Howard High School senior crowned 2013 Cherry Blossom Festival Queen

lfabian@macon.comNovember 3, 2012 

A 17-year-old Howard High School senior is the new 2013 Cherry Blossom Festival Queen.

Hannah Moore was crowned Saturday night at the annual Cherry Blossom Queen and Princess Pageant at Wesleyan College.

Moore, who volunteered at the 2013 Little Mr. and Miss Cherry Blossom Pageant last month, answered an on-stage question about who awes and inspires her. The daughter of Julie Moore told the audience at Porter Auditorium that she draws inspiration from her mother’s grace and beauty.

Moore is active in Howard’s Ensemble Choir, Beta Club, National Honor Society, Key Club and Broadcast Multi-Media Club.

Mercer University freshman Jamie Coates was crowned first runner up and one of the two Cherry Blossom princesses.

Coates, 17, of Savannah, was asked about her favorite Cherry Blossom event. Since she has never attended the festival, she told the audience she can’t wait to see what it’s all about.

Kiara Fuller, a 17-year-old Westside High School senior was crowned second runner-up and the third member of the royal court.

Eleven contestants competed for the chance to represent the festival at numerous events March 15-24.

The 2013 Senior Queen, Shirley May was also crowned Saturday night after being nominated by her peers. May, who has been sewing the sashes for the royal court for years, will now be wearing one herself during next year’s festival.

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