News: 2013 Apple Blossom Royal Court visits Capitol

Today, Reps. Cary Condotta and Brad Hawkins welcomed the 2013 Apple Blossom Royal Court to the Capitol. The visit has become a tradition for the royalty and serves as an opportunity for the young women to learn about the legislative process, meet with state elected officials and tour the Capitol grounds.

The day began with Apple Blossom Queen Emily Abbott and Princesses Madi Still and Maggie Chvilicek meeting with Condotta and Hawkins.

“It is exciting to see young people interested in government, and I appreciated the thoughtful questions the girls asked about how a bill becomes a law,” said Hawkins, R-East Wenatchee. “It’s always nice to have visitors from home, and I was honored to teach them a little about what I have learned in my first term in office representing the Twelfth District.”

Next, the royalty were honored by a resolution in the Senate chamber and introduced to members of the House Republican Caucus.

“The Apple Blossom Royal Court has been coming to Olympia for many years,” said Condotta, R-East Wenatchee. “It is not only a great experience for the royal court, but it is a reminder to the Legislature and other elected officials how important the apple industry is to our state and region.”

The rest of their day included a tour of the Temple of Justice with Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Madsen and a visit with Governor Jay Inslee.

The Court also spent time with Secretary of State Kim Wyman, and during their visit all three young women were pre-registered to vote.
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Princess Madi Still, Queen Emily Abbott and Princess Maggie Chvilicek present Secretary of State Kim Wyman with a gift.

Queen Emily Abbott addresses members of the Washington State Senate after the Apple Blossom Festival was honored in a resolution in the chamber, while Princess Madi Still watches on.

Secretary of State Kim Wyman, Representative Brad Hawkins, Queen Emily Abbott, Princess Maggie Chvilicek and Princess Madi Still spend time at the Secretary of State office in Olympia where the Royalty were pre-registered to vote.

Princess Madi Still, Princess Maggie Chvilicek, Rep. Brad Hawkins and Queen Emily Abbott in front of the state seal in the House chambers.

Apple Blossom Royalty at the dais of the Washington State Senate.


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