National Cherry Festival announces National Cherry Queen nominees
The National Cherry Festival has announced its four nominees for the National Cherry Queen.
Allie Graziano, 23, of Traverse City is the first candidate selected to participate in the National Cherry Festival.
Allie enjoys spending her free time hiking, biking or stand-up paddleboarding. She is currently attending Baker College, Cadillac as a senior and pursuing a career in pediatric nursing.
Allie patiently waited for the opportunity to represent her hometown as the next National Cherry Queen after being her school’s freshman Cherry Princess.
She will be graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing by the end of the year and plans to become a neonatal nurse practitioner.
Rebecca Brown, 21, of Interlochen is the second candidate chosen to participate in the National Cherry Festival.
Rebecca graduated in 2017 from Traverse City West High School. She graduated from Northwestern Michigan College with her Associate Degree in 2018 and graduated in 2020 from Central Michigan University where she received her BA in Integrative Public Relations.
Rebecca has been the Pan-Hellenic delegate for her sorority, Sigma Kappa, as well as the director of development for a student-run PR firm at CMU.
Rebecca spends her time working at Bonobo Winery, filming her cooking show for her Instagram, cuddling her dogs, and having a great time with friends and family.
Nicole Wittman, 20, of Sutton’s Bay is the third candidate selected to participate in the National Cherry Festival.
Nicole is originally from County Leelanau and is a 5th generation cherry grower who enjoys laughing, telling stories, spending time outdoors in the sun, staying physically active, swimming in abundant fresh water, and spending quality time and going to adventure with friends and family.
Nicole spends her time studying at East Lansing, using her subscriptions for football and basketball games, and serving on the board of directors of the Michigan State University Human Resources Association. as director of recruitment and student engagement.
Nicole is currently completing her second semester of her freshman year at Michigan State University’s Broad College of Business, where she is majoring in human resource management and organizational leadership minors.
Kennan Dawson, 20, of Bellaire is the fourth candidate chosen to participate in the National Cherry Festival.
Kennan graduated from Bellaire Public High School in 2018 and is currently enrolled at Alma College, where she is studying biology and chemistry with a specialization in pre-veterinary medicine.
Kennan is actively involved in Alma College clubs and activities, including the varsity cross country and track teams, and is a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority.
Kennan spends his summers working at Short’s Brewing Company and observing at Mancelona Veterinary Hospital. She also enjoys running, spending time with friends and family, volunteering and being on the lake in the summer.