Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® President, Barry Carper, is very pleased to have the opportunity to introduce to the Bloom Nation, not one, not two, not three, but four beautiful, intelligent, talented young ladies, who will be present during the 2019 Festival, filling many roles, and ably representing the Festival to the world!
Emili McPhail, Miss Virginia 2018
Emili McPhail was crowned Miss Virginia at the most recent Miss Virginia Pageant in June of 2018. She is a graduate of Hollins University where she studied communication studies and psychology. Emili is passionate about “Ending Hunger in the United States,” which is her personal platform; and, she has been volunteering in soup kitchens and food banks for nearly a decade. Throughout her reign, as she traveled inside and outside of Virginia, she has been dedicated to serving others through fighting domestic hunger; and, encouraging others to find their passion through service. In partnership with the Virginia ABC Authority, Emili has traveled across the Commonwealth to over 70 elementary schools spreading a message of health, wellness and prevention with students and teachers through the Miss Virginia School Tour.Her reign will end when she will be given the honor of crowning the next Miss Virginia, this coming June, 2019, at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Victoria Chuah, Miss Apple Blossom Festival 2019
As the “Official Dispenser” of Festival Good Will, Pink-and-Green Charm, Valley Warmth, and Bloomtown Cheer, Victoria Chuah will appear at nearly all of the dozens of Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® events. She won the title of Miss Apple Blossom in October 2018; and, will represent Winchester at the Miss Virginia Pageant (a preliminary to the Miss America Scholarship Program) at Liberty University in Lynchburg on June 22, 2019. She is the 18-year-old daughter of Dr. Ann Hebda and Chong-ket Chuah of Ashburn, Virginia; and, she is a freshman at the University of Pittsburgh Honors College, where she is a computer science major and a dance minor. Victoria graduated as an AP Scholar with distinction from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. She was a member of the National Honor Society, a member of the Athletic Honor Roll, Senior Class Vice President, CFO for student run non-profit “Steps for Humanity,” Swing Dance Club Team Captain, and scored a perfect 800 on her Math SAT Subject Test. Victoria received the “George Eastman Young Leaders Award” from the University of Rochester, and was a Disney Friends for Change finalist. Victoria’s platform for Miss Virginia is “Home Life Community: A Community for Adults with Autism.” Founded by Dr. Jerry and Donna Kartzinel, “Home Life Community” aims to provide a community that autistic adults can call their own once their families are unable to care for them. “Home Life Community” would consist of common buildings that contain a cafeteria, gymnasium, outdoor pool, gathering areas, activity rooms, and barns for therapy animals. She is particularly passionate about her platform because her younger brother is on the autism spectrum. As Miss Apple Blossom, Victoria plans to raise awareness with media presence, school tours and community appearances to advocate for making this vision of a better life possible for her brother and the large demographic of adults in our society with autism. As the winner of Miss Apple Blossom, Victoria received $2,425 in scholarship money from community donations; and, a $4,000 in-kind scholarship from Shenandoah University. The Festival looks forward to her dazzling representation!
Emily Kinsey, Miss Virginia Outstanding Teen, 2018
Emily Kinsey is Miss Virginia’s Outstanding Teen 2018. She is a junior at Glen Allen High School in the Specialty Center for Education and Human Development where she is an Honors Student, member of the National Honor Society, and a Varsity Sideline Cheerleader. She is an Upper School dance student with The Richmond Ballet and has performed in many productions, such as “The Nutcracker.” This is Emily’s 5thtime participating in the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival®. She was Miss Apple Blossom Festival’s Outstanding Preteen in 2012 and 2014, and went on to become Miss Virginia’s Outstanding Preteen 2014. Last June, she represented Winchester as Miss Apple Blossom Festival’s Outstanding Teen 2018, where she won the Overall Talent Award and State Teen Title at the Miss Virginia Pageant. One month later, she placed 2ndrunner up at Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, receiving a $7,500 scholarship. Her platform is “Emily’s Army – No Paws Left Behind,” which she started 11 years ago from her love of animals. She currently serves as the Richmond SPCA Youth Humane Education Advocate, as well as the Youth Outreach Coordinator for the Project against Animal Abuse for the SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke Counties. Additionally, she organizes groups to collect and distribute pet care items to the SPCA, other rescue organizations, and pet foster homes throughout Virginia. Emily plans to obtain a Communications degree and work in Public Relations in the fashion industry. She is the 17-year-old daughter of Jack and Stephanie Kinsey of Glen Allen, Virginia.
Carol-Ann Moore, Miss Apple Blossom Festival Outstanding Teen 2019
Carol-Ann Moore is Miss Apple Blossom Festival’s Outstanding Teen 2019. She is a sophomore at Douglas Southall Freeman High School where she is a member of the National Junior Honor Society and an Honors curriculum student along with being involved in the Spanish Club, SADD Club, Red Cross Club and Student Council Association. She is the recipient of the Presidential Academic Award and Teacher Recognition Award. She is an Abigail Girl for the Richmond area, youth tennis coach, and swim leader for 7-10 year olds; and, is a counselor in her church’s Vacation Bible School. Her platform is #LetsCanHunger, and she organizes food drives to bag lunches for the homeless. She hopes to obtain an advanced degree and to become a nurse practitioner. She’ll be proudly representing Winchester and the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® at Miss Virginia’s Outstanding Teen competition in June where she will compete as a pianist in the talent competition.
These ladies will be present to varying degrees, and at varying venues, throughout the ten-day Festival period. Quite often, their appearances are structured around the “Queen Events,” and the “Parades.” This would include: the Village at Orchard Ridge Queen’s Dinner on Thursday evening, May 2nd, at 5:00pm, at the Millwood Station Event Center; the Coronation of Queen Shenandoah XCII during the afternoon of Friday, May 3rd, at 1:30pm, in the Patsy Cline Theatre at John Handley High School; and, the Sunrise Medical Laboratories Queen’s Ball on the night of Friday, May 3rd, at 8:00pm, in the Ballroom at the George Washington Hotel. The Firefighters’ Parade kicks off in Old Town Winchester at 5:30pm on Friday evening, May 3rd; and, the Grand Feature Parade steps off in Old Town at 1:30pm on Saturday afternoon, May 4th. The ladies will also make appearances at a wide variety of other Festival events, including every type of meal event imaginable: breakfasts, brunches, luncheons and dinners; and, every type of dance party imaginable: Big Band Dance Music from the 1940s; Oldies Rock ‘n’ Roll from the 1950s and early 1960s; Motown from the 1960s; a tribute to the music of the 1980s; a Country Dance Party; and, an event dedicated to Bluegrass and Classic Country.
As these young ladies already know [or, will soon find out], the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® is an absolutely dizzying array of over 40 events packed into the 10-day period that includes the last weekend in April, and the first weekend in May; and, the week in between. Festival Organizers recommend that, to make sense of this robust schedule, Bloom Fans [old hands and newbies] visit the Festival’s massive and very complete web site; or, visit Apple Blossom Headquarters in Old Town Winchester at 135 North Cameron Street [across from the George Washington Hotel]; or, call Apple Blossom Headquarters at 540-662-3863 between 8:00am and 4:00pm, Monday through Friday; or, visit the recently opened Official Festival Souvenir Store and Ticket Outlet at 1849 South Pleasant Valley Road, next door to Jersey Mike’s. Store hours are: Monday through Thursday, 10:00am to 6:00pm; and, Friday and Saturday, 10:00am to 7:00pm. These four young ladies are Festival Celebrities, and Greeters, and Hosts, and the Festival is very proud of them. Please arrange to meet them by attending one of the many, many fabulous Festival events!