Introducing Cranbrooks 2018 Youth Ambassadors

Fiorentino, Wheeldon Cranbrook’s newly crowned Youth Ambassadors

Isabella Fiorentino named Sam Steele Sweetheart, Brooke Wheeldon named Princess at Pageant that kicks off Sam Steele Days

Article by Barry Coulter with the Cranbrook Townsman, June. 15, 2018.

Sam Steele Sweethearts 2018 Cranbrook Youth Ambassador Team

Cranbrook selected its Youth Ambassadors for 2018/2019, at the Sam Steele Sweetheart Pageant at the Key City Theatre, Friday, June 15.

Isabella Fiorentino is Sweetheart, and Brooke Wheeldon is Princess. The two Mount Baker Secondary students will now represent Cranbrook at home and in other communities, starting Saturday morning, June 16, at the Sam Steele Days Parade, as Cranbrook’s annual summer festival kicks into high gear.

Isabella Fiorentino, in Grade 11 at Mount Baker, was also awarded the People’s Choice Award, the Toastmaster Public Speaking Award, and the Talent Award. Wheeldon, in Grade 10, took home the Community Awareness Award as well.

The two will take over Youth Ambassadorial duties from 2-17/18 Sweetheart Abbey McWhirter and Princess Jasmine Beaulac.

Other candidates taking part were Lauren Gramm, Taelynn Austin, Emma Jensen, Emma McGee and Brooke Schmidt.

The event was hosted by Matt Van Beoyen and Christy Pick.

The candidates each presented a speech of their own writing, performed in the Talent category, modelled their specially designed vintage style dresses, and responded to the impromptu question posed by Van Boeyen — “Cranbrook’s slogan is ‘Mountains of Opportunity;’ What opportunities does Cranbrook offer for youth?”

Sam Steele Sweethearts 2018 Youth Ambassador Team

The selection panel was comprised of Leila Cooper, Jodie Yates, Maureen Henderson, Erin Aasland Hall and auditor Harley Lee.

The assembled heard greetings from other youth ambassadors around the province, and farewell speeches from McWhirter and Beaulac.

2018 Youth Ambassador Candidates

Over 200 people attended the Youth Ambassador Ball Saturday evening in Cranbrook as the 2018 Sweetheart of Sam Steele candidates were formally introduced.

The Sam Steele Sweetheart Society proudly introduced the 2018 Sweetheart of Sam Steele Youth Ambassador Candidates at the annual Ambassador Banquet and Ball on Saturday, April 28th at the Cristoforo Colombo Lodge.

2018 Sweetheart of Sam Steele Candidates

Left to Right: Emma McGee (sponsored by the Kin Club of Cranbrook), Brooke Schmidt (sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary to the Fraternal Order of Eagles), Brooke Wheeldon (sponsored by Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary), Taelynn Austin (sponsored by The Drive/B104), Emma Jensen (sponsored by the Cranbrook Lions Club), Isabella Fiorentino (sponsored by the Cristoforo Colombo Lodge), Lauren Gramm (sponsored by the Cranbrook Rotary Club).

The 2018 Youth Ambassador Pageant will be held on June 15 at the Key City Theatre. Tickets are on sale now at the Key City Theatre.