Albany Tulip Queen finalists announced

May 01, 2019 04:58 PM

ALBANY - An Albany tradition dating back decades continued on Wednesday. The five finalists for Albany Tulip Queen were announced.

The winner will be crowned at the Tulip Festival in Washington Park on Saturday, May 11.

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All five of the finalists will work together on community service projects for the next year.

This year marks the 71st year of Tulip Fest.

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Here's more info on the finalists, courtesy of the city of Albany:

The finalists are:

Emily Barcia-Varno, Age 22, Glenmont

Emily is a recent graduate from The College of Saint Rose completing a Bachelors Degree in Marketing.  She currently works in the New York State Department of Civil Service.  She has volunteered through Saint Rose, worked with local soup kitchens, Ronald McDonald House, and worked in Panama helping to preserve Native Orchids. Her hobbies include working with kids, dance, theatre and traveling.  As a member of the 2019 Tulip Court, Emily hopes to be a role model for the community and use superheroes as a way to connect kids to their inner super powers.    

Isabella Burnett, Age 19, Albany

Isabella is currently a Sophomore at the College of Saint Rose earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree.   She currently works at Follett Bookstore and in the summer as a Girl Scout Camp Counselor.  Isabella volunteers her time at the senior living community Holiday at the Atrium and as a street cleaner through the College of Saint Rose.  She enjoys camping, hiking and boating.  As a member of the 2019 Tulip Court, she plans to promote literacy using her focus on art to help connect communities and to work for better environmental health in our community.

Parneet Kaur, Age 19, Green Island

Parneet is a Freshman at Siena College working towards her Biology Degree.  During High School she was the recipient of the Multicultural Student Achievement Award from the University at Albany.  She volunteers with Regional Food Pantry and Ronald McDonald House.  Parneet has a passion for dance and music and her goal is to open up a dermatology office.   As a member of the 2019 Tulip Court, her goals are to promote diversity through the sharing of multicultural art and to help build confidence and independence for younger women in the City.

Megan Morrill, Age 23, Latham

Megan is a Graduate of the University at Albany and is currently working towards publishing her first novel.   Her volunteer experience ranges from the Ronald McDonald House to the March of Dimes, and she was a Key Club Committee Chair for Albany Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital. She enjoys photography, ice skating, rock climbing and writing. She was a three time winner in the Colonie Art League for photography and was a member of the Tau Sigma Honor’s Society. As a member of the 2019 Tulip Court, Megan’s goal is to raise awareness for craniofacial conditions and to help provide children in local hospitals a broader selection of books. 

Michaela Schramm, Age 18, Loudonville

Michaela is a freshman attending the University at Albany working on her Accounting degree.   At UAlbany Michaela plays club field hockey and is a proud member of Delta Sigma Pi.  She has volunteered at the Center for Disability Services, Regional Food Bank, worked as a tutor and as a coach.  In her free time Michaela enjoys spending her summers lifeguarding and teaching swim lessons at a local pool, crafts, hiking, and spending time with her family.  As a member of the 2019 Tulip Court, Michaela plans to use her math talents to help connect reading and math as well as to explore different cultures through the literacy program.


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