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Fifteen teenagers will compete in Humboldt County’s Junior Miss scholarship program on Saturday, April 3, at the Winema Theater in Scotia. The program begins at 7 p.m. and the public is invited and encouraged to attend.

This year’s contestants include Fortuna High School students Brianna Brown, Lindsey Estes, Kimberlee Ponci, Brianna Thompson, Korin Forsell, Matalie Church-Nyberg, Caitlin Moore, Anabel Urbina, Katie Dominguez, Taylor Ross, and Kelsie Burnside; Arcata High School students Briana Cavinta and Caitlin Conners; Eureka High School student Kaitlyn Chorbi; and St. Bernard’s High School student Simone Mello.

The winner will be selected as Humboldt County’s Junior Miss and will go on to compete in the California Junior Miss program, an official preliminary of the America’s Junior Miss scholarship program. This year the local participants will share in more than $4,000 in college scholarships.

The title of Humboldt County’s Junior Miss is currently held by Fortuna High School senior Ariana Ananda.

The categories in which each contestant is evaluated are scholastics, interview skills, talent, fitness, and self-expression.

The program’s goal is to honor young women who excel in all these areas and to encourage them to continue on the path of excellence by completing their college educations and assuming roles of leadership in their communities and professions; thereby becoming role models and setting examples for other young women to follow.

Tickets are available in Fortuna at Cornerstone Realty, in Eureka at NorthWest Insurance Agency or at the door. All ticket proceeds will be used toward the scholarship money.

Local sponsors and contributors include Fortuna Kiwanis, Jan’s Photography Studio, Town of Scotia LLC, Scotia Inn, Humboldt Deputy Sheriff’s Organization, and many other businesses and individuals. For more information about the Junior Miss program, visit www.ajm.org or call Lisa Losey at 599-9992.

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