Summerland’s Blossom Pageant candidates and this year’s royalty members don elf costumes as they prepare for the Festival of Lights on Nov. 29. The candidates will be downtown in costume for the event

Candidates prepare for Blossom Pageant

This year, 11 candidates are taking part in the pageant. Summerland’s Blossom Queen and two princesses will be selected in May.

This year, 11 candidates are taking part in the pageant. Summerland’s Blossom Queen and two princesses will be selected in May.

Taylor Arkesteyn

Hello, my name is Taylor Arkesteyn. I’m 16 years old and I attend Summerland Secondary School. Every year I look forward to the theater productions we put on with our school. This year I play the part of Stella in Bonnie and Clyde. In the spring I play on the senior girls’ soccer team with our school, and on the Summerland house team. I have the privilege of being sponsored by Avery Law Office. I would like to personally thank Denese Espeut-Post for sponsoring me and making this opportunity possible.

Julia Belmonte

Hi! My name is Julia Belmonte and I am this year’s Miss Summerset Massage. In my spare time I love to play piano, act and swim.  I am interested in criminology and hope to continue on in studying this after high school. I am grateful to Summerset Massage Therapy for giving me the opportunity to participate in the pageant program.

Jordan Bendixsen

My name is Jordan Bendixsen and I am honoured to be the first ever Miss Summerland Arts Council. I enjoy writing, painting and most other forms of art. I am currently in this year’s school production of Bonnie And Clyde and I am very excited for it to come out this February. I love to do art projects for my friends and I’m very excited to enhance my speaking abilities and other traits through the pageant program.

Aviana Ferlizza

Hi, my name is Aviana Ferlizza and I am a Grade 11 student at Summerland Secondary School.  I was born in Summerland and raised at Zias Stonehouse where I now enjoy my job as a server. After high school I hope to travel and pursue a career in criminal justice or law enforcement.I enjoy soccer, music, writing and being with my friends and family.  I am looking forward to all the experiences and challenges of participating in the Blossom Pageant.

Krista Goss

Hello, my name is Krista-Marie Goss. For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be in the Summerland Blossom Pageant.  Pageant is an excellent program, and all I will learn from it will help me achieve my future goals. Dancing has been part of my life since I was four years old. I am proud to represent Summerland School of Dance, which is not only my sponsor but my second home and I want to thank my mother, Eva Goss for her support.

Katie Grant

Hi, my name is Katie Grant and I’m happy to be Miss Action Festival in this year’s blossom pageant. I am 17 years old and in Grade 11. Some of my hobbies include sports and being in the school productions. Thank you to Carla Ohmenzetter and the Action Festival Committee for making this experience possible for me.

Gabrielle Lucier

Hi. My name is Gabrielle Lucier. I’m honoured to be representing The One Person Project in this year’s Blossom Pageant. I’m excited to have this great opportunity to improve my public speaking, become more involved in the community and to get to know my fellow candidates. I enjoy dancing, playing soccer, travelling, art, reading, skiing and photography. I’m looking forward to working with The One Person Project on their mission to help families in East Africa.

Katelyn Michaud

Hello, my name is Katelyn Michaud and I am a Grade 11 student at Summerland Secondary. Some of my hobbies include dance, soccer and running. I am very excited and honoured to be representing the Summerland Rotary Club. I’m very thankful for this fantastic opportunity and I look forward to getting to know all of the Rotarians.

Sydney Peterson

Hello, my name is Sydney Peterson, I am delighted to be representing Nesters Market in this year’s upcoming blossom pageant. Some of my hobbies include soccer, running, and being with friends and family. I would like to thank everyone at Nesters for providing me with this incredible opportunity.

Brianna Ure

Hi my name is Brianna Ure, I am the Blossom pageant candidate for the  Summerland Kiwanis club. My hobbies include dancing at the Summerland School of Dance and playing soccer both for the Summerland Secondary School team and in the community.I am grateful to the Kiwanis Club for giving me the opportunity to participate in this program and I am looking forward to the challenges it has to offer.

Makenzie Vandertoolen

Hi, my name is Makenzie Vandertoolen and I’m so excited to be representing the Beanery Cafe this year! I love music and drama, I play the guitar, piano and ukulele and I am involved in the play at the high school which is onstage this February. I enjoy learning and being involved within my school and I play on a few sports teams, am involved in leadership, and am a member of our Me to We club.