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 include Carter Leigh Black, Mary Kathryn Harshman, Catherann Paige Hetland and Sadie Allyse Shirley.
Carter Black attends James Madison University in Harrisonburg where she is a freshman majoring in political science. She is the daughter of Tracey and Dave Black, of Winchester, and the granddaughter of Mary and David Roberts, of Richmond, and Eunice Black, of Fairfax, and the late Col. Clint Black. She is a graduate of John Handley High School, where she was the Key Club lieutenant governor for 2011 and 2012. She was a member of the National Honor Society and a Handley Scholar for 2011 and 2012. Black was a two sport varsity athlete at Handley, where she lettered all four years in swimming and cross country. At JMU, she is a Madison Achievement Scholar, Honors Program student, a member of the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, and College Democrat.
Mary Harshman is representing Shenandoah University in Winchester where she is a senior majoring in biology with a minor in psychology and women's studies. She is the daughter of Terri and Rick Harshman, of New Windsor, Md. She is the granddaughter of Dorothy and Kenny Boone and Mildred and Kenny Harshman, all of Mount Airy, Md. Her honors and awards include Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society and Psy Chi National Psychology Honor Society. Harshman is on the Dean's List, USA South Academic All-Conference Team and the All USA South Honorable Mention volleyball team.
Catherann Hetland attends The Fashion Institute of Design And Merchandising in Los Angeles where she is freshman majoring in Merchandise Marketing. She is the daughter of Sharon and Gary Hetland, of Stephens City. She is the granddaughter of Donald Elliott, of Winchester, and the late Patricia Ann Elliott and Ynez Hetland, of Winchester, and the late Richard Hetland. She is a graduate of Sherando High School where she was a member of the National Honor Society, social chair officer and vice president of Sherando High School's DECA Chapter Club, and FBLA. She was the FBLA's outstanding Business Student of the year for 2011. Hetland was a volunteer for the Apple Blossom Bloomers' Luncheon Junior Committee 2006-2012.
Sadie Shirley attends The Art Institute of Northern Virginia in Washington, D.C., where she is a sophomore majoring in fashion merchandising retail management. She is the daughter of Kimberly and R.K Shirley, of Stephens City. She is the granddaughter of Donna and Steven Crim of Cross Junction, and Eleanor Shirley and Reginald Shirley both of Berryville. Shirley is a graduate of Sherando High School where she was a varsity athlete on the girls' Soccer team. She is a member of the Greenway Spirit and Word Fellowship Church in Stephens City.
The princesses will accompany Queen Shenandoah LXXXVI and her Court to all festival functions throughout the 86th festival scheduled for April 26 through May 5. They will participate in the Coronation Ceremony to be held at 1:30 p.m. on 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. on May 4.