De Soto Queen's Court

Queen Isabelle Amanda Starner

Queen Isabelle Amanda Starner

She is the 19 year old daughter of Tina and Todd Starner. She has brown hair and brown eyes and is a 2016 graduate of Lakewood Ranch High School. While in high school, Isabelle was a member and state officer of FCCLA, a member of National Honor Society, Lakewood Leader, and involved in many other volunteer organizations. Isabelle was dual-enrolled at the State College of Florida and the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee and currently attends USFSM.

Her hobbies include dancing, playing cello, and anything outdoors. Isabelle’s future plans are to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and teach several years before going back for her Master’s Degree.

Princess Alyssa Marie Kopinsky

Princess Alyssa Marie Kopinsky

Alyssa is the 19 year old daughter of Glen and Lori Kopinsky. She has brown hair and brown eyes and is a 2016 graduate of Manatee High School. While in high school, Alyssa graduated in the top 4% of her class, was a Sugar ‘Cane member and officer, a member of Mam’Selles service club, had perfect attendance, and received many academic scholarships.

Currently Alyssa attends State College of Florida where she is on the Dean’s List and the Principal’s List. Her hobbies are shopping, dancing, attending concerts, and being with family. Alyssa’s future plans are to transfer to the University of South Florida and major in Elementary Education.

Alysha Grace O’Dell

Alysha Grace O’Dell

Alysha is the 19 year old daughter of Keltie and John O’Dell of Palmetto. She stands 5’6” with dark blonde hair and blue eyes. She enjoys volleyball, reading, volunteering and working out.

A graduate of Manatee High School, Alysha won the Golden Herald Award in Citizenship, was in the Top 11% of her class, member of the Medical Arts Academy and Key Club. She participated on the volleyball, basketball, softball, track and weightlifting teams. Alysha attends Bayside Community Church where she is involved in Downtown Ministries and won the Herald Tribune Preps Passion Award for her work with the homeless. She also volunteered at Manatee Memorial Hospital.

Alysha is attending State College of Florida where she is a member of the volleyball team, Concert Choir and named to the Dean’s List. She seeks degrees in Nursing and Health Services Administration and plans to be a Nurse Practitioner.

Brianna Carrie Rowland

Brianna Carrie Rowland

Brianna is the 21 year old daughter of Kelly and Zeke Eckerson of Parrish. She stands 5’3” with brown hair and blue eyes and enjoys attending hockey games, ice skating and Harry Potter World at Universal Studios.

A graduate of Lakewood Ranch High School, Brianna was a Varsity Cheerleader, on the Honor Roll and served as a student aid for Special education. She attends Bayside Community Church and was a member of their youth group. She and her family are very involved in the Justin Rowland Foundation in memory of her brother.

Brianna is attending the University of South Florida majoring in Hospitality Management and pursuing her dream of owning an event planning company in Manatee County. She is very proud to be on the Dean’s List.

Halley Sue Lawrence

Halley Sue Lawrence

Halley is the 18 year old daughter of Jennifer Sommers of Palmetto. She stands 5’3’ with brown hair and eyes and her hobbies are cheerleading, weightlifting and spending time with her family.

Halley is a graduate of Palmetto High School where she was President of Student Government, a Varsity Cheerleader, UCA All American Cheerleader, Honor Roll, Varsity Weightlifter, National Honor Society, and President of the Country Hog 4-H Club. She served as Senior Class Commencement Speaker, was Miss Palmetto High School and the 2010 Little Miss Manatee County Fair Queen.

Halley is a scholarship recipient to Hillsborough Community College. She plans to transfer to the University of South Florida with a major in Elementary Education and teach Kindergarten after graduation.

Jordan Merri Olson

Jordan Merri Olson

Jordan is 19 years old and the daughter of Joni and Phil Olson of Parrish. She is 5’4” with brown hair and blue eyes and her interests include volunteering in 4H and Future Farmers of America, riding horses, raising show rabbits and shopping.

A graduate of Palmetto High School, Jordan was a member of the National Honor Society, Homecoming Court, Vice President of Future Farmers of America, Manatee County 4-H, Honor Roll, Varsity Golf Team and Golden Herald Nominee in the Vocational category. She attends First Baptist Church of Palmetto and has volunteered at Dream Oaks Camp, Easter Seals, Agriculture Museum and Hunsader’s Pumpkin Festival.

