2017 Junior Queen Candidates

IScream Junior Queen Candidates Grafton Jacaranda Festival

Nominating to become a IScream Junior Queen Candidate provides a platform for the candidate to grow as a person, to develop a rapport with the local community and to also learn valuable new skills, essential in today’s competitive business environment. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, filled with wonderful memories and a journey they’ll never forget.

Drawing from the support of sponsors, festival committee and the community, candidates learn how to plan and manage events and undertake promotional activity. They are mentored in public speaking, negotiating sponsorships and fundraising.

Meet this year’s Junior contestants:

Tahlia O’Hara

Tahlia O Hara Jacaranda Junior Queen Candidate

My name is Tahlia O’Hara, I am 13 years old and attend South Grafton High School. I am nominated by Pollack Greening & Hampshire Solicitors and Conveyancers.

I love to play netball. I play in a Saturday team as well as in a rep team. During the rep season I train three times a week, play and umpire on a Saturday and have a lot of carnivals on Sundays in the lead up to the State Age Championships. I also play for the school when teams are formed for school competitions. I just can’t get enough netball.

I entered the Junior Jacaranda Queen competition to become more involved in the festival and community and to gain self-confidence. I am looking forward to meeting new people, helping to raise funds for the jacaranda committee and all the wonderful events.

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Kailee Rose

Kailee Rose Jacaranda Junior Queen Candidate

My name is Kailee Rose, I am 14 years old, I am in Year 8 at South Grafton High School and am nominated by Motortorque Automotive.

I own 2 horses, Raymond and Kacey and have ridden competitively for nearly 7 years. I have raced speedway for 1 year and plan to race again this year.

I also enjoy many different styles of art and I love reading. It doesn’t matter what genre just so long as it’s a book. I love listening to music and spending time with my friends.

I was always interested in joining the Jacaranda quest, as while I was growing up I seemed to find myself looking up to the candidates because it is such an amazing tradition and an awesome way to get out and about in the community and to help promote our lovely festival.

I hope that another little girl will look up to us and see us in the same way as I did. And besides, what little girl doesn’t dream of being a princess.

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Madeleine Howell

Madeleine Howell Jacaranda Junior Queen Candidate

My name is Madeleine Howell. I am 13 years old and in Year 7 and McAuley Catholic College. My nominated business is Flowers by Bonnie.

Flowers by Bonnie Grafton Jacaranda Festival

My Interests include Gymnastics and I also race dirt G o-Karts, which I am hoping to move up to race Speedway in the Junior section of the Grafton Club next season.

I decided to nominate for Junior Jacaranda Quest as i have had so many memories of jacaranda while i was growing up.

I am really looking forward to all the events the Jacaranda Festival have planned.

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Madison Nicholl

Madison Nicholl Jacaranda Junior Queen Candidate

My name is Madison Nicholl. I am 13 years old and I attend South Grafton High School.I have been nominated  by AllCare Grafton , AllCare Grafton is locally owned and operated by Peter and Leanne Williams.

AllCare Grafton Jacaranda Festival

In my spare time I enjoy horse riding, netball and water skiing. I joined the Junior Jacaranda quest because I believed it was going to be a great experience and helpful for the years to come. I am also looking forward to having lots of fun with my friends.

I am most looking forward to Jacaranda Thursday because it is great to see all the company’s get dress up and do their skits. I am also looking forward to the talent quest so we can see all of the talented people in Grafton.

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Holly Blundell

Holly Blundell Jacaranda Junior Queen Candidate

My name is Holly Blundell, I am 13 years old and I attend South Grafton High School. I am nominated by The Hope Chest and Ballet Box.

The Ballet Box Holly Blundel Grafton Jacaranda Festival
The Hope Chest Grafton Jacaranda Festival

My nominated business is owned by Kristina Sanne who has been teaching me Scottish Highland Dancing for the past 6 years. Last year I fulfilled my dream to dance and compete in Scotland and received 17 medals.

I also enjoy playing netball. I have been playing for the Rhino Rascals for 6 years.

I love Jacaranda. At the venetian carnival last year, I saw how much fun the Junior Jacaranda candidates were having and this prompted me to apply. I am so excited to be a candidate this year and can’t wait to experience all the Jacaranda festival has to offer.

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Leah Hallam

Leah Hellam Jacaranda Junior Queen Candidate

My name is Leah Hallam, I am twelve years old and I attend Clarence Valley Anglican School. I am nominated by Twisted Scissors Hair Salon.

In my spare time, I like to go horse riding on our farm at Calliope. My horses name is Boots and we have lots of  adventures around the paddocks and down the road together. I also really enjoy listening to music and  spending time with my friends and family.

I decided to join the Junior Jacaranda Queen Quest because my sister Chloe did it last year and it looked like  so much fun.

I am looking forward to the Fashion Parade because we get to model lots of different clothes. I also can’t wait to get all dressed up for the Ball and dance with my Pop.

I am very excited to continue this Jacaranda Journey!.

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Grafton District Services Club Jacaranda Festival

Grafton District Services Club

The Grafton District Services Club was established in 1918 and continues its excellence by providing members and guests with outstanding facilities, great entertainment and a range of dining options.The GDSC Coffee Corner serves barista coffee from Piazza D’Oro Espresso, homemade cakes, slices, light meals and burgers. Restaurant 24sixty boasts a delicious a la carte menu, kids meals, daily blackboard specials and members dining offers.

Judging Criteria

The Jacaranda Queen and Jacaranda Princess are chosen on their suitability as representatives for the Clarence Valley and the City of Grafton.

The Queen and Princess are chosen by a panel of judges, and are awarded points for deportment, etiquette, personality, dress sense, grooming, and general knowledge.

Tickets are ON SALE NOW for the Crowe Horwath - Grafton Jacaranda Festival Ball at the iconic TJ Ford Pavilion. Join in the fun for a night to remember.