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Here she might be, Miss America

Katie Harman, Miss Oregon 2001 and Miss America 2002 came from a group of girls and young women just like this one. The Miss Oregon Scholarship Program is a not-for-profit corporation established solely to provide contestants with the opportunity to enhance their professional and educational goals, and to achieve those pursuits with the assistance of monetary grants and awards. This is not just a beauty pageant. While competing for college tuition money, these hopeful young women display their talents, begin public speaking, learn poise, and gain self-esteem.

The Miss Oregon Scholarship Program

Junior Princesses and the Miss Multnomah, Miss Clackamas, Miss Gresham and Miss Mid-Valley contestants gather for a photograph before rehearsals 1. Colette Ralonde 2. Meagan Matton 3. Emily Booth 4.Taryn Allen 5. Jessica Obritschkewitsch 6. Amy Mitzel 7. Lucy Fleck 8. Ali Shropshire 9. Nicole Zoeller 10. Alisi Mara 11. Katie Aiken 12. Joy Ponsness 13. Amy Jacobsen 14. Jessica Carlson 15. Sharitha McKenzie 16. Unidentified 17. Makayla Flowers 18. Zariah Loe 19. Paris Loe 20. Rachael Ryner 21. Sarah Ryner 22. Nicole Norton 23. Kenzie Schumacher 24. Annie Nedelisky 25. Breanna Smith 26. Kyla Ponsness 27. Hannah Held 28. Madelyn Reynolds 29. Jasimine Pettiford 30. Kailee Dove 31. Sammie Long 32. Christina Salisbury 33. Amanda Maben 34. Riley Brown 35. Ciera Vernon 36. Cierra Silva 37. Alyssa Maslen

The 2004 Miss Multnomah-Clackamas Scholarship Program will be held Saturday, March 27 at the Mt. Hood Community College theatre. Four titleholders will be crowned: Miss Multnomah, Miss Clackamas, Miss Gresham and Miss Western Valley. Each titleholder receives $1500 towards tuition at an accredited college or university of their choice. First runners up receive $500. Each of the four titleholders goes on to compete in the Miss Oregon Scholarship Program this July in Seaside where they can earn up to $10,000 in scholarship money. There are five phases to the local competition: Presentation and community achievement in interview, expression in talent, presence and poise in evening gown, lifestyle and fitness in swimsuit, on stage questions. Miss Oregon competes for the title of Miss America. The Miss America organization continues to be the largest scholarship program for women in the world, making over $30 million in scholarships available annually.

For tickets or more information on how to become a participant call Judy Hardy at 503-253-8085, or e-mail Sheryl Ponsness at

The directors of the Miss Multnomah, Miss Clackamas and Miss Gresham scholarship programs have announced an inaugural special benefit luncheon on Sunday, March 14, featuring fun, food and entertainment. Mistress of ceremonies is April Robinson, the reigning Miss Oregon. Robinson will treat guests to a contestant fashion show, coronation of the 2004 Princess Court, where all 24 junior princesses, ages seven to nine, will receive their sashes, tiaras and a $25 savings bond. In addition to the luncheon and entertainment, guests will have the opportunity to bid on special items during a silent auction and a mini oral auction. Auction items include front row Blazer tickets and dinner, Peter Jacobsen autographed golf club and cooler, a Hawaiian luau, a tea party for twelve and a family vacation at Cannon Beach. All proceeds will help fund scholarships for the 2004 contestants.

(left) Junior Princess Jasimine Pettiford asks Miss Multnomah County Pageant chair Judy Hardy (right) a question while Miss Multnomah County contestant and Parkrose High School student body vice president Nicole Zoeller (middle) looks on.

The luncheon begins at 1 p.m. at the Monarch Hotel 12566 S.E. 93rd Ave. in Clackamas.

For more information or to reserve a seat or a patron table, call Julie Fleck at 503-771-6220. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children age 10 and under. A patron table seating ten is $300.

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