Triton Junior Miss is Saturday

BOURBON — The Triton Junior Miss Program is honoring its 