Southold teen named Strawberry Queen

KATHARINE SCHROEDER | This year’s Mattituck Strawberry Queen is Leah LaFreniere of Southold High School.

Saturday morning Leah LaFreniere was just another 16-year-old girl from the North Fork. But come the afternoon, she had her coronation.

Leah was crowned Mattituck Strawberry Queen at the Lions Club’s annual Strawberry Festival Saturday.

The Southold High School student was one of 17 teens who entered essays for this year’s competition. The five finalists then met with the judges last month at Vineyard Caterers in Aquebogue. The other finalists were:

• Jasmine Clasing, Southold High School

• Brittney Longley, Mattituck High School

• Rebecca Piraino, Mattituck High School

• Olivia Vayer, Mattituck High School