The 2012 Lady of the Lake candidates stand while they are introduced at the Lake Days Ball.

The 2012 Lady of the Lake candidates stand while they are introduced at the Lake Days Ball.

Lake Cowichan welcomes the 2012-2013 Lady of the Lake ambassadors

The Lady of the Lake candidates have had a busy week

The Lady of the Lake candidates have had a busy week. Not only did they take part in Opportunity Night and the Lady of the Lake Ball, they also took part in the parade, attended Lake Days festivities, and had to keep up with school activities and responsibilities.

The ball took place on Friday, June 8, and Centennial Hall was packed full of family, friends and Lake Cowichan residents.

Miriam Coghlan, Lady of the Lake coordinator for this year, says that on the whole, all the girls performed at a level that was beyond her expectations. “They were cooperative, respectful, and they set a very high standard for next year.”

The ball included a dinner, prepared by The Cow Cafe and Cookhouse, an entrance by the candidates with either their fathers, mothers, or another family member, a speech from each of the candidates, a fashion show, and awards given for Ms. Blossom, which went to Crystal Charles, and Ms. Congeniality, which went to Alicia Fall, the now 2012/2013 Lady of the Lake.

The Public Speaking Award went to Sydney Allan, the now 2012/2013 First Princess, and the Island Savings Essay Award went to Fall.

Coghlan, says that she is proud of all of the candidates. “Really, any single one of these girls could have stepped into the role.”

This year’s judges (bottom right) were Jessica Kato-Koch from Duncan, and Davin Greenwell from Victoria. The head judge for this year was Barb Ernst, from Nanaimo. All three of these judges have experience in the entertainment industry.

The evening ran until just past midnight, but from all accounts those in attendance enjoyed the evening and were proud of the way in which each of the candidates represented their sponsors and the town.

Lady of the Lake Opportunity Night:

Personal growth and confidence were evident  with all of the candidates at this year’s Opportunity Night.

Each candidate brought something different to the stage, whether it was music, dance, sport, cadet drill, or a speech, each girl presented with confidence, grace, and style.