Ellamae Brunell new May Festival Queen




Selection-Night-2-08Queen Ellamae

Ellamae Burnell, (above, center) was chosen to be this year’s May Festival Queen at the 2015 Selection Night event held at the Oroville High School Commons last Monday night. Brunell and her court, Princess Faith Martin (above, left) and Mikayla Scott (above, right), all juniors at OHS, participated in the Selection night by giving speeches and answering an impromptu question. Those in attendance were invited to cast their ballot for the candidate or their choice. These ballots, combined with the judges’ scores were what decided which girl would be queen. After the announcement by emcee Tony Kindred, Queen Ellamae and Princesses Faith and Mikayla were given flowers by last year’s Queen, Kylee Davis and Princess, Bethany Roley.

Ballot officials were Stacey Carlton, a former May Day Queen, Monica Knight, Sarah Knight, Teresa Hawkins, Terry Mills and Peggy Shaw. Entertainment that night was provided by Gwen Hankins and Mayria Mathis doing a dance number and Pie Todd singing “Amnesia.” Hometown Pizza and Bakery provided refreshments.

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 has a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.