2019 Forest Festival Royal Court
2019 Forest Festival Queen of the Forest
Hello everyone, my name is Jillian Abbe.
I am so honored to be this year’s Queen of the Forest! I am 17 years old and a senior at Shelton High School. After graduation, I will be attending Whitworth University to get a degree in Elementary Education. One day I hope to be a teacher here in Mason County! I love this community, and I’m so grateful for all the opportunities I’ve had here. At Shelton High School, I am currently the Choir President, ASB Secretary, and School Board Representative. I’m also part of the Pep Club, and I love to dress up for spirit week and cheer on our Highclimber sports teams! Additionally, I volunteer often at my church, serving as a leader for the middle school youth group and a Sunday School teacher for elementary students. Everything I’ve been involved in over the past few years has grown me into a more confident, outgoing person and has shown me just how special this community is. I’m so proud to call Mason County my home, and I’m honored to be part of the historic tradition of Forest Festival! This court has many goals we’re excited to strive towards, and I’m looking forward to all the memories I’ll make while we represent Mason County as the 75th Forest Festival Royalty Court!
2019 Paul Bunyan
Hello, my name is Bryce Dady.
I am the 2019 Paul Bunyan. I am so very excited to be a part in this momentous occasion. I am currently a Senior at Shelton High School, and through the automotive program at this school, I have fallen in love with automotive mechanics with the help of Mr. Beyer, the teacher of the class. After high school, I plan on attending South Puget Sound Community College and receive my 2-year degree in automotive mechanics. My overall goal for this career path is to be the service manager for Toyota of Olympia someday. Other than mechanics, my greatest passion in life is wrestling. Wrestling has taught me many valuable life lessons such as determination and learning from my failures. I cannot wait to represent Mason County in its entirety all throughout Washington, and I promise to represent well. It is an honor to be Paul Bunyan during the 75th year of Forest Festival, and all the memories I make with the amazing 2019 court will last a lifetime.
2019 Timber the Axe Man
My name is Ethan Payment.
I’m a senior at Shelton High School. After high school, I want to be a mechanic. I have always loved cars and learning how to work on them. I plan to go to a technical college to learn more about cars and get my degree in automotive technology. I am so happy to be a part of Forest Festival and to get the chance to be Timber the Axe Man. Forest Festival is such an amazing opportunity. You get to meet so many new wonderful people and learn more about your community. It’s so cool that we get to participate in all the events like parades, going to elementary schools, and just telling people about Mason County, and how it was founded. I love the woods so much: me and my brothers used to make forts in the woods when we were kids. Now, I like to ride quads with my two best friends, and we ride all the time. It’s so much fun!
2019 Princess of Cedar
Hello, my name is Grace Renecker.
I am so honored to be this year's Princess of Cedar! I am currently a junior at Shelton High School, but also a full-time running start student at South Puget Sound Community College. I love Mason County and I absolutely love being involved in my community, which lead me to be part of the Rural Development Initiative this year. I am a two-year member of the high school cheer team and had the joy of being co-captain this past season. The past two years I have worked hard to establish the Interact Club at SHS and have held the position of president for both years. For the past nine years I have been a part of 4H here in Mason County, and I’m currently in two clubs.
2019 Princess of Hemlock
When I was a little girl, I always had a dream to be a princess, I’m so honored to be Princess of Hemlock to represent my community and make it better. I plan on attending Olympic College to receive my Associates in Science, after that I will attend Pierce County Community College and go into a Dental Hygienist program. I was part of Shelton Dance team for two year, it has taught me to be responsible, reliable and self-motivated. My favorite thing about dance is putting on the youth dance program. I love to inspire kids to achieve great things in their life.