Twelve young women vie for titles and Junior Court gears up to make its appearanceSEASIDE - Twelve young women will vie for the title of Miss Clatsop County 2004 during competitions scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center.

Two crowns, Miss Clatsop County and Miss North Coast, will be awarded locally, with the winners moving on to the Miss Oregon competition in July. The Miss Clatsop program, now in its 54th year, is an official precursor to the Miss America Pageant, the world's largest private scholarship program for women.

According to pageant officials, more than $9,600 in scholarships will be awarded - $2,000 to each title holder and $1,000 to first runner-up. The remainder of scholarship money will be awarded in various categories. The women will compete in talent, interview, physical fitness and evening gown competitions, with the bulk of the emphasis placed on the talent and interview portions.

The interview portion of the competition is closed to the public, but the talent, physical fitness and evening wear portions are open to the public.

Additional scholarship awards will include Miss Congeniality, talent, nonfinalist and platform. Each participant in the Miss America program must be involved in a platform issue, which combines community service and educational outreach of a top or issue.

Competing are:

Briita BlairBriita Blair• Briita Blair, 22, of Warrenton is senior at Oregon State University majoring in human development family sciences. She plans to attend a graduate program to obtain her masters in elementary education. She works as a barista at Allann Brothers 2nd Street Beanery. She was crowned Miss Scandinavia 2000, is a church youth leader and Bible camp counselor and has traveled to Mexico with Amore Ministries to build houses. For the talent portion of the competition, she will sing. She is the daughter of Tom and Diana Coryell.

Leanne FawkesLeanne Fawkes• Leanne Fawkes, 18, of Seaside is a senior at Seaside High School and plans to pursue a career in international studies. She was a Rotary foreign exchange student, living in France in 2002-03. She works at Dooger's Restaurant in Seaside and enjoys surfing, snow boarding, theater and dance in her spare time. For her talent, she will perform a classical ballet. She is the daughter of Barbara and Fred Fawkes.

Martha FrancisMartha Francis• Martha Louise Francis, 17, of Warrenton, is a senior at Seaside High School and plans to attend Southern Oregon University in Ashland to study art, music and Spanish. She participates in state competitions for track, cross country and soccer, is in an all-state choir, while working for Pacific Way Bakery and Cafe in Gearhart. Her future ambition is to study Spanish in South America and eventually teach in a Spanish-speaking country. She will sing and dance to "All That Jazz" in the talent portion of the competition. She is the daughter of Bruce and Sally Francis.

Bessie-Jane HendryxBessie-Jane Hendryx• Bessie-Jane Hendryx, 22, of Warrenton is enrolled in the nursing program at Clatsop Community College where she hopes to graduate with honors. She is a server at the Sand Trap Bar & Grill and also works at the Seaside Fitness Center. She enjoys being active in the community and participates in a number of sports including, volleyball, basketball and softball. After graduating from college, she would like to move to a larger city and work for a large and busy hospital. For the talent competition, she will sing "Man, I Feel Like a Woman." She is the daughter of Terry and Suzanne Hendryx.

Kira HaukikenziroKira Haukikenziro• Kira Haukikenziro, 19, of Astoria is a student at Pacific Lutheran University, in Tacoma, Wash., where she plans to pursue a nursing career. She is an American Cancer Society volunteer, participated in Upward Bound, and works for SMS Cleaning as an assistant marketing director. She enjoys dancing, four-wheeling, swimming, softball and volleyball. For the talent portion of the competition she will perform a hula dance. She is the daughter of Terry and Tony Cecil.

Caitlyn MillerCaitlyn Miller• Caitlyn Miller, 19, from Seaside is in her second year at Clatsop Community College, studying biology. She plans to obtain a degree from Portland State University in biology and teaching. She enjoys surfing, swimming, water polo, running and spending time with family and friends. She plans a comedic presentation of an original skit for her talent portion of the competition. She is the daughter of Robert and Lucinda Miller.

Rachael O'BrienRachael Nicole O'Brien• Rachael Nicole O'Brien, 18, of Warrenton graduated with honors from Warrenton High School and is a freshman at the University of Oregon in Eugene. Her future plans include majoring in communications, studying in Spain and attending law school. She enjoys working out, dancing, listening to music and going to concerts, volleyball, softball and running. She volunteers at the American Cancer Society and is a volunteer reader for the S.M.A.R.T. program. For her talent, she plans a lyrical ballet. She is the daughter of Michael and Cynthia O'Brien.

JoLee SturgellJoLee Sturgell• JoLee Sturgell, 22, of Warrenton is a 1999 graduate of Warrenton High School and a 2003 Bachelor of Arts double major in psychology and rhetoric and media studies at Willamette University in Salem. Among her hobbies are wakeboarding, snowboarding, dancing and golfing. She has worked as a deckhand on the Surf Scooter charter boat for the past six years and is working as the account executive at Northwest Staffing Resources. She plans to attend business school to earn her masters in business administration in business marketing. Her talent is lyrical ballet. She is the daughter of Dennis Sturgell and Jody Orrell.

Ashley QuaintanceAshley Mae Quaintance• Ashley Mae Quaintance, 19, of Seaside is a 2002 Mount Spokane High School graduate and is enrolled at Clatsop Community College. Future plans include a doctorate degree in biology and a background in marine sciences. She hopes to travel the world and conduct research studies. She enjoys inline skating, walking on the beach, arts and crafts, roller hockey, basketball and softball. She is a Surfsand Resort guest services assistant/front desk host and is involved in the Haystack Rock Awareness Program. For the talent competition, she will perform a French skit. She is the daughter of Susan Quaintance.

Adri-Ann StanleyAdri-Ann Mae Stanley• Adri-Ann Mae Stanley, 23, of Astoria has an Associate in Arts degree in elementary education from Puget Sound Christian College in Mountlake Terrace, Wash. She works for Holland America as a documentation agent. Reading and scrapbooking are two of her favorite hobbies. Among other things, she taught English to students in Hungary, is a volunteer firefighter and auditioned for American Idol. Her ambition is to teach second grade and record her own music. She will sing "I Will Always Love You" for the talent competition. She is the daughter of Clyde and Patrice Stanley.

Heidi Ter HarHeidi Ter Har• Heidi Ter Har, 18, of Gearhart is a 2003 graduate from Seaside High School and is a freshman at the University of Oregon and plans to receive a four-year degree in either business or family and human services. She hopes to work for a major clothing company, then eventually run the family clothing business in Seaside or work for an agency or a prevention program that deals with depression or suicide. She enjoys dancing, horseback riding, cheerleading, water skiing and snow skiing. Lyrical ballet will be her talent. She is the daughter of Peter and D'Lorah Ter Har.

Aimee WhitlockAimee Whitlock• Aimee Whitlock, 20, of Seaside is a 2002 graduate from Seaside High School and is attending Lane Community College in Springfield, majoring in political science. Her future plans include a career in government. Her interests include dancing, singing and theater. She won the talent award in the Miss Clatsop County pageant in 2002. Her talent for the competition is ballet. She is the daughter of Richard and Kirstin Whitlock.

The Saturday evening competition and program are open to the public.

For ticket information, call the Seaside Civic and Convention Center at 738-8585.

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