Fife High School senior Kailtin Ringus has received two important, and well deserved, honors in her last year in Fife Schools. She was chosen as Fife’s Daffodil Princess at a coronation on Oct. 30, and on Nov. 14 she was honored at her high school as the CenturyLink High School Athlete of the Week.
“It’s two huge things in a row and huge blessings,” she said.
Being a yearly spectator at the Daffodil Parade with her mom, Kristina Fernandez, Ringus said that the thought of contending to be a princess had crossed her mind before. “I’ve always seen the Daffodil Princesses, and my mom lives in Puyallup, so we’ve always gone to see the parade and I’ve always thought it would be so much fun.”
Her first duty as princess is to take princess practice lessons every Saturday, until early February with the other chosen princesses from area high schools. She said she’s enjoying getting to know the other princesses who she probably would never have gotten to meet were it not for the Daffodil Princess program. “The other 23 girls are super nice,” Ringus said. “They’re honestly genuine, good people and I’m glad to be part of it.”
Soon she and the other princesses will engage in community events as Daffodil ambassadors, including reading to children at area libraries. Ringus has already been invited to read at Fife Schools. “There are a few classrooms that have asked me to come. And the special needs class here wants me to read too.”
Next up in her princess duties is Princess Promenade on Feb. 6. This event kicks off the official reign of the Daffodil Festival Royal Court for the 2015 Festival year and serves as the first full Court appearance and the first opportunity to see the Court in their yellow gowns and tiaras. The Queen’s Coronation will be on March 28 and it is on this evening that a queen is chosen from among the 24 princesses to reign over the many festival activities that take place throughout the year. The big day – the Daffodil Parade – will be on April 11 but the royalty’s activities don’t end there, with more appearances scheduled including the Princess Tea on May 3, an annual event where the 24 Daffodil Princesses welcome all of their little Princesses-in-Training to Pierce County’s beautiful Laurel Creek Manor.
While Daffodil Princess is something that Ringus chose to vie for, she said she had no idea she would be chosen as the CenturyLink High School Athlete of the Week.
“I was shocked. I had no idea,” she said with a laugh. “They told us the Tuesday before, while I was in Ephrata with the soccer team, and said they were coming by on Friday.” In the Fife High cafeteria during an in-school presentation hosted by CenturyLink and Seahawks representative, Ringus was presented with a lot of great gifts: a $1,200 Sports Authority gift card to her school’s Athletic Department; a personalized 2014 Nike Seahawks jersey; custom Seahawks football; two game tickets plus sidelines passes to a Seahawks home game; recognition on the HawkVision video board; recognition in a Seahawks game day broadcast; weekly Q13 FOX/JoeTV segments presenting winners; recognition on Seahawks.com; and a CenturyLink High School Athlete of the Week letterman jacket patch. Ringus said she had never been to a Seahawks game, and was looking forward to attending with her dad Kevin Ringus.
According to a joint press release from the Seattle Seahawks, CenturyLink, Q13 Fox and Sports Authority, “Kaitlin was selected to be the Athlete of the Week based on her dedication to academics, community involvement, leadership and athletic performance. She has maintained a 3.95 cumulative grade point average and ranks within the top 10 in her class despite a rigorous course load consisting of several advanced placement classes. She also volunteers as a student helper for 2nd graders at Endeavour Intermediate School and as a ‘Connector’ for sophomores at Fife High School. Kaitlin is on track to earn her second consecutive letter for community service, which requires a minimum of 120 volunteer hours. She has volunteered as a youth soccer coach, ran the Fife High School Family and Community Leaders of America club, and actively participates in food drives. When Kaitlin is not found in the classroom or in the community, she can be found on the field captaining her soccer team. She is a three-time varsity letter recipient and runs track and field during the off-season.”
Outside of academics, Kaitlin is both an active participant in extracurricular activities and her community. In her junior year, she was president of the Family Careers and Community Leaders of America club (FCCLA) and led volunteer groups to the Tacoma Rescue Mission and the FISH Food Bank in Edgewood. Additionally, each year she helps serve food at the Tacoma-Pierce County DUI Victims Impact Panel's Candlelight Vigil and Officer Recognition.
In her senior year, she has taken on the role as leader on the FHS Connector Committee. This committee plans and hosts the orientation for incoming sophomores and new students, facilitating an easier transition into high school life at Fife. Kaitlin was selected as a co-captain by her soccer teammates this season.
After high school, Kaitlin plans to attend a university and earn her Masters in Nursing with a specialty in pediatrics.