Morgan Thompson of Shady Cove has been selected first runner-up in the Pear Blossom Festival for 2012. Thompson is a senior at Prospect Charter School and is class valedictorian with a 3.82 gpa. She has been at Prospect for four years and in 2012 was captain of the Volleyball team.
Selection of the Princesses and the royal court followed a rigorous training beginning in December and continuing through the end of March. One student is chosen from each of the valley schools. Thompson represented the school well, finishing the highest of any past students entered from Prospect High School. She credits Ms. Yakopatz with helping her through the pageant.
For all those weeks, she drove to Medford for two-hour life skill classes in conducting job interviews, public speaking, manners and poise. Following the training, she went before a panel of judges for an interview at North Medford High school. The judges selected her as first runner up to the queen.
For all her poise and charm, Morgan is still a down-to-earth young lady with lots of energy and definite goals for herself. She has been accepted at Oregon State University where she will study business and pre-law. Sounds like a heavy class load even before you throw in the minor in psychology. Following graduation, she wants to work as a para-legal, start a family and live outside of town to she can continue raising livestock.
For the past 10 years, Thompson has shown and sold hogs at the Jackson County Fair. She hopes to have children and have them participate in 4-H and FFA programs and, of course, raise hogs.
At OSU, she hopes to be a member of the dance team, and is heading that way for try-outs shortly. If she makes the cut, she will be spending game days at basketball and football games on the sideline. The dance team performs at home games and, of course, at the away games with the U of O. If she is successful in making the squad, she will perform at the spring football game in Corvallis.
If you caught the Pear Blossom parade last Saturday, you would have seen Morgan riding on the float with other princesses. For her efforts she received a $500 scholarship and a DVD player for finishing as the runner-up.
By Ralph McKechnie