The Marysville Strawberry Festival crowned their 2019 Royalty March 2 at the April Friesner Memorial Royalty Scholarship Pageant.
Marysville-Pilchuck High School senior Natalia Zieroth will be this summer's Queen while M-PHS senior Brionna Olson and Marysville Getchell High School senior Jael Hudson are the Princesses.
Maryfest, the nonprofit organization that runs the Strawberry Festival, provides a $5,000 scholarship to the queen and $3,500 scholarships to the princesses.
Emma Abele and Karis Lewis, 10th Street Middle School students, will be the 2019 Junior Royalty members.
Queen Natalia Zieroth is passionate about golf and has been accepted into the University of Idaho's PGA Management program.
"About five minutes into the campus walk I said 'this is where I want to go to school,'" she said in her speech.
However, the program is very selective and Zieroth needed to improve her golf skills.
"I played daily, in the rain and the freezing weather, and even on long summer days … spending hours chipping ball after ball," she said.
She was eventually accepted into the program, one of five women accepted, and hopes to one day be involved in the golf industry or be a pro player.
Natalia is also involved in community service and is on the editorial staff for her school's yearbook.
At the pageant she was crowned as this year's Queen.
"I was a little surprised, but definitely very excited to get this opportunity to represent Marysville," she said.
She said she enjoys the Strawberry Festival because it brings all of Marysville together.
"The parade is very cool to see the whole community get together in one place," she said.
"Thank you for this opportunity and I really appreciate it," she said.
Princess Brionna Olson said that she used to avoid social interaction but has enjoyed getting involved at her school.
"I wasn't the smartest kid in school or the tallest. I spent a lot of time in the library until my fourth-grade librarian kicked me out because she thought I needed more social interaction," she said in her speech.
However, after getting involved in leadership classes she has become a bigger part of her schools.
"It was my favorite class of the day because I really love to help people," she said.
At M-PHS she has been part of the DECA Club and was the drama club's stage crew manager for three years.
She is also a part-time instructor at Kung Fu Northwest.
Brionna was excited to be named as one of this year's Princesses.
"He was opening the envelope, struggling with it, and I heard the first part of my name and I had tears welling," she said. "I went up there trying not to cry and it was just amazing."
Princess Jael Hudson has been involved in ballroom dancing for many years.
"I have been a competitive ballroom dancer for many years now and I have taught many people," she said.
"It's given me the confidence that I have today and shown me many different people with many perspectives," she said.
One day she hopes to open her own nonprofit dance studio.
Jael is a member of her school's National Honor Society and volunteers at the local senior center.
She is excited to take part in the Strawberry Festival.
"It's such a humbling experience to be a representative of Marysville," she said.
She hopes to "get new experiences and be able to meet people and interact with different people from Washington state."
Junior Royalty member Emma Abele enjoys band, where she plays the clarinet, piano and ukulele, and math, where she is part of her school's Math Olympiad.
"I've never been the tallest in my class, but I always try to be the nicest," she said.
"I've never done anything like this or been in a festival so this is a big challenge for me," she said.
Junior Royalty member Karis Lewis said she enjoys art, band and P.E. at her school. She plays the clarinet.
"In my free time I play lots of sports and my favorite one is softball," she said adding she likes playing first base or second base.
"Last year my sister was a Princess and she had so much fun and made so many memories," said Karis, so she is looking forward to this summer.