About 100 nominations were received, and each eligible candidate was interviewed by the Tulip Queen & Court Selection Committee, a panel of judges from the community which includes prior Tulip Queen & Court members.
Based on the interviews, 15 semi-finalists were chosen to attend the Tulip Tea. At the Tea, the women were judged based on their interaction with their fellow semi-finalists and the committee. After a final interview with each semi-finalist, five finalists are chosen. These young women were chosen based on their community service and leadership skills as well as their knowledge of Albany.
The Tulip Queen will be announced at the Coronation at Tulip Festival on Saturday, May 12 at noon in Washington Park. All five women will work together as a team throughout the year to develop various initiatives to promote literacy in the Capital Region.
The finalists are:
- Nicole Branchini, Slingerlands
- Millie Condon, Watervliet
- Nicole Dama, Albany
- Emily Finnegan, Albany
- Jillian LeFevre, Ravena