Leigh Pritchard is the first entrant in this year?s Jacaranda Queen contest.
Leigh Pritchard is the first entrant in this year?s Jacaranda Queen contest.

Leigh?s Jaca quest

By EMMA CORNFORD

LEIGH Pritchard loves her home town.

So much so that this year she will be partaking in one of Grafton's most time-honoured traditions ? the Jacaranda Queen quest.

Leigh, 20, a third-year cadet journalist at The Daily Examiner, said she was looking forward to every aspect of the competition.

"I'm a Grafton girl at heart and I'm going in it because I want to help out. Plus there's so much opportunity for fun," she said.

"I've enjoyed the Jacaranda Festival for years and now I'll have the chance to see another side of it and meet the people behind the festival."

Leigh is studying externally for a Bachelor of Communications degree through the University of New England, and is also a keen sportswoman who plays social touch football, Oztag, netball, soccer and enjoys swimming.

"I've got a lot of ideas for events, fundraising will be hard work, but also a blast," she said.

"I also think that meeting a new group of girls and getting to know them will be fun."

Leigh encouraged anyone else who was considering entering the competition to go for it.



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