GRANDVIEW - Nearly a dozen young ladies, 11 to be exact, will vie for the title of 2009-10 Grandview Junior Miss next month.
This year's Grandview Junior Miss program will be staged at Grandview Middle School, on Saturday, April 11, starting at 7 p.m. Lower Valley residents are invited to turn out enmasse to watch the friendly competition.
This year's candidates, in alphabetical order, include:
Marlee Andrews, 16, the daughter of electrician Donald Andrews and his wife, Helen, a literature language coach.
The youngest of three children in her family who range in age from 16 to 32, Marlee is a three-sport athlete at Grandview High School (volleyball, basketball, track). Her school activities have also included being a DECA member and serving as secretary of the 2010 class and ASB leadership representative her sophomore year.
Andrews takes pride in having passed all assessments of the WASL her sophomore year, and lists Criss Angel's Mindfreak as her favorite television show, and digital imaging and graphic design as her favorite classes in school.
Looking ahead, Andrews says she would like to attend the Art Institute of Seattle, one day working as either a fashion designer, a graphic designer or in architect.
For the Grandview Junior Miss program's creative and performing arts segment of the competition, Andrews said she will sing a song that represents her.
Nicole Charvet, 16, the daughter of carpenter Randy Charvet and his wife, Teresa, a registered nurse.
The youngest of three teens in her family, Nicole loves competitive swimming, having been on her school's swim team both her freshman and sophomore years. She's also been a long-time member of the Grandview Rotary summer swim team.
Charvet, too, has stayed current with first aid, CPR and lifeguard training for her work as a city pool lifeguard, and takes pride in her past accomplishments in raising funds for cancer research.
She lists the book Where the Red Fern Grows as her favorite novel, and not surprisingly, names Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps as her favorite all-time sports star.
Future plans include attending Eastern Washington University, which she hopes will one day lead her to follow in her mother's footsteps in the nursing profession.
At the April 11 Grandview Junior Miss competition, Charvet plans on performing a contemporary dance to the song Where I Stood, by Mary Higgins.
Giovani Gomez, 16, the daughter of Martin and Mary Gomez, was born in Prosser and is the youngest of three children in her family.
At school, Giovani has been active in DECA, the leadership group, the International Club and has served as an ASB student representative. She won her school's most inspirational girls basketball player award in 2007, was named as the team captain in 2008 and has turned out for softball.
After high school, Gomez hopes to attend San Diego State, possibly enlisting in the U.S. Marines. Her future endeavor is to become skilled in marine biology, perhaps one day training dolphins to find underwater mines while "...keeping my country safe."
Gomez's interests, she said, include spending time with family, listening to music and watching and playing basketball.
For the talent portion of the Grandview Junior Miss program, Gomez plans on performing a hip-hop dance routine to Janet Jackson's All For You.
Vicky Hall, who'll turn 17 next week, was born in Geissen, Germany, and is the daughter of Mike and Marie Hall.
One of three teens in her family, Vicky has served as president of her school band and has been active in FFA and 4-H.
Having been a member of Grandview's pep band and jazz band, Hall says musical activities made up her favorite hobby.
Down the road, Hall said she'd like to attend Central Washington University, one day perhaps entering the political arena.
To showcase her skills, Hall plans on playing Nickelodeon Rag tunes on her clarinet during the talent portion of the Grandview Junior Miss program on April 11.
Marisol Lara, 16, the daughter of Jose Luis Lara and Maria Eugenia Sanchez.
One of four children in her family, the eldest, Marisol has taken on leadership roles as president of the Key Club at school and as secretary of the school chapter of National Honor Society. Lara has also been a member of DECA.
Among her community accomplishments is serving as a sixth grade catechism instructor at Grandview's Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Lara enjoys cooking in her spare time, as well as reading romance novels.
Her future career goal is to become an elementary school educator, "...because I want to make a difference in a child's life." To achieve that goal, Lara plans on attending the Tri-Cities campus of Washington State University.
In the talent portion of the Grandview Junior Miss program, Lara intends on reading a poem she has created that focuses on her Mexican heritage.
Amanda McLean is the daughter of Rick and Vicki McLean. She has an older sibling, Alexiis, 19.