Jordan currently attends State College of Florida majoring in Agriscience Education. She is on the President’s Honor Roll and serves as an AVID tutor. She plans to complete her degree at Auburn University and become a Middle School Agriculture Teacher.

Kaylee Elizabeth Riley

Kaylee Elizabeth Riley

Kaylie is the 18 year old daughter of Debbie and Steve Riley of Bradenton. She is 5’6” with blonde hair and green eyes and her hobbies are traveling, camping, ATV mudding, fitness and going to the beach.

A graduate of Manatee High School, Kaylee was a four year member of the MHS Sugar Canes, participated in the Medical Arts Academy, White M Academic Honors and Mamselles service organization. She attends Bayside Community Church and has served on mission trips to the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Tennessee.

Kaylee is currently attending State College of Florida seeking a degree in Nursing. Her future plans are to be a Registered Nurse in the Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit.

Lucie Alexandra Walsh

Lucie Alexandra Walsh

Lucie is 20 years old and the daughter of Lynn and Keith Walsh of Bradenton. She has brown hair and eyes and her interests include maintaining good health, shopping and enjoying time with her friends.

A graduate of Manatee High School, Lucie was a member of the MHS Sugar Canes, won Perfect Attendance Awards and earned varsity athletic and academic letters. She has participated in Young Life of Manatee County.

Lucie is in her second year at State College of Florida where she is on the Dean’s List. She plans to complete her current studies and then continue her education in the field of Criminal Justice.

Megan Elizabeth Della Costa

Megan Elizabeth Della Costa

Megan is the 19 year old daughter of Dana Della Costa of Palmetto and John Della Costa of St. Petersburg. She is 5’ 5” with brown hair and green eyes and her interests include painting, volunteering and spending time with her family and friends.

A graduate of Palmetto High School, Megan was the recipient of the Golden Herald Award in Business. She was also a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, Junior Leadership Manatee, Beta Sigma Phi, Honor Roll and named Outstanding Junior by the Future Business Leaders of America. She has volunteered with Autism Speaks, March of Dimes, Relay for Life, Stuff the Bus, Palmetto Historical Park and the Cardiac Unit at Manatee Memorial Hospital.

Megan is a freshman at the University of South Florida. After graduation she plans to attend medical school and become a Physician’s Assistant or Pediatric Cardiologist. She would also like to be a spokesperson for Tuberous Sclerosis Complex.

Ryann Jean Johanningmeier

Ryann Jean Johanningmeier

Ryann is 20 years old and the daughter of Tiffany and Adam Johanningmeier of Palmetto. She is 5’3” with brown hair and hazel eyes and enjoys cheerleading, babysitting, nature walks, special effects makeup and spending time with family and friends.

A graduate of Palmetto High School, Ryann was a Varsity Cheerleader, All American Cheerleader, Student Government, Interact and participated in Bible Clubs. She has volunteered for READ Across America, Adopt a Family, YMCA and serves as a Cheer Coach for the North Manatee Storm. She attends Church on the Rock in Palmetto.

Ryann currently attends Hillsborough Community College majoring in Elementary Education and plans to become a Teacher. She is a certified makeup artist for Paul Mitchell in Tampa and is a consultant for May Kay Cosmetics.

Sydney Marie Lofton

Sydney Marie Lofton

Sydney is 22 years old and the daughter of Karen and Eli Lofton of Bradenton. She is 5’8’ with light brown hair and hazel eyes and her interests include singing, photography, volunteering, social media and being creative.

A graduate of Manatee School for the Arts, Sydney was a Student Ambassador, member of the National Honor Society, French Honor Society, MSA Heat Dance Team, Student Government and French Club. She was selected for the National Dance Honor Society and won high honors in Social Studies. Her family attends Church of the Cross where she is a Children’s Ministry Worship Leader.

Sydney is a Senior at the University of South Florida seeking a B.S. in Elementary Education. She is President of Sigma Alpha Omega, a member of the American Association of University Women and USF Bulls Who Believe.

Nominate Someone For Queens Court

Queen's Court Inquiry

Community Grant

Exchange Program

logo

Fostering and facilitating an appreciation of Manatee County’s Spanish - American heritage and cultural alliances through special events, community collaborations and charitable giving Since 1939

6404 Manatee Ave. W. Suite G. 
Bradenton, FL 34209
(941) 747-1998
info@desotoHQ.com
Mon - Fri: 9:00 - 5:00 
Sat - Sun: Closed

Search