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Miss Grandview gets taste of celebrity's life

GRANDVIEW - Newly crowned Miss Grandview Briana Masheli Nettles-Biggs has been preparing to take her seat at the throne for quite some time.

A year ago, when she decided to make holding the Miss Grandview title a goal, she began preparing for the talent portion of the event. Even though it was a year away, Biggs also decided to embody the characteristics of what she thought Miss Grandview should have.

"You can't become a role model over night," she said. "I started to become more respectful than usual, and I worked harder than usual."

Biggs moved to Grandview in 2003 with her father, Warren, and her stepmother, April. The family moved from Texas, because Mr. Biggs had always wanted to live in the northwest.

"And my mom got a really good job out here," she added. "So we moved."

Beginning her educational years at Smith Elementary, Biggs has called Grandview her home ever since. She says earning the Miss Grandview crown will aid her in becoming an ambassador for her hometown; a place she's grown to love.

The platform of her reign will be to show peers and youngsters it's okay to be themselves.

"The pageant judges asked me why Lady Gaga is my idol," said the 16-year-old Grandview High School student. "She isn't afraid to be herself."

A year before the Miss Grandview Program, Biggs began working on her talent, a choreographed lighted hula hoop dance routine to a Lady Gaga song, "Born This Way."

The pop icon has also taken a very public stance against bullying. As a victim herself, Biggs stands with the belief that no person should be tormented because of who they are, how they dress or where they come from.

Biggs says the lyrics in Lady Gaga's song, "God makes no mistakes, we are all superstars," couldn't ring more true.

She says the interview question during the Miss Grandview Program was no sweat off her back, since the art of acting and taking center stage runs thick in her veins.

"I do monologues and improve all the time, so thinking on my feet isn't new," she said.

This active 11th grader has been in more GHS plays than she can count, and has also served as the drama club's vice president and secretary.

Her list of accomplishments are many, including serving as the school's knowledge bowl team captain, the junior class secretary, homecoming princess, chairman of prom committee, Extra Mile student center volunteer, leadership class, national honor society and many more.

Biggs plans to take her high school success to Spokane, where she plans to attend Whitworth University. She says she'd like to become a drama and English teacher, adding to her desire to be a role model.

Biggs says earning the crown didn't come without a price, "I worked my butt off, but it paid off."

But she didn't do it alone.

"I'd like to recognize and give a big thank you to my parents and family, my Denchel family, my drama director Mrs. Manship and all of the friends and strangers who supported me throughout this experience," she said.

In the few short days since earning the crown Biggs says the celebrity treatment has already begun. But most of all, she revels in the joy of having youngsters look up to her.

"There is this little girl named Audrey," she said. "She was so excited to meet me.

"I'm finally the role model I wanted to become," she said.

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