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Watermelon Festival Announces Royal Court Winners for 2013.

The Royal Court Winners for the 2013 festival were announced Friday evening, August 16. The Coronation was presided over by National Watermelon Queen Amber Nolin of Alabama. The winners were Ericka Cunningham was crowned Queen. She is a Junior at Verdugo Hills High School and in the Junior ROTC program. John Martinez was named King. He is a Junior at Verdugo Hills High School and on the Varsity Football Team. Princesses were Jesssica Lutton and Meghan Bezak, both Seniors at Verdugo Hills High School and they represented the Varsity Girls Soccer Team and Senior Cheerleading Squad respectively. Crown Prince was Marlon Rizo, a Junior at Verdugo Hills High School who plays on the Baseball Team. Princes were Eric Owens who ran to raise funds for the Sunland-Tujunga Food Bank and Brandon Roberts, who is on the Verdugo Hills High School Junior Varsity Football Team. The ceremony opened with a special performance by the Verdugo Voice Glee Club, with Musical Director and Principal of Verdugo Hills High School, Edward Trimis. Additional special guests included Gordon Hunt and Juliemar Rosado of the National Watermelon Promotion Board, Kenton Kidd, Western United States Rep for the Watermelon Board and Celebrity Chef Joseph Poon of Philadelphia.