Emily Walker’s role representing LFCC as a Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival princess should come pretty easily to her. That’s because she loves the college and is eager to share her reasons why.
“Getting an education at Lord Fairfax is an amazing opportunity,” says Walker, a 2017 graduate of Sherando High School. “It’s a lot cheaper than a four-year college, but it is the same quality of education that you can get at a university. It’s just been a blessing to attend LFCC.
“It has given me an opportunity to have amazing tuition, amazing classes and amazing friends, and live at home at the same time.”
Walker plans to transfer to Shepherd University to study physical education after her 2019 LFCC graduation. Her goal to become a P.E. teacher has developed fairly recently.
“I volunteered at my little sister Meghan’s field day at her elementary school, and it just brought to life how much I love being active and teaching and being able to change people’s lives,” Walker says.
Her older sister Maryssa was a princess as a Shenandoah University student in last year’s Apple Blossom Festival.
“I was able to watch her in the Grand Feature Parade and see her in the coronation,” Walker says. “I’ve been going to the Apple Blossom Festival for many years. It’s fun.”
As part of her princess duties, she must do 10 hours of community outreach, speaking to student groups about why she chose LFCC and about her royal role.
“I’ll share the amazing opportunities the princess role has brought me,” Walker says. “When I was in high school, I never thought I’d be an Apple Blossom princess.”
She submitted an application and was interviewed by a small committee made up of LFCC faculty and staff. To be a princess, she had to be a first-time participant in the festival, be younger than 25, be in good academic standing and be engaged with LFCC and her community.
Besides having a work-study job in the Student Life Office, Walker is involved with the Student Government Association and is in the Student Ambassador program. She also has a job at Chick-Fil-A.
The royal duty Walker is most looking forward to is being in the Grand Feature Parade.
“I’m usually in the crowd watching the parade pass by me,” she says. “Being able to see the crowd from a different standpoint is definitely going to be breath-taking.”