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Gifted girls vie for Strawberry Days crown

Staff ReportThe annual Miss Strawberry Days Scholarship Contest is as old as the oldest summer festival in Colorado. According to Frontier Historical Society Archivist Willa Soncarty, the first Miss Strawberry Days Queen, Ruby Clarke, was crowded in 1913. The contest ran until 1917 and then picked up again in 1947 to run continuously until today.Three local young women are awarded a total of $3,000 in college scholarships. The contest is open to valley residents ages 16 to 20 who have never been married or had children. The scholarship award is distributed directly to the recipient’s college of choice in the amount of $1,500 for first place, $1,000 for second and $500 for third.Contest applicants participate in a variety of events before and during Strawberry Days, such as serving ice cream and visiting with residents at Glen Valley Care Center and interviewing with a panel of judges. They also participate in the “Strawberries in Paradise” fashion show, which is open to the public, at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 19, at the Hotel Colorado. There will be fashions from Mona Lisa, Summit Canyon Mountaineering, Confetti Design, Night & Dance, Anderson’s Clothing, Hot Springs Sports Shop, Aspen Valley Harley Davidson, Penney’s, Sunlight Sports, BSR Sports and Dunlap’s. Bob Willey will be joining the 2002 Miss Strawberry Days, Jessie Smith, to announce the winner at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 20, at the main stage in Strawberry (Sayre) Park.The contestants will ride in the Saturday morning parade that begins at 10 a.m. Contest judges include Deb Onorofskie with Mesa National Bank, Vicky Daulton with Mary Kay Cosmetics, John Simmons with the Downtown Development Authority and Rolf Hermanson with Thrivent Financial.Nicole WagnerNicole Wagner will be a junior at Glenwood Springs High School where she carries a 3.89 GPA. She has been on the principal’s honor roll and has received the President’s Academic Achievement Award and a nomination to the “Who’s Who of American High School Students.” Nicole enjoys reading, writing, painting and dancing, as well as playing volleyball, basketball, softball, varsity soccer and varsity track. In addition, Nicole has volunteered for the Carbondale Mountain Fair and Strawberry Days to raise money for the arts and her community. She’s also helped coach softball for young girls for the past three years. Nicole plans to major in English, literature and writing with minors in art and drama at either the University of California Los Angeles or Stanford University. Nicole would like to write professionally. Nicole thanks her sponsor Rocky Mountain Home Loans for helping make her dreams come true.Kalica-Lani SilasKalica-Lani Silas will be a senior at Glenwood Springs High School next year. She has been on honor roll, student of the week, participated in service days and took service learning, a class which helped children with their learning all through the school year. She loves to travel and has been to 49 of the 50 States, as well as Mexico, Canada, Russia, Norway, Sweden, Finland and all around the Arctic Circle. Kalica-Lani loves to read, ice skate and camp. After graduation she plans to attend Fort Lewis College and major in criminal justice. She would like to go to a training camp and become a United States Marshall or another type of law enforcement officer. Kalica-Lani is very happy to have the opportunity to participate in the Strawberry Days event and would like to thank her sponsor The Gym.Erin ColonnaErin Colonna is a 2003 graduate of Basalt High School. She was active on the dance team through high school and her team placed third at the state competition her junior year. Erin received honor cords for both art and English at graduation and a certificate of achievement in fine arts from the town of Basalt. She has helped with the pancake wagon during Basalt River Days and wraps presents for the less fortunate at Christmas. Erin also volunteers at a kids’ dance camp. She plans to attend the Tony and Guy Beauty Academy in Phoenix, Ariz. Erin would like to some day open her own salon. She thanks Colonna Construction for sponsoring her in this event and their support through her life.Maggie Wheeler-BouchardMaggie Wheeler-Bouchard will be a junior at Basalt High School next year. She has received a varsity letter for track and field, has been on honor roll all through high school and has traveled to Denver to appear in a commercial for Bellavita Modeling Academy. Maggie plans to go to college and major in business. She would love to travel to foreign countries, not only to see the sights, but also to aid people. She enjoys wake boarding, running for the schools track, arts and crafts and, of course, shopping! She would like to thank Glenwood Springs Ford for sponsoring her.Alisa TonozziAlisa Tonozzi is a 2003 graduate of Glenwood Springs High School. She was selected to attend high school honor band her sophomore year and participated in solo and ensemble. She was on the high school girls golf team and competed at the regional golf tournament both her junior and senior year. Her junior year she was selected to be on the GSHS cheerleading squad. Her senior year she helped lead the cheerleaders to their first state championship and the traveled to Orlando, Fla. to compete at nationals. The past two years she has volunteered at the MS walk and has spent time volunteering at Castle Valley Children’s Clinic. Her hobbies include snowboarding, horseback riding, water