Jolene Banns will be crowned Miss Pitt Meadows at this year’s opening ceremonies.
The Grade 6 student at Highland Park elementary is excited about her new role and has already written her speech for the occasion.
Leigha Luschnat, the current Miss Pitt Meadows and a friend of Banns at school, will be passing her the crown.
Banns plays the guitar and has just recently taken up the piano. She also enjoys dance, especially hip hop for its variety of dance moves.
Banns’ family has been living in Pitt Meadows for almost 100 years and many of her family members have been in the Royal Party in years past.
Her older sister was once a First Attendant and her youngest sister has been a flower girl.
Twenty four years ago, her stepsister was also crowned Miss Pitt Meadows.
Miss Pitt Meadows and other members of the Royal Party are selected from qualifying students who have lived in Pitt Meadows for at least two years.
The Royal Party consists of 10 flower girls from Grades 1 to 3, two flag bearers of Grade 4 boys, one Grade 5 girl medallion bearer, one Grade 5 girl record bearer, Miss Pitt Meadows and her three attendants, all Grade 6 girls, and the retiring Miss Pitt Meadows and her attendants.