Strawberry Festival Royalty named for June 9-10 celebration in Albion

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 2 June 2017 at 7:15 am

Photo by Tom Rivers

ALBION – The royalty for the next week’s Strawberry Festival has been named. The group includes, from left: Logan Poupore, prince; Carly Fox, queen; Donato Rosario, king; and Danielle Wyant, princess.

They will all be in the parade on Saturday, June 10, at 10 a.m. and serve as festival ambassadors, including at the Turtle Race at 2 p.m. on June 10 on the Erie Canal.

Each student had to write an essay, naming a highlight of Albion – a person, organization or event. Logan Poupere, a third grader, wrote about the Olde Dogge Inn and its pet adoption program, including stray dogs from Puerto Rico. Danielle Wyant, a fifth grader, wrote about Charles W. Howard, the Albion man who started a Santa School and served as a very prominent Santa, including at the Macy’s parade in New York City from 1948 to 1965. This year’s Strawberry Festival has a Santa and Charles W. Howard theme.

Carly Fox, a senior, wrote about Amy Sidari, owner of Gotta Dance by Miss Amy, and her efforts to give children and the community a venue to perform through her dance studio, a cabaret and an annual Christmas program in memory of Nicholas Kovaleski.

Donato Rosario, a senior, wrote about the Albion school district, and the dedicated teachers and staff who have encouraged him to become a first-generation college student. Donato said the school’s internship program also helped him with his career goals. He did an internship with the Medina Fire Department and now wants to work as a paramedic and firefighter.

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