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Miss Sunnyside candidate Kayla Bautista

Every girl in Sunnyside should take advantage of the opportunity to compete for the Miss Sunnyside title. That's according to Kayla Bautista, who is vying for the 2013-14 Miss Sunnyside crown. She said she is competing for the title because she believes it is an opportunity to make a difference in the community. "The Miss Sunnyside program is a great program for helping the community," said Bautista. She said her mother has always instilled in her the value of putting others before yourself. "Serving as Miss Sunnyside would be a great way to live according to that lesson," Bautista said. She is the daughter of Roxanne Rodriguez and has an older sister. Bautista said she would like to work with Habitat for Humanity, if selected to serve as Miss Sunnyside. She has a history with the organization and believes it serves an important role, helping families who need a home. She would like to find a family in Sunnyside who needs a new home or home repairs. She would like to have families fill out a questionnaire or write an essay, expressing their needs. From those forms or essays, Bautista said she would like to select a family that has the greatest need. The Miss Sunnyside court would help fulfill that need with the assistance of Habitat for Humanity. "It's a great way to keep others from being homeless," said Bautista. She has a desire to continue helping others after completing high school, too. Bautista said she plans to major in forensic science at the University of Washington so that she might become a medical examiner. This goal, said Bautista, merges her fascination of anatomy with the goal of solving a crime and determining the cause of death for people. Bautista said she believes it is important for whoever serves as Miss Sunnyside to be committed to setting a good example for others, especially younger children. Miss Sunnyside can prove to the older generation that youngsters in the community still care about Sunnyside, as well, she said. Bautista said, "Miss Sunnyside is an example of what can be accomplished when people unify with the goal of helping one another." 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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