By KEVIN CHIRI
Slidell news bureau
SLIDELL — Christina Stevens admits it was like a dream come true when she was informed of being named the 2012 Ozone Camellia Court Queen.
“When they called me I was so amazed and excited, I didn’t even know how to react,” she said. “I really wanted to be queen and it’s going to be the most amazing experience for me.”
Stevens will be a senior at Salmen High School this fall and was announced on Sunday as the 2012 Ozone Camellia Court Queen, where she will reign over the annual ball that is held in December.
The presentation of the entire court for this year was the highlight of the day at the home of Bruce and Lisa Clement, who hosted the gala event for the Ozone Camellia Club, now in its 62nd year in Slidell.
The annual ball was started in the second year of the Slidell organization, which provided a way for young men and women in the community to meet each other. While there is certainly much more opportunity for socialization today, the Ozone Camellia Club has maintained its ball as an informal way to introduce young teens to the community.
A Junior Court for 6-8 year olds will also be presented at the December ball, and on Sunday, the Senior Court was presented with the queen selected after the Ozone committee reviewed nominations, looking for an individual who is active in community affairs.
Stevens fit the bill perfectly, as an active member of the Interact Club, a teen branch of the Rotary Club, as well as her participation in band, soccer and Juniors in Service.
“I really love being with the Interact Club because we are like the Rotary Club in that we try to do good things in the community, and I really like being a part of that,” Stevens said. “I especially like to work with children and hope to become an elementary school teacher.”
Stevens is also the publicity person for the Interact Club and has been complimented for her work at Salmen, where she is involved in the daily announcements at the school, with the in-house TV show that is broadcast each morning.