Empowered Young Women: Lakefair’s Royal Court 2017

by Christina Butcher for OLY ARTS

With a mission to build and celebrate community in Thurston County, Capital Lakefair awards scholarships to outstanding young women each year and inaugurates them into the Lakefair Royal Court. This year, five well-deserving, high-school juniors were awarded scholarships, and OLY ARTS spoke with them to learn how they plan to take on the world.

Margaret Doyle
Lakefair Queen, Capital High School

“Being elected to the Lakefair court … is an honor, but it’s also a lot of hard work. As the Lakefair Queen, I want to leave a positive, lasting impact on my community through my work with service clubs and different organizations.”

Future plans: “I plan on majoring in English and then continuing on to law school, and (then) hopefully becoming a criminal prosecutor or an immigration lawyer. Once I retire … I’m hoping to open a bakery.”



Ava Brackenbury
Olympia High School

“I’m very happy to be on the court and I hope to spread the love and openness that Olympia embodies and make genuine connections with other communities.”

Future plans: “I want to go into medicine. I’m not sure in what way exactly, but at the moment being a dentist is at the top of my list.”




Jayla Simmons
North Thurston High School

“I was very excited and grateful for the opportunity to make more connections with people in my neighborhood and community. I want to do more for my community and have fun. I want to make this something that everyone can enjoy.”

Future plans: “I would really like to go to Stanford or Harvard to get a communication degree and then go to law school and eventually become a family lawyer.”



Elizabeth Hirotaka
Black Hills High School

“My hope … is to make a positive difference in my community and inspire others to do the same. I also hope that young girls look at me as a positive example for them to follow.”

Future plans: “I would like to study politics and business. I would like to use what I learn in college to be a part of women’s empowerment, not only nationally but internationally, and make a difference beyond my community.”



Malinda Lyon
Avanti High School

“I have learned to strive to be active in our community and in serving others, so I am excited to see how I can carry that out with my new Lakefair family and in other communities.”

Future Plans: “I cannot wait for the adventures we will take to other communities, the people we
will meet there, and the memories that will be made.”

(quotes for Ms. Lyon provided by Capital Lakefair)



What: Capital Lakefair Grand Parade

When: 5 p.m. Saturday, July 15

Where: Capital Way at 20th Ave. to Fifth Ave. at Simmons St.

How much: free

Learn more: 360-943-7344 | Capital Lakefair

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