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Thank You To Our Past Orange Queens

Orange Queen 2010

I was extremely honored to be crowned as the first Miss Dunedin Orange Queen during the summer of 2010. Throughout my year as Miss Dunedin I was fortunate enough to participate in events throughout the city. I threw out the first pitch at a Dunedin Blue Jays game, rode in both the Mardi Gras and Christmas parade, participated in several ribbon cuttings, and modeled in the Dunedin Youth Guild’s spring fundraiser fashion show. I would like to take a moment to thank everyone who made my year such a success, especially the City of Dunedin.

During my time as Miss Dunedin Orange Queen 2010 I was a junior at Dunedin High School. There, I was extremely busy with Varsity Swimming, Varsity Cheerleading, Interact Club and S.A.D.D. Club. I also worked two jobs and kept my GPA high enough to graduate Cum Lade in the spring of 2012. After high school I went on to the University of South Florida to major in Communications. I will be entering my junior year in the upcoming fall semester. At USF I am involved in the Swim Club and Craft Club as well as working a part time job and keeping my GPA at a 3.77.

To the next Miss Dunedin Orange Queen, I hope you have as much fun during your reign as I did during mine! Best of luck to all of this years’ contestants!

Love Tiffany Blethen

Orange Queen 2011

Mary Maisel loved her year as Miss Dunedin Orange Queen.  The experience was inspirational and continued her interest in community and culture.  In the summer of 2012 Mary traveled to Australia, visiting with family and exploring the Outback.  Then a year later she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Palm Harbor University High School with AP Scholars Honors. In August 2013 Mary began attending American University in Washington, DC as an anthropology major.  During her first year Mary was the Editorial Intern for the Swedish American Chambers of Commerce, a division of the Swedish Embassy where she met such notables as Björn Lyrvall, Swedish Ambassador to the United States.  Also during her first year Mary was a member of the American University Choir.  This summer Mary continues her work as an Intern and volunteer with the Dunedin Historical Museum and is the Co-Chair of the 3rd Annual Dunedin Duck Derby. 

Mary Maisel    

Orange Queen 2012

Being Miss Dunedin Orange Queen, I was able to be in all sorts of parades, be active in the towns events, and have a lot of fun in Dunedin. I am currently graduating from Dunedin High School and I will be going to Lynn University at the end of August. And I will be studying sports broadcasting/ communications. I thank the city and the cities people so much for the opportunity to be Miss Dunedin Orange Queen not only once but twice. It was an honor and I recommend it to any young girl who loves her city as much as I do.

Rachel Curvelo

Orange Queen 2014

I graduated from Tarpon Springs High School in 2014 where I studied in the Veterinary Program and received my Veterinary Technician Assistant License.  During that time I volunteered over 250 hours at various veterinary clinics.  I will be attending Saint Petersburg collage in the fall to continue my education and love for animals.
In addition to my passion for animals I’m perusing my other dream as a model.  I have been modeling since age 13 and have done many local fashion shows and photo shoots in LA, Miami and Tampa including representing the launch of Rhonda Shear’s new “Couture Collection”.
Thank you for helping me grow in the Dunedin Community.  During this past year I had the opportunity to be in the Christmas Parade, Mardi Gras Parade, participated in The Youth Guild’s Holiday Tour of Homes and also modeled in the Fashion Show. I have enjoyed visiting and getting to know many new people of the City of Dunedin. It’s been an honor to be Miss Dunedin 2014!

Ashely Taylor

Orange Queen 2014

I am a cheerleader at Florida Southern College majoring in Sports Communications and Marketing, and have maintained a 4.0 GPA through my first year of college. I aspire to one day be a sideline reporter for ESPN, and work in broadcasting for a major television corporation.

I actively participate in community outreach programs with my church. While I am away at college, I works closely with the Girl Scouts of America encouraging them to be confident in themselves, and I am on my sorority’s community service committee which raised over $11,000 for Prevent Child Abuse America.

I am honored to be crowned Miss Dunedin Orange Queen 2015 because this respectable title carries with it connotations of beauty, community involvement, and a love for our amazing city. I am looking forward to the wonderful opportunities this title gives me to work more closely with the city of Dunedin as well as its residents and visitors.

Lindsey Settlemire

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