Albany's Tulip Queen Finalists have been announced. The Tulip Queen will serve as Albany's Ambassador for a year.  She and her court will help in volunteer projects throughout the city and attend numerous events focusing on education and community awareness.  Each finalist had to be nominated as an extraordinary local leader and make it through a series of interviews in order to become the Tulip Queen.

The Queen is crowned in an elaborate coronation ceremony at Tulip Festival Saturday. She will receive a $5,000 scholarship, and each Court member $1,500. The 64th Annual Albany Tulip Festival will be held on May 12 & 13, 2012.

Here are the finalists:


Nicole Branchini Age 22 Slingerlands.

Nicole is a 2011 graduate of the University of Albany, holding a degree in History with a minor in Education. She currently works as a graduate assistant for the University of Albany’s Athletic Department. Nicole’s volunteer experience includes work with Relay for Life, Guilderland Youth Lacrosse, the American Cancer Society, the AIDS Council and Adopt-a-Family.





Millie Condon Age 19 Watervliet

Millie is a student at Siena College, double majoring in Education and French. She is currently employed at the Rudy A. Ciccotti Family Recreation Center. Millie has volunteered her time as a North Albany Girl Scouts leader, a Siena Bonner Service leader, the co-host of Changemaker's radio show and with the Albany Boys & Girls Club.





Nicole Dama Age 21 Albany

Nicole is a senior at the College of Saint Rose, studying Public Communications with a minor in Social Justice. Nicole’s volunteer experience includes work with Habitat for Humanity, the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum and the College of Saint Rose’s Friday Knights program and Reach Out Saint Rose Day.





Emily Finnigan  Age 20 Albany

Emily is a junior at the University of Albany studying Political Science and Globalization Studies. Her volunteer work includes educating children in India and participating in a Habitat for Humanity project in Guatemala. Locally, she is a board member for the Albany Student Association’s Committee of Community Engagement, serving organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House and Autism SPEAKS.





Jillian LeFevre Age 22 Ravena

Jillian graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2011 with a degree in Business Management, a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Electronic Arts. She has volunteered as a children’s dance instructor and with summer literacy programs, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Kids Giving to Kids and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

Good Luck to all the ladies in becoming Albany's 2012 Tulip Queen.