As of Tuesday, February 27, 2018
GRANDVIEW Jessica Natalia Avalos, 17, will play her trombone during the talent portion of the 2018 Miss Grandview Pageant on April 14.
She said she loves playing the trombone. “I began playing the instrument in sixth grade,” she said.
Jessica is one of seven Grandview High School girls competing for the title.
The daughter of Marta Perez and Ramon Avalos of Grandview, she is active in band and softball.
Jessica has participated in golf, soccer, Key Club and is a Junior Drum Major with the high school band.
In addition, she has been nominated for National Honor Society and is a Salvation Army volunteer and peer helper.
Jessica is currently attending Running Start at Yakima Valley College, on the Grandview campus. Her goal is to earn an Associate of Arts degree before transferring to the University of Washington in Seattle. Her dream is to become a cardiovascular surgeon.
She said she was inspired to seek a career in medicine following her grandfather’s heart attack.
“I’ve wanted to be a surgeon ever since my grandfather had his heart issues. He needed surgery for it,” Jessica said.
“He did survive it,” she said.
“I looked up to the doctors who saved him,” Jessica said. “I am inspired to be like them (the doctors who saved him).”
“It’s my dream to be someone who is able to help others when it comes to medical needs,” she said.
Jessica has four siblings, ranging in age, from 24 to 12. Her brothers and sisters are Juan Avalos Perez, Elisa Avalos Perez, Kassandra Avalos and Ramon Avalos.
The Miss Grandview Pageant will be staged at the Middle School, where the candidates will be judged on poise, interview, fitness, talent and scholarship.