Seven seek SK Junior Miss title

A local pageant that has featured young girls demonstrating talents as diverse as bassoon playing to tributes to the late “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin will be held tonight at Marcus Whitman Junior High School.

Starting at 7 p.m., the South Kitsap Junior Miss pageant will feature seven local girls vying for the title during the pageant’s 8th year.

Last year, 21 contestants competed for the $1,000 scholarship given to the winner, along with $100 for the winner of each individual category, which includes scholastics, interview, physical fitness and self-expression, along with talent.

This year’s contestants are:

• Rebecca Schenkelberg, the daughter of Shaun and Amy Schenkelberg of Port Orchard. Schenkelberg is a junior at South Kitsap High School, where she enjoys cheerleading and acting. She is the lead dancer and choreographer for KidStuff, and dances with Port Orchard’s Gallery School of Music and Dance. She hopes to attend Concordia University in Portland and become an early childhood educator. Her talent will be dancing.

• Kayla Rochelle, the granddaughter of Teresa Lipsey of Olalla. Rochelle volunteers at the Kitsap Humane Society, and has completed more than 500 hours of service to her community. She hopes to attend a community college and Oregon State University, eventually becoming a mental health professional. Her talent will be playing the piano.

• Lilya Berlina, the daughter of Donnie and Irena Francis of Port Orchard, is a junior at SKHS, where she serves as Junior Class president, a varsity cheerleader for both football and basketball and was named best female athlete — she participates in fast pitch, tennis and basketball. She hopes to attend Stanford University, and become a mathematician, dentist, actress or producer. Berlina’s first language is Russian, and her talent will be poetry in English, French and Russian.

• Katelynn Miller, the daughter of Todd and Kathy Miller of Port Orchard. She is a junior at SKHS, where she is an ASB senator, a football cheerleader and is on the honor roll. She danced at Just For Kicks and was captain of her 9th-grade drill team. She hopes to become a doctor, but has not chosen a school. Her talent will be dance.

• Megan McCormick, the daughter of Brenda McCormick and the late Frederick McCormick. A junior at SKHS, she sings with the Highlighters and Chamber Choir, and plays the oboe with the Bremerton Symphony Youth Orchestra. She is also part of the Alegro dance troupe at Just for Kicks school of dance, and the Port Orchard Theatre Company as a singer and actress. She plans to attend New York University and hopes to become either a surgeon or an actress and singer. Her talent will be singing.

• Amanda Dixon, the daughter of Steve and Cindy Dixon of Port Orchard. A junior at SKHS, she is in the school’s sign choir. She is also a leader for her church’ Girls Youth Camp, and has helped her with many community service projects. She plans to attend Brigham Young University in Hawaii, and hopes to become an early childhood educator.

• Marissa Freed, the daughter of Patricia and Justin Freed of Port Orchard. A junior at SKHS, she is a varsity cheerleader for football and basketball, and sings for the Highlighters and Chamber Choir. She serves as a teacher’s assistant at Hidden Creek Elementary School and an assistant at Bethel Animal Hospital. She hopes to attend the University of Washington or Washington State with the goal of becoming a pediatrician and actress or artist. Her talent will be singing.

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