Although her summer vacation had just begun, Cedarcrest 2011 graduate, Bellevue College graduate and University of Washington, Foster Business School student Chelsea Judd had already participated in some very impressive events; one of which is experiencing one of Seattle’s most time-honored traditions ... the Seafair Scholarship Program for Women.
Chelsea Judd wears a sash representing the Duvall community. Photo by Leanne Christensen
This remarkable program was created to allow young women the opportunity to celebrate the diversity of our region and enhance their young lives through education and community involvement.
With the support of guidance and career counselors at Cedarcrest High School, Chelsea applied for the scholarship program during the spring of her senior year, and was notified in June of her placement.
To become Miss Seafair, participants are judged on academics, public speaking, interview skills and creative expression. Seafair awarded a record $20,000 in scholarships throughout the scholarship process.
Chelsea and other participants visited nearly 20 community events and festivals throughout the summer as well as hospitals and retirement facilities, bringing the events and excitement of Seafair to those who would not be able to experience it otherwise.
As part of the scholarship process, Chelsea enjoyed delivering her Creative Expression/Community Service presentation at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.
Her platform surrounds her involvement and management of the Teen SummerStage event held annually in Duvall.
Chelsea says, "This teen- focused event helps to create a safe, fun and healthy social outlet for all teens in the valley each year, while also supporting the Duvall arts community."
She expressed her appreciation to local businesses: Match Coffee/Wine, The Red Pepper Pasta, and the Duvall Civic Club for their sponsorship of this very successful event.
In addition to the Creative Expression event she also participated in the Royalty Tribute Luncheon, and other local speaking presentations.
Chelsea grew up in Duvall, and is the daughter of Kathy and Chuck Judd. She attended schools in the Riverview School District from kindergarten through her senior year. She is a dedicated student, an avid volunteer/mentor and an accomplished dancer.
She is especially thankful for the experience she received through her participation in the FBLA program at Cedarcrest under the passionate direction of her FBLA advisor, Donna Bielstein. This multi-faceted leadership program allowed Chelsea to grow as an individual both personally and academically giving her "real world" tools for success both in and out of the classroom.
The Seafair Commitment to the Scholarship Program participants is to:
a.. Recognize academic achievement with scholarship awards for college tuition
b.. Facilitate professional mentorship connections with area business women
c.. Celebrate the dynamic culture of our neighborhood communities
d.. Promote community service involvement and philanthropy
e.. Foster public speaking skills, creative expression and confidence
The coronation of Miss Seafair was held on July 30th, and, although Chelsea was not named Miss Seafair, she and all the other participants took part in the annual Torchlight Parade.
Miss Seafair was awarded a $5,000 scholarship and will go on to become a goodwill ambassador for Seattle, and a mentor for future scholarship program participants.