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Nine vie for Miss Grandview crown

GRANDVIEW - There were once a dozen, but with three dropping out there are now nine young ladies seeking the 2011-12 Miss Grandview title.

This year the Miss Grandview program will be staged on Saturday, April 16, at Grandview Middle School. The competition begins at 7 p.m.

This year's candidates include several of Grandview's fine young citizens, including Janessa Hoffard, Casandra Ambriz, Hannah Grow, Kara Morris-Phillips, Karissa Carpenter, Alicia Brito, Vanessa Fuerte, Anjhellica Ampil and April Carrillo.

Janessa Hoffard, 16, is the daughter of Ty and Mandy Hoffard. She has six siblings and a "German Exchange sister," Julia.

Active in her faith, Hoffard enjoys participating in missions and being a member of the worship leadership team at Grandview Church of the Nazarene. She also enjoys photography, dance and singing. She plans to use her dance skills, performing a jazz routine to "No Ordinary Love" by TobyMac at the Miss Grandview program.

Hoffard was named to the Yakima Valley Community College president's list and has performed in two Valley Theater Company productions.

She plans to study public relations at the University of Washington because "I enjoy working with and helping people."

Casandra Ambriz, 16, is one of four children born to Sandra and Leonardo Ambriz.

Inspired by her mother's tireless work ethic and willingness to help others with her nursing skills, Ambriz plans to follow in her mother's loving footsteps. She plans to study nursing at the University of Washington.

Ambriz plans to perform an interpretive dance routine at this year's program. She likes to sign, act and dance, as well as volunteer her time with the "True Love Club" at Grandview Middle School.

"I help the younger girls with how to balance their love life with school...I talk to them about bad relationships...the right path to relationships," she said.

Hannah Grow, 17, is the youngest of three girls in the family of Tim and Gina Grow.

She plans to attend Northwest Nazarene University to study education. She enjoys the Spanish language, culture and working with youngsters. Her desire is to become a dual language elementary school teacher.

Grow is active at Grandview High School as both an athlete on the soccer and tennis teams and a member of the National Honor Society. She has been involved in several clubs and leadership teams.

For the talent segment of the Miss Grandview program, she will share her dancing skills in the form of a dance routine to "All That Jazz" from the musical Chicago.

Kara Morris-Phillips, 16, is the youngest of six children. She is the daughter of Russ and Lynda Phillips.

Morris-Phillips enjoys learning how and why the mind works, and plans to study at Washington State University to become a psychologist.

She is a swim team member and enjoys music, therefore she will perform an evolution of dance routine at the Miss Grandview program.

Morris-Phillips is also a member of DECA, the International Club and the volleyball team at Grandview High School.

Karissa Carpenter, 17, has three siblings. She is the daughter of Mike and Deanna Carpenter, and aspires to become a kindergarten teacher.

She plans to study education at Central Washington University because she "loves kids and I want to be a positive influence for them," she said.

Carpenter is the ASB assistant treasurer and the secretary of Grandview High School's National Honor Society. She is an athlete involved in soccer, tennis and swimming. She also enjoys sharing her faith with others and spending time as a parks and recreation volunteer.

She intends to perform an American Sign Language interpretive dance routine to "Stand" by Rascal Flatts.

Alicia Brito, 17, is the daughter of Joel and Lucila Brito. She is the eldest of four siblings.

Brito is a member of several clubs at Grandview High School, including drama, FFA, Spanish and Key Club. She plays the clarinet in the Grandview High School Pep Band, as well.

She is still undecided on whether she will attend Central Washington University to become a veterinarian or a kindergarten teacher. She loves both teaching others and caring for animals.

Brito will be performing "America the Beautiful" on her clarinet during the talent segment of the April 16 program.

Vanessa Fuerte, 16, is the daughter of Maria Fuerte.

She is a wrestler, cheerleader and was a member of Builder's Club as a middle school student. Fuerte enjoys climbing, drawing and dance.

She is also a religious education teacher at St. Joseph's Catholic Parish in Sunnyside. As a result of her experiences, she hopes to attend Washington State University to become either a teacher or a choreographer.

Fuerte plans to perform a dance routine at the 2011-12 Miss Grandview program.

Anjhellica Ampil, 16, was born in the Philippines to Jocel and Agnes Ampil. She is the eldest of three children, including one brother and a sister.

Ampil plans to become a pediatric surgeon, having been inspired by her mother and several aunts who work in the medical field. She wishes to combine her love of children with her desire to help others through medicine.

She is a member of the National Honor Society, as well as Grandview High School's track and field, swim and basketball teams.

Ampil will perform "Because of You" by Kelly Clarkson on the guitar during the talent segment of the Miss Grandview program.

April Carrillo, 17, is the middle child of Francisco and Elba Carrillo. She has one brother, 21, and a younger sister, 8.

Carrillo plans to become an obstetrics nurse, hoping to help infants through love, compassion and medical expertise. She plans to receive the necessary education to meet this goal by attending Washington State University.

She is currently a member of several clubs and enjoys volunteering her time at Grandview Health Care Center. She also has served as a junior representative for the Grandview Chamber of Commerce.

Carrillo enjoys painting, drawing and the arts, as well as volleyball and running. The talent she wishes to share at the Miss Grandview program is speed painting "with a twist."

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