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Nine young ladies vying for Miss Grandview title

GRANDVIEW - A total of nine young ladies will vie for the title of 2010-11 Miss Grandview.

The competition to earn a seat on the Miss Grandview court will take place Saturday, April 10. The program is slated to be staged at Grandview Middle School that evening at 7 p.m.

Tickets for the Miss Grandview program, with prices set at $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and students, will be available at the door the night of the competition. Tickets can be purchased in advance, however, from the nine contestants vying for the title, from the reigning Grandview Junior Miss court or from Cookie Shannon (882-3198).

The nine teens vying for the Miss Grandview title include Emily Becenti, Courtney Durado, Jessica Hernandez, Mary-Alice Herrera, Ranelle Kalaw, Thania Labre, Jenalee Mariotti, Diana Ocampo and Maria Orozco.

Becenti, 17, is the daughter of Dave Becenti and Theodora Strong. She is the youngest of four children in her family. Although undecided on where she plans to go to school after high school, Becenti does know she wants to pursue a career as a veterinarian.

"Ever since I was eight years old I knew I wanted to do something with animals," she said. "After spending a day at a vet clinic I was fascinated and interested in the career more than ever."

Becenti's high school career has included involvement with both the girls soccer and track and field programs, Key Club, DECA Club, Drama Club, International Club and Foreign Language Club.

Durado, 17, is the daughter of Tony and Julie Durado. She lists photography as her current career choice.

"Photography is one of my biggest passions in life. The idea of finding a little piece of perfection in the world to photograph lights me up," she said.

Durado's high school career has included time spent with Key Club, Drama Club and serving on the prom committee. She has also been active in Grandview High School's journalism department and is currently a Running Start student.

Hernandez, 17, is the daughter of Roman Hernandez and Kristy Roy. She has three older siblings, ages 19 to 21.

Undecided on her future career plans, Hernandez is contemplating pursuing an education that would further her abilities to enter the business arena. "I am fascinated with the ideal world of business and the field of working with computer graphics," she said.

Hernandez's high school career resume includes time spent with DECA Club, the cheerleading squad, the tennis, basketball and volleyball programs, being a member of the National Honor Society and a Link Crew member.

Herrera, 16, is the daughter of George and Teresa Saenz. An only child, she plans to further her education at the Tri-Cities campus of Washington State University.

"I would like to have a career involved in graphic design or film editing because these are my passions, and I feel that if I'm going to do something for the rest of my life I should enjoy it," said Herrera.

At Grandview High School, Herrera has been involved with Drama Club, DECA Club and Art Club. She has also been involved in the Girl Scouts organization.

Kalaw, 17, is the daughter of Eugene and Iris Kalaw. She has an older sister, Daniella Kalaw, 24.

With her eye on attending the University of Washington, Kalaw hopes to one day work as a biomedical researcher. "I have always been interested in the structure of the human body and the way that diseases affect it," she said.

In high school, Kalaw has been a Link Crew leader and has served as secretary of the Drama Club. She's also been a member of DECA Club and Key Club, and has been active in both soccer and softball.

Labre, the daughter of Asuncion Jimenez, is one of four children in her family. She has two older siblings and one who is only 10.

The Grandview High School student hopes to pursue a career in cosmetology. "I enjoy the freedom of creating hair designs and cuts. Making people, especially women and girls, feel confident in themselves is a great experience I have felt when certain opportunities come, and for this reason I wish to make it a profession," said Labre.

In high school, Labre has participated in the girls volleyball program and has played on the powderpuff football team. She has also held two offices, secretary and treasurer, of the Foreign Language Club. Labre, too, has served as a volunteer at Orchard Retirement Home.

Mariotti, 16, is the daughter of Jack and Debbie Mariotti. An only child, she hopes to attend Central Washington University after she graduates high school.

She is hoping to one day work as a drama teacher. "My high school drama teacher, Mrs. Manship, really inspired me, and I would like to make that kind of impact on high school students, as well," she said.

Mariotti during her high school career has been involved with Link Crew, the National Honor Society, Drama Club and the swim team. She is also a member of the Grace Brethren Church youth group.

Ocampo, 16, is the daughter of Carolina Ocampo. She has two younger siblings, Alan, 13, and Maxine, 9.

Her future career plans are to become a psychologist. "I have always wanted to help others and those who are in pain," she said. Ocampo hopes to attend Toppenish's Heritage University after she graduates high school.

At Grandview High, Ocampo has been a member of the International Club and the Foreign Language Club, and has participated in track and field and wrestling. She has also served on the student council.

Orozco, 17, is the daughter of Maria G. and Isidro Orozco. She has an older sister, 18, and three younger siblings.

She lists Rocky Mountain College as her school of choice after she graduates high school. "I want to become a dentist because when I first talk to a person I look at their teeth," she said.

Orozco's high school accomplishments have included being a member of Drama Club, DECA Club and National Honor Society. She's also been a member of the Greyhounds' tennis team and served one year as a varsity wrestling cheerleader.

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