Cherry Queen Entrants

Meet the 2017 Cherry Queen Entrants

Julianne Duffey

Age: 25

Occupation: Working in Hospitality

What do you love about the National Cherry Festival?
I love how iconic the cherry festival is to Young. The festival brings people together, not just the local community and organisations but people from all over. I have always embraced the opportunity to meet new people.

Are you enjoying being an entrant in the quest?
I am thoroughly enjoying being one of this year’s entrants. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity that has definitely put me outside my comfort zone. It is and most definitely will be a quest, however I believe it to be a rewarding experience and well worth the journey.

Which charity benefits from your fundraising?
I am being sponsored by the Lions Club of Young. They do so much for this town that goes unrecognized, especially in the form of donations. My fundraising proceeds will be passed on to youth programs based in the Hilltop region.

What’s the best thing about living in the Hilltops region?
It’s very hard to say, there are just so many good things about living in the Hilltops region. But since I have to pick one, I would say the sense of belonging that the local community provides.

To date, what are your proudest achievements?
That is most definitely being asked to represent the Lions Club, never would I have imagined being approached. I feel very honoured to be considered.

Looking ahead, what are your plans for the future?
My plans for the future would definitely involve travelling. There is so much of the world I would love to see. 

Jade Nolan

Age: 19

Occupation: Customer Service – Retail

What do you love about the National Cherry Festival?
The Cherry Festival has always been the town’s staple event. Seeing the event grow over the years and having been involved in the parades and attractions has been unbelievable. It’s great to see the people the festival brings to town each year. For the community to have a weekend of fun with family and friends and visitors celebrating everything this town has to offer is amazing each and every year.

Are you enjoying being an entrant in the quest?
I’m loving being an entrant. It’s such an incredible opportunity to raise funds for a deserving charity as well as being able to get out in the community and have people come together for different events and show support for the festival.

Which charity benefits from your fundraising?
Variety Children’s Charity benefits from my fundraising. I came to learn about this charity through working at Woolworths, who has been partnered with this great organisation for the last few years, and I was incredibly inspired by their work.

What’s the best thing about living in the Hilltops region?
I’ve lived in Young my whole life and growing up here has been amazing. My favourite things about living here are always surrounded by close family and friends and being a part of such an extraordinary community, someone always has your back no matter what.

To date, what are your proudest achievements?
The achievements I’m proudest of would be coming second runner up in the Lions Deb of the Year ball in 2015, being a part of Young High’s prefect team in 2016 as well as representing my town and school at a number of leadership events and conferences over the years.

Looking ahead, what are your plans for the future?
I plan to continue to work within Young and gain experience in a few different employment industries. I also wish to continue to help out and support the community in as many ways as possible.

Emma Blake

Age: 19

Occupation: Hospitality

What do you love about the National Cherry Festival?
I love how people from different places and cultures travel from afar to experience this Hilltops region festival. I also love the way the towns people get together to make the annual parade exciting, new and fun for everyone.

Are you enjoying being an entrant in the quest?
Definitely. I am excited about my plans to raise money for my chosen charity. I am also excited about the journey ahead, and the experience I will gain and goals I will achieve through the quest.

What is your charity?
Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Research.

What is the best thing about living in the Hilltops region?
The Hilltops region is seen as being a multi-cultural region which brings more diversity to the town of Young. Living in a small country town gives everyone a chance to know one another, with the advantage of people giving a helping hand when needed.

What are your proudest achievements?
I was very honoured to be selected for the “Be the Attitude” award at my school, Hennessy Catholic College. The award recognises people who go out of their way to think, help and care for others before themselves. I also achieved the Courtney Thompson Individual Award in my final school year for overcoming adversity.

What are your plans for the future?
My career goal is to become a police officer, and I want to do some travelling around the world.

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