The Raspberry Royalty are the face of the Hopkins Raspberry Festival. In this professional development opportunity, they act as representatives at community events in and around the metro area, learn and perform volunteer service, and experience civic involvement in a unique and fun way.

These are our 2016 Raspberry Royalty candidates! Get to know them below. For a schedule of this year’s events, visit


Raspberry Royalty Candidates

Sophrona LaVasseur

Sponsor: Citizen’s Independent Bank
Sophrona, a 22-year-old Minnesota State University, Mankato, student has had the dream of being part of the Hopkins Raspberry Festival Royalty since she was a child. She lived in downtown Hopkins and always attended the festival while growing up. Sophrona enjoys being a cheerleader for football and basketball while away at school and loves everything sports, with future plans of becoming a football agent. When not at school, she makes sure to have time for her family and dog Floyd, while reading as many books as she can. Sophrona feels this candidacy will help her become more involved in the community and be a good role model for younger girls.

Katelynn Throne

Sponsor: Mac’s Liquor
Katelynn, is a 23-year-old who loves to volunteer and has grown up in Hopkins her entire life and truly has the Hopkins Raspberry Festival in her blood. She and her family have volunteered, were past royalty, and continue to volunteer each year with the festival. Katelynn has three cats that have been the driving force behind her plans to become a vet tech. When she is not volunteering, spending time with her family, or working, she enjoys creative writing, dancing and singing. Katelynn feels this candidacy will give her the chance to really show others in the community how great Hopkins is and why she has so much pride in continuing to live here.

Brooke Hansen

Sponsor: Hopkins Elks
Brooke, a 17-year-old who has lived in Hopkins since she was ten, really enjoys the sense of community Hopkins has. Brooke, who will be a high school senior this fall, enjoys picking up books from the local library, writing, playing in the high school band, acting in the high school acting program and being on the swim team. She is looking forward to attending Minnesota State University, Mankato, to complete her generals before moving to Hamline University for their pre-law program. Brooke feels this candidacy is a great opportunity to continue her volunteering time and participate in even more activities that Hopkins has to offer.

Kelly Flanders

Sponsor: Mainstreet Motor Company
Kelly is a 22-year-old Community Education Major at Normandale Community College. Kelly attended Mainstreet School for Performing Arts and has been volunteering with her church youth program since the ninth grade. When not in school, she enjoys photography, horseback riding, fi t camps and spending time with her family. She has also been on multiple mission trips and is excited to now be able to go in a chaperone role. Kelly feels this candidacy will help her become more involved in the community and share her love of the city.

Chloe Moe

Sponsor: Driskill’s Downtown Market
Chloe will be a Hopkins High School senior this fall, and this 17-year-old’s passion is singing. She is involved in the Hopkins High School Concert & Chamber choirs and has been singing since she was 4. Her future plans include becoming a nurse, and she is currently looking into school possibilities. Her family has been involved with the festival in the past, and Chloe is looking forward to the opportunities the candidacy brings, including learning more about Hopkins, growing friendships, and making this a true personal growth experience for her.

Jezebel Flores

Sponsor: Hopkins American Legion
Jezebel, a 21 year old senior at the University of Minnesota was welcomed with open arms to Hopkins when transferring here her freshman year of High School. Jezebel is bilingual in Spanish and enjoys using this while volunteering at a bilingual school. She has also traveled to Mexico to study abroad and learn more about the culture. Jezebel is a Speech, Language, and Hearing Science major with a second major in Spanish. She is looking forward to continuing to learn more about Hopkins, meeting new people and building long lasting relationships while being a candidate.