I was recently (in June) invited to attend the state finals of the Arizona Cinderella Scholarship Program to be a part of a special award they were presenting. One outstanding Cinderella Teen contestant, Valerie Roberson of Yuma, was selected to become the first ever Arizona Cinderella Ambassador, In Memory of Kristin Kay Smith, for the next year. With that honor, in addition to a $100 college scholarship, flowers and crown, Valerie was presented a Royal Cinderella Robe, which has long been a dream of Kristin’s to possess. Traditionally, the robe is only worn by the five overall state Cinderellas (one in each age division), which makes it a much coveted prize. ‘The Kristin Kay Smith Memorial Scholarship Award’ will be embroidered inside this beautiful robe, along with the names of each annual recipient. Thank you to the Swartzman’s for allowing the memory of my daughter to live on in the Cinderella Program.
This was Valerie’s 11th year of involvement in the Arizona Cinderella Program. I was very pleased that this 1st award went to a Cinderella Girl who knew Kristin. The Ambassador will travel to help promote the spirit of Cinderella in Kristin’s memory and I think that Bob and Denise made an excellent choice. Good luck to you, Valerie, as you travel the state, sharing with other young ladies the qualities that make you an exceptional Cinderella Girl.