Arts & Entertainment

Contestants to compete in pageants July 18

Elbow elbow, wrist wrist.

The move perfected by the 17 young ladies from the Tri-Cities will be put to work at the Miss Tri-Cities and Miss Tri-Cities Outstanding Teen 2009 pageant on July 18.

Miss Tri-Cities Kyna Harris and Miss Tri-Cities Outstanding Teen Cheyenne Van Tine will crown their successors, and Miss Texas Kristen Blair -- formerly Miss Tri-Cities 2005 -- will make an appearance.

The production also will feature Miss Washington 2009 and Miss Washington Outstanding Teen 2009, along with Kellye Cash, Miss America 1987, as mistress of ceremonies with Richard Rogers.

Contestants will compete in categories that include an interview, talent, physical fitness in swimwear, poise and personality in evening wear and an onstage question to determine the winner. Teens compete in physical fitness in aerobic wear rather than swimwear. Each contestant also must have a platform or cause she will advocate during her year of service.

The 2008 Miss Tri-Cities contestants were awarded more than $20,000 in scholarships. The teen winners will receive scholarships and other prizes and gifts.

"One of the things we've been successful at doing this year is reaching our scholarship goal of $25,000," said Dot Stewart, executive director of the Miss Tri-Cities Scholarship Program.

Though $20 a ticket maybe a bit hard to swallow, Stewart says it's the going rate for other forms of entertainment and the sales ultimately benefit the ladies, who during their campaigns sell tickets and advertisements for the production's program.

"The ticket sales go into our scholarship account," Stewart said.

"It's a great opportunity to help and support the young women in our community to reach their scholarship goals."

The Miss Tri-Cities Outstanding Teen also will compete for the title of Miss Washington Outstanding Teen and the new Miss Tri-Cities will compete in July 2010 for Miss Washington. Winner of the Washington pageants will then go on to compete at Miss America and the Miss America Outstanding Teen Pageants.

Miss Tri-Cities contestants are Jerrica Fowler, 19, of Kennewick; Rayann Van Beek, 21, of Outlook; Alyssa Fennell, 23, of West Richland; Stacy Graham, 20, of Kennewick; Rachel Lechelt, 20, of West Richland; Rebecca Spaniel, 19, of Kennewick; Alexandra Jackson, 18, of Kennewick; Adrienne Bousquet, 17, of Prosser; Patsyanna Morgan, 18, of Richland; Grace Newhouse, 19, of Kennewick; and Nicole Brown, 22, of Kennewick.

This year's Miss Tri-Cities Outstanding Teen contestants are Taylor Gordon, 13, of Pasco; Wynteria Lyons, 14, of Kennewick; Samantha Brown, 14, of Burbank; Ashley Davis, 16, of Pasco.; Amanda Olson, 13, of Kennewick; Paris Wilson, 15, of Richland.

The production, themed "We've Got the Music," starts at 7 p.m. at the Art Fuller Auditorium at Kennewick High School, 500 S. Dayton St.

Tickets are $20 and are available by phone at 547-0495, or at JD's Time Center, 105 W. Kennewick Ave. in Kennewick.