WINCHESTER — The selection of Princesses to serve in the Court of Queen Shenandoah XCII for the 2019 Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival has been announced by festival officials. The princesses include Sydney Caroline Barbour, Rebekah Grace Eisenfeld, Erin Grace Foster, Katelyn Gail High, and Autumn Gray Hottle.
Sydney Barbour is the daughter of Dee Dee and Lynn Barbour, of Winchester. She is the granddaughter of the late Phyllis Puffinberger, Elmer Puffinberger, Nancy Barbour, and Paul Barbour. She is a freshman at Liberty University majoring in business and marketing. She is a 2018 graduate of Sherando High School. She was a four year DECA club member competing in both State and International competitions, and served as co-president. She was the recipient of the Warrior Pride Commendation for Integrity, the Academic Outstanding Student in Sports and Entertainment Management, and was recognized by Frederick County Public Schools for Outstanding Achievements in Education. She was awarded Youth Philanthropist of the Year by the Virginia Tri-State Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Rebekah Eisenfeld is the daughter of Linda and Michael Eisenfeld, of Winchester. She is the granddaughter of Jacob Eisenfeld of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the late Edith Eisenfeld, Elizabeth Macerelli, and Frank Macerelli. She is a freshman at George Mason University majoring in forensic science. She is a 2018 graduate of James Wood High School. She was the 2018 yearbook editor, band president and secretary, Interact treasurer, and a member of the National Honor Society. She was awarded the Girl Scout Gold Award and was selected for Virginia Girls State the summer of 2017.
Erin Foster is the daughter of Julie and Rick Foster, of Winchester. She is the granddaughter of Jeri Whitmer of Winchester, and the late James Hickerson, Evelyn Foster, and Alfred Foster. She is a sophomore at the University of Mary Washington majoring in theater. She is a member of the Student Leadership Forum and a student representative for the Theater Department. She is also on the Black Box Theater committee, helps with theater recruitment and is a box office assistant. She is a 2017 graduate of John Handley High School. She was the president of the Thespian Society, historian of the Student Government Association, and captain of the forensics team.
Katelyn High is the daughter of Robin and Kelly High, of Gore. She is the granddaughter of Debra and Roger Stillwell of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, Lynn and Lowell Arnold of Kents Store, Virginia, and Somnia and Grant High of Winchester. She is a freshman at Shenandoah University where she is majoring in nursing and a member of Alpha Lambda Delta. She is a 2018 graduate of James Wood High School. She was captain of the soccer team for two years, a four-year letter recipient, and earned second team all-area and second team all-conference honors. She was also a member of the National Honor Society, Varsity Club, and Key Club.
Autumn Hottle is the daughter of Jennifer and Christopher Hottle, of Winchester. She is the granddaughter of Janet Phillips of Winchester, Karol and Ron Hottle of Clear Brook, and the late Gardner Phillips. She is a sophomore at James Madison University majoring in kinesiology and pre-physical therapy. She is a member of Club Cross-Country and Track. She is a 2017 graduate of James Wood High Schoo, where she was a four-year member of the varsity cross country team, serving as the captain from 2016-2017. She was named a 2016 Winchester Star Spotlight Athlete, and was the recipient of the Perfect Attendance Award from K-12. She was a member of the National Honor Society and is a member of Shenandoah Valley Runners.
The princesses will accompany Queen Shenandoah XCII and her court to all festival functions throughout the 92nd 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 on the Royal Float in the Grand Feature Parade scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. May 4.