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Miss Sunnyside candidate Katelyn Hazzard

Showing younger girls that living in a small town doesn't limit oneself is what motivates Katelyn Hazzard. She is vying for the 2013-14 Miss Sunnyside title and wants to be a better role model for her community. Hazzard said past court members have been an example for her, showing her that being outgoing and committed to the community can help you achieve your dreams. If she is named Miss Sunnyside, the daughter of Heather and Nathan Hazzard would like to organize a track meet for special needs children in the community. Hazzard said she wants to focus on middle school aged youngsters, helping them learn there is no limit to what one can accomplish if they set their minds on a goal. She is motivated to organize such an event because there are members of her family who have special needs. Also, her mother works with special needs children in the community. "Seeing how caring about those children can affect them leads me to feel as though I can help them gain a sense of belonging in the community," said Hazzard. She plans to work with educators at Harrison and Sierra Vista middle schools to organize the track event. Hazzard is the oldest of three girls in her family and wants to lead by example. She said she wants to attend college to provide a more secure future for herself. She doesn't yet know what career she would like to pursue. Hazzard said she just knows it is important to further her education so that she might find the right fit. If selected to wear the Miss Sunnyside crown, Hazzard said she believes it is important for the title holder to help the community become more unified. She said, "It's important for community members to come together rather than to work separately." Hazzard said she believes "...people need to feel as if they matter and they have something to contribute to a community. If they feel that way, there might be less violence and animosity." The 2013-14 Miss Sunnyside Pageant will be held Sunday, Oct. 6, at 1 p.m. at the Sunnyside High School auditorium.

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