apple blossom queen in downtown St. JosephApril 12, 2023–A Missouri Western State University student was recently crowned the 2023 Apple Blossom Queen. 

Breanna Hess, freshman convergent journalism and public relations major from St. Joseph, competed against other contestants in the categories of poise, personality and appearance. Her essay topic was “How do small businesses help make St. Joseph the city that it is?” She also answered a surprise question “What do you think makes a good role model and Why?”

At Missouri Western, Hess will be the director of campus activities for the Student Government Association and is a past participant in the Barbara Sprong Leadership challenge.  

The Apple Blossom Parade will start at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 6 in downtown St. Joseph.

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