Annual contest is Sat. at Crescent Elk
A total of $3,600 in scholarships will be up for grabs when 13 high school juniors vie for the title of Distinguished Young Women of Del Norte County for 2014 on Saturday night.
The Del Norte High juniors will compete in five areas, including scholastics (20 percent), interview (25 percent), talent (25 percent), self-expression (15 percent) and fitness (15 percent).
The scholarship money is donated by local businesses and service organizations, and the event is sponsored by the Crescent City Jaycees and run by numerous volunteers.
Previously known as the Junior Miss Scholarship Program, the event begins at 7 p.m. at Crescent Elk Auditorium.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at Del Norte Office Supply or at the door, with the prices set at $10 for adults and $5 for students, children and seniors. Children 5 and younger get in free.
Contestants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. The program started here in 1968 and has awarded thousands of dollars over the past 43 years.
The local winner goes on to compete at a state program in Bakersfield.
For additional information, call Barbara Lopez, 218-7432.
Prior to the performance, the scholastic is judged based on the girl’s transcripts and the interview will be held earlier Saturday.
Competition in the remaining three categories, fitness, talent and self-expression, will unfold on the stage. The judges will take a break to deliberate on the winners, add the scores and then the scholarship winners are announced.
The scholarship awards include: scholastic $300, judges’ interview $300, talent $300, self-expression $300, fitness $200, Spirit of Junior Miss $200, second runner-up $400, first runner-up $600, and 2014 Distinguished Young Woman $1,000.
The contestants include:
• Eden Rook Chadwick hopes to be a zoologist or field biologist and attend UC Santa Barbara, San Diego State, or Chico State. Activities include JV cheer, varsity cheer, Interact Club, Madrigals, Women’s Chamber Ensemble, scholarship mentoring program, Upward Bound, AVID and Fashion Club.
• Kayla Leeann Cain hopes to be a physical therapist and attend Sonoma State University. Activities include Dance Program, Scholarship Mentoring Program and Cheer Team.
• Jade Asha Park hopes to be a specialized veterinarian and attend BYU Hawaii. Activities include Madrigals, Powder Puff, piano, Fashion Club, Youth Group, class president, dance and early morning seminary class.
• Halie Marie De Arman hopes to be a dental hygienist, X-ray tech or optometrist and attend Cal Poly SLO or UC Santa Barbara. Activities include Interact, Leadership, CHANGE Club, AVID, Tsunami All-Starz, dance, cheer, conflict resolution, Girl Scouts and Every 15 Minutes.
Halie De Arman
• Brooke Marie Trujillo hopes to be a pediatrician, oncologist or physician’s assistant and attend UC Merced, UC Davis, Cal Poly or Sonoma State. Activities include Yearbook Club editor, school newspaper editor, Honor Society, Del Norte Youth Council, Interact, leadership class, Native American Club, CHANGE Club and Math Team.
• Taylor Nicole Shanle plans a career in visual communications/fashion stylist and to attend FIDM Los Angeles. Activities include Fashion Club, Origami Owl Independent Designer, Change Club, conflict resolution mediator, Youth Voice/Youth Media Member, Junior Applicant of FIDM Los Angeles, Women’s Chamber Choir Ensemble, Girls Golf Team, AVID, GATE and Youth Group.
• Kalli Ellise Kohler is looking to learn about animation techniques and attend Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Activities include horseback riding, singing, drawing, reading, blogging and writing.
• Sabrina Marie Bustamante plans to attend community college, then transfer to university. Activities include Interact, volunteering in cafe at Calvary Chapel, Yearbook, Cross Country, Track and conflict management.
• Kira Lorene Standring hopes to be a dental hygienist and attend Brigham Young University. Activities include involvement with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Madrigal Choir, Stage Band, Soccer, Concert/Marching Band, Track, Steel Band, Crescent City Swim Club, Honor Society/Gifted & Talented Education and Early Morning Seminary.
• Guadalupe Gonzalez-Zambrano plans to pursue undergraduate mathematics or the UC Actuary Program at UC Santa Barbara. Activities include Track, Soccer, Drill Team, Interact Club, Change Club, Catholic Confirmation Class, Powderpuff, Dance Art Studio Acro/Dance Class and Spanish College of the Redwoods Class.
• Isabella Kwiatkowski hopes to pursue a career in psychology, as an ASL Interpreter or as a baker, and attend UC Davis and then Sacramento State for graduate school. Activities include Scholarship Mentoring Program, Interact Club, Dance Art Studio (tap, ballet, jazz), Dance, tutoring at Bess Maxwell Elementary, baking, Kids Unlimited Institute of The Arts, Youth News Network, Women’s Chamber Choir and Drill Team.
• Savannah Rose Blancarte hopes to pursue a career in zoology, writing or astronomy and attend UC San Diego, UC Santa Cruz or San Francisco State. Activities include SRBC Youth Leadership Team, Yearbook Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes Club, School Newspaper and Fashion Club.
• Sarah Nicole Pearson hopes to pursue a career in psychiatry and attend Stanford University or the University of Michigan. Activities include Drama Club at Lassen High School, Madrigals, Drill Team, Pelican Bay Evangelical Free Church Youth Group, audio visual tech for CEF Church of Susanville, agriculture and member of the Worship Team at church.