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White River teens after Buckley Junior Miss title

Six White River High School students will vie for Buckley’s America Junior Miss honors at 6 p.m. April 18 in the White River High School theatre.

The scholarship program, presented by Buckley Kiwanis, is relatively new to the area, but gathering support. Tickets are $5 per person and will be available at the door starting at 5 p.m.

The six contestants are Brianna McMillen, Roan McQuillen, Chelsea May, Shawna Koon, Katherine Siewart and Brianna Schmidt.

McMillen and Koon are from Bonney Lake, the others live in Buckley.

America Junior Miss has empowered young women by providing scholarships and a life-enhancing experiences at the local, state and national levels for more than 50 years. Every participant enhances her interview skills, learns to speak in public with clarity and conviction, performs before an audience and develops interpersonal relationships with fellow participants and volunteers.

To make a greater impact on young people, American Junior Miss has developed the Be Your Best Self program to teach the importance of staying in school, living by moral and ethical principles, staying healthy and drug free, and becoming involved in the community.

The American Junior Miss evaluation process is made up of five categories: scholastics, interview, talent, fitness and self expression.

The winner advances to the Washington Junior Miss event slated for later in the spring.

Last year, American Junior Miss awarded more than $33 million in scholarship opportunities to young women across the nation. More than 700,000 young women across the nation have participated in America’s Junior Miss at the local, state and national levels.

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