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 Tateishi.
“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 name?’”
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