By Hilary Judd
MILLVILLE -- Royal tradition continues in the Millville, as seven senior girls honorably accept and share the service opportunities and community involvement associated with the coveted crowns of Millville's 2003 City Royalty.
Selected by a panel of three judges last month, to represent the city all year, the newly initiated group consists of one queen, four attendants and two alternates. Chelsey Olsen is Miss Millville, with attendants Stacie Monson, Cammy Archibald, Camille Edvalson and Jennifer Hall, respectively, as well as attendants Kara Ballard and Brook McMahon.
"As for responsibility, they're equal, even though they have different titles," Olsen said, noting her unique number of attendants. "And we're all friends--no contention, no girl fights.
Pageant director Dianna Sutherland and her committee prepared for the pageant for over two months--planning, organizing, finding judges and calling all female high school seniors in Millville, who may not yet be aware they're interested in the contest, to inform them of their eligibility.
Third-attendant Camille Edvalson was one of those unsuspecting victims. "It wasn't really something I would have done," she said, but with a little encouragement from her mom and Sutherland, she--gratefully, in hindsight--went for it. "I just went and tried to lighten everyone up. It was so much fun, and I've learned a lot."
Once an eligible entrant wins on a city level, she has the option to enter the county dairy scholarship contest, Sutherland said, which is another reason so many winners are crowned.
"We can send five [contestants] to the Cache County dairy competition, which is the next level," Sutherland said, explaining the effects of losing one or two Millville royalty members if they win the dairy contest. "But they can't compete in the dairy without winning in their own town, so we go as much as we can."
This year's dairy scholarship competition, however, will be minus any Millville representatives, as none of the royalty members have chosen to participate in the contest scheduled for April 25 and 26.
"I'm kind of disappointed that none of us are going," Olsen said, but she will be leaving for school in the fall, and doesn't feel she could devote the required time and effort to the dairy royalty if she isn't in the area.
Instead, Millville City Royalty will remain occupied within the walls of its own community.
"We'll represent Millville City in parades, and have our own city celebration day," Olsen said. "We're also trying to get some other service projects organized."
Millville City Royalty will represent the community all year, beginning with Health Days in May and continuing through to Utah State's Homecoming parade in October, Sutherland said. Each member receives $50 from the city, which may be used to purchase a dress, as the royalty will be featured on the city float in several local parades. The royalty's pinnacle appearance will be June 28 at city park, for the town's annual Fun Day, which includes a parade, day activities and a dance.