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Groovin' for the glory

KINGSTON — Four young women will be getting funky under the starry lights of disco balls this Saturday night at Kingston Junior High as they compete for some highly coveted royalty titles.

The contestants in this year’s Miss Kingston Scholarship Pageant will step back into the 1970s for a couple hours as they work their way toward earning the title of Miss Kingston and scholarship money.

While this year’s disco theme makes the event fun for everyone involved, it’s what the girls take with them from the pageant experience that counts the most, said co-director Allison Morrison.

How to dress appropriately, utilize proper interview skills and act in professional situations are lessons that girls will be sure to use in the future, she explained.

“Girls at this age bracket don’t have anything that offers this,” Moorison said. “There isn’t anything out there to teach them these skills.”

The public will be able to cheer the girls on as they get down and stay alive at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 at KJH.

The Miss Kingston 2004 contestants are:

• Michelle Blesie, 15, a sophomore at North Kitsap High School. She is the daughter of Gary Blesie.

Blesie’s favorite school subjects are English, music and drama. She is active in the drama club, choir and chamber choir program and the Shakespeare club. She has won awards in drama, music, choir and social studies. Blesie also plays the piano, dances and enjoys horse riding and creative writing.

Blesie is a member of the Redeemer United Methodist Church where she teaches elementary school kids and is part of the praise team. She is also a member of the Bayside Community Church youth group and its praise team.

Blesie’s plans for the future include attending Julliard School of the Performing Arts and pursuing a career in music and theater.

Her sponsors are Dr. Beaulieu DDS, Northstar Sportswear, Kingston Frame Shop and Cuppa Bella, Kingston Thriftway and Subway, Kingston Lumber, Bank of America and J’aime Les Crepes.

• Breona Johnson, 17, a senior at North Kitsap High School. She is the daughter of James and Annette Johnson.

Johnson’s favorite subjects in school are English and history. She is an honor roll student and has won awards for academics and attendance. Johnson has lettered in varsity track and is involved in the DECA club and the teenage Rotary group, Interact Club. She also volunteers with Physio Phood Pharm, which donates its food to a Redmond food bank.

Some of Johnson’s hobbies include dancing, photography, skiing and track. Her special interests are fashion, modeling, design and law. Johnson works for Papa Murphy’s in Kingston.Johnson’s plans for the future include attending the University of Washington and majoring in business, then going to law school to be a corporate lawyer.

Johnson’s sponsors are Anchor Chiropractic, Bim Prince with Edward Jones Investments, Kingston Auto Shop, Fred Hill Materials, Independent Cabinets, Premier Rentals and TYCECO.

• Heidi Nicks, 17, a senior at North Kitsap High School. She is the daughter of Jim and Jill Nicks.

Nicks’ favorite subjects in schools are biology, English and choir. She is an honor roll student, has won awards in academics, was Student of the Month and was on the Principal’s List.

She was elected a senior senator and is involved in Habitat for Humanity, NK Jazz Choir and the Drama Club.

Nicks’ interests include acting, singing, dancing, ballet, performing and skiing.

She volunteers Mondays and Wednesdays with the North Kitsap Special Olympics Swim Team and works at the North Kitsap Community Pool as a lifeguard. She is also a member of St. Olaf’s Catholic Church.

Nicks’ plans for the future include attending Western Washington University to become a physical therapist.

Nicks’ sponsors are Poulsbo RV, Kendall and Melanie Mohler, Grandy Marble and Tile, Stan Palmer Construction, First Federal Savings and Loan, Jan Zufelt with John L. Scott and Tom Clifford with Countrywide Home Loans.

• Lindsey Raymond, 16, a junior at North Kitsap High School. She is the daughter of Gene and Kathy Raymond.

Raymond’s favorite subjects in school are English, art, choir and social studies. She is involved in high school select choir and jazz ensemble.

Raymond’s hobbies include singing, acting and dancing. She has won several awards for her performances in several local dramas and in local talent contests.

During the 2004 Tiny Town, she performed and was a co-emcee.

She is an assistant director for the Kitsap Children’s Musical Theater.

Raymond’s special interests include music, acting, writing poetry and learning new forms of art.

Her plans for the future are to go to Olympic College for two years, then transfer to a university to major in English. She then wants to attend law school at the University of Hawaii.

Raymond’s sponsors Terhune Homes, EHL Insurance, Olympic Wiring, Central Market, JB Concrete, Pizza Factory and Kocourek Construction.

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