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Strawberry Festival crowns Royalty

 

Christopher Andersson

The 2017 Strawberry Festival Senior Royalty Court, from left, Princess Harmon Uppal, Queen Sarah Turral and Princess Denise Jacobsen.

The Marysville Strawberry Festival crowned their new 2017 Senior and Junior Royalty members during the April Friesner Memorial Royalty Scholarship Pageant on Feb. 25.

Candidate Sarah Turral was crowned as this year's Queen, while Denise Jacobsen and Harmon Uppal are this year's Princesses.

In this year's Junior Royalty Court are Jimena Yanez, Rozlynn Edwards and Elizabeth Turral.

Queen Sarah Turral is a junior at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.

Her favorite subject is chemistry and she participates in many aspects of the school, such as being vice-president of the academic bowl Hi-Q team and as part of the National Honor Society.

"National Honor Society gives me the opportunity to tutor kids who need a little extra help," she said.

She plays saxophone in concert and jazz band and enjoys photography and traveling.

Sarah's mother was a part of the Strawberry Festival Royalty in the past and inspired her to join the competition.

"She shared what they did for the community and I thought it would be a good way to give back," said Sarah.

As Queen she hopes to serve the community.

"I want to be part of the Strawberry Festival Royalty so that I can continue helping my community, representing it and making new friends," she said.

After being crowned as Queen, Sarah said she was excited to represent the festival. "My cheeks are starting to hurt from all the smiling, but I'm very blessed to be in this position," she said.

Princess Denise Jacobsen is a senior at Marysville Getchell International School of Communications and takes classes at Everett Community College as part of the Running Start program.

She enjoys English, being part of her school's drama club and playing the guitar and ukulele.

In 2011 she served on the Junior Royalty for the Strawberry Festival. "Ever since then I've been preparing for this," said Denise.

Now that she has been crowned as one of the Princesses in this year's festival she said it feels surreal.

"It doesn't feel real. I've been waiting for this for so long so I'm like 'it's over?'" she said.

She is looking forward to giving back to the community in programs like the Reading with Royalty program, where Royalty members help kids read.

Princess Harmon Uppal is a senior at Marysville Getchell Bio-Med Academy and participates in the Running Start program at Everett Community College.

She is the president of the National Honor Society at her school, which has given thousands of volunteer hours back to their community.

"I like being president because it gives me an opportunity to encourage others to volunteer," she said.

Harmon said she loves animals, and volunteers at a local veterinary hospital, and is a vegetarian.

She said she remembers many Strawberry Festivals when she was younger.

"One year my cousin was on the court and I just watched her get off the float and she was so excited," said Harmon. That experience inspired her to try and join the court this year.

She said she has was feeling anxious before the pageant but is happy to be a part of the court now. "This is the fun part."

Junior Royalty Rozlynn Edwards is a seventh-grader at Totem Middle School.

Christopher Andersson

The 2017 Strawberry Festival Junior Royalty Court, from left, Jimena Yanez, Elizabeth Turral and Rozlynn Edwards.

She volunteers her time feeding the homeless and supporting a garden at the Marysville Community Food Bank.

In the future she hopes to study neurology or engineering.

Jimena Yanez is also one of the Junior Royalty and is an eighth-grader at 10th Street Middle School.

Since she was 5 years old she has played the piano and has been recognized as all-state band.

She volunteers to walk and train dogs for the Everett Animal Shelter.

Junior Royalty member Elizabeth Turral is the sister of this year's festival Queen and is an eighth-grader at 10th Street Middle School.

In the school's jazz band she plays clarinet and tenor saxophone.

Last year she was a part of the state champion mock trial team at the school.

 

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