Three seek May Queen crown, Selection Night tonight

OROVILLE – This year sees three candidates who would like to be crowned the Oroville May Festival Queen for 2015. They are Faith Martin, Mikayla Scott and Ellamae Burnell, all juniors at Oroville High School.

May Day Selection night is Monday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Oroville High School Commons, where admittance is free. Only people in attendance may vote and each person will be given one ballot when the enter. Voting by the audience accounts for 35 percent of the score and judges scores account for 65 percent. The totals will determine who will be this year’s May Festival Queen and her court of two princesses.

The would-be queens and princesses submitted a little bit about themselves and we have printed their bios below to get an idea of their qualifications to represent the town as May Festival royalty.

Mikayla Scott

Mikayla Scott, daughter of Justin and Lisa Scott.
Mikayla Scott, daughter of Justin and Lisa Scott.

Hello, I’m Mikayla Scott and I’m running for 2015 May Festival Queen. I have lived here for four years, but while visiting family I have attended May Festival for 10 years. I am the daughter of Justin and Lisa Scott and the granddaughter of Tom and Louise Scott; I also have a brother Jake.

I am a junior at Oroville High School and very active in school activities. Currently I hold the position of ASB Vice President as well as Junior Class President. I am a member of Future Farmers of America and the yearbook committee. I play varsity volleyball and basketball where I hold the position of co-captain. While being involved in sports and many activities I have constantly been an honor roll student. I attend church and youth group regularly. I also help with song service on Sunday.

This year I helped with little dribblers and AAU and I plan to help again next year. While I’m not playing a sport, I hunt and fish with my grandpa and my dad and also go camping with my family. I play summer basketball, work and travel with the school as well as my family.

After high school, I plan to attend college at Eastern Oregon University, hopefully with a basketball scholarship. While there I plan to get a degree in business. After my degree, I plan to go to cosmetology school to open my own spa and salon.

I would love nothing more than to represent Oroville as May Festival Queen. I adore Oroville and everything about this wonderful town. It would truly be an honor and dream come true to be this year’s May Festival Queen.

Faith Martin

Faith Martin, daughter of Brian and Shelly Martin

Hi, my name is Faith Martin and I am grateful to represent my home town by running for your 2015 May Day Queen. My parents are Brian and Shelly Martin and I have three siblings – Hunter, Spencer and Maddie. I have lived in Oroville my whole life and it is a huge part of me. Running for May Day Queen has always been something I’ve looked forward to.

I have participated in many sports and have a 3.5 honor roll GPA. The sports I play now are basketball and softball. I am also the cheerleader captain for the Oroville Hornets during football season. I like to think of myself as enjoyable, outgoing and funny, but also dedicated, respectful, and kind. I love bringing school spirit and helping out in the community. I have volunteered for AAU basketball, youth baseball, and youth softball for many years.

I also work at Java Junkie Espresso; I have been working there for about three years and absolutely love it! In the near future I plan to attend a four-year university and major in a science degree and work towards becoming either a dietitian or a physical therapist, but I am still undecided.

Growing up here, May Day has been a big part of my life. I have loved going to the parades since I was little. I skipped in the Maypole dance in fourth grade. I have helped out with and played in the 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, and was selected as class royalty in the past years.

May Day is a big celebration in our town and I’d love to be a part of it.

Ellamae Burnell

Ellamae Brunell, daughter of Noah and Heather Burnell
Ellamae Brunell, daughter of Noah and Heather Burnell

I am honored for the opportunity to run for your 2015 May Day Queen. I am a 16-year-old junior attending Oroville High School where I have maintained an Honor Roll since Junior High. I am also a Running Start student at Wenatchee Valley College where I have a grade point average that has placed me on the Dean’s list. My parents are Heather and Noah Burnell. I have two younger brothers, Elijah and Jasper.

I have lived in Oroville my entire life, and May Day has always been a big part of it. The first

time I can remember being in the parade was in preschool. I have been involved in the parade nearly every year since, ranging from Library floats and freshmen royalty to pep band and Maypole. I’m very excited to continue to be a part of May Day this year.

I am very involved in both school and the community. I’ve been a class officer since my freshmen year and currently hold the position of vice president. I’m a Future Business Leader’s of America member, and have been secretary for the past year. Last year I was a State FBLA competitor, and this year I am running for Vice President representing the North Central Region. If elected for that position I will make many business connections while representing Oroville and the North Central Region as a whole.

I am also a member of Be the Change Club, Upward Bound, Honor Society, as well as the teen representative for the Oroville Community Library Board. Additionally, I am Editor-in-Chief for my second year in yearbook, and am a Gear Up Tutor (through Central Washington University) to junior high students. I also play Volleyball every fall. I have been involved in the community since a young age and have helped extensively with Public Library events such as the Book Sale and Country Celebration. I’ve also helped with the Youth Soccer Association in recent years.

The thing that I love most about Oroville is the sense of community. Throughout my high school career especially, I have learned that the people in Oroville are very supportive and welcoming. I feel that this is the best part of Oroville and would love to share that same sense of community with others. After High School I plan to finish my last two years at a four year University, and then move on to Law school.

I hope to see each and every one of you at Selection Night on Feb. 16th. I look forward to representing my community in the upcoming year as Royalty. I wish the very best of luck to my friends Mikayla and Faith.




Mikayla Scott, daughter of Justin and Lisa Scott.

Oroville May Festival Queen Candidates Ellamae Burnell, Mikayla Scott and Faith Martin.