The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® is always one of the featured destinations on the busy calendar of each year’s Miss Virginia; and, Festival Organizers are very pleased to once again play host to another lovely and accomplished young lady. Savannah Lane is a current student at the University of Virginia, majoring in Foreign Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies (with a concentration in the Arabic language), with hopes of pursuing a career with the FBI, and ultimately running for United States Congress. A native of Midlothian, Virginia, Savannah grew up as one of two sets of twin girls with a decade-younger brother. As a member of the UVA Dance Company and Women’s Water Polo Team, Savannah enjoys involvement in both arts and athletics. At the age of eight years old, Savannah was so inspired by her sister, Brianna’s, work overcoming struggles with Autism and learning/coordination/social disabilities, that she created her platform, “The Power of Performance,” to use the arts as a method to cope and provide comfort. Since that young age, Savannah has continued to develop her program by producing individually tailored shows as a music therapy program in children’s hospitals, retirement centers, veterans’ organizations, and more. Additionally, Savannah has created a strategy to show students how to utilize the arts as a method to encourage the “Three C’s” of confidence, compassion, and a love of country, in a heartbreakingly polarized world. Savannah has been fortunate to bring her program to the national level when she lobbied Members of Congress on National Arts Advocacy Day in 2014 and 2015 with the message: “Help encourage the “Power of Performance” today to provide solace and solidarity to all and remind us that we are one unified people!” Savannah’s schedule at the 2016 Festival will take her to virtually all of the Festival events, from the Queen’s Dinner, through the parades and dances.