The Junior Orange Bowl celebrated a 66-year tradition of crowning its Royal Court on Saturday, August 26 at the Rebeca Sosa Theater in Miami Springs. Queen Peyton Riviero, along with Princess Lauren Dominguez, Princess Megan Dominguez, and Little Sister Angela Guerra will reign over all Junior Orange Bowl events during the 2017 – 2018 festival season.
Luisaura Alvarez, newly appointed Royal Court Chair, stated, “We’re proud of the outstanding young women who gave their all during the Royal Court finals this year. I’m very excited to get to know the new Royal Court and to watch them shine in their new roles.” She went on to say, “With all the exciting new events planned for the Royal Court this year, I look forward to sharing in new experiences with these four wonderful young ladies and empowering them during their yearlong journey with the Junior Orange Bowl.”
This year’s competition also featured the addition of Junior Orange Bowl Sweetheart, a title aptly given to Elizabeth “Ellie” Bolduc who was recently the first Miss Florida Sunshine Princess with Down Syndrome. Luisaura Alvarez, Royal Court Chair, said, “Ellie did a phenomenal job and is truly a beautiful young lady inside and out. She proved that through perseverance, patience, and confidence one can achieve anything. Ellie set out to compete with the girls and truly did that with no special treatment; she rehearsed and walked on that stage just like all of our contestants. I am so proud of her and honored that she was a part of our event.”
The Junior Orange Bowl Royal Court encourages and empowers the young ladies that participate to become future leaders and role models in the community. The Royal Court will serve as volunteers and goodwill ambassadors at all of the 2017-2018 Junior Orange Bowl Festival events. The Queen, Princesses, and Little Sister will also ride on The Royal Court Float at the organization’s marquee event, the 69th Junior Orange Bowl Parade down Miracle Mile in downtown Coral Gables on November 26th. For Royal Court sponsorship opportunities, or to request a Royal Court appearance at your event, visit www.jrorangebowl.org/royal-court.
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