Emerald Ridge princess crowned queen

March 12, 2014 

Emerald Ridge High School’s Marissa Modestowicz reacts after she is chosen as the Daffodil Festival Queen during the coronation ceremony Friday at Life Center Church in Tacoma.

DEAN J. KOEPFLER/THE NEWS TRIBUNE

Growing and surprises were the themes of the night during the Daffodil Festival Queen’s Coronation on Friday at Tacoma’s Life Center.

The ceremony was filled with selfies, impromptu comedy and even an escort dressed in a panda suit. But after the fun and games, it was time to get serious.

Marissa Modestowicz, one of two princesses who represented Emerald Ridge High School, was crowned Daffodil queen after three hours of pageantry, tears and a little bit of silliness.

Stricken nearly speechless, Modestowicz managed to utter words of gratitude through joyful tears, thanking her fellow princesses for their support.

“I wouldn’t have all these memories without them,” she said.

The 81st annual ceremony featured 25 princesses from 24 Pierce County high schools. — Kari Plog, The News Tribune

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