Apple Blossom queen-designate is named

Kiara Anastasia Laurenzano

Kiara Anastasia Laurenzano has been named Queen Shenandoah designate of the 90th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival.

According to a festival news release, Laurenzano, 19, was nominated for this position by her great-aunt, godmother and former festival Queen Edda Maria Sevilla Somoza, who served during the 46th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival in 1973. Laurenzano’s maternal great-grandmother Lillian Somoza de Sevilla Sacasa was Apple Blossom queen in 1940.  She was the daughter of Anastasio Somoza, former president of Nicaragua, and the wife of Guillermo Sevilla-Sacasa, the Nicaraguan ambassador to the U.S. from 1943-79.

Laurenzano is a freshman at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, where she is a part of the Third Century Scholar Program and is majoring in health sciences and minoring in Spanish. She plans to become a pediatric nurse practitioner and is interested in natural medicine, nutrition and the environment.

She was born in 1998 and grew up in Potomac, Maryland, in a Spanish-speaking, multi-cultural household. She has two younger brothers, the release stated.  She attended Middleburg Academy in Middleburg.

Laurenzano will be crowned Queen Shenandoah during the traditional Queen’s Coronation Ceremony at 1:30 p.m. May 5 in the Patsy Cline Theater at John Handley High School. The release adds that she will attend the Queen’s Dinner and the Sunrise Medical Laboratories Queen’s Ball, along with other festival events, including riding through the Grand Feature Parade on her gold apple throne on top the queen’s float.