By Luke Hegdal
HERMISTON The 2007 Umatilla Fair Court is a diverse group, representing four cities in the county.
The Umatilla County Fair Board crowned Alexandria Featherstone as this year's Fair Court Queen at the annual appreciation dinner held Saturday.
Also named to the fair court were Princesses Kirsten Johnson, Kenna Warner, Seren Kopetski, and Cheyenne Ward.
The selection of the queen was based on several rounds of evaluation by different nonpartisan judges. The final round took place at the dinner Saturday, and each of the five candidates was evaluated on how they interacted with the public during the dinner's social hour.
The final decision to elect Featherstone as the 2007 queen was made only 20 minutes before the announcement.
Fair Manager Peggy Clough described the process as a difficult one, saying the new queen and four princesses were chosen out of 20 applicants.
"I'm just so excited to be here," said Featherstone. "It's been great to meet all the different girls who tried out. They're such amazing people."
Featherstone, a 17-year-old junior at Pendleton High School, is involved in numerous clubs and activities and is a member of the National Honor Society.
Featherstone and her registered quarter horse, Doc, have been Pennant Bearers for the Pendleton Round-Up for four years, and she has been involved in the Umatilla County Fair for a number of years, as well.
Princess Kirsten Johnson, a 17-year-old senior at Hermiston High School, has the only thoroughbred horse, named Coco, in the fair court. Johnson was a princess for the Umatilla County Fair in 2006, as well.
Johnson has ranked first place in state FFA for Ag Issues, and is the captain of the varsity soccer team. She has volunteered for Agape House and Kids Day, and is an Honor Roll student.
Johnson plans to attend a four-year Christian college, and earn a degree in sports medicine or ag education.
Princess Kenna Warner, an 18-year-old senior at McLoughlin High in Milton-Freewater, is an FFA vice president and varsity volleyball player. Warner has participated in 4H and the Umatilla County Fair in sewing and modeling.
Warner has also competed with her horse, Lucky, and won 4-H Reserved Grand Champion in Western Pleasure and High Point Horse Showman.
Princess Seren Kopetski, a 17-year-old senior at Pendleton High School, is a member of the ASB School Board, and was an exchange student to Japan.
Kopetski is a varsity athlete in soccer, track, cross country, and the equestrian team. She has also been involved with the Humane Society and is a member of the National Honor Society.
Princess Cheyenne Ward, a 17-year-old junior at Pilot Rock, has been involved in the Blue Mountain Community College Exploring Business and Engineering Technologies competition. She has also been awarded a scholarship to BMCC.
In years past, Ward has entered hand-tooled leather work and jams and jellies at the Umatilla County Fair. Ward is serving her second year as FFA vice president, and will work for the NFJD Range District before begining classes at BMCC in the fall.