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10 young ladies vying for Grandview Junior Miss honors

GRANDVIEW - A spring backdrop will serve as the setting for this year's Grandview Junior Miss program.

The 29th annual Grandview Junior Miss program will take place on the stage at the Grandview Middle School Saturday, April 16, beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door the night of the event. Adults will pay $5 while senior citizens and students' tickets are priced at $3.

The theme of this year's program is "Up, Up and Away."

Outgoing Grandview Junior Miss Jody Davis will be on hand with Co-Finalist Jae Mains to welcome the new court.

There are 10 young ladies who will be competing at the April 16 event for the right to represent the community of Grandview during the coming year. The 2005 candidates for Grandview Junior Miss are:

Jessika Nicole Babcock

Jessika Nicole Babcock, 17, is the daughter of Jonathan and Joddi-Jay Babcock.

Babcock stands 5'1" and has brown hair and brown eyes.

At Grandview High School, Babcock has been involved with band, journalism, International Club, National Honor Society, softball and is the junior class president. Other activities and honors Babcock has earned include being named to the National Honor Roll and the "Who's Who Among American High School Students" publication her sophomore year.

After high school, Babcock plans to attend Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, Calif., eventually doing mission and relief work.

Babcock will be performing the song "Rain Drops Keep Falling On My Head" during the Grandview Junior Miss program.

Maria M. Barajas

Maria M. Barajas is the 16-year-old daughter of Mike and Linda Chester.

Barjas had dark brown hair and dark brown eyes that complement her 4'9" frame. Barajas is involved at Grandview High School with Distributive Education Clubs of America, drama, cheerleading and Future Farmers of America. Her other activities include helping stage Valley Theater Company productions, working at the family business and babysitting her nieces.

After high school, Barajas would like to attend Stanford University to become an attorney.

Barajas will be performing a hip, hop dance routine at the Grandview Junior Miss program.

Alicia Amparo Espinoza

Alicia Amparo Espinoza, 17, is the daughter of Moses and Dorotea Moreno.

Espinoza stands 5'3" and has brown hair and brown eyes.

At Grandview High School, the Greyhound junior has been involved with Future Farmers of America and the 11th grade prom committee. Espinoza has also been involved with a Christian youth club.

As part of the Grandview Junior Miss program, Espinoza will be performing a monologue of a Shakespearean sonnet.

Chelsey Christine Jones

Chelsey Christine Jones, 17, is the daughter of Woodrow and Sherrie Jones.

Jones' light brown hair and blue eyes complement her 5'8" frame.

Jones is a junior at Sunnyside Christian High School, where she is involved with volleyball, basketball, Future Farmers of America and Honor Society. Jones also competes on the Grandview High School track and field team.

Jones is undecided on what college she wants to attend, but plans to pursue a career in architecture.

Jones plans to sign the song "All I Need" in the talent portion at the Grandview Junior Miss program.

Ashley Paola Lara

Ashley Paola Lara is the 17-year-old daughter of Sabio and Gracie Lara.

At 5'4", Lara's petite frame is complemented by her light brown hair and hazel eyes.

At Grandview High School Lara is involved with such activities as Distributive Education Clubs of America, Key Club, Academic Letter Committee, Honor Society and is the current Associated Student Body secretary. She was named to the prestigious "Who's Who Among American High School Students" publication in 2004.

Lara has plans to attend the University of Washington and Harvard. After graduation she would like to pursue a career in government/public service.

Lara plans to do a monologue in the talent portion of the Grandview Junior Miss Program.

Tonhya Kae Anne Wysong

Tonhya Kae Anne Wysong, 17, is the daughter of Jim and Julie Wysong.

Wysong has blondish/brown hair that highlights her green eyes and 5'2" frame.

At Grandview High School, Wysong has been involved with such activities as Distributive Education Clubs of America, where she is the current club secretary, yearbook, volleyball, tennis, basketball and volleyball. She is also a Running Start student and volunteers with the district's after school 21st Century program. After high school, Wysong would like to attend a college where she can play volleyball and pursue a career in the either interior design or photography.

Wysong is currently undecided on what she will perform as her talent at the Grandview Junior Miss Program.

Chelsea Edythe Stanton

Chelsea Edythe Stanton, 16, is the daughter of Herb and Skitch Stanton.

Stanton stands 5'7" tall and has long blonde hair and green eyes.

At Grandview High School, Stanton has been involved with playing soccer and tennis. She is also an active member of the Drama Club and is currently involved in the school's Knowledge Bowl and The Outdoorsmen clubs. She is also junior class vice president.

After high school, Stanton is thinking about attending Oregon State University or the University of Washington, where she is entertaining the idea of becoming an emergency medical technician or entering a career in the pediatric medical field.

In the talent portion of the April 16 program, Stanton will be performing on the piano the song "Somewhere Over The Rainbow."

Celia Ivette Pedroza

Celia Ivette Pedroza, 16, is the daughter of Gaudencio and Celia Pedroza.

Just a shade over 5'4", Pedroza has flowing brown hair that matches her brown eyes.

Pedroza has done a variety of volunteer work, including being involved with activities at Harriet Thompson Elementary School, Grandview Health Care Center, the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo and the Grandview High School's Tsunami Relief Fund.

After high school, Pedroza is interested in attending either San Jose State University or Washington State University, where she would like to either become a child psychologist or a journalist.

For her talent at the Grandview Junior Miss Program, Pedroza will be performing a dance routine to "La Vida es un Carnaval" by Celia Cruz.

Magdalena Mildreth Martinez

Magdalena Mildreth Martinez, 17, is the daughter of Magdalena Rodriguez.

Martinez stands 5'10" and has light brown hair to go along with her brown eyes.

The Grandview High School junior is involved with Drama Club and Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA). Martinez is vice president of the Grandview High School Drama Club and is a member of the International Thespian Society.

After high school, Martinez would like to attend Washington State University, where she is bouncing the idea of pursuing a career in biology sciences or advertising.

Martinez will be showcasing her talents the evening of April 16 by performing a comedy skit/monologue.

Marlee Louise Ziegler

Marlee Louise Ziegler, 17, is the daughter of Gordie and Teri Ziegler.

Ziegler has brown hair and brown eyes and stands 5'2".

Ziegler has a laundry list of activities she is involved with at Grandview High School, including being a football and basketball cheerleader. She is also involved in the school's Drama Club, Outdoorsmen Club, Science Fair and Knowledge Bowl team. Ziegler is also heavily involved with teen pageant programs, having won honors at numerous local, state and national events.

After high school, Ziegler plans to attend Hawaii Pacific University to pursue a career in pediatrics.

For her talent, Ziegler will be performing a tap dance and vocal rendition of "Goody, Goody" by Frankie Lyman and The Teenagers.

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