NEW QUEEN SCHEHERAZADE CROWNED
New court to reign as ambassadors of 71st Annual Fair
Pictured in the photo, from left to right:
Princess Dunyazade: Alyssah Moffatt
Queen Scheherazade: Ngan Nguyen
Princess Jasmine: Maya Jones
On Saturday evening, November 19, 2016, the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival held the Queen Scheherazade Scholarship Pageant at the Fairgrounds in Indio. The Fullenwider Auditorium was transformed into a scene out of the 1001 Arabian Nights, as three young women were chosen to represent the Fair as the Queen and her Court.
Thirteen young ladies competed for their chance to be crowned queen; scholarship amounts range from $3,000 to $3,500. The ladies were previously interviewed by judges in an elimination round in October and during the Pageant gave a speech in business attire, answered questions in evening gowns and in traditional Arabian costumes. The 2017 court winners are Ngan Nguyen for Queen Scheherazade, Alyssah Moffatt for Princess Dunyazade, and Maya Jones for Princess Jasmine.
Crowned Queen Scheherazade was Ngan Nguyen. Ngan is a senior at la Quinta High School. She is involved in many community activities such as a member of Key Club, Knots for Tots, Leo Club and a church member for the choir and reader for Vietnamese mass. Ngan has been on the Honor Roll for three years and won second place in a recent spelling bee. She has aspirations of becoming a pharmacist. Ngan is an immigrant from Vietnam, with English as a second language, and wants to “inspire others to accept challenges by doing something that is beyond their capability”. Alyssah Moffatt, from La Quinta High School, was crowned Princess Dunyazade. She is a senior and last year received an award for Academic Honors. Alyssah is involved with her church, choir, Future Teacher’s Club and Academy of Musical Performance (AMP) Camp. She would like to attend a 4-year university and pursue a Music or Sociology degree. Crowned Princess Jasmine was Maya Jones, also a senior at La Quinta High School. Maya is Rotary Club President and a volunteer peer math tutor. She is involved with National Charity league and wants to attend a 4-year university with the intent of earning her degree in Mathematics so she can teach upper level AP or IB mathematics to high school students.
The new Queen and her Court will reign as ambassadors for the 71st Annual Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival, their duties will include promoting the Fair at various City Council meetings, parades and other special appearances leading up to the Fair, February 17-26, 2017. For more information about the Fair, call 1-800-811-FAIR.