Steamboat Springs Ever since Jessica Philip joined the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club eight years ago, she always wanted to be crowned the queen of the club's annual event.
For the 2001 Winter Carnival, the 18-year-old Steamboat Springs High School senior was selected as this year's queen.
"I had always seen the older girls serve on the court," said Philip, who joined the club at the age of 10. "I always wanted to be queen someday.
"I'm really excited. I think this will be fun and a great opportunity."
Joining Philip on this year's royal court are Jennifer Shively, 17, and Lisa Perricone, 15. Shively is a junior and Perricone is a sophomore. Both attend Steamboat Springs High School.
Selecting this year's court was tough, said Rick DeVos, the executive director of the Winter Sports Club.
"It is always difficult selecting a court because there are so many great kids," said DeVos, who was part of a six-member selection committee. "I'm excited about this year's selections.
"These are three girls who have been active in the club for a long time. They are really dedicated to their sports. They are also doing a great job in all aspects of their lives."
The court will be crowned during the opening ceremonies of the carnival that is set for 5:30 p.m. Feb. 5 inside Olympian Hall.
The three girls will receive their crowns and sashes, he said.
"The girls will then float around during the week," DeVos said. "But they are required to be at certain events and award medals."
Philip is looking forward to the week-long activities, especially the night show Feb. 10.
"The night show has always been my favorite part of the week," she said. "The queen has a bigger role in that activity that I think will be fun."
Philip, who is originally from Denver, is a cross-country skier.
"Skiing is pretty much my main activity," said the daughter of Bill and Barbara Philip. "Cross-country skiing is a full-time sport. I train six days a week."
Philip also has excelled in the classroom. She has a 4.2 grade point average. She also is a cross-country runner for the high school.
Philip has goals of going to college and skiing competitively. She is thinking of majoring in English or psychology.
Shively, who is an alpine skier, appreciates the opportunity to serve on this year's court as an attendant.
"It is quite an honor," Shively said. "There are a lot of girls out there that are just as qualified."
Shively has been involved in the club for the past nine years.
"Skiing takes up most of my time," the Steamboat Springs native said. "But I'm looking forward to the carnival. The whole week is exciting. There are a lot of neat events we have in our town."
Shively also has excelled in the classroom. She has a 3.8 GPA. Her goals are to ski in the Olympics and attend college. She wants to major in medicine or business.
She is the daughter of John and Kate Shively.
Perricone is the youngest of the girls. At the time this story was being written, Perricone was at a ski competition in Montana. Perricone joined the club in 1989 at the age of 4. She is an alpine skier. Perricone's goals include making the U.S. Ski Team and winning an Olympic gold medal. Perricone has a 4.0 GPA and also plays the piano. She is the daughter of Roger and Nancy Perricone.
The three girls were chosen out of about 10 candidates that were recommended from each division of the club: Alpine, Snowboard, Nordic and Freestyle, DeVos said.
Criteria the selection committee uses to determine the court include academics and commitment to the club, he said.