TROY — Sierra Simon can add 2017 Troy Strawberry Festival Queen to her long list of her cherished memories of senior year.
Simon, the daughter of Shane and Sarah Simon, a senior at Troy High School, was crowned queen during the annual pageant on Friday evening at Troy High School.
“Oh my gosh, that’s actually my name,” is what Simon said went through her mind when she was announced as the 2017 Troy Strawberry Festival Queen. “It is absolutely amazing. It is something I will never forget!”
Simon participated in the Queen’s Pageant years prior telling a story with audience participation. This year Sierra reflected upon all of the great memories she has gathered as a Troy High School student and shared them with the audience from the stage.
“This year was definitely my senior inspiration, looking back at all my memories from Troy,” she shared.
Simon encourages those who may be on the fence about tackling the pageant to give it a try to meet new people and possibly win the crown.
“It’s a great experience. You get to meet a lot of new people. Honestly, you fall in love with every single girl since you are with them all week beforehand,” Simon said. “I’m definitely looking forward to seeing all the little kids at the festival. I love when all the little girls come up to you.”
Simon was awarded the $1,200 scholarship sponsored by Excellence in Dentistry — Drs. Mark Bentley, Julie Jones, Charles Stevens, and Junho Choi.
Simon is planning on going to Cleveland State University to major in Psychology.
Natalie Rocke, a junior at Lehman High School, was selected as first runner-up.
She is the daughter of Scott and Michele Rocke of Troy and performed a cello piece.
“Ever since I was little I’ve always wanted to be the queen, so I tried out — I really enjoyed myself,” Rocke said.
Rocke said she enjoyed making friends with all the participants during the process.
“It was awesome,” she said. “Getting together with my friends at the festival is my favorite part. Just walking around and celebrating my community.”
Rocke was awarded the $800 scholarship from Dayton Power and Light.
Troy High School sophomore Randi Frazier was named second attendant at the pageant.
Frazier is the daughter of Mary Howard and performed the National Anthem in American Sign Language.
“It was my first year trying this. My mom encouraged me to do it and so I was really excited to try it out,” she said.
Frazier said her favorite experience was bonding with the other contestants.
“We all got really close, especially me and Natalie, we became best friends through this,” she said.
Frazier said she loves all the fun events at the Troy Strawberry Festival, but her favorite is participating in the annual strawberry pie eating contest.
“Just walking around with my friends and seeing all the different booths. When I was younger it was the strawberry pie eating contest,” Frazier said.
Frazier was awarded the $600 scholarship from Dayton Power and Light.
The court will be attending all Troy Strawberry Festival events on June 3 and 4.
Donations were also made by the following local businesses: Excellence in Dentistry, Hittle’s Jewelry, Trojan Florist and Troy Sports Center.