16 prepare for Tri-City scholarship pageants

Noelle Wadlow, Tri-City HeraldJuly 11, 2014 

Ten women and six teens will compete this summer in hopes of being crowned the next Miss Tri-Cities or Miss Tri-Cities Outstanding Teen.

The Miss Tri-Cities Pageant is a preliminary to the Miss Washington and Miss America pageants.

The teen competition is a preliminary to the Miss Washington Outstanding Teen Pageant and to Miss America's Outstanding Teen.

Contestants will be interviewed and critiqued on their talent, interview responses, general physical fitness and on-stage personality.

The 2014 Miss Tri-Cities and Miss Tri-Cities Outstanding Teen crowning ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. July 19 in the Kennewick High School auditorium, 500 S. Dayton St.

Jade Redinger Jordon, Miss Tri-Cities 2003, will emcee the event with TV newsman Kevin Uretsky.

Tickets are $20. To purchase, call 509-547-0495 or get tickets at the door. Tickets also are available at JD's Time Center, 105 W. Kennewick Ave., starting July 7.

Go to www.misstricities.org for more information.

Miss Tri-Cities:

-- Stefanie Maier, 19, of West Richland. Maier's platform is early awareness of children with reading disabilities. She attended Richland High School and is a junior at Columbia Basin College, studying to be an elementary education teacher. Talent: dance and jazz.

-- Annabeth Guzman, 18, of Pasco. Her platform is "teaching young women to love their body." She is a student at Delta High School, and she aspires to become a nurse practitioner. Talent: poem recitation.

-- Hayley Foraker, 21, of Pasco. Her platform is science education for young girls. She attended Hanford High School and CBC, and attends Virginia's Sweet Briar College studying environmental science. Talent: singing.

-- Samantha Brown, 20, of Burbank. Her platform is promoting higher education. She attended Columbia High School and studied at CBC, Chaminade University of Honolulu and Washington State University. Talent: singing Broadway music.

-- Carly Knight, 18, of Connell. Her platform, "Smiles for Cassie," aims to bring a focus to serving the disabled. She graduated from Connell High School and will attend Utah's Brigham Young University. Talent: singing.

-- Whitney Pitt, 18, of Kennewick. Her platform is child abuse awareness and prevention. She graduated from Southridge High School, and will begin studying in the fall at Eastern Washington University to be a pediatric nurse. Talent: pop vocals.

-- Kassidee Ellis, 20, of West Richland. Her platform is "Attendance Matters." She is a graduate of Hanford High School. She attended CBC and will begin studying political science at Eastern Washington University in the fall. Talent: dance.

-- Nakiya Belford, 21, of West Richland. Her platform is Crohn's disease and colitis awareness. She attended Hanford High School, and is studying biological sciences at Washington State University. Talent: singing.

-- Katelyn Coomes, 22, of Kennewick. Her platform is community service involvement. She is a student majoring in elementary education at CBC, and graduated from Southridge High School. Talent: dance.

-- Kelsey Warner, 19, of Kennewick. Warner's platform is inspiring music education. She graduated from Southridge High School, and attends CBC and Boise State University. Talent: classical vocals.

Miss Tri-Cities Outstanding Teen:

-- Alaina Pier of Kennewick. Her platform is providing ways for children to support cancer patients. She attended Desert Hills Middle School, and she dreams of composing and producing music. Talent: gymnastics and contemporary dance.

-- Salina Thomas of Pasco. Her platform is providing positive role models to children and teens. She attends Chiawana High School, and she wants to become an elementary school teacher. Talent: performing monologues.

-- Patricia Sackschewsky of West Richland. She attended Enterprise Middle School and aspires to completing a degree in chemistry. Talent: singing.

-- Taylee Harker of Pasco. Her platform is inclusion through unified sports. She is a student at Chiawana High School, and after graduating she plans to study dental hygiene. Talent: flute.

-- Aubrey Pruneda of Kennewick. Her platform is awareness of eating disorders. Aubrey attended Desert Hills Middle School, and she wants to become a music teacher. Talent: guitar and vocal.

-- Paige Rebstock of Kennewick. Her platform is volunteerism and finding your passion. She attends Southridge High School. Talent: tap dance.

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