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Nine to vie for Grandview Junior Miss title

GRANDVIEW - A total of nine juniors from Grandview High School are vying for the title of Grandview Junior Miss.

The Junior Miss program will be held this coming Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Grandview Middle School gymnasium. In addition to selecting a Junior Miss, judges will vote for two co-finalists.

Junior Miss is a nationwide scholarship and honors program that recognizes, rewards and encourages excellence.

The theme of this Saturday's Junior Miss program will be "Junior Miss Under Construction."

The candidate selected Saturday as Grandview's Junior Miss for 2006-07 will be eligible to compete at Washington's Junior Miss program and perhaps America's Junior Miss program. Grandview's reigning Junior Miss for 2005-06 is Jessika Babcock.

Ticket proceeds-$5 for adults and $3 for students, children and seniors-from the Saturday, April 15, event will help fund the Junior Miss scholarship program.

Following in alphabetical order is an introduction of each of the nine candidates:

Elizabeth Alcocer

The National Honor Society student has participated in activities at Grandview High School such as tennis, the prom and follies committees and was a photographer for FCCLA.

The daughter of Jose and Francisca Alcocer, Elizabeth said she is undecided on her college choice, but would like to be a lawyer.

"I would like to be the light that people see at the end of the tunnel when they are lost in despair and how to solve their legal problems," she said of her career choice.

Alcocer listed literature as her favorite class, and noted Oprah Winfrey and Selena are her favorite personalities of the present and past, respectively.

Her performing art talent during the Junior Miss program will be a dance routine to "Bandido," by Ana Barbara.

Laura Araujo

Honors English are among the accomplishments by Araujo, who hopes to study journalism at the University of Washington.

"I love to write," she said of her career choice.

The daughter of Arnold and Maria Araujo, she was in Drama Club during her freshman year and said that honors English is her favorite class.

A Sunnyside native, Araujo listed Mister Rogers as her favorite personality of the past and Oprah Winfrey as her personality of today.

A fan of Desperate Housewives and recording star Aaliya, Araujo will sing "Ordinary Day" by Melissa Carlton as her talent for the Junior Miss program.

Ernestina Clotilde Fraga

A Relay for Life participant, Fraga earned an athletic letter for the Grandview High School softball team and was the sophomore class president.

She also participated in FFA and DECA and earned Honor Roll and Student of the Month awards at Grandview High School.

The daughter of Alfonso and Esther Fraga, Ernestina said she wants to become a marine biologist or a photographer. "I've always wanted to swim with the dolphins," she said. Regarding photography, Fraga added, "I enjoy taking pictures of unpredictable and inspiring images.

She said her favorite class in school is floral design.

Fraga's performance for the Junior Miss program will be a Latin/hip-hop dance to the song, "Baila Esta Cumbia," by Selena, featuring the Kumbia Kings.

Allison Lynne Grow

Current ASB vice president, Grow's involvement at Grandview High School includes Key Club, DECA, National Honor Society and the Youth Advisory Board.

The daughter of Tim and Gina Grow, she has also played for the Grandview soccer, tennis and swim teams.

A Grandview city lifeguard, Grow said advanced biology is her favorite class in school. She hopes to attend either Montana State or Washington State universities to study veterinary medicine.

"I have always had a passion for horses and would like to pursue a career in the equine medical field," said Grow, who is also involved with her Nazarene church youth group.

Grow will perform a Pointe ballet dance routine to the song "16 going on 17," from the Sound of Music.

Marissa Lydia Herrera

A state track qualifier and basketball captain, Herrera is the Junior class vice president and is a member of Key Club and DECCA.

The daughter of Jose and Mary Herrera, she is also on the honor roll and a member of the National Society of High School Scholars.

Herrera said she wants to study at the University of Washington to become an orthopedic surgeon.

"I have chosen this career because I want to make a difference in people's lives and help them in any way I can; this career offers that," she said. Herrera said her career choice was inspired by her mother's disabilities related to arthritis.

For her talent performance at the Junior Miss program, Herrera will sing "I Feel Like a Woman," by Shania Twain.

Danika Francisca Martinez

With a perfect 4.0 grade point average, Martinez is a member of both the National Honor Society and the National Society for High School Scholars.

The daughter of Joe and Lupe Martinez, she also participates on the Grandview tennis and volleyball teams. Martinez is a DECA member and president of Key Club. She was class president both as a freshman and sophomore.

She is also a lifeguard and student representative to the Grandview Chamber of Commerce.

Martinez said she is interested in going into the field of business and marketing, but is unsure of her career choice.

During this Saturday's Junior Miss program, Martinez will perform an Irish step dance to the traditional Irish song, "Piccola Pete."

Alexiis Owen McLean

One of six Washington Learns Committee high school students from around the state to meet Gov. Christine Gregoire and state legislators, McLean is a varsity cheerleader and junior class secretary.

Her favorite personality of the past was a friend, Adrian Bovee Stump, who died serving in Kabul, Afghanistan as a pilot in the Army National Guard. Her favorite personality of today is her uncle, David A. Long, a pilot in the Army National Guard serving in Kabul.

The daughter of Richard and Vicki McLean, she has studied dance for 11 years.

She plans to become a dental hygienist. "I enjoy working and helping people of all ages," she said.

As her talent performance, McLean will sing and tap dance to "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," during Saturday's program.

Janett Romo

Involved in activities ranging from prom and homecoming to the talent show, Romo is a member of the National Honor Society and has studied honors English and trigonometry/pre-calculus.

The daughter of Abel and Marta Romo, she has passed all four sections of the WASL and hopes to pursue a career as a model and a dancer.

"I want to further my knowledge of the art of performing because music and art have always reflected who I am," Romo said.

She said Oprah Winfrey is her favorite personality of today and cited Pope John Paul II as her favorite personality of the past.

The American Idol fan will perform a belly dance to the music of Shakira during Saturday's Junior Miss program.

Mayra Elizabeth Sales

A National Honor Society member, Sales has participated in FCCLA, Key Club and in girls soccer.

The daughter of Maria and Pedro Sales, she has also participated in Connex Saturday Academies and received a letter in academics.

Sales has received the High Honors award and passed all four sections of the WASL.

She plans to attend the University of Washington to become a pediatrician, "because I love kids and have an interest in the medical field". She added, "Through the Connex program I have had the opportunity to explore the different medical fields but I really enjoy learning about pediatrics."

She said Cesar E. Chavez is her favorite personality of the past and listed her father as her favorite personality of today.

Sales will perform a Mexican folk dance during the program.

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