Kendra Smith named Harvest Festival Queen, wins scholarship

Since she won the title of Harvest Festival Queen on Saturday, Kendra Smith said she wore the crown for her senior pictures later that day.

But now it has a special place of honor.

“Now it’s got its own little spot on my TV,” she said.

Smith, who was visibly trembling following being named the queen, said she has never before been queen of anything.

“This is a first for me,” she said. A few of her friends had talked her into applying, she said.

“I was very shocked” to be named queen, said Smith. “All the girls that tried out were just really amazing, and I knew it was going to be a really close call. It just was not something I was expecting at all.”

Although she may not have competed in pageants previously or have other royal aspirations, Smith said she does enjoy getting dressed up for special occasions.

“I have a weakness for T-shirts, but I secretly enjoy dressing up,” she said.

Smith, 17, said she is unaware of any duties she might have as Harvest Festival Queen.

“It was a scholarship opportunity for me, and that was what I was excited about,” she said. She will receive a $500 scholarship from the Wolfforth Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture.

She’s looking forward to attending college very close to home at Texas Tech, where she would like to major in history with a minor in education, she said.

“I’d really like to go to Tech, just because my mom’s worked there since I was 3, and I just love it,” she said. “Home-cooked food and clean clothes is always a plus.”

Her favorite teacher at Frenship High School has been her junior English teacher, Connie Pfanmiller.

“She really helped me with the whole getting out there and trying new things,” said Smith.

Smith is involved in National Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars, Ready Set Teach! and photography classes at FHS. She is also involved with her youth group at The Heights Fellowship.

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