By Lisa Pemberton, Puyallup Tribal News Editor
On Jan. 27, seniors Szoi Stevens and Jordyn Rutledge participated in Chief Leschi High School’s 2021 Daffodil Princess selection. They were joined by 2020 CLS Daffodil princess Catalina Dillon.
Stevens was selected to represent CLS in the Daffodil Festival’s Royal Court, which is made up seniors from 23 high schools in Pierce County. As Daffodil Princess, Stevens will represent CLS and the Daffodil Festival at numerous events, earn a partial scholarship toward her college education and vie for the title of Daffodil Queen.
Several Daffodil Festival events were canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, all of the princess selections were done virtually.
“Szoi shows up each and every day with a huge smile on her face and a positive attitude,” said Secondary Co-Principal Chris Jorgensen. “Szoi is thoughtful, inclusive and kind to others. As a cheerleader, Szoi brings school spirit and energy to every game and is a leader by her example at school. Cheerleaders very publicly encourage the teams to succeed and help to create a positive culture publicly, Szoi does this privately with her fellow students on a daily basis as well. She is very deserving of this honor.”
Secondary Co-Principal Jennifer Vasilez added: “It was an honor to serve Szoi in her middle school years and to see the strong woman she has become today. Szoi has been a leader as long as I have known her, and I am proud that she will represent the school as our princess this year.”