MABTON - Five Mabton High School juniors will be vying for the title of Miss Mabton at a pageant scheduled for Thursday, June 9, at 7 p.m. at Artz-Fox Elementary School. The cost to attend the pageant is $3 for adults and $1 for students.
Seeking the title are Anabel Diaz, Celida Diaz, Mayra Diaz, Cassandra "Kai'Lei" Partida and Maria Ramos. The participants will be judged on casual and evening wear, talent and ticket sales, according to pageant organizer Rachel Ruelas.
Anabel Diaz is the 16-year-old daughter of Roberto and Maricela Diaz. A 12-year resident of the community, Diaz is a member of the Mabton Future Farmers of America chapter and is a member of the Mabton Police Explorer program.
One of three children, Diaz was a member of the Mabton High School track team this spring, and was recently selected to be a cheerleader for the 2005-06 school year.
Celida Diaz was born in Mexico, but has lived most of her life in the small community of Mabton.
The 17-year-old daughter of Elsa Amezcua and Juan Diaz is a member of the Mabton High School fastpitch softball team and the Future Farmers of America chapter. She is also a cheerleader and served as the junior class treasurer.
A Bill and Melinda Gates Achiever scholar, Diaz decided to compete for the title of Miss Mabton because it would be a new experience for her.
Mayra Yurith Diaz is the daughter of Francisco and Celia Diaz. The 16-year-old has lived in the community for the past 14 years.
An active high school student, she plays volleyball and softball, but she also enjoys music and socializing and meeting new people.
One of eight children, Diaz enjoys spending time with her family.
She plans to graduate from Mabton High School next spring with a Bill and Melinda Gates scholarship. Although she is not sure what she wants to do after college, she plans to attend Washington State University and possibly seek a degree in business administration.
Cassandra Partida, better known as Kai'Lei, is the daughter of Lucy and Fidel Partida. One of five children in her family, Partida has served as the manager of the Mabton Vikings varsity football team for two years and is a member of the junior varsity softball team.
Partida is also actively involved as a member of both Reducing Under Age Drinking (RUAD) and Club S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions.)
She is also a St. Joseph Catholic Church parish member and a volunteer, and a Yakima Valley Community College Upward Bound participant.
This past school year, Partida has accomplished several goals, including making honor roll and being accepted as an Achievers Scholarship candidate. She hopes to be able to start a powder puff football team in Mabton this fall, to graduate from high school next spring and then attend college. Although undecided on a career choice, she is interested in the medical field.
Maria Ramos is an 18-year-old Mabton resident who has lived in Mabton for the past 11 years. The daughter of Gerardo and Concepcion Ramos is the last of the five candidates running for the title of Miss Mabton.
Born in Cueramaro, Guanajuato, Mexico, she is one of five children in her family.
Ramos said that some people tell her she talks a lot, but it is something she appreciates because they are aware of her great communication skills.
An active basketball player, Ramos is also involved in the Mabton Future Farmers of America chapter, where she serves as secretary.
Besides being involved in school activities, Ramos enjoys spending time with family. She is hoping that seeking the title of Miss Mabton will draw her closer to the community.
For more information about the upcoming pageant or the Miss Mabton program contact Ruelas, 830-6099.
. Melissa Dekker can be contacted at (509) 837-4500, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Cassandra "Kai'Lei" Partida