Fifth group of princesses named to festival

The selection of princesses to serve in the Court of Queen Shenandoah LXXXVII for the 2014 Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival has been announced by festival officials. The princesses include Paige Catherine Mills, Hannah Elizabeth Parrish, Devan Lee Perry, Erin Rebecca Place, and Courtney Marie Pryde.

Paige Mills attends Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, where she is a senior majoring in archaeology with a chemistry minor. She is the daughter of Sandra and Michael Mills of Winchester. She is the granddaughter of Mary Jo and William Carter and Mary and Walt Kelley, all of Winchester. Mills is a 2010 graduate of Sherando High School. She was a two sport varsity athlete in basketball and softball, a member of the Future Business Leaders of America and state winner in national competition’s business presentation. Mills has been a volunteer at Bandit’s Adoption/Rescue of K-9’s since 2011. At Randolph-Macon College she is a member of the basketball team. Mills volunteered for an archeological excavation in Athens, Greece, for two months in the summers of 2011-2013.

Hannah Parrish attends Liberty University in Lynchburg, where she is a freshman majoring in elementary education. She is the daughter of Debbie Parrish and Steve Parrish, both of Winchester. Parrish is the granddaughter of Norena and William Schofield of Parkersburg, W.Va., Beverly Parrish of Martinsburg, W.Va., and Ronald Parrish of Charlotte, N.C. She is a 2013 graduate of James Wood High School. She was a member of DECA Club and a varsity cheerleader.

Devan Perry is attending Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, where she is a freshman majoring in university studies. She is the daughter of Pamela and William Perry of Winchester. She is the granddaughter of Susie Yost of Cross Junction, Doug Yost of Smock, Pa., Pam Tubandt of Clearbrook and Rosalie and Mike Perry of Winchester. She is a 2013 graduate of Sherando High School and the Mount Vista Governor’s School, where she was a member of the National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America and Distributive Educational Clubs of America. Perry is a member of Victory Church’s Youth Group.

Erin Place is attending Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown, where she is a freshman majoring in general studies. She is the daughter of Jennifer and Jeffrey Place of Clearbrook. She is the granddaughter of Shirley and James Chestnut of Stephenson, and Betty Place of Winchester and the late Fremont Place. She is a 2013 graduate of James Wood High School. She made the dean’s list at Lord Fairfax. Place’s favorite pastimes are reading, writing, photography, hiking and skiing.

Courtney Pryde is attending Radford University in Radford, where she is a freshman majoring in nursing. She is the daughter of Gail and Terry Pryde of Winchester. She is the granddaughter of Mary Pryde of Marco Island, Fla., the late Basil Pryde and the late Marie and John Finlayson. She is a 2013 graduate of John Handley High School where she was a member of the National Honor Society and a Handley Scholar. She was a member of the Key Club and was a National League of Junior Cotillion assistant. Pryde was a four year Varsity Sport Athlete as a member of the soccer team.

The princesses will accompany Queen Shenandoah LXXXVII and her court to all festival functions throughout the 87th festival scheduled for April 25 to May 4. They will participate in the coronation ceremony to be held at 1:30 p.m. on May 2 at John Handley High School. They will ride the Royal Float in the Grand Feature Parade scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. on May 3.