Submitted by the Daffodil Festival.
Pierce County, WA – The Daffodil Festival concluded its 2022 Princess candidate selections on Friday, November 19, 2021 at the Chief Leschi School, finalizing this year’s court. The 89th year of the Daffodil Festival features 23 young women from 23 participating Peirce County high schools. Embodying this year’s theme, “Hope Rises,” the festival reverted to in-person selections, with added safety precautions, compared to last year’s virtual selections. Each participating high school student was interviewed by a jury, delivered a one-minute speech, and answered an impromptu question. The selected young women are considered “Daffodil Princess Candidates” until the 48th Princess Promenade on February 27, 2022, when they are crowned official princesses of the festival. The Princesses will be volunteering at a host of events this coming year. Some of the events include the Tacoma Yacht Club Marine Parade on April 24, 2022 and the return of the Grand Floral Daffodil Parade on April 9, 2022. For more information on upcoming events, visit www.thedaffodilfestival.org/.
The young women who were chosen are involved in a range of activities while maintaining a GPA of 3.2 or higher. To their schedules, they will add a long list of community services, events and appearances that will benefit Pierce County and the community in which they serve.
PRESENTATION OF THE 2022 DAFFODIL FESTIVAL PRINCESS CANDIDATURES:
- Puyallup High School – Princess Candidate Darya Baker selected on October 6, 2021
- Lacs High School – Candidate Princess Willow Warren selected on October 18, 2021
- Bonney Lake High School – Candidate Princess Kaitlyn Bolland selected on October 19, 2021
- Sumner High School – Princess candidate Maeson Sterrenbourg selected on October 19, 2021
- Orting High School – Princess Candidate Amber Burgess selected on October 20, 2021
- White River High School – Princess candidate Julia Schmidt selected on October 26, 2021
- Curtis High School – Princess Candidate Clara Blakeslee selected on October 27, 2021
- IB Foss World School – Princess candidate Aiysha Ali selected on October 28, 2021
- Fife High School – Princess candidate Samantha Calland selected on November 1, 2021
- Stade High School – Princess Candidate Caitlyn Ye Selected on November 2, 2021
- Silas High School – Princess candidate Andrea Galvin selected on November 3, 2021
- Rogers High School – Princess candidate Julia Odhiambo selected on November 4, 2021
- Franklin Pierce High School – Princess candidate Victoria Plom selected on November 9, 2021
- Emerald Ridge High School – Princess candidate Arin Havenstrite selected on November 9, 2021
- Bethel High School – Princess Candidate Zana Stewart selected on November 10, 2021
- Eatonville High School – Princess Candidate Alexis Powell selected on November 10, 2021
- Lincoln High School – Princess candidate Isha Hussein selected on November 12, 2021
- Graham Kapowsin High School – Candidate Princess Kaely Harding selected on November 15, 2021
- Clover Park High School – Princess Candidate Lilly Nonamaker selected on November 15, 2021
- Spanaway Lake High School – Princess Candidate Sydney Brickey selected on November 16, 2021
- Washington High School – Princess candidate Nakiya-Rene Jastillana selected on November 17, 2021
- Mount Tahoma High School – Princess candidate Thien-Ha Ngo selected on November 18, 2021
- Leschi Chief School – Princess candidate Faith Hudson selected on November 19, 2021
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Daffodil Festival celebrated over 89 years in the great state of Washington, fostering the spirit and growth of Pierce County through its mission to improve our local communities. Traditionally, the Grand Floral Street Parade passes through four communities in Pierce County on parade day – Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner and Orting.e Daffodil Parade has marched through our large community every year since 1934, with the exception of the war years of 1943, 1944, and 1945, as well as in 2020 due to the global pandemic. Last year’s partnership with the Washington State Spring Fair launched the first “stationary” parade in Daffodil Festival history to ensure the safety of our community members and beloved parade participants. We plan to resume the traditional Grand Floral Parade of the 4 cities this year on April 9, 2022.
Our Pierce County community considers the Daffodil Festival to be a premier flagship event, just behind the Washington State Fair. The Daffodil Festival is proud to be a significant event in the Pacific Northwest. To learn more about the Daffodil Festival, the festival blog, and for official updates, please visit: www.thedaffodilfestival.org. Please direct your questions to: [email protected]