Sandy Mountain Festival selects Five Generation Court
This year, Queen Julie Stephens will preside over the Sandy Mountain Festival activities with the help of her court, which includes Princesses Skyla Harper, Tracy Hoyle, Melinda Rusaw and Kalia Haneberg.
The Queen's Court is a five-generation-spanning group comprising girls and women involved in the Sandy community.
"I am honored to have been selected as Queen and represent this longstanding tradition of the Sandy Mountain Festival," said Queen Julie Stephens.
Princess Melinda Rusaw's family has been in Sandy since the 1940s.
"I am glad to represent them, and I love the workings of this community," she noted.
Princess Tracy Hoyle has lived in Sandy for most of her life, graduating from Sandy High in 1988. She serves on several school-based groups, such as the Sandy High Booster Club.
"I have been volunteering in different capacities since 2006," Hoyle said. "I appreciate the opportunity to serve on the court."
A 10-year Sandy resident, Harper is a sophomore at Sandy High who volunteers at the Children's Cancer Association, at Leisure Care Assisted Living through the high school HOSA group for future health care professionals and the Make-A-Wish foundation. She also was this year's Pamplin Media Group's Amazing Kid for The Sandy Post.
"I am very honored to be third princess of the SMF Queen's Court," she noted.
Princess Haneberg, 12, said she has, "always wanted to be in the parade."
"It's been a family tradition," Haneberg said. "My grandfather said I have a long history of pioneers. My great-grandfather Melvin was mayor for 18 years (and) my great-grandmother Edna lived to be 103. I'm super excited about being chosen to be a princess."