Current Royalty


2018 International Princess 2018 Queen of Festivals 2018 Aqua Princess

Ashley Olson

Ashley Olson is the 19-year-old daughter of Tim and Cindy Olson. She is a 2016 highest honors graduate from Willmar Senior High School. While in high school, Ashley was very involved in music and participated in band, choir, jazz band, jazz choir and musicals. Her junior and senior year, Ashley was selected to be in All-State Band, and participated in All-Conference Jazz Band both years as well, and All-Conference Concert Band her senior year. She also lettered in dance and performed on varsity high kick and jazz team for all four years, as well as receiving All Conference Kick her senior year. Ashley was also a Courage and Respect retreat leader and part of the National Honors Society. Throughout high school, Ashley became very involved in her church and joined the Southwestern Minnesota Synod Lutheran Youth Organization Board her freshman year and became vice president her senior year. Through the opportunities given through this board, Ashley is now a member of the Theme Discernment Team as well as the Community Life Planning Team for the ELCA’s 2018 National Youth Gathering in Houston. Ashley is currently furthering her education at Concordia College in Moorhead, where she plans to get a Bachelors of Music with a major in Music Education and has been on the Dean’s List for both semesters. She is still involved in both band and choir at college and became section leader for the Symphonic Band clarinet section. Ashley currently works at the Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center and will be a Residential Assistant at Concordia for the 2017-2018 school year. In her free time, Ashley enjoys napping, spending time outside with her friends and family, practicing instruments, reading, and taking pictures of the sky. Ashley’s Willmar Fests sponsor was Heritage Bank.


Jenna Jagow

Jenna Jagow is the 19-year-old daughter of Will and Sarah Jagow. She is a 2016 honors and academic distinction graduate from Willmar Senior High School. During her time in high school, Jenna was involved in choir, yearbook committee, and the KCEO program through which she started her own business. Jenna also received varsity letters in swimming and academics. She was chosen by her teammates to be a swimming captain her senior year. Jenna was a student leader at both the Courage and Respect Retreats. Jenna was chosen as a student representative for the Rotary Club. She enjoyed being a part of her church’s youth group while she was in high school. During her senior year, Jenna became a Certified Nursing Assistant after volunteering at Copperleaf Assisted Living. She is now enrolled at South Dakota State University where she is a pre-nursing major and psychology minor. She made the Dean’s List both semesters of her freshman year. She hopes to one day become a nurse anesthetist in a children’s hospital. Jenna is currently a lifeguard at the Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center. In her spare time, Jenna enjoys camping with her family, being outdoors, traveling, working out, cooking, and spending time with her friends. Jenna’s Willmar Fests sponsor is Divine Home Care & Hospice.

Mary Carlson

Mary Carlson is the 18 year-old daughter of Michael and Elizabeth Carlson. She is a 2016 highest honor with distinction graduating from Willmar Senior High School. While in high school, Mary was very active in 4-H, Student Council, National Honor Society, Knowledge Bowl, musicals, Speech, orchestra, trap shooting, choir, and solo ensemble. During high school, Mary hosted four blood drives with the American Red Cross. Mary was an active volunteer at St. Mary’s Catholic Church as an altar server, vacation bible school leader, little ones music leader, youth choir, and a peer mentoring group leader. Mary was a 2015 Girls State senator and a 2016 Girls State Counselor. Mary is currently attending the University of St. Thomas in St Paul, MN. She is majoring in Biology on the pre-health track with minors in Catholic Studies and in Philosophy. At. St. Thomas, Mary works with admissions as a “Tommie Ambassador,” she is a student worker at Saint Paul Seminary, and also works with Off Campus Events and Services. Mary is on the executive board for both the Pre-Health Professionals Club and the Students for Human Life Club. Mary regularly volunteers at a local church in St. Paul and at the Little Sisters of the Poor: Holy Family Residence, for the elderly. Mary has made the dean’s lists both semesters of her freshman year. In her free time, Mary likes to laugh, cook, run, read, be outside, and spend time with friends and family. Mary’s sponsor is Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing, PLLP.

Junior Prince Junior Princess Senior Ambassadors

Dante Ramirez

Annelyse Scott

Audrey Buzzeo