Announcing the Final Group of Princesses for the 95th Apple Blossom Festival | Winchester Star

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The selection of princesses who will serve in the court of Queen Shenandoah XCV for the 2022 Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival has been announced by festival officials. The princesses include Armani Keyona Cheilchani, Marissa Paige Overbaugh, Virginia Talley Sublett, Kaylin Elizabeth Upson and Madeline Watson.

Armani Cheilchani is the daughter of Roberta Cheilchani of Waverly. She is the granddaughter of the late Hazel Gray and the late Lawrence Gray. She represents Shenandoah University, where she has a degree in exercise science. She is president of the Student Government Association, co-chair of the Exercise Science and Health Professions Club, and a member of Alpha Lambda Delta. She is also a SU Freshman Seminar Peer Mentor and a Reflective Dialogue Fellow. After graduating, Armani hopes to continue her studies in physiotherapy. She graduated in 2019 from Sussex County Secondary School.

Marissa Overbaugh is the daughter of Julie and Anthony Overbaugh of Winchester. She is the granddaughter of Sandy and Skip Hart of Stephens City. She is a senior representing James Wood High School where she serves as senior class president and president of the Student Council Association. Marissa is a member of the National Honor Society, Interact Club and Peer Tutor. She was crowned reunion queen for 2021-22. She is an avid hunter and will continue her studies in dental hygiene.

Virginia “Talley” Sublett is the daughter of Meg and Frank Sublett of Winchester. She is the granddaughter of Mary Langhorne Sublett of Harrisonburg, the late Sherwood F. Sublett, and Margaret C. Bowling and George W. Bowling. Talley is a senior representing John Handley High School where she was a member of the varsity softball team, swim team, and Key Club. She has been a member of the National Honor Society for three years and is currently its president.

Kaylin Upson is the daughter of Joanna and Ted Upson of Winchester. She is the granddaughter of Paula and John Trush of Washington, New Jersey, and Beverly and James Upson of Franklin, North Carolina. She represents Millbrook High School as a senior where she is senior class president, 2021 homecoming queen, member of the varsity track team and National Honor Society. She was Vice President of Food and Retail Operations for (DECA) and a volunteer at the Blue Ridge Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship.

Madeline Watson is the daughter of Dana and Matthew Watson of Stephens City. She is the granddaughter of Beth Vaubel of Lincroft, New Jersey, Nancy and Robert Watson of Stephens City, and the late Michael Vaubel. Madeline represents Sherando High School as a senior where she is a four-year honor roll student and a four-year member (DECA). She is a three-year State Leadership Conference (SLC) finalist, an international finalist in the International Career Development Conference for DECA, and a two-year agent for DECA. She is the principal of Sherando’s Arrowmart school business and a member of the varsity football team.

The princesses will accompany Queen Shenandoah XCV and her court to all festival functions throughout the 95th Festival scheduled for April 22-May 1. They will participate in the coronation ceremony to be held April 29 at 1:30 p.m. at John Handley High School. They will ride the royal float during the grand parade scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on April 30.

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