Five Hills royalty capture first place in Burnet parade with city float

Special to the Leader-Press
Copperas Cove city float rolled in its first parade of 2018 with the newly crowned Five Hills titleholders. 
It may be a new year with new titleholders, but the results remained the same. Out of more than 100 entries, the City of Copperas Cove won first place in the 35th Annual Burnet Bluebonnet Festival Parade on Saturday. 
Copperas Cove Five Hills Ambassador Emily Kimball shared with the judges that all of the royalty were dressed in blue to honor the bluebonnet festival and thanked the judges for inviting Copperas Cove to the Burnet community.
“It was exciting to announce our new Copperas Cove Five Hills royalty and introduce ourselves as ambassadors for the City of Copperas Cove on the float that we decorated specifically for the bluebonnet festival,” Kimball said. “When they announced we won first place, I felt accomplished and proud that we continue to represent the City in a positive way.”
The float was decorated in blue netting with bluebonnets scattered throughout. The award is the fourth first place award that the float has won in six judged parades. The royalty will participate with the float in the Copperas Cove Rabbit Fest Parade in May and also the Harker Heights Memorial Day Parade.
Kimball was also honored as a Central Texas Incredible Kid by the Central Texas Youth Coalition.  An estimated 75,000 students in the region are eligible for the honor for which only 10 children are hosen. Kimball was honored at a luncheon last Thursday and received a college scholarship.
The royalty continue to stir up success in partnership with the Fort Hood Area Lemonade Day organization. The titleholders helped youngsters build their lemonade stands at a workshop at Fort Hood and signed up children at Fort Hood’s Earth Fest to participate in Lemonade Day the first weekend in May.
Fort Hood Area Lemonade Day Director Amanda Sequeira said the organization is very fortunate to have the new group of Five Hills royalty assisting at our Lemonade Day events.  
“Their commitment to volunteerism and service is such an asset to the community and speaks highly of them as individuals,” Sequeira said. “Giving back is an important lesson we teach as a part of the entrepreneur curriculum.”
The royalty also supported the Kick Cancer’s Butt fundraiser for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
In royal sightings this week, look for the royalty to be present at tonight’s city council workshop for the proclamation of National Lemonade Day. Teen Miss Five Hills Carleigh Ross will also be present for the proclamation for Copperas Cove’s Relay for Life event. The royalty will also host a booth at the YMCA Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, support Domino’s Soldier Appreciation Day, and Young Miss Five Hills Allyssa Kimball will present a workshop on recycling and composting to the Clements/Parsons Elementary Kids Care Club. 

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