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Eight young ladies vying for Miss Grandview crown

GRANDVIEW - A total of eight candidates will compete next month for the title of Miss Grandview.

The Miss Grandview program will be held Saturday, April 14, at 7 p.m. at Grandview Middle School. Admission is $5 and tickets will be available after March 24 from the current Miss Grandview court members, as well as the court's committee.

Information is available by calling Cookie Shannon at 882-3198 or via e-mail at cookshan@bentonrea.com.

The eight candidates in alphabetical order are:

- Gabriela Avalos, 17, is the daughter of Maria Jesus Gutierrez. Her activities at Grandview High School include varsity tennis and varsity soccer. Avalos is a member of the National Honor Society, DECA and the leadership class.

Her college of choice is the University of Washington and Avalos says she would like to become a veterinarian.

Avalos' talent during the Miss Grandview program will be belly dancing.

- Briana Masheli Nettles-Biggs, 16, is the daughter of Warren and April Biggs. Her prep activities include Drama Club, National Honor Society, Link Crew, leadership class and the Knowledge Bowl. Nettles-Biggs is also a homecoming princess and the junior class secretary.

Her college of choice is Whitworth University and Nettles-Biggs says she would like to become a news reporter.

Nettles-Biggs' talent during the Miss Grandview program will be performing a hula-hoop dance routine.

- Danielle Dawn Charvet, 17, is the daughter of Vince and Kathy Charvet. Her high school activities include being a dance team captain, a member of DECA, varsity cheer and softball. Charvet has also been the Drama Club secretary and earned first and second place trophies as part of a dance team competition.

Her college of choice is Eastern Washington University and Charvet says she would like to become a physical therapist.

Her talent during the Miss Grandview program will be performing an Irish dance.

- Danielle Alesha Diaz, 17, is the daughter of Emilio Diaz, Deena Diaz and Tawnya Sapp. Her school activities include the Foreign Language Club and participation in the AVID program. Diaz is also active in Relay for Life, March of Dimes and assists in migrant pre-school.

Her college of choice is CWU and Diaz says she would like to become an ultrasound tech.

Her talent during the Miss Grandview program will be a dance routine.

- Kaylee Marie Greene, 17, is the daughter of Chris and Kara Tucker. Her school activities include the Knowledge Bowl, as well as the Spanish, Drama and International clubs. Greene also is active in volleyball, softball, soccer and helps with the Grandview haunted house fundraiser and swim team programs.

Her college of choice is the University of Washington and Greene says she would like to become a nurse.

Her talent during the Miss Grandview program will be comedic story telling.

- Amanda Lee Marquez is the daughter of Rhonda Marquez. Her school activities include the GHS swim team, cheerleader, tennis and Link Crew. Marquez's activities also include volunteering with Sunnyside's Promise, serving as a reporter/photo journalist for the Yakima Herald's Unleased program and has attended the Congressional Youth Leadership Council in Washington D.C.

Her college of choice is the University of Washington or Western Washington University, and Marquez says she would like to become a family or relationship psychiatrist.

Her talent during the Miss Grandview program will be playing a song on the piano.

- Laura Mendoza, 17, is the daughter of Maria and Mario Mendoza. Her school activities include Key Club, as well as the Foreign Language and Builders clubs. Mendoza is also a CCD teacher at her church.

Her college of choice is the University of Washington and Mendoza says she would like to become a teacher.

Her talent during the Miss Grandview program will be singing.

- Sonia Orozco is the daughter of Isidro and Maria Orozco. Her school activities include DECA, the Drama Club and involvement in school plays. Orozco's achievements include placing third in DECA competition and earning the most improved honor for a fall play and musical at GHS.

Her college of choice is the Seattle Arts Institute or Le Cordon Bleu College. Orozco says she would like to become a chef.

Her talent during the Miss Grandview program will be playing a violin solo.

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