Recently I had the privilege to be a part of the Astoria Regatta celebration, and that reminded me of all I enjoyed and experienced while growing up in Astoria. The celebrations and festivals of the area are unique.

While the Regatta admirals, dignitaries and event organizers did a phenomenal job throughout the week, I write to express how impressed I was with the young women of the Regatta Court. Aubrey McMahan, Brenna Borup, Kristen Travers and Victoria Holcomb are outstanding representatives of their schools and the community. They displayed their knowledge of the area and their maturity in the interviews and on stage.

I have been an educator for a number of years, and I can assure you that with these young women as representatives of your schools, the future of your community is in good hands.

Mike Blair

Port Orchard, Washington