The daily Astorian. (Astoria, Or.) 1961-current, June 18, 2019, Page C8, Image 26

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2019 Scandinavian Midsummer Festival SENIOR Court
2019 Senior Court Chaperone
Rebeckah Orton
Reckah lives in Astoria and operates
North Star Doula Service. She has
participated in the festival since she
was in second grade. Rebeckah
remembers dancing “Little Man
in a Fix” with the Nordic Dancers
when she was too skinny for her
costume. Her shoes fl ew off and
her partner had to hold her skirt to
help keep it on! She’s glad to form
relationships with court members and
help keep the wonderful tradition of the
Scandinavian Midsummer Festival alive.
2019 Senior Miss Norway
Jordan Walter
Jordan attends Knappa High School
and is sponsored by the Sons of
Norway Lodge. Her Scandinavian
heritage comes from both grand-
mothers but it’s her grandmother
Sharon who has been her biggest
Scandinavian infl uence in teaching
her Scandinavian baking. She
hopes to learn more about her her-
itage and make new friends through
serving on the court. Jordan is president
of student council at KHS and will graduate
Valedictorian. She plans to attend Clatsop
Community College.
2019 Senior Miss Denmark
Isabel Talley
Isabel is a student at Astoria High
School. She attended her fi rst fes-
tival last summer and especially
enjoyed the demonstrations on
Viking weapons and tools by
the Empire of Chivalry and Steel.
Isabel’s Scandinavian heritage
was recently discovered via DNA
testing and her family is enjoying
learning more about it. After
high school, Isabel hopes to study
2019 Senior Miss Sweden
Hannah Sundstrom Eaton
Hannah is from Beaverton and rep-
resents Astor Lodge #215 of VASA.
She is attending Portland Commu-
nity College’s early college program
for her junior and senior years of
high school. Her grandfather Sven
Sundstrom emigrated from Sweden
in 1959 and was Grand Marshal of
the Optog Parade at the 2018 festival.
Sven has six brothers and four sisters
and many relatives still living in Sweden
that Hannah and her family have visited.
Hannah’s mother was Junior Miss Sweden in
1975 and Senior Miss Sweden in 1986. Hannah looks forward to the festival
to become a better public speaker, learn more about her heritage and meet
new people.
2019 Senior Miss Finland
Sofia Morrill
Sofi a is a senior at Warrenton High
School and was Junior Miss Fin-
land in 2009. She’s attended the
festival regularly and enjoys the
dancing and food. Sofi a’s mother
is from Finland and her family
has visited Finland numerous
times to see relatives and im-
merse themselves in the culture.
Her mother has some Swedish
heritage and her dad’s great-grand-
mother came from Denmark. Sofi a
hopes to go to art school in Finland as part
of her post high school plans.
2018 Miss Scandinavia
Kourtney Tischer
Kourtney is a senior at Knappa High
School and will attend Washing-
ton State University in the fall to
pursue a degree in dentistry. She
wears a Finnish costume from
her grandmother that her moth-
er also wore as Miss Finland in
1994. Family members came
from the Finnish Swedish border
and some also lived in Norway and
Denmark. Kourtney is appreciative
that the Scandinavian Midsummer Fes-
tival keeps Scandinavian culture and tradi-
tions alive and is proud to represent the festival.