14 contestants vie for 2011 Triton Junior Miss title

BOURBON — A special night full of glitz, glamour and flashy entertainment awaits an audience young and old, alike for th Triton Junior Miss Program. Honoring its 47th year the program’s theme “Viva Las Vegas” will dazzle those present for the Saturday, Oct. 2 event which begins at 7 p.m.
Kevin Boyer will return as host for the night in Triton Jr.-Sr.High School’s auditorium and 14 contestants will compete for the title of the 2011 Triton Junior Miss.
The Junior Miss Program is an event of entertainment, friendly competition and is full of scholarship opportunities for high school senior girls. Since its beginning, Junior Miss has awarded young women scholarships for their academic and on-stage performances and each contestant is judged in five categories: scholastic achievement, talent, interview, a fitness routine, and self-expression on stage. Before the show a panel of academic judges tally scores based on each contestant’s GPA, SAT scores, and level of class difficulty. Another panel of judges scores the other four categories. The day of the show contestants spend 10 minutes with the judges for a personal interview. The audience is able to enjoy the 90-second talents from each of the contestants, a fitness routine, and a self-expression portion which highlights the contestants’ grace under pressure.
Each contestant is required to answer a question on stage while in their formal wear. Triton Junior Miss is awarding more than $4,000 in scholarships this year. Awards given consist of preliminary awards, in the individual categories of scholastic achievement, fitness, self-expression, and talent; Spirit of Junior Miss award; first, second, third and fourth runners-up; and the 2011 Triton Junior Miss winner.
The Spirit of Junior Miss award is an award voted on by all contestants and given to the girl who best exemplifies the principles of the Junior Miss Program. The 2011 Triton Junior Miss winner will be crowned by 2010 Triton Junior Miss Morgan McClarnon Saturday evening along with the runners-up.
The winner of Triton Junior Miss 2011 will join other senior girls from across the state to compete for Indiana’s Junior Miss in Frankfort, Ind., in February 2011. The Junior Miss journey will continue for the winner of the state competition as she will go on to the national competition. The 54th
annual America’s Junior Miss National Finals will be in Mobile, Ala., June 2011. National sponsors of America’s Junior Miss include the City of Mobile and Mobile County. National category sponsors are Alabama Power, Encore Rehabilitation, Mobile Gas, Regions Bank, and Wintzell’s Oyster House.
The local show at Triton Jr.-Sr. High School will showcase the talents of the contestants as well as special performances for entertainment including a special guest appearance by Elvis-impersonator, Lon Witham who will bring the Vegas nights to life with his performances throughout the evening.
Contestants striving for the title of the 2011 Triton Junior Miss include the following:
• Erica Denise Beatty, the daughter of Bradley and Erin Beatty. She is the captain of the color guard and enjoys listening to music. Beatty is involved in choir, Trojan Singers and school musicals. Her future plans are to attend the University of Indianapolis and pursue a career in business management. She will be performing Martina McBride’s song, “I Love You” for her talent.
• Hannah Michelle Downing is the daughter of Timothy and Gail Downing. Her future plans are to attend Indiana University and receive a degree in marketing and communications. During high school, Downing has been a part of the basketball, softball and volleyball teams. She was awarded Leading Scorer in volleyball and is the 2009-2010 Outstanding Female Athlete at Triton. Hannah is also involved in National Honor Society, Spirit Club, and the Yearbook Committee. For her talent, Downing will perform a jazz routine to the Moulin Rouge version of “Lady Marmalade.”
• Taylor Raine Mellott is the daughter of Jeff Mellott and Lisa Mellott. She enjoys spending time with her nephews, Trake and Landon, and watching movies in her free time. She is part of the Spanish, science and Spirit Clubs. She would like to attend Purdue University and become an animal caretaker. Mellott will perform the song “All You Wanted” by Michelle Branch for her talent.
• Aubrey Paige Boardman is the daughter of Howard and Tammie Boardman. She is involved in National Honor Society, Key Club, and Art Club. She plans to attend Indiana University to study dentistry. She has won awards for Most Promising Golfer, Golf-Low Average, Golf-Low Putts and the tennis team’s MVP two times. Boardman will paint a self-portrait using acrylic paint and Plexiglass VS canvas for her talent presentation.
