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Five chosen for Mountain Festival court

Local ladies represent the best of Sandy on five-generation court at this year's event

Meet the Sandy Mountain Festival’s Five Generation Court of 2016.

Four princesses and one queen are selected each year. This year’s Queen, a category for women age 65 and older, is Nancy Gregson-Spencer. Princess No. 1, a category for women age 45 to 64, is Kari Manzano. Princess No. 2, a category for women age 25 to 44, is Kirsten Pitzer. Princess No. 3, a category for women age 14 to 24, is Stephanie Saul. Princess No. 4, a category for young ladies age 7 to 13, is Jordan Lundeen.

The Five Generation Court was established to recognize and honor the civic commitments of five special Sandy women. The court is chosen by a community nomination process, with the Sandy Mountain Festival board ultimately selecting the queen and princesses, said Lynette Proctor, the court coordinator. Special attention is paid to a nominee’s volunteer involvements and their roots in the community.

“It’s a great honor to be a part of it,” Proctor said of the court.

Gregson-Spencer traces her family’s ties to the area to 1917, when her family moved to Boring. A retired high school teacher and current substitute teacher for the Oregon Trail School District, she is a board member at the Sandy Historical Society, where she works in the imaging archives. She attends Eagle Creek Presbyterian Church and has two grandchildren in Tigard. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Nancy Gregson-Spencer

Manzano was born and raised in Sandy. Her father, Ken Hallgren, is owner and funeral director of Sandy Funeral Home, and her husband, Carlos, works for the city of Sandy as a part of SandyNet. She’s no stranger to the court, either: Her mother, sister, two nieces and daughter Isabelle have all served on it. Manzano works for the Sandy Chamber of Commerce, is a part-time teacher for Joyful Noise Preschool in Sandy and is also an OTSD substitute teacher. The mother of three is active with Sandy Kiwanis. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Kari Manzano

Pitzer was also born and raised in Sandy, although she moved away and returned to the area 16 years ago. She is a mother of six, with her children ranging in age from 8 to 22. She’s active in her church, Living Word Fellowship in Boring, and serves on the executive board of the Sandy Community Action Center. She’s also involved with fundraising for Sandy High School’s Senior All-Night Party.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Kirsten Pitzer

Stephanie, 17, and a senior at SHS, is active with her school’s Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) club and will attend George Fox University in Newberg to study nursing. She has played the flute for seven years, and is a member of Sandy High’s band. She also is the No. 1 varsity player on the girls’ golf team. With Sandy Baptist Church, she has traveled three times to Mexico on spring break to build houses for needy families and led her team’s project on her most recent visit.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Stephanie Saul

Jordan, 11 and a fifth grader at Kelso Elementary School, loves to play soccer and hike. She is also on the Maverick swim team at the Olin Bignall Aquatic Center. Jordan has regularly attended the festival in past years, volunteering at the Sandy Alumni Corn Booth. At school, she serves as bus buddy, a role in which she escorts kindergarteners from the bus into the building. And for her politeness and kindness, she has also been named a Kelso Student of the Month. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Jordan Lundeen

The court gives Sandy a chance to honor the pioneering spirit and traditions of the community, Proctor explained, as well as come together to celebrate what’s best about its residents.

“Being a part of this community is an awesome thing, because we have this great little town,” she said.

The court members will have responsibilities throughout the year, including attending ribbon-cutting ceremonies, area parades and Sandy’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

“I want them to have fun,” Proctor said.

A coronation celebration is being planned. Proctor is working to set a date, and hopes to possibly move the event to a larger venue than in past years — the previous coronation site was Clackamas County Bank — and expects the celebration to be sometime in early to mid-June.

“That’s all in the works,” Proctor said.