NEW QUEEN SCHEHERAZADE CROWNED
New court to reign as ambassadors of Fair
Names, left to right:
Princess Dunyazade: Shannon Slankard
Queen Scheherazade: Carla Cabrera
Princess Jasmine: Morgan Lawrence
On Saturday evening, November 22, 2014, the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival held the Queen Scheherazade Scholarship Pageant at the Fairgrounds in Indio. The Taj Mahal building was transformed into a scene out of the One Thousand and One Arabian Nights, as three young women were chosen to represent the Fair as the 2015 Queen and her Court.
Thirteen amazing 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 2015 court winners are Carla Cabrera for Queen Scheherazade, Shannon Slankard for Princess Dunyazade, and Morgan Lawrence for Princess Jasmine.
Carla is a West Shores High School graduate and is currently attending California State University San Bernardino, Palm Desert campus. She is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in nursing with the goal of attaining a master’s degree as a registered nurse. Shannon is a senior at La Quinta High School. She is involved in multiple on-campus extracurricular activities, such as Cross Country, Debate Club, Tough Guys and Gals, Rotary and Strategy Club. A senior at Hemet High School, Morgan has maintained a 3.9 GPA while being actively involved in her school and community. She has held many leadership roles at her school and is currently the Student Body President.
The new Queen and her Court will reign as ambassadors for the 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