Nine young women will vie for the Miss Juneteenth crown Saturdayjune 14 in the Gregson Auditorium at Pasco High School.
This year’s contestants include Natajiauna Sparks, Dina Gebretatios, Alexzondria Montgomery, Yaye Sidibe, Kayla Brown, Kristina Wright, Shelbey Coker, Aisha Farah, and Rachel Moore.
Sparks, 15, attends Pasco High and stays involved in DECA and cheerleading. She plans to pursue a degree in elementary education after she graduates. She is the daughter of Marlando and Quontica Sparks of Pasco. She will sing Who Are You by Jessie J at the pageant.
Gebretatios, 15, attends Hanford High, where she is active in sports and music. She hopes to earn a degree in physical therapy one day. She is the daughter of Rahel Sebsibie and Fitsum Gebretatios of Richland. She will play the flute to Josh Groban’s You Raise Me Up.
Montgomery, 15, attends Pasco High, where her interests lie in sports and the Key Club. She plans to study medicine after high school. She is the daughter of Charles and Andrea Montgomery of Pasco. She will sing Say by Patricia Lovely. Sidibe, 17, attends Kamiakin High, where she stays involved with the Science Club, Knowledge Bowl and track team. She plans to study business at Harvard University. She is the daughter of Dielika Kone of Kennewick and Mamadou Sidibe of Mali, West Africa. She will perform a cultural dance from music by Oliver Twist and Kababeleke.
Brown, 16, attends Chiawana High, where her interests outside academics include sports and dancing. She plans to attend Columbia Basin College after high school, then transfer to a four-year college to study nursing. She is the daughter of Dennis Brown and the late Carolyn Brown of Pasco. She will perform a praise dance to Better by Jessica Reedy.
Wright, 16, attends Chiawana High and is a member of the Link Crew and the basketball and tennis teams. She also takes part in the CBC Running Start program. She is the daughter of Juan and Amber Guajardo of Pasco. She will recite the poem 13 by Frankie Reese.
Coker, 16, attends Richland High and is involved with the Leadership and 4-H clubs. She hopes to pursue a degree in criminal psychology after high school. She is the daughter of Lesley Coker and David Clark of West Richland. She will play Christina Perry’s A Thousand Years on violin.
Farah, 18, is a 2014 graduate of Kennewick High, where she was involved in sports as well as the planning committee for after-school programs. She plans to study education at Washington State University. She is the daughter of Ifrah Mohamed of Kennewick. She will perform a cultural dance from her native Somalia.
Moore, 18, is a 2014 graduate of Hanford High, where she was active in drama, sports and color guard. She plans to attend Mills College in California to study nursing. She is the daughter of Monica and Ronnie Moore of West Richland. She will dance to Christina Perry’s Human at the pageant.
The scholarship pageant starts at 6 p.m. Admission is $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Middle and elementary students are $5. Tickets are available at Back Street Hair Salon, 8236 Suite B Gage Blvd., Kennewick.
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