Inverness teenager to be Junior Grand Marshal

David Briggs
CONTEST: Devon McMorrow will represent community stewardship at Western Weekend.  
05/11/2017

Devon McMorrow is in a league of her own. The 17-year-old Inverness resident has hosted her own retro-rock radio show on KWMR, earned a lifetime hunting license in an essay contest, teaches and competes as a ballroom dancer and is the sole applicant to become this year’s Junior Grand Marshal in the upcoming Western Weekend. It’s the second year since the tradition eschewed a queen title for one that sheds gender, royalty and agricultural heritage in favor of a focus on community service. “I’m not a queen person,” Ms. McMorrow said. “So I’m happy for the new title.” The Junior Grand Marshal, who is chosen after an application and interview process, is meant to be a model community steward—and Ms. McMorrow is that. She has volunteered at the thrift store and, when she’s not giving ballroom dancing lessons, she’s earning college credit in algebra and Spanish at the College of Marin. (She recently wrote a letter entirely in Spanish to the college petitioning to allow her eighth-grade sister to take Italian classes there.) Ms. McMorrow will receive her title during a barn dance at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 3 at Toby’s Feed Barn. Madeline Hope, who helps organize the contest, said she’s excited to see somebody with Ms. McMorrow’s talents assume the role. “This year our Junior Grand Marshal is a dancer, which is extra special,” she said. “Devon will put on a good show.” Ms. McMorrow is selling raffle tickets to raise money for the Lions Club, which will donate proceeds to local organization (half will go to Ms. McMorrow as a scholarship). Tickets are also available at the Tomales Bay Youth Center, Toby’s and the Building Supply Center until the end of the month.