Olympia’s Murphy crowned

High school junior stresses leadership, poise and passion

Staff writerFebruary 2, 2014 

Madison Murphy has joined a long tradition of local royalty.

The Olympia High School junior was chosen as the next Capital Lakefair queen during the 2014 coronation ceremony Saturday at the Red Lion Hotel. Murphy joins four other candidates for this year’s Royalty Court, which represents some of the region’s best and brightest young women.

Murphy grew up admiring Lakefair queens. She said she looks forward to seeing how Olympia’s annual summer festival works behind the scenes.

“Lakefair is a dream come true for me,” Murphy said after the coronation. “My mom inspired me to be myself and be a leader.”

Since 1976, the scholarship program has provided more than $300,000 to more than 250 young women. Participants must be enrolled in their junior year of high school with at least a 3.3 grade-point average, and they need two letters of recommendation. The candidates interview with a panel of judges before delivering a three-minute speech and answering an impromptu question at the coronation.

This year’s question: If you were a judge in this process, what three things would you look for in a candidate?

Madison Murphy’s answer: Poise, leadership and passion. In her speech, Murphy credited her mother, Sara, for encouraging her to pursue opportunities for personal growth. Her mother was a young parent who persevered through life’s challenges while still finding time to volunteer at school functions, she said.

Rounding out the 2014 Royalty Court are princesses Meghan Anderson of North Thurston High School, Tatum Bartlett of Tumwater High School, Laura Evans of River Ridge High School and Alexis Gjurasic of Capital High School.

The rest of the participants were Sarah McCreary of Northwest Christian High School, Abigail Talbot of Timberline High School, Emily Valadez of Avanti High School, and Makenna Wilson of Black Hills High School.

Each participant will receive a $500 scholarship. The five women selected for the Royalty Court will receive an additional $2,500 scholarship, and the queen will receive an additional $4,500.

Serry Barnes, president of Capital Lakefair, thanked the candidates’ parents for a job well done in raising their daughters.

“These are the most bright and wonderful candidates,” Barnes told the audience. “They really do represent the best of our youth and give hope to the future.”

The 57th Capital Lakefair will take place July 16-20 at Heritage Park. Olympia’s annual summer festival features food, rides, games, vendors, fireworks and more. To learn more, go to lakefair.org.

Andy Hobbs: 360-704-6860

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