Six contestants seek spot on FOF's Royal Court

Contestants for the 2012 Fathoms o
Contestants for the 2012 Fathoms o'Fun Festival Royal Court are (back row, left to right) Tacey Patterson, Carly Fulbright and Alyssa Josephsen; Aaron Thomas (middle) and (front row) Delaney Triplett and Alyssa Patterson.
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Six contestants — five girls and one boy — are competing for the 2013 Royal Court in this year’s Fathoms O’Fun Festival pageant at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Christian Life Center in Port Orchard.

Co-Royalty Director Helene Jensen among the candidates will be chosen a queen or king, along with either two princesses or a prince and princess. Competing this year are Aaron Thomas, Alyssa Josephsen, Carly Fulbright, Delaney Triplett and sisters Alyssa and Tacey Patterson

The candidates attended six Civic Club meetings of different groups and delivered 2-3 minute speeches.

“Those are judged and put into a sealed container until pageant night,” said Jensen.

On the Thursday before the pageant, each candidate goes through a private interview process before a 5-judge panel. Judges have 10 minutes to ask questions of each candidate.

“That is part of the criteria on who wins,” said Jensen.

She said on the night of the pageant, there is a talent and formal wear competition, along with each candidate reading their speeches a final time.

“Whoever has the highest accumulative score wins, followed by second and third,” Jensen explained.

“This year we are adding an alternate to the prince or princess as an ambassador or call them a duke or duchess,” Jensen said. “They will be someone who can fill in when one of the royalty members can’t. We basically have three on the court with an alternate.

The royalty represents Port Orchard and South Kitsap locally and regionally throughout the year. They will attend all major Fathoms events, participate with the Festival float as it travels around the Northwest telling the public about the community. They partner with other community clubs to help raise awareness/support for much needed community projects.

The winners have to contribute about 750 hours of community service during their reign. At the time of the competition, each contestant must maintain a 2.5 grade-point average.

Bryan Petro will serve as pageant emcee and former Miss Poulsbo Geana Ostheller Halverson will provide entertainment, along with Royalty Court members Queen Tamika Tiller, and Princesses Joanna Aquino, Aleisha and Alexis Miller, who are ending their reign.

Jensen is expecting between 50 and 100 people attending the pageant. “That’s a really good crowd for us,” Jensen said.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students. Visiting royalty will be admitted free. All proceeds go to the Royal Court’s scholarship program, which will contribute $1,000 to the winner and $500 each to the second- and third-place finishers.

This is the 46th year of the festival, which was founded in 1968 by the Chamber of Commerce.


Aaron Thomas


Grade in School: 11th

School: Peninsula High School

Parents: Mark and Tonya Traylor

What you want to do after High School or College: After college I would like to get a job as a corporate jet pilot.

Sponsored by: Rill Tribute Center, VFW Post 2669, West Sound Chiropractic, Steven Perry, L.A. Atkisson of Port Angeles, Cals Olympic Boxing, Romo’s K.O. Espresso, Lenny’s Classic Barber Shop and Slaughter County Brewery.

Alyssa Josephsen

Age: 16

Grade in School: 10th

School: South Kitsap High School

Parents: Thad and Delena Josephsen

What you want to do after High School or College: Currently I am a dancer at the Bremerton Dance Center. After I graduate I plan to go to school to be an acupuncturist. I am so excited for this amazing chance to be a part of the fathoms royalty court.

Sponsored by: Family and friends

Alyssa Patterson

Age: 18

Grade in School: 12th

School: South Kitsap High School

Parents: Victoria and Jerrett Patterson

What do you want to do after High School or College: Go to college major in chemistry, then continue to medical school and get my doctorate to eventually become a brain surgeon and open my own practice.

Sponsored by: Dale Enridge and Patsy Lee Enridge Neal

Carly Fulbright

Age: 17

Grade in School: 12th

School: South Kitsap High School

Parents: Jody and Curt Fulbright

What do you want to do after High School or College: Attend Washington State University to major in fashion design and merchandising.

Sponsored by: Port Orchard Dental Artistry and Law Office of Richard Shuttuck

Delaney Triplett

Age: 18

Grade in School: senior; 12th

School: South Kitsap High School

Parents: Ted and Kathy Pregnall

What you want to do after High School or College: After high school I am going to attend Eastern Washington University and earn a bachelor’s degree in athletic training, then continue onto graduate school and earn a doctorate degree in physical therapy. From there I will begin a career in physical therapy or athletic training.

Sponsored by: Alan Coward, Vivienne Coward, C&S Motors and Nowka Automotive

Tacey Patterson

Age: 19

Grade in School: Freshman

School: Olympic College

Parents: Victoria and Jerrett Patterson

What you want to do after High School or College: After completing the nursing program and receiving my Bachelors of Science in nursing, I plan to either get a job as a nurse at a hospital in this area or become a traveling nurse for a few years. Eventually, I would like to go back to school and earn my Masters of Science in nursing, and become a nurse practitioner. I really want to be a nurse, because it is a job that will enable me to help others everyday. I believe that, in that field, I will learn something new each day.

Sponsored by: Dale Enridge, and Patsy Lee Enridge Neal




















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