Soroptimist International of Oakdale will once again host the Oakdale Junior Miss Scholarship Program on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. The event will be hosted at the Magnolia School Auditorium. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children and students. Tickets will be available at the door.
This year, 16 Oakdale High School juniors have dedicated their time and energy in hopes of being named Oakdale’s Junior Miss 2011. Close to $7,000 in scholarship money will be awarded to the participants on Feb. 27 and the girl named Oakdale’s Junior Miss will travel to Bakersfield in August to participate in California’s Jr. Miss 2011 Program.
This week, we profile eight of the participants, going in alphabetical order. Look for the remaining eight candidates in next week’s issue of The Leader, Feb. 17.
Katelyn’s interest in biology and her father’s occupation as an equine veterinarian has inspired her to attend U.C. Davis and study to become a veterinarian. She currently works as a veterinary assistant. Katelyn plays soccer for OHS and also plays on a competitive team. She has earned her Academic Block O and participates in the Interact Service Club, Art Club, Link Crew, and is a member of the California Scholarship Federation. Katelyn attends St. Mary’s Church and enjoys playing the piano as well as art. Mike and Nancy Adian are the proud parents of Katelyn.
Becoming a Social Worker and helping others is where Cassandra sees herself after attending Fresno, Stanislaus or Sacramento State. She would like to give back a little of what has been given to her. While at OHS she has been a member of Link Crew. Cassandra has been participating in cheerleading since the 7th grade and also sings. Wishing her the best every step of the way are her parents Leo and Tammy Alvarez.
Lauren would like to attend Point Loma Nazarene University and major in Psychology and help people overcome struggles and situations. Out of the classroom she is ASB Relations Commissioner, a member of S Club and Link Crew. Lauren is also on the Water Polo team and was on the basketball and swimming teams. Through her church she is active in Refuge Youth Ministries, sings in the choir, plays drums in the Worship band and is a member of their Relay for Life team. When free time comes her way she plays drums and likes to do scrapbooking. Lauren’s parents are Thomas and Suzan Boster.
Kellie is an active young woman with varied interests. In addition to participating in soccer, cross country and drama, Kellie participates in the OHS choir serving as section leader and has participated in the Y.E.S. Company (Youth Entertainment Stage) including their Ambassadors and Mentoring Programs and the Modesto Honor Choir. Kellie has taken singing lessons as well as art classes at Columbia College. She belongs to many clubs including the International Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Gay Straight Alliance Club and Model United Nations. Kellie plans to attend the University of California at Santa Cruz and study Primatology. Her parents are Steve and Barbara Brodie.
Pursuing a career as a Psychologist, Jacelyn would like to attend BYU, Idaho. Jacelyn has participated in Drama, and played on the Tennis Team at OHS. A highlight for Jacelyn while attending OHS was her trip to New York with the Drama Class. Playing the piano, creative writing and Community Theater fill her days when she is not in school as well as babysitting. She is the daughter of Timothy and Cindy.
Living on the East Coast, West Coast, and in between, traveling on school-sponsored trips to Australia and Fiji, mentoring young children in the Y.E.S. (Youth Entertainment Stage) Company’s Kids and Kidettes programs, are all experiences Carmenne can use in her career as an elementary school teacher. Carmenne plans to attend Stanislaus State University after graduation from OHS. She is active in cheerleading and takes ballet, jazz, tap, and modern dance. Carmenne has shared her gifts of singing and dancing in her community performing with the Y.E.S. Ambassadors, her church choir, and many dance performances. Carmenne’s parents are Clayton Corbiser and Angela Espinosa.
Lauren is a newcomer to the Oakdale community and is enjoying her first year at OHS. At her previous school, Lauren participated in 4H and FFA as well as cheerleading and soccer. In her short time at OHS, Lauren has wanted to become more active and through Junior Miss she is doing just that. Lauren’s favorite school subject is art. Although her college choice is undecided at this time, Lauren plans to become an X-ray technician because of her interest in the human body and its bones and body parts that allow us to function in our day-to-day lives. Lauren is a member of St. Mary’s Church and has participated in the Radiate Youth Group. She enjoys singing, dancing, and acting. Offering Lauren support are her father Mark Davis and stepmother Jennifer Persons.
Attending Cal Poly and becoming a teacher are Elise’s plans for the future. Elise has been a member of the OHS Tennis Team since her freshman year and was named as a member of the 1st team all league this year. In addition to tennis Elise is a member of Link Crew and is junior class publicist and a member of the Youth Group at Live Oak Church. Elise spends her free time playing guitar and doing gymnastics. David and Darlene Derby are her parents.