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Tulip Queen will be crowned Saturday

Tulip Queen will be crowned Saturday

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Tulip Queen will be crowned Saturday
The finalists are (from left) Erin Bryk, Ashley Loggins, (Mayor Kathy Sheehan), Kelly Phillips, Julianna Rauf and Amanda Volk.
Photographer: BDL Photography

ALBANY — The 2017 Albany Tulip Queen coronation will be held at noon Saturday on the Washington Park Lakehouse Amphitheatre Stage as part of the Albany Tulip Festival.

On Tuesday evening, in the final step of the judging process, the finalists will speak about their ideas to promote education and community projects in the Capital Region at a reception at Martel’s Restaurant.

The finalists are:

Erin Bryk, 21, of Latham

Bryk is a senior at Barnard College, Columbia University, graduating this month with a major in Asian & Middle Eastern cultures and political science. She plans to pursue a career in law and public service. During college, she’s worked as a Criminal Division intern at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and a Constituent Affairs intern at U.S. Senator Gillibrand’s office. Locally, Erin has volunteered at several organizations, including Colonie Youth Court, Shaker High School’s Girls Take Charge Program, and the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society. She is an avid reader and enjoys photography, painting, and yoga. 

Ashley Loggins, 23, of Albany

Loggins is a graduate of Clarkson University with a degree in chemistry and biomolecular science.  She is employed at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. Loggins has been involved in a variety of community service organizations, including Family Promise of the Capital Region, Glory House of Prayer children’s summer festival, American Cancer Society, Albany South End Children’s Café, Habitat for Humanity, Vanderheyden Hall and The Arc Program.  In her free time, Ashley enjoys hiking, working with children, traveling, music and coaching basketball.  

Kelly Phillips, 21, of Loudonville

Phillips is a senior majoring in psychology, graduating in May from Siena College. She works at North Colonie Central School as a special education teacher aide. She has volunteered with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Albany, is a lifetime Girl Scout and troop leader, has traveled to South Africa to teach English at an orphanage and is a local volunteer firefighter.  She loves activities in the outdoors like hiking, camping and kayaking.  She plays rugby for Siena and is a distance runner.

Julianna Rauf, 19, of Medusa

Rauf is a sophomore English major at Siena College. She tutors in the Siena College writing center and HEOP offices while also working at Stewarts Shops. She volunteers with the American Legion, Urban Scholars, Red Cross, and through Siena College working with international students and senior citizens. She enjoys sports, music, reading, writing, nature, and spending time with her chocolate lab. 

Amanda Volk, 21, of Albany

Volk is a graduate student working on her master’s of public health in the epidemiology program at the University at Albany where she also completed her bachelor’s degree.  She currently is a part of an internship program at General Electric. Volk has experience volunteering with The Global Institute for Health and Human Rights and the New York State Public Health Association. She enjoys spending her time reading, cooking, exercising, traveling, yoga, and playing with her dog.  

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