Kiara Anastasia Laurenzano has been chosen to serve the Festival in what will be its most traditional and most magical role, that of Queen Shenandoah the 90th. Kiara was happily nominated for this fairy-tale position by her Great-Aunt and Godmother, Edda Maria Sevilla Somoza, who, herself, is a former Queen, having served as Queen Shenandoah the 46th during the Festival of 1973.
JIM recently finished starring in Woody Allen’s next untitled feature opposite Kate Winslet. Immediately after he shot Jason Katims’ Showtime pilot, MATING, starring with Taran Killam. Jim can currently be seen in the Amazon series “Good Girls Revolt,” about the female movement in the 1960s set to the backdrop of the publication boom in New York.
Hines Edward Ward Jr. (born March 8, 1976) is currently an NBC studio analyst since retiring from the National Football League after fourteen seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played his college football at the University of Georgia in the rugged SEC.
The 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Champion, Robert Allen Labonte currently competes part-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, but he is now a free agent. He and his older brother, Terry Labonte [who served as the Festival’s Sports Marshal in 2007], are one of only two pairs of brothers to have both won the […]
Over the past few years, organizers of the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® have been fine-tuning and elevating in stature the “program within the program” that is the Partlow Insurance Sports Breakfast Honors.
A 1971 graduate of Millikin University, Monte Cater was appointed as Shepherd University’s 12th Head Football Coach on February 9, 1987; and, also served as Shepherd’s Director of Athletics from 1993-2004. Entering his 31st season with the Rams, Cater is Shepherd’s all-time winningest Football Coach.
Justin Fuente had the difficult job of replacing ultimate Virginia Tech icon, Frank Beamer, who not only enjoyed a Hall of Fame career as the Hokies’ Head Coach; but, who has also become the public face of the University.
Harvey Grant was born July 4th, 1965, in Augusta, Georgia, along with his identical twin brother, Horace Grant. After a stellar high school career in Sparta, Georgia, Harvey went to Clemson University in1984 along with his brother. After a year at Clemson, Harvey decided to strike out on his own.
Michaela won the title of Miss Greater Richmond and used that as a springboard to winning the title of Miss Virginia in 2016. As well as pageants, Michaela has won local, state, and national titles in dance and modeling.
Larry Robinson is a native of Bossier City, Louisiana, where he graduated from Airline High School. In 1986, during his senior year, he led his team to a perfect 30-0 regular season record and was named First Team All-State, and Mr. Louisiana Basketball.
Featured Speaker for Prayer Brunch. Trudy Cathy White is a native Georgian and the daughter of the late Jeannette and S. Truett Cathy, the founder and chairman emeritus of Chick-fil-A, Inc. At heart, a developer and encourager of well-founded Christian lives, White became the Director of WinShape Camps for Girls in 2003.
Featured Speaker for Ladies’ Luncheon. As a former Black Hawk Helicopter Pilot, Elizabeth McCormick flew command-and-control missions, air assault missions, rappelling missions, top-secret intelligence missions, and also transported high level government VIPs including the Secretary of Defense.
Featured Speaker for Valley Health Business at the Bloom. In 1984, Sandy Lerner co-founded Cisco Systems with Leonard Bosack. While employed at Stanford University, the pair worked with others at Stanford and other universities and laboratories to create a network of networks which was the technical foundation of today’s Internet.