Rhody Fest Coronation rescheduled for Feb. 16


The 2019 Rhododendron Festival Coronation has been rescheduled for 2 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Chimacum High School auditorium. It was postponed from its original Feb. 9 date.

This year’s candidates for the Rhody Royalty Court are Port Townsend High School sophomore Kaylee Krajewski​, PTHS junior Ellienne Thornton and Jefferson Community School sophomore Mary Neville.

Krajewski​, 16, is a daughter of Rebecca Krajewski. She has a sister, Lizzy, and two brothers, Tyler and Nathan. She ​has lived in Jefferson County for 14 years.

Krajewski is in the pep band for both the football and basketball seasons after she served as a cheerleader for basketball her freshman year.

Krajewski​ is active in Girl Scouts, Friends of Sports & Rec and is a Special Olympics athlete.
Her hobbies include camping, crafts and bowling.

She loves country music, and her favorite color is purple.

She plans to attend a local community college or technical school to study the culinary arts.
Thornton​, 17, is a daughter of Tony and Addy Thornton, and she has two older brothers.

Thornton​ has lived in Jefferson County for seven years, during which she’s been involved in her school’s student-run coffee shop, the American Sign Language Club, Redhawk mentors, InterAct Club and the Redhawks volleyball team.

Thornton is involved in her church and likes to help out as much as possible.

Her interests include cooking, walking her dogs, drawing and hanging out with her friends.

She plans to attend Bellingham Technical College to study culinary arts, and her dream job is to work in a fine dining restaurant.

Neville​, 15, is a daughter of Sam and Debbie Neville. She has an older sister and a younger brother.

Neville​ has lived in Jefferson County for 14 years, and she’s a teacher’s aide at the Swan School in Port Townsend.

Neville enjoys horseback riding and is looking forward to her family’s vacation to Mexico this spring.

She enjoys computer science, computer programming and art, and she loves classical music, the color silver and her books.

After high school, she would like to take a year off to travel before she attends college to become a therapist.

Admission for the Feb. 16 coronation is $5 per person. The Rhody Festival is celebrated annually the third full weekend of May. For more information, visit rhodyfestival.org.


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