Ali Miller selected as May Festival Queen

Princess Dayna and Queen Ali

Princess Dayna and Queen Ali

OROVILLE – Ali Miller, the daughter of Scott and Benie Miller, was chosen as this year’s Oroville May Festival Queen at the Selection Night ceremony held at OHS on Monday, Feb. 20.

“I didn’t think I would really get it, Dayna’s more business and high heels, I’m more casual. She’s more ‘girlie-girl,’” said Miller. “I didn’t go in with the mindset that I would be selected and when I was I didn’t think I’d be all happy and giddy… but I was.”

Queen Ali and Princess Dayna Roley will represent the Oroville community during this year’s May Festival on Saturday, May 12. Miller and Roley, the daughter of Ross and Neysa Roley, will ride the float at Oroville’s annual festival, as well as at other community festivals around the region.

Miller is active in school and the community. She runs cross country, plays basketball and tennis and is a member of the O-Club. She is also a member of the Border Patrol Explorer Post 0023.

“I’m very proud to be able to participate in all these activities and still maintain a good grade point average. I’m still unsure about my future, but I’m looking into possibly joining the Air Force,” said Miller in her speech. “I love to hang out with friends. It’s never boring when we’re all together.”

The new queen said she has been part of May Festival activities since she was in kindergarten – everything from riding her bicycle in the parade, being a third-grade princess, dancing in the May Pole Dance in the fourth-grade to playing in the Three on Three Basketball Tournament.

Roley has been a cheerleader for football and basketball since the seventh grade, works on the yearbook staff, is a member of Future Business Leaders of American and has served in student government.

“In addition, I participate actively with my church youth group doing service projects, activities and being a youth leader at church camp. I love children and plan on getting a degree in elementary education. I also enjoy drawing, doing crafts, photography and music,” she said in her speech.

Princess Dayna’s family moved to Oroville when she was in the third grade and she says they very quickly came to love living here.

“There is a true sense of community… of people who are neighbors, neighbors who have become friends and friends who have become family. Oroville is a community of people that gathers together to support each other,” she said. “Memories, relationships and traditions are created in communities like this one. I hope I will have a chance to tell people about our great community to share about our wonderful people, our celebrations and traditions, our businesses, neighborhoods and schools. And encourage them to come enjoy our beautiful scenery, wonderful weather and plentiful recreational opportunities.”

The 2011 May Festival Queen, Madison Hatch, will pass her crown to Queen Ali in a Coronation Ceremony on May 11, with a special lighted mini-parade down Main Street following.

About Gary DeVon

Gary DeVon is the managing editor of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and celebrated his 25th year at the newspaper in August 2012. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Communications - Print Journalism, with an emphasis in photojournalism. He is a proud alumnus of Oroville High School. His family first settled in Okanogan County in the late 1800s. His parents are Judy DeVon and the late Larry DeVon and he has two younger brothers - Dante and Michael. Many family members still call Oroville home. He is single with a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.

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