skiing and wake boarding, hiking, golf and playing music on the flute and piano. Alisa plans to attend Colorado State University and will major in chemistry. She would like to thank her sponsor Vicki Lee Green Realty for all of their support.Amy HumbleAmy Humble is an avid skier, swimmer, soccer player and world traveler who enjoys contributing to her community. Her leadership abilities have earned her recognition as president of the student body at Rifle High School. She is a National Honor Society member, chairwoman of the Rifle High School Accountability Committee, a participant in the state mock trial team and captain of both the swim and soccer teams. Amy is now a junior at the University of Colorado, is a member of the Phi Alpha Delta, the pre-law fraternity at CU, and is carrying a 3.8 grade point average. While at CU she participated in the crew team, the Buffs Club Team and earned an internship at the Colorado State Senate this last spring. In addition to her school activities, Amy has helped the community as a rape crisis counselor for three years and helps with the Advocate Safehouse Project. Other volunteer activities include fostering animals for the Humane Society and coaching swimming and soccer. Her educational interests include political science, economics and public interest law. After completing her undergraduate studies she intends to work in the Peace Corps to help African people with the problems created by HIV. Her sponsor is the Springs Downtown Grill.Kristen PfenderKristen Pfendler will be a senior at Glenwood Springs High School next year. Kristen has trained in martial arts and weapons since she was 10 years old and has won two world champion titles and the rank of black belt. She plays clarinet and string bass and has been a member of the Bakersfield Youth Symphony, numerous honor bands, jazz band, marching band and has had the opportunity to travel to Disneyland to perform. Kristen is involved in honors and advanced placement programs maintaining a 3.75 GPA. She earned a seat on the California Scholarship Foundation Board and received a scholarship for being in the top five percentile on the biology section of the California Star test. She has participated with Habitat for Community, Key Club and National Honor Society as well as volunteering her time to teach martial arts. Her goal is to attend college and major in a biology-based field to pursue a career as a marine veterinarian or an orthopedic surgeon. Kristen thanks her sponsor Mesa National Bank for the opportunity to continue these pursuits and achieve her goals of improvement and service.Saylee KerschenSaylee Kerschen is an 18-year-old graduate of Glenwood Springs High School class of 2003. During her senior year she was president of the EPYC’s program and was voted the EPYC’s member of the year in 2002. During high school she was also recognized as the student of the week and was involved in DECA and played basketball. One of her experiences in high school that will always stand out is being a part of the PALS program through Garfield Youth Services. Her interests include basketball, shoe shopping and outdoor activities with friends. Saylee has worked for the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association for five years. She was selected to go to girls state her junior year and is a member of the United Methodist Church. Saylee plans to attend the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley and work on a double major in public relations and elementary education. Saylee thanks her sponsor Mona Lisa.Lindsey WatkinsLindsey Watkins is a 2003 graduate of Basalt High School where she received honor cords for art and English. In the fall she plans to attend the American Institute of Interior Design in Phoenix, Ariz. In high school she was on the Basalt High School Dance Team. One of her hobbies is dancing. As a team, they did many community services. Lindsey loves to paint and hang out with friends in the sun. She thanks Kirk Watkins and Associates, Inc. for sponsoring her in this event.Sarah CorcoranSarah Corcoran is an 18-year-old graduate of Glenwood Springs High School class of 2003. She will attend University of Colorado in the fall and plans on pursuing an education in the fields of business or criminology. For the last four years Sarah has stayed active in the community by volunteering with the Salvation Army, the Soup Kitchen, the Colorado 500 and helped feed the fire fighters during the Coal Seam Fire. Sarah enjoys camping, snowboarding and especially photography. A big thank you to Mauldin Brothers Plumbing for their sponsorship and support.Cassie CarlsonCassie Carlson is a 17-year-old graduate of Glenwood Springs High School. Throughout high school she enjoyed playing soccer, volleyball and basketball. She was also the president of Key Club and the Health Occupation Students of America chapter. Cassie was on the honor roll every year and received the OWL award.She made all-conference during all four years of soccer, along with All State honorable mention and Gatorade Player of the Year. In basketball she received the Sportsmanship award for the Western Slope. Her hobbies include all outdoor activities, a weekly Bible study, sports and just having fun. Cassie will be attending Colorado State University in the fall. She plans to major in psychology with the intent of counseling families. Cassie would like to thank all of the women at The Property Shop, not only for their sponsorship, but also for all of their love and support over the past year.


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