As of Tuesday, October 8, 2013
“This is my home…it’s where my family lives…it’s where I’ve grown up,” 2013-14 Miss Sunnyside candidate Alyson Spidle says.
She is seeking the Miss Sunnyside title in an effort to give back to her community.
Spidle said, “Sometimes Sunnyside gets a bad rap. It’s actually an amazing place to live and I want to tell others what an amazing community it truly is.”
Her enthusiasm for Sunnyside is what she feels everyone living here should feel. Serving as Miss Sunny-side would provide her the opportunity to help others experience the love and, perhaps, develop their own appreciation for the community.
If selected to serve as Miss Sunnyside, Spidle wants to work with the local Special Olympics officials to implement a theater pro-gram.
She supports the effort of Special Olympics to provide opportunities for individuals with special needs because her family knows first-hand how important those oppor-tunities can be.
Spidle said, “I have a cousin who suffered from a brain injury.”
She said providing indi-viduals with special needs an opportunity to participate in a theater program is different from the athletic program.
“I want to give them a chance to shine,” Spidle said, stating that her cousin is an example of someone who doesn’t allow a disabil-ity to slow him down.
“He’s the happiest person I know,” she said. “He lives with a joy for life that in-spires others.”
Spidle wants others to feel that joy, as well.
She is exploring the world of journalism and writing, although she isn’t yet certain what career she would like to pursue after high school.
“I definitely want to attend a four-year college. I like Western Washington University.”
Spidle said whatever she decides, she wants to inspire others.
“I think it is important to be a role model in your eve-ryday life,” she said.
That is an attribute Spidle believes any person serving as Miss Sunnyside should possess.
“What distinguishes (Miss Sunnyside) from everybody else is her passion for the community…your passions in life are what make you unique from other people,” said Spidle.
The 2013-14 Miss Sunny-side Pageant will be held Sunday, Oct. 6, at 1 p.m. at the Sunnyside High School auditorium.
Jennie McGhan can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email