(WSB photos. From left, above, 2015 Princess Audrey, 2016 Princesses Stephanie and Ava, 2015 Queen Emily, 2016 Queen Amelia, 2016 Princesses Sara and Cailyn, 2015 Princess Emma)
Tonight’s crowning of the new West Seattle Hi-Yu Community Festival Junior Court and farewell for their predecessors had an extra technological touch:
That’s Senior Court Queen Kelly Crum attending via Skype, on her mom Gloria‘s smartphone. Connected from Spokane, where she’s attending Gonzaga University, Kelly wished the candidates good luck and congratulated the three members of the outgoing court:
The ceremony was the main event for the monthly Hi-Yu meeting at Admiral Congregational Church. It began with goodbyes from Queen Emily Cain, an 11-year-old Shorewood Elementary student, Princess Audrey Kline, a 12-year-old Holy Rosary student, and Princess Emma Maffeo, an 11-year-old Westside School (WSB sponsor) student, who shared their favorite memories. (Emma drew laughter by saying she enjoyed the Seafair Torchlight Parade because “it was really fun riding with the Pirates even if they stole your ice cream.”)
Hi-Yu leaders Jay and Joanne Murray spoke of watching the trio grow from being shy about speaking in front of a room of 15, to talking confidently in front of hundreds, since “it’s a wonderful learning experience.”
Former Junior Court member Isabella Carufel (above) – whose sisters and mom Danette are past Hi-Yu royalty too – emceed. And then it was announced that all five of this year’s candidates were so impressive, the organization decided to expand the Junior Court and have them all reign. Crowned queen was Amelia Kline, a 10-year-old Holy Rosary student. The princesses – 9-year-old Stephanie Moore from Schmitz Park Elementary; 10-year-old Sara Henggeler from Holy Rosary; Gatewood Elementary 4th grader Cailyn White; and Holy Rosary third grader Ava Karman.
You’ll see them at community events throughout the year, particularly in spring and summer, when the Hi-Yu float travels to parades around the region.