Young queen happy to hand over title

ENJOYING THE SPOTLIGHT: Junior Jacaranda Queen Chloe Hackett has encouraged girls to nominate for this years' quest.
ENJOYING THE SPOTLIGHT: Junior Jacaranda Queen Chloe Hackett has encouraged girls to nominate for this years' quest. Grafton Daily Examiner

FOR every little girl who ever wanted to be a princess or queen, Chloe Hackett is living the dream.

The Grafton girl was crowned Junior Jacaranda Queen at last year's Jacaranda Festival, while fellow Grafton girl Tahlia Goodwin was named Junior Jacaranda Princess.

From tomorrow, Clarence Valley girls aged between 12 and 14 can begin entering the 2009 competition.

Chloe said she had enjoyed attending functions and meeting other entrants in the lead-up to last year's festival. She said she was shocked when her name was read out on crowning night. “I really can't explain it, I was so amazed, it was really overwhelming,” she said.

She said the experience of speaking in front of crowds during the quest helped her at school, particularly in her role on the student representative council.

“At first it was really nerve-wracking, but you get used to it and get confidence about yourself,” she said.

This year, nominees will be asked to answer in 25 words or less why they have entered the Junior Jacaranda Queen quest.

The first 10 correctly completed nomination forms will be accepted, provided the rules are met.

Jacaranda Festival president Libby Pigg said that this year, the junior and senior Jacaranda Queen quests would be run by the one committee, with different people delegated to each competition.

She said the senior girls would be encouraged to mentor the junior candidates and already, she had received calls from girls interested in entering the quest.

Nomination forms will be available from City Centre Newsagency in Prince Street, Grafton, from tomorrow. Parents must give permission for their child to enter.

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