for the 2011 Azalea Festival Court.
They are Emilee Bottoms, Brianne Dodgen, Meredith Horel, Ashley Juarez and Liz Lindley.
The Azalea Scholarship Pageant Board made the selections based on applications and interviews with interested students.
The five court members will compete for the title of queen of the Azalea
Festival at the annual pageant on Saturday, May 7. The sponsorships,
program sales and pageant ticket sales that they earn will become
college scholarships for the members of the court.
The court starts weekly training sessions in January, beginning with "speech craft" classes conducted by the Toastmasters Club.
The Azalea Festival, held Memorial Day weekend, May 27-30, is a project of the Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce.
Emilee Bottoms is the daughter of Tim and Tifini Bottoms. She holds a 3.68 GPA at BHHS.
"I have wanted to be an Azalea princess since I was 12," Bottoms said in her application. "My goals in being part of the Azalea Pageant are to become a well-known member in the community and to show younger girls that being a good student and participating in a variety of activities can be fun and challenging."
At BHHS, she has been in a variety of Leadership Class activities, president of her class the past two years and an all-league goalie for the soccer team, and was chosen as the 2010 Homecoming Queen.
Outside BHHS, she is a Sunday school teacher at Calvary Assembly of God Church, and works at The Hunger Stop.
Bottoms is considering Portland State University, Linn-Benton Community College or Oregon State University for training to become an elementary school teacher.
Brianne Dodgen is the daughter of Patrick Dodgen and Susan Dodgen, and the sister of 2008 Azalea Princess Justine Dodgen. She has a 3.9 GPA at BHHS.
"I would like to become a role model for young girls in the community," said Dodgen. "One of the best advantages of joining the Azalea Court is the opportunity to illustrate to the Brookings community the capability of our youth in being accomplished, talented and on the road to a bright future."
At BHHS, she has helped with a variety of activities including National Honor Society service projects. Outside of class, she is an office assistant at Active Life Physical Therapy Center and enjoys a variety of volunteer activities, including being music leader for the Church of the Nazarene's Sunday School.
Dodgen is applying to University of Oregon and Southern Oregon University, with plans to become a music producer or audio engineer.
Liz Lindley is the daughter of Paige and Bernie Lindley. She has a 4.0 GPA at BHHS.
"I have watched the pageant religiously each year since I was seven years old, and have always idolized the princesses," said Lindley in her application. "It would be a great honor to become one of those young women in my senior year."
At BHHS, Lindley is secretary of the student government and vice president of the honor society, as well as a member of the Sea Breeze choir and the dance team. Outside of school, she is active at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, helps coach the Azalea Middle School dance team and works at Slugs 'n Stones 'n Ice Cream Cones.
Lindley has been accepted at both Smith College and Willamette University. She plans a pre-medical major, with hopes to eventually earn a doctorate in child and family psychiatry.
Ashley Juarez is the daughter of Rebecca and Fred Juarez. She has a 3.02 GPA at BHHS.
"My goal in being a part of the Azalea Court is to become a more distinguished part of this community," she said in her application. "I would love to be known throughout Brookings as a role model to younger girls."
Also an active member of the Leadership Class, Juarez competes in soccer, basketball and track for the Bruins. Outside of class, she coaches a youth basketball team and works at Bernie Bishop Mazda.
Juarez is applying to Linn-Benton, Lane, Southwestern Oregon and Portland community colleges, with plans to major in child development and then open a day care and pre-school center.
Meredith Horel is the daughter of Bob and Kathy Horel. She has a 3.9 GPA at BHHS, and is the sister of 2010 Azalea Princess Sarah Miller.
"She is one of the reasons I want to be an Azalea princess. She had a great experience," said Horel. "I am eager to be able to represent my community and school in a positive way, and I look forward to the responsibility and dedication it takes to be a princess."
Horel is the student representative on the school board and a member of the Knowledge Bowl team, the speech and debate team and the pep band. She has logged more than 300 community service hours during her high school career. During the summer, she works as a lifeguard at the city pool.
Horel is applying to seven colleges across the country, with plans to major in physics and pursue a career in math or science.