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Dorsett chosen as Queen Shenandoah

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Jazmyn "Jazz" Dorset has been selected as Queen Shenandoah LXXXV. — Courtesy photo

By Josette Keelor -- jkeelor@nvdaily.com

WINCHESTER -- Thursday's announcement of this year's Queen Shenandoah LXXXV-Designate for the 2012 Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester brings the upcoming May festival one step closer to being reality.

Jazmyn "Jazz" Dorsett has accepted the role, festival President Tom Scully said in a press release. She is the 20-year-old daughter of sports legend Tony Dorsett and his wife Janet, of Dallas, Tex.

Dorsett is best known for his career at the University of Pittsburgh and his long and successful involvement with the Dallas Cowboys, the release said. The Cowboys made several complex draft pick trades in 1977 to acquire drafting rights to Dorsett.

He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994. The same year he was enshrined in the Texas Stadium Ring of Honor. In 1999, he was ranked number 53 on "The Sporting News" list of the "100 Greatest Football Players," and in 2007 he was ranked No. 7 on ESPN's "Top 25 Players in College Football History" list, according to the press release.

Jazmyn Dorsett has completed her first year of college at Oklahoma State University, where she was a member of the women's basketball team. She currently is in the process of transferring to another school, where she plans to continue her basketball career.

She is studying marketing and fashion and is a member of both the National Charity League -- a mother/daughter volunteer organization -- and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Each year, Queen Shenandoah attends various events at the Apple Blossom Festival, which culminate on the first weekend of May. Last year's Queen Shenandoah was Caitlin Brunell, daughter of former Washington Redskin Mark Brunell.

Festival officials expect Tony and Janet Dorsett to attend this year's festival and participate in their daughter's events, barring unforeseen circumstances.

The queen's coronation will be at 1:30 p.m. May 4 at Handley High School, and she will ride on the "Trail of Pink Petals" during the next day's Grand Feature Parade.

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