December 8, 2009
Blue Angels, hydroplane races and those infamous
pirates—all staples of summer in Seattle and the quintessential summertime
festival, Seafair. Another long-standing tradition of the community-minded,
weeks-long celebration is the crowning of Miss Seafair, an honor bestowed on a
young woman who is community and academically minded, accomplished and poised.
For the second consecutive year a Seattle University student has been awarded
the title—a yea
rlong post packed with public appearances, speaking
engagements and much handshaking with locals and dignitaries. The 2009–10 Miss
Seafair, Jacqueline Saarenas, a junior psychology major, carries on the SU
tradition as successor to last year’s Miss Seafair, law student Kristen
“I was completely surprised,” says Saarenas, a Seattle native,
of her coronation. “I was so nervous and had all of these butterflies. When I
heard my name, it didn’t sink in at first. I thought, ‘Did they just say my
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