The Sherwood Robin Hood Festival will not be held this year for only the third time since its 1954 inception, but that's not stopping the Maid Marian Court.
A beloved annual tradition in Sherwood, the Maid Marian Court is made up of girls and young women who attend local schools, selected to represent Sherwood and the Robin Hood Festival Association in events and community service projects.
The Maid Marian Court has been named for 2020, and it is staying active in the community even though the Robin Hood Festival is canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Among other service projects, members of the Maid Marian Court this year created 100 face masks for Sherwood residents in need, made Zoom calls to local children celebrating a birthday under quarantine, and will be hosting the annual Hidden Medallion Hunt in Old Town Sherwood.
Learn more about the students on the 2020 Maid Marian Court below, courtesy of the Robin Hood Festival Association:
Audrey Jeans has been named as Maid Marian for 2020 and will receive the annual $500 Maid Marian college scholarship upon graduation.
Audrey is a junior at Sherwood High School where she is involved with the Sherwood FFA Chapter. Within school, her favorite classes are the Agriculture courses. Outside of school, Audrey loves to hang out with her livestock, play her ukulele, paint and go on drives to get waffle fries with her friends.
Audrey has currently been serving as 2020 Oregon Teen Miss United States Agriculture, where she inspires and shares her passion about the agriculture industry. One day, Audrey is hoping to take over her family farm and continue raising goats and cows.
Audrey is excited to be on the Maid Marian Court and represent Sherwood!
Madeline Lewis is a junior at Sherwood High School who loves theatre, choir, and all aspects of performing.
She loves to sing and has been singing since she could remember. It wasn't a family gathering without Madeline showing her family the entire plot line of "The Little Mermaid."
In her free time, she loves hanging out with her friends, playing her ukulele, and watching "High School Musical" for the millionth time.
She works at a preschool and volunteers for her church's VBS every year. She hopes to pursue music education in college so she can teach kids about music and help them discover their passions.
Madeline can't wait for the experiences that the court will present to her this year.
Sophia Mulkey is a junior at Sherwood High where she enjoys choir, theater, being in NHS, and playing on the varsity tennis team.
Outside of school she enjoys playing with her kitty Opal, skiing, playing piano, singing in the VPA choir, singing on the church worship team, and volunteering with the kids' program at church. She has been teaching piano lessons for the last four years and adores her sweet students.
Recently she began a "Storytime with Opal" where she reads stories to kids on Friday evenings on Facebook Live. She is looking forward to studying education in college and hopes to become a kindergarten teacher.
Her four passions in life include: her kitty, lasagna, little kids and her bed.
Anna Phillips is a freshman at Sherwood High School. After school, she spends her time mastering the skill of debate with the Speech and Debate Club.
In her spare time, she enjoys drawing, whether it be digitally or with watercolor. Sometimes, she will bake for her friends and family delicious treats to enjoy while spending time with each other.
On a nice day, you might find Anna outside riding her unicycle, or skating down the street. When she isn't outdoors, she is making something new with needle and thread, all while spending time with her two dogs.
Anna is looking forward to participating in the community with the Maid Marian Court.
Evelyn Harris is a fourth-grader at Edy Ridge Elementary.
When not at school she enjoys bike riding, reading, and staying in touch with friends. Throughout the year she has enjoyed being on an OBOB team, dancing at Sherwood Dance Academy as part of the performance group (Showstoppers) and taking piano lessons.
Evelyn is the second generation in her family to be on the Maid Marian court.
Last year, Evelyn loved court tea parties, participating in parades, and interacting with the young kids who would approach her while she was in costume.
The thing she looks forward to the most about being on the court this year is continuing friendships with the other members of the court.
Marissa Johnson is a third-grader at Hopkins Elementary School. Her favorite subjects are math, recess and lunch.
Marissa loves to socialize. Outside of school, Marissa loves to do gymnastics and dance. Although she has not had lessons in either one, she has taught herself very well. She also likes to meet new people.
When Marissa grows up, she would like to be a daycare lady so she can play with babies and toddlers all day.
Marissa is very excited to be able to help serve her community and be a part of the Maid Marian Court. Since she is new to Sherwood, she hopes to meet lots of new people and get to know Sherwood better.
Audrey McKinney is a fifth-grader who went to Sherwood Charter School. Her favorite subjects are reading and writing. She has been a part of the VPA choir and was in her first theater production in the fall of 2019 with "Lion King Jr. "
Her other pastimes include playing the piano, drawing, art projects, baking, sewing, basketball and biking.
She has participated with helping at the Oregon Food Bank, at the NW Children's Outreach Center (for local clothing distribution) and serves in the nursery at her church.
Audrey is looking forward to further serving her community and being on the Maid Marian Court.
Madeline Stone is a fifth-grader at Middleton Elementary, where her favorite subjects are writing and music. She has been involved with Mustang Managers and choir during her time at Middleton.
Outside of school, she loves camping with family every summer where she can go swimming, boating, and explore nature.
Madeline's passion is gymnastics. She has been involved with competitive gymnastics for four years, the beam and floor events are her favorite.
She is looking forward to participating in the Maid Marian court for the second time as she loves the friendships she's created and the community involvement.
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