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SHS teen's senior project kills two birds with one stone

Sunnyside High School senior Jenny Hall is well on her way to completing her senior project. This past summer Hall organized a pageant, and collected more than 1,200 cans of food for a local food bank. Hall, who also serves as a 2012-13 Miss Sunnyside Court princess, held a pageant, disguised as a food drive on July 4, as a part of the Sunnyside Lions Club's Community Independence Day celebration. She did all this, in addition to attending numerous regional community parades, pageants, and sometimes accompanying her mother, Karen Hall, on her pageant adventures. Hall said she wanted to offer a chance to girls of all ages to participate in a pageant, to conduct a community service project and as a bonus earn a crown and sash. Calling her pageant the "Miss Firecracker Pageant," Hall encouraged girls to dress in patriotic costumes and formal wear for the contest. But the real test for the contestants was to collect food as part of a community service project. Winners were chosen in part by the amount of food each girl collected. "That was also a part of the candidate's entry. Each candidate's fee was 10 cans of food," Hall explained. She said 16 candidates vied for the title of Miss Firecracker. Five-year-old Audrina Campos collected the most food with 549 cans, Hall said. All of the food was donated to the Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church community food bank. The food bank coordinator, Helaina Meyer, told Hall that the donation of more than 1,200 cans of food generated from the Independence Day pageant will help 600 families, who make use of the food bank each month. Even though Hall will graduate from high school next spring, she plans to sponsor a 2014 Miss Firecracker Pageant and food drive. "It was fun and I'd like to collect more food for the food banks next year," she said.

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