By Cornelia de Bruin

Triplicate staff writer

One of six contestants will be crowned at Saturday's Del Norte County's Junior Miss Scholarship Program, and will win a college scholarship.

Judged on their academic achievements, interview skills, talent, communication ability and fitness, one of the Class of 2008 candidates will attain a $1,000 college scholarship.

This year's winner will compete in the state Junior Miss pageant Aug. 9-11 in Rohnert Park.

The program is sponsored by Crescent City Jaycees and other local groups.

This year's candidates include:

Caitlyn Rachelle Colton

Michael and Terri Colton's daughter, Caitlyn sees herself becoming a pediatric nurse, a field she plans to study at Shasta Junior College.

She qualified for nationals as a member of the competition cheer team, and volunteers at Redwood Elementary School helping its cheer team.

Caitlyn also has taken part in numerous dance competitions, and is part of the high school production class.

She has won awards in dance and was Sophomore Princess at Del Norte High School.

Caitlyn supplements her income working as a babysitter. She also has worked on the Renner Petroleum Fourth of July float and stocked the gift store when the senior center was built.

Leilani Leann Crockett

Daughter of Don and Jennifer Crockett, Leilani wants to study at Sonoma State University to become an engineer.

She likes solving the andquot;puzzleandquot; of mathematical problems, a process she envisions as putting andquot;a bunch of pieces together.andquot;

Leilani is active with the high school's drill team, Interact, leadership conference, speech club and key club.

She has attained recognition in the local Jaycee's All Tourney, but is also active in youth group, Bible study and the local fair. She participates with the drill team.

Leilani works for United Lily Growers Inc.

Anna Marie Esquivel

Daughter of Theresa Longrie and Derek Esquivel, Anna Marie wants to become a nurse.

It's a field she plans to study at Sonoma State University after graduation from high school.

She is active with the high school Interact club, an association that provides community service throughout the city.

She attained an American Community Service award after serving more than 300 hours in the club, and has a letter and bronze pin from President George W. Bush to show for her efforts.

She has also helped to organize the Senior Ball, and provides child care for small groups participating at her church.

Anna Marie likes to be physically fit, and works hard to stay that way. She is also a singer.

Deja Lynn Hartwick

Daughter of Kevin and Gayle Hartwick, Deja Lynn wants to attend Chico State University and follow a liberal studies major.

Her afterschool activities include athletics and community club participation, 4H programs, dance instruction and lessons, acrobatics, scholarship mentoring and state Scholarship Federation.

Deja is an award-winning student, 4H contest horsewoman, barrel racer, dancer and cheer squad member.

She also takes part in myriad local, school and civic events, and has worked part-time for three employers.

Remy Hannah Noll

The daughter of Rhyn Noll and Stephanie James, Remy wants to attend Shasta Junior College and become a college professor.

She is active in ski and snowboard, oceanography and scuba, junior prom organizing and running events. Noll also dances and competes in speech, cheer and track. She holds honors for her academic achievements, history and science.

Like her father, she enjoys surfing, but also enjoys dancing, horse riding and andquot;going to the river.andquot;

She works at the Surf Shop, and has volunteered for multiple events, babysits and has helped with the high school blood drive.

Linda Grace Taber

The daughter of Joyce Christoffersen, Linda Grace plans to hold two careers after attending Humboldt State University.

She will study marine biology because of her love of the ocean and science, but she also wants to work in youth development and social work. That requires two majors: marine biology and social work.

Linda has taken part in the high school's speech club, Friday Night Live, its mentoring and with its Youth Council. She has also participated with the Fully Alive worship team and leadership group.

She is an award-winning tournament speech presenter, has been awarded for her Friday Night mentoring, and analysis and writing, and lettered in academics.

Her non-high school activities include a worship group, leadership group and state rep to a teen leadership training institute event.

Linda body surfs and boogy boards, makes arts and crafts, writes poetry, plays basketball and is a boxer.

She will present a speech in the talent competition.

If You Go

?What: Class of 2008 Junior Miss Scholarship Program

?When: 6 p.m. Saturday

?Where: Crescent Elk Auditorium.

?Prizes: $3,600 available to winners

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