• Jodie Lynn Lemler is the daughter of Andy and Connie Lemler. Her future plans are to attend Ball State University to become an elementary school teacher. In high school, she has participated in 4-H, volleyball and FFA. She enjoys sewing, cake decorating and running in her spare time.
For her talent, Lemler will perform a comedy skit called “I Just Don’t Get It.”
• Britney Diane Edington is the daughter of Eric and Linda Edington. Britney plans to attend IU Bloomington to become a doctor or Biology teacher. She has been named Outstanding Student for English, Chemistry, and Algebra II. In her free time, Edington likes to write, draw, and sing.
Her talent performance will be a dance skit using a hula hoop to the song “Boogie Shoes” by KC and the Sunshine Band.
• Nicole Ann Snyder is the daughter of Greg and Judy Johnson and resides with her aunt, Susan Snyder. She is part of the Art Club, Destination Imagination and has been in several dramas and musicals at Triton. Snyder enjoys reading, video games, and being with friends.
Her future plans are to attend Ball State University to pursue a career as a graphic designer. She will be performing “Sick” by Shel Silverstein for her talent presentation.
• Ryley Lynn Cripps is the daughter of Vyron and Stacy Cripps. Her future plans are to attend the University of Southern Indiana and pursue a career in nursing. During high school, Cripps has been a part of the cheerleading and track teams.
She was awarded All American Cheerleader by the Universal Cheerleading Association. Cripps is also involved in choir and is a nine-year 4-H member. For her talent, she will perform “Moon River” as sung by Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
• Aundrea Brooke Sellers is the daughter of Loren and Kim Sellers. She enjoys playing sports and spending time with friends and family in her free time. She is part of the Key Club, choir and Triton Leadership Academy. Sellers would like to attend Purdue University and become a nurse.
She will perform a lip-sync to Aretha Franklin’s song “Think” for her talent.
• Shelby Rose Steinman is the daughter of Kathy Steinman and the late Ken Steinman. She is involved in 4-H, Future Business Leaders of America, softball, and volleyball. She has won awards for first place in Walk/Trot Limited and in Gaited Pleasure for 4-H Horse and Pony.
Her future plans are to attend Ball State University to become a Teacher. Steinman will perform a lip-sync dance to “It’s Gotta Be You” by the Backstreet Boys for her talent presentation.
• Sarah Marie Stichter is the daughter of Steven and Cindy Stichter. Her future plans are to attend Anderson University and become a certified public accountant. In high school, Stichter has participated in basketball, softball and band. She enjoys playing the piano, sports and scrapbooking in her spare time. For her talent, she will be singing and playing the piano to the song, “I’m Holdin’ out for a Hero” from the movie, Footloose.
• Jamie Michelle Yungan-dreas is the daughter of Pamela Yungandreas. She is part of the Yearbook Committee, Spanish Club and band. She is president of the Key Club, as well as president of the senior class. She plans to attend Elon University for music education.
In her free time, Yungandreas enjoys reading, shopping garage sales for bargains and photography. Her talent performance will be a monologue from the movie “V for Vendetta.”
• Ashley Nicole Kann is the daughter of Jason and Nicole Kann. She is involved in after school tutoring and is also an aide at the elementary. Kann is involved in band, track, and cross country.
Her future plans are to attend the Manchester College to become a psychiatrist or elementary teacher. She will be performing a clarinet instrumental titled “Edelweiss” by Richard Rogers & Oscar Hammerstein from the Sound of Music for her talent.
• Irma Raquel Espinosa is the daughter of Jose and Margarita Espinosa. Her future plans are to attend International Business College and study retail management.
During high school, Espinoza has been a part of FFA and Spirit Club. In her free time, Espinosa enjoys writing poetry and songs, singing, and cooking. Her favorite poem is The Raven, by Edgar Alien Poe. For her talent, Raquel will read a poem she has written titled “Beautiful Love.”
Tickets for the show are being pre-sold by the contestants, and will be available at the door prior to the show, for a cost of $6 per person; children five and younger are free. Triton’s Junior Miss is also selling 50/50 raffle drawing tickets. These are available before the show from contestants and also will be sold at the door the night of the show.