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2007 Planter's Days Princesses

By The Daily News Staff - The Daily News - Longview, WA

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Woodland Planter's Days 2007 Royal Court
Brittany Hunter, Erica Risley and Amber Olinger.

Photo by Noel Johnson
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Three Woodland young women are vying for the Planters Day crown: Brittany Hunter, Amber Olinger and Erica Risley. Coronation will take place at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at Horseshoe Lake.

Six community members will serve as judges for the event. The queen will be chosen based on three factors: Planters Day ticket sales, community service and an interview.

The new queen will receive a $1,000 scholarship, and the princesses will receive $500 scholarships. The queen will serve in several capacities throughout the coming year, including the lighting of the city Christmas tree and other special events. The royal court also will make appearances at several local parades.

Name: Brittany Hunter
Age: 17
GPA: 3.5
Parent: Tina Hunter


Brittany Hunter, 17, said she wanted to be a Planters' Days princess because it would be a great experience and scholarship opportunity.

"This experience will help me to build character and let one know that I can achieve what I set my mind to," she said.

Some of Brittany's interests include cheerleading, dancing, basketball, softball, reading and writing poetry. She considers singing a talent of hers. Brittany has been involved in National Honor Society for two years, Interact Club for three years, DECA and Pep Club for one year and her class secretary for four years.

Community involvement is important to her. As an Interact Club member, Brittany has worked with the Woodland Rotary Club to purchase and wrap Christmas presents for area families.

"I have never known a better feeling than the feeling I get when I drop the presents off at these families' houses," she said.

Brittany likes how close-knit the Woodland community is. People are friendly and helpful, Brittany said.

Her involvement is sports and club has prepared her to join the Planters' Days Court team.

"Teamwork is not always letting yourself shine and stand out," she said. "It's about allowing yourself and others to stand out and show the world exactly what they stand for and what they believe in."

Name: Amber Olinger
Age: 16
GPA: 3.92
Parent: Jim Olinger


Amber Olinger, 16, said she wanted to be a Planters' Days princess to become more involved in her community.

"It's a chance to give back to Woodland for everything it's given me," she said.

Some of Amber's interests and hobbies include dance, studying law and business, outdoor activities and water sports. She also was the high school mascot for one year. Amber has been involved in DECA and Interact Club for three years, Pep Club, National Honors Society and dance team for two years and the Spanish Club for one year.

Community projects have been numerous for Amber. Her efforts include cleaning yards, shopping for Christmas presents with Interact Club, ringing bells for the Salvation Army, sorting food at the Woodland Community Service Center and she also organized a talent show fund-raiser.

Amber likes how the Woodland community pulls together during tough times, such as during floods.

"The town holds almost all of my growing up memories and no matter where I go, Woodland will always be a part of me," she said.

Amber enjoys being a part of the Planters' Days Court team.

"Teamwork to me means building trust, being reliable, helping each other out and getting along," she said.

Name: Erica Risley
Age: 17
GPA: 3.43
Parents: Tonya Richards and Mike Risley


Erica Risley, 17, wanted to be on the Planters' Days Court so she can represent Woodland in a positive way.

"I have always enjoyed Planters' Days and I have looked up to princesses and what they represent," she said.

Some of Erica's interests include art, history, floral design, debate and outdoor activities such as four-wheeling and traveling. She considers her talents to be public speaking, peer mentor and debating.

Erica has played soccer for one year, a peer mentor for half a year and a member of National Honor Society for two years. Public service projects in which Erica has participated include Walk and Knock and volunteering for the Woodland Police Department.

Erica likes that the Woodland community is a safe place to live offering lots of community support when people need it.

"I like how our community is small because everyone knows each other," she said.

The Planters' Days Court is a team Erica is excited to be a part of.

"Team work means people working together to accomplish a common goal," she said. "It also means being able to work successfully with many different people."

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