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Miss Kingston contestants ready to take the crown

KINGSTON — Miss Kingston 2006-2007 Paige Woodside will end her reign this month when she turns the crown over to another talented young woman.

It all happens in 10 days, when the Miss Kingston Pageant takes center stage at 7 p.m. Aug. 11 at Kingston Middle School. Four young ladies will grace crowds with their poise, intelligence and beauty as they speak up on issues of local and national importance while showcasing their talents.

Here are this year’s contestants:

• Piper Sellers, 16, will be a senior at North Kitsap High School. She is the daughter of Michael and Tamra Sellers. Her favorite subject is history. She has received an award as the 2007 U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-American. During her free time, Sellers enjoys lacrosse, running and snowboarding. She is hoping to attend the University of Southern California to major in history and a minor in education.

Platform: Global warming awareness.

Sponsors: Barefoot Decks, Kingston Dental, Ralph’s Drywall, Tiz Doors, Harbor Hair Design, Friends and family of Piper and Kingston Premier Rentals.

Chloe Stamper, 16, will be a sophomore at Kingston High School. She is the daughter of Vince and Carrie Stamper. Her favorite subjects are ones that let her express her creative side such as English, art and recording arts. Stamper has received awards in varsity girls’ track and varsity girls’ swim team. During her free time she enjoys playing guitar, cross-country running, track, drawing, painting, biking, writing and photography. She hopes to attend Parsons in New York to major in fashion design and marketing.

Platform: Girls uniting for positive change.

Sponsors: Jay Knode of Kingston John L. Scott, EHL Insurance, Home Appliance, Olympic Wiring, Sentinel Construction, Tom’s Plumbing and West Side Pizza.

Samantha Stricklin, 15, will be a sophomore at Kingston High School. She is the daughter of Wes and Susie Stricklin. Her favorite subject is English, and she enjoys reading different authors. She has received an award for tutoring at Suquamish Elementary School. During her free time, Stricklin enjoys playing the saxophone, writing poetry and reading. She is hoping to attend Idaho State University and major in literature.

Platform: Organize a club for the beautification of Kingston.

Sponsors: Annie’s Accents, Trunnell’s Accounting, Darrin & Michelle Smith, First Federal Bank of Poulsbo, Evergreen Lumber, Kingston Chiropractic, Cuppa Bella, Striebel’s Deli Mart and Winslow Masonry.

Taylor Wall, 16, will be a sophomore at Kingston High School. She is the daughter of Mike and Brenda Wall. Her favorite subject is English. She is the co-captain of the Puget Sound Elite Select Basketball team. During her free time she enjoys singing, writing and playing basketball. Wall hopes to attend the University of Washington and major in business.

Platform: Breast cancer awareness.

Sponsors: Kitsap Credit Union, Jan Zufelt of Kingston John L. Scott, Kingston Thriftway, JB Concrete, Rob Thomas Construction, Bird Electric, Hardware Wholesale, Mattson Construction, Kingston Lumber Supply, Miller Bay Water Company and Superior Cabinets.

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