SEASIDE - Twenty-three young women will vie for the Miss Oregon 2006 crown and the opportunity to compete for Miss America.
The women will compete for the $10,000 college scholarship awarded to Miss Oregon 2006, and the opportunity to vie for the Miss America crown. The 60th Miss Oregon Scholarship Program is slated for Sunday through July 1 in Seaside.
The women arrive in Seaside Sunday for a week of events and competition. Interviews with the five judges will be held Tuesday and Wednesday. The interview portion of the competition is not open to the public.
Preliminary competition begins June 29 and continues June 30 at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center. Half the women perform the talent portion June 29, while the other half compete in swimwear and evening gown. The competitions are reversed for the June 30 evening program.
The top 10 finalists will be announced during competition July 1. Women earning a spot in the top 10 will perform all three competitions - talent, swimwear and evening gown - during the program. The evening will culminate with the crowning of Miss Oregon 2006.
Preliminary and final on-stage competitions are open to the public. Tickets are on sale and available at the Convention Center, 738-8585.
Miss Oregon 2005 Lucy Fleck will be on hand for the preliminary and final festivities. Katie Harman (Miss Oregon 2001, Miss America 2002) will perform Saturday in a benefit concert at the Convention Center.
In addition to the competition for the 60th Miss Oregon, 10 young women will compete for the title of Miss Oregon's Outstanding Teen. Katie Ericson is the reigning Miss Oregon Outstanding Teen.
See Friday's edition for teen contestants.
Heidi Rickey, Miss Portland, of Beaverton, 23, attends Portland State University where she hopes to obtain a juris doctorate and enter the Army Judge Advocate General's Corps. Her platform is coalition of troop support and her talent is vocal performance. She will perform "America the Beautiful."
Miss City of Sunshine
Stephenie Denise Steers, Miss City of Sunshine, from Klamath Falls, 19, graduated from North Medford High School, attended Rogue Community College and attends the Oregon Institute of Technology where she is studying to be a dental hygienist. Her platform is "Character: Foundation for a Strong Future" and her talent is Broadway vocal.
Miss Emerald Valley
Robyn Southard, Miss Emerald Valley, of Ridgefield, Wash., 21, graduated from Ridgefield High School and is pursuing a degree in sociology and religious studies at Willamette University. She plans to obtain a graduate degree and create and operate her own business. Her platform issue is "Volunteerism: Improving America through Community Service" and her talent is classical vocal.
Meagan Rose Hall, Miss Prineville, of Prineville, 18, hopes to pursue a career in business management. Her platform issue is building self-esteem through volunteerism and her talents include singing, acting and dancing.
Miss Klamath County
Danijela Krstic, Miss Klamath County, of Portland, 22, graduated from Sunset High School and has attended Portland State University and the Oregon Institute of Technology in pursuit of a master's degree in public health education. Her goal is to work with organizations that focus on reducing tooth decay. Her platform issue is "Fight for Healthy Smiles" and her talent is belly dance.
Miss Washington County
Alisha Mae Moadab, Miss Washington County, of Portland, is a second-year medical student at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine preparing for a career providing primary medical care for her community and abroad. Her platform issue is "Nutrition for Health" and her talent is Middle East belly dance.
Miss Southern Oregon
Shaun Marie Willard, Miss Southern Oregon, from Grants Pass, 19, graduated from Grants Pass High School and attends Rogue Community College where she is pursuing a degree in early childhood education. Her interests include speaking and writing, and she intends to pursue a career in the ministry working with children. Her platform issue is "Encouraging Premarital Abstinence" and her talent is lyrical jazz dance.
Miss Coos County
Tracey Schultz, Miss Coos County, of North Bend, 18, graduated from North Bend High School and plans to attend Oregon State University to obtain a degree in history and secondary education. She plans to become a high school history teacher. Her platform issue is "Skin Cancer Awareness" and her talent is dance.
Miss Rogue Valley
Aspen Gerten, Miss Rogue Valley, from Central Point, 20, is majoring in forensic psychology at Southern Oregon University where she has been on the Presidential Honors List. She aspires to work as a forensic psychologist in the social service field. Her platform issue is promoting the importance and opportunities of volunteerism and her talent is vocal performance. She will perform "Not for the Life of Me."
