Crater senior named Pear Blossom Queen

The newest Pear Blossom Queen spent Saturday night literally walking in her big sister's shoes.

Sarah Haga, 17, took home the crown and a $2,000 college scholarship to go with it.

The Crater High School senior noted that her older sister competed in the pageant, making the event a family affair.

"I literally wore her dress and shoes," Haga said. "It was amazing to see it from her point of view."

Haga is the daughter of Greg and Valerie Haga. She has a GPA of 4.16. Scholastics honors include class valedictorian, Advanced Placement Psychology Student of the Year, AP U.S. History Student of the Year, Future First Citizen Scholarship finalist, Wendy's Heisman Scholarship state winner, top Algebra II student and Principal's List.

She was also the Central Point Rotary Student of the Month, won the President's roundtable YMCA Teen of Character Award, and received the City of Central Point Multicultural Youth award. She also received the Academic Achievement Award from the Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools. She plans to attend a four-year university and major in public health science.

Haga plans to attend college out of state. She has not made a decision about her career just yet.

"I want to work in a hospital or an educational setting," she said. "It depends on what I find most interesting in college."

Haga was judged on school leadership skills, academic achievement, community involvement, an interview with the judges, writing and presented an essay and answered impromptu questions on stage.

Each princess automatically earns a $500 college scholarship.

In addition to the scholarship, Haga will reign over the Pear Blossom Parade on April 9.

"I feel really fortunate to be put in a position where I can give back to the community," she said.

Haga said she was more than a little nervous in the moments before her name was announced. She credited the girls she competed with for keeping the mood light and friendly.

"I have made such great friends during this," she said. "Every single one of them is a great person."

Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 541-776-4471; or email

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