Several lovely young ladies are vying for the 2019 Shrimp Queen crown this year. Meet them here! The Shrimp Queen Pageant is just about as old as the Festival itself and certainly as beloved. Contestants, known as Princesses, ages 16–20 participate in this annual search for the best goodwill ambassador for the Beach Lions Club and Fort Myers Beach area. Pageant judges look for personality, friendliness and social skills during social events where Princesses do not know who the judges are. Watch for the Princesses in the parade on Saturday, March 9 beginning at 10am, then head to the pavilion in Lynn Hall Park at 1pm when 2018 Shrimp Queen Chloe Stam will crown the 2019 Queen. Pageant awards and scholarships will also be announced, as will Parade Awards.
2018 Shrimp Festival Queen
Since being crowned 2018 Lions Club Shrimp Festival Pageant Queen, Chloe has had several positive changes in her life. She has begun coursework for certification in Office Management & Bookkeeping, aided by her generous pageant scholarship. She plans to use her education in her new career as Office Manager for her family’s island company, The Property Medic. Chloe is a Fort Myers Beach resident and plans to continue living on the Island. Her limited free time is spent with her family, studying, exercising and volunteering for her church and community. Honored to have been crowned the 2018 Queen, and appreciative of the opportunity to develop friendships with FMB Lions members, Chloe is grateful to the FMB Lions, not only for their generous scholarships, but mostly for their supportive and kind friendship.
Princess Abby Lembo
Sponsor: Smiles with Care
Princess Abby is 17 years old and a senior at Cypress Lake High School. She was born in Connecticut and this is her first festival. She is excited to be helping the Lions with their event and has spent years volunteering with various organizations, including Habitat for Humanity. Abby loves both being a cheerleader at Cypress Lake and coaching cheerleading for the Estero Mustangs. She is a member of the National Honor Society, French Honor Society, English Honor Society and is active in her church where she tutors children. She works at the 41 Diner and hopes to attend Lynn University in Boca Raton for Business. Eventually, she would like to have her own business as a Massage Therapist. She thanks the Lions and especially her sponsor, Smiles with Care.
Princess Braden Downing
Sponsor: Bonita Bill’s
Princess Braden is a Senior at Cypress Lake High School where she is an active cheerleader. Although she was born in Oklahoma, Fort Myers has been her home for all of her 18 years. She has a younger brother and younger sister, Oliver and Eva, and enjoys time with them, and calls herself a “nerd.” She is a proud member of the Theater Department and enjoys everything about the theatre. Sound Production is her true love. She is active in many clubs, including Speech and Debate, Mock Trial, Model UN and National Honor Society. She absolutely loves helping others and giving back to her community, which is why she decided to become a Princess. She is excited about the festivities and would like to thank Bill Semmer and Bonita Bill’s for sponsoring her.
Princess Bridgette Myers
Sponsor: Red Coconut
Princess Bridgette is 17 years old and a “Beach kid” through and through. She attends Bishop Verot High School where she is on the Principal’s list and is active in sports, academic and social clubs, including National Honor Society, Student Government, is VP of International Club and helps Captains for Clean Water. Bridgette hopes to pursue a career in law and has a passion for helping those in need. She has over 300+ hours of community service with various organizations, including The Beach Kids Foundation and Spirit of the Holiday. Her family is a big supporter of the Lions Shrimp Festival and she is excited to be a Princess this year and help raise funds for the community. She sends a special thank you to her grandmother, Fran Myers, and Red Coconut for their sponsorship.
Princess Emma Stam
Sponsor: The Property Medic
Princess Emma is home schooled and lives on Fort Myers Beach. She is the second oldest of 5 children and places serving her family and community as her highest priority. She is active in her church and serves at the welcome center. She is also active with the dance team. Emma enjoys volunteering and has helped at the Buckingham Exceptional School during the holiday season. As a young entrepreneur and hard worker, she and her sister operate The Mess Medic cleaning service on Fort Myers Beach. In her free time, Emma enjoys biking, reading, painting, playing with her cats, cooking, baking and dancing. She is excited to be a Princess this year and thanks her family and sponsor, The Property Medic.
Princess Greyson Crandall
Sponsor:Trico Shrimp Co.
Princess Greyson is 17 years old and comes all the way from Naples! She says her biggest goal in life is to become the 4th generation Dr. Crandall. She was able to skip her junior year of High School and graduate early, bringing her closer to her goal. Greyson works in a medical office currently and plans to attend Montana State University in the fall. She will study medicine and looks forward to giving back to those less fortunate. She is very close to her younger sister and helps her mom as much as possible. She has a new puppy and is excited to tell everyone about her! She looks forward to the Festival and the parade especially. Greyson sends a special thank you to Trico Shrimp and the Fort Myers Beach Lions Club.
Princess Kacie Faircloth
Sponsor: Holiday Water Sports
Princess Kacie was born in Fort Myers and raised on Fort Myers Beach. She is currently a sophomore at Fort Myers High School where she is active in 2 clubs, FMHS Fishing Club and G.I.F.T.S. She is captain of the JV soccer team at school and believes this sport has helped shaped her as a young woman. Kacie loves writing and photography and is current working two jobs, saving money so that she can eventually attend the University of Florida and pursue a degree in business. She hopes to follow in her parents’ footsteps and open her own business one day. She thanks her parents and Holiday Water Sports for the opportunity to be a Princess in the Lions Shrimp Festival.
Princess Savanna Bray
Sponsor: Semmer Electric
Princess Savanna is 21 and a graduate of Cypress Lake High School. She works full time at Semmer Electric as an electrician’s apprentice and she loves it! She says she appreciates so much the skilled technicians who go out of their way to teach her and help her understand the business. Savanna is passionate about her job and grateful for the opportunity that Semmer Electric has given her. In her spare time, she spends time with her family, especially her 3 -year-old son. She loves to cook and likes video games. Princess Savanna had such a good time last year as a Princess, she signed up again and knows it will be just as exciting this year! She thanks her sponsor, Semmer Electric and the Lions for all their hard work on the Festival.
Princess Trinity Charlton
Sponsor: The Islander
Princess Trinity is a 16 year old beauty from Naples. She has never been to the Lions Shrimp Festival and is looking forward to the parade and pageant. Trinity is a sophomore at Palmetto Ridge High School where she participates in volleyball. She has long blond hair and says being a hair model helps her come out of her shell. She claims to be shy and modeling helps her overcome this. Trinity has 4 sisters and loves having a big family! She thanks her sponsor, The Islander, and looks forward to her first festival!