The selection of princesses to serve in the Court of Queen Shenandoah LXXXVI for the 2013 Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival has been announced by festival officials. The princesses are Skyler Marie Dimasi, Morgan Elizabeth Hoenig, Blake Alexandra Parkes, Marlena Genevieve Spencer and Lauren Rae Wilkins.
Skyler Dimasi attends James Madison University in Harrisonburg, where she is a sophomore majoring in psychology with a criminal science minor. She is the daughter of Lori and Joe Dimasi of Winchester. She is the granddaughter of Alice and Bob Giles of Winchester and Jenny and Tony Dimasi of Charlottesville. She is a graduate of Millbrook High School where she was a member of the National Honor Society, concert choir, and theater and drama club. Dimasi was the recepient of three Carter T. Fussel awards through Wayside Theatre, and she is a member of the Sigma Kappa Sorority at JMU.
Morgan Hoenig attends the University of Virginia in Charlottesville where she is a second year student, Double majoring in foreign affairs and history. She is the daughter of Lisa and Byron Hoenig of Stephens City. She is the granddaughter of Mary Ellen and Michael Wehn and Patricia and Kenneth Lineberg all of Stephens City, and Linda and George Hoenig of Clearbrook. She is a graduate of Sherando High School. Morgan was a varsity athlete for the cheerleader team all four years, and received Northwestern All-Academic Athletic Team. She was a member of the choir and National Honor Society. At UVA she has participated on the varsity cheer team, is a member of Sigma Keppa Sorority, Morale chair and New Member Education Committee.
Blake Parkes attends Shenandoah University in Winchester where she is a freshman nursing major. She is the daughter of Cynthia and Scott Parkes of Winchester. She is the granddaughter of Patricia Rucker of Beckley, W.Va., and the late William Rucker, and Duane Parkes of Manistee, Mich., and the late Barbara Parkes. She is a graduate of Millbrook High School where she was a member of the National Honor Society and Key Club Secretary. She was a two sport varsity athlete, in tennis and volleyball. She received the Volleyball Coach's award, All District First team, Key Club Pioneer of the year award and Distinguished Honor Roll. She is on the Shenandoah University volleyball team.
Marlena Spencer attends the University of Virginia in Charlottesville where she is a first year student majoring in architectural history. She is the daughter of Tina and Marlin Spencer of Winchester. She is the granddaughter of Genevieve and Arthur Behnke of Winchester, and the late Marlin Spencer and Oliver Sowers of York, Pa., and the late Patricia Sowers. She is a graduate of John Handley High School where she was a member of the National Honor Society, and Key club where she received The Distinguished Officer Award and Secretary of the year award two years in a row. She was a Handley Scholar and Advanced Placement Scholar. At UVA she is a Circle K member, a College Republican member, and is a member of the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority Zeta Xi chapter.
Lauren Wilkins attends Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.Va., where she is a sophomore majoring in fitness and exercise science, with a physical therapist minor. She is the daughter of Marilyn and Kevin Wilkins of Winchester. She is the granddaughter of Evelyn Hess and Jeri and Donnie Wilkins all of Winchester. She is a graduate of Sherando High School where she was a member of the Key Club, FBLA, and National Leaders of America. Wilkins was a two sport athlete in volleyball and track and rield. She received the 2010 All Northwest District Volleyball Player of the Year and The Winchester Star's 2010 player of the year. She is on Shepherd University's volleyball team.
The princesses will accompany Queen Shenandoah LXXXVI and her Court to all Festival functions throughout the 86th Festival scheduled for April 26 to May 5. They will participate in the coronation ceremony to be held at 1:30 p.m. May 3 at John Handley High School. They will ride the royal float in the Grand Feature Parade scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. May 4.