Miss Clackamas County
Sarah Charlotte Bellamy, Miss Clackamas County, of Oregon City, 22, attended Clackamas Community College, where she pursued a degree in nursing, and now attends Portland State University majoring in English/writing. She hopes to obtain a doctorate in nursing practice and to become involved in foreign relief nursing. Her platform is "AIDS Among Us" and her talent is the flute. She will perform the flute solo from "Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, 1st Movement" by Mozart.
Miss Metro East
Joy Ponsness, Miss Metro East, from Gresham, 22, graduated from Gresham Union High School. She attended the University of Oregon and now attends Portland State University. She hopes to pursue a career as a special agent on the drug task force and to become an official spokesperson for the Drug Enforcement Administration. Her platform issue is "Youth Substance Abuse: A Call for Community Action" and her talent is lyrical ballet.
Miss Mount Hood
Carmen Denman, Miss Mount Hood, of Clackamas, 20, graduated from Central Catholic High School and attends Oregon State University Honors College majoring in biology with a minor in Spanish. She aspires to become a bilingual pediatrician. Her platform issue is awareness and support for people with intellectual disabilities and her talent is violin performance.
Miss Crook County
Rabecah Miller, Miss Crook County, of Prineville, 18, graduated from Crook County High School and plans to attend Boise State University in Idaho to major in law and business management. Her platform is reducing underage drinking, and her talent is vocal performance. She will perform "Walking After Midnight."
Miss Clatsop County
Kaya McGrath, Miss Clatsop County, of Seaside, 18, attends Clatsop Community College majoring in musical theater and music-voice performance in the hope of pursuing a successful career in the performing arts. Her platform is helping abused and forgotten children become the leaders of tomorrow, and her talent is vocal performance. She will perform "Angel."
Miss Columbia County
CC Barber, Miss Columbia County, from Scappoose, 19, graduated from Scappoose High School and attends Mills College where she hopes to obtain a degree in nursing with a specialty in neonatology. Her platform is "Aiding Children and Families of Foster Care/Improving the Foster Care System" and her talent is dance.
Miss Josephine County
Cassandra Tolman, Miss Josephine County, of Medford, 21, graduated from Phoenix High School and attends Southern Oregon University, where she is majoring in music performance and music education. Her platform issue is the importance of organ and tissue donation and her talent is classical singing.
Miss Lane County
Brittany Ewalt, Miss Lane County, from Milwaukie, 20, graduated from Rex Putnam High School and attends the University of Oregon, where she hopes to obtain a doctorate degree in pediatric physical therapy. Her platform is promoting programs for children with Down syndrome and her talent is vocal performance. She will perform "Big Time."
Miss Willamette Valley
Donilee Marie McGinnis, Miss Willamette Valley, of Scappoose, 24, graduated from Arts & Communication High School and attends Portland State University in pursuit of a bachelor's degree in communications and a master's degree in journalism. Her platform issue is "Autism: Advocacy and Awareness" and her talent is tap dance.
Miss Lincoln County
Nichole Mead, Miss Lincoln County, from Newport, 18, graduated from Newport High School and will attend Portland State University where she hopes to major in child psychology and attain a doctorate in psychology. Her platform is prevention of teenage alcohol abuse through education and her talent is lyrical interpretive dance.
Alisi S. Mara, Miss Cascade, of Milwaukie, 24, graduated from Milwaukie High School, attends Clackamas Community College and wants to become a recording engineer. Her platform issue is "Improving Literacy in Today's Youth Through S.M.A.R.T." and her talent is vocal performance. She will perform "Orange Colored Skies."
Miss Marion-Polk County
Leslie Lee Summers, Miss Marion-Polk County, from Salem, 24, graduated from Western Oregon University and hopes to work as a counselor for young people after obtaining her master's degree. Her platform is "Cancer Doesn't Discriminate: Breast Cancer Education and Awareness Despite Age and Gender" and her talent is vocal performance.
Miss Douglas County
Carol Kristine Pecorilla, Miss Douglas County, of Roseburg, 19, graduated from Roseburg High School and attends the University of Oregon where she is pursuing a master's degree in documentary photography and journalism. Her platform issue is awareness and prevention of homelessness and her talent is piano. She will perform the piano solo "Maleguena."
Tarah Roberts, Miss Tri-Valley, from Sutherlin, 20, is studying speech communications in preparation for a career in public relations. Her platform is S.M.A.R.T. (Start Making A Reader Today), and her talent is vocal performance.