Amanda has a busy lifestyle at school, having served as the drama activities coordinator, spending three years as a cheerleader and two years on the golf team. McLean, too, has helped choreograph the fitness routine for her school's Mr. Grandview Pageant, and has landed roles three years running in drama productions while being a member of DECA and playing volleyball her freshman year.
Away from school, McLean has 12 years under her belt as a member of the community's summer swim team, nine years experience in performing tap, ballet and jazz dancing, and helps out weekly with a cheer project at the middle school.
Her favorite recording artist is Avril Lavigne, and lists sports marketing as her favorite class at school.
In the future, McLean says she aspires to be a teacher, specializing in drama because she loves acting and wants to bring that passion to others.
McLean plans on performing a ballet routine for the talent portion of the Grandview Junior Miss competition.
Jeannette Mendez, 16, the youngest of three children of Rogelio and Teresa Mendez, originally hails from Orange County, Calif.
Jeannette's school activities center around her involvement in DECA, although she has also put in time on Grandview High's fall formal committee and the homecoming committee.
Mendez enjoys taking photographs, and lists reading, dancing and enjoying the outdoors as her primary hobbies.
Hopefully Washington State University-bound, Mendez wants to work towards becoming a veterinarian. "I truly enjoy being with animals and helping them," she said.
Mendez's plans are to perform a dance routine to the song Jail House Rock by Elvis Presley at the April 11 Grandview Junior Miss program.
Gloribel Mondragon, 17, was born in California. The second of four children in her family, her parents are Rafael and Aurea Jimenez.
A Running Start student taking advantage of college classes offered to advanced students, Gloribel is active in Key Club at school. She has also served as ASB assistant treasurer and treasurer.
Mondragon hopes to one day attend the University of Washington, a stepping stone, she says, for one day becoming the president of the U.S., "...because that may be the best way to change the world."
She lists her interests as law and government, power, money and mathematics.
For the talent portion of the Grandview Junior Miss program, Mondragon plans on delivering a monologue.
Komal Naran, 16, was born in Torrance, Calif. to Ramesh and Daxa Naran. She has a younger sister, 14-year-old Meha.
At Grandview High School, Komal's extracurricular activities include her involvement with Key Club and DECA, as well as the National Honor Society. Her Key Club membership has also provided Naran with numerous community service opportunities, such as performing yardwork for others. Naran, too, has been recognized over the years at school with a perfect attendance award, the outstanding leadership award and the Presidential Academic Award.
Naran says she's an eager reader of mystery and romance novels in her spare time, and also enjoys watching basketball on television, as well as learning to cook with her mother.
Her future plans include attending the Tri-Cities campus of Washington State University, where she hopes to pursue a career in the medical field, "...because I want to help people and use my knowledge for a good cause."
The talent Naran plans on putting on display at the Grandview Junior Miss competition is her ability to play the piano.
Biviano Razo, 17, the daughter of Raul and Belinda Razo. She is the middle child of three in the Razo household.
Biviano is active at school in the athletic programs, having turned out for volleyball, basketball, and track and field. As a sophomore she served as class president, and has been a member of Key Club. Razo is also a regular visitor to the school honor roll. She lists biology as her favorite class.
Her future career choices include entering the medical profession or the world of photography. She hopes to attend the University of Washington.
Her favorite spare time activities include doing yard work, babysitting and playing indoor soccer.
Razo, in the talent portion of the Grandview Junior Miss program, will play her clarinet to the Celine Dion song, My Heart Will Go On.
Brandy Ridenour, 17, the oldest of two girls in her family, is the daughter of Randy Ridenour and Elizabeth Alba.
Leaning towards the artistic side, Brandy enjoys drawing and photography, which explains her involvement in the Grandview High School Art Club as its president and ASB representative. At school, too, Ridenour has been involved in the Outdoorsman's Club and Drama Club.
Ridenour hopes to start her collegiate career at the Grandview campus of YVCC, working towards becoming an elementary school teacher, "...because I love kids and how they learn."
Away from school, Ridenour says she enjoys spending time with family and working for her grandmother. Her community service projects have included helping to stage the annual grape stomp in Grandview, the Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo Parade, the Halloween haunted house and the chamber of commerce auction.
Ridenour hopes to entertain Grandview Junior Miss program goers with a baton performance in the talent portion of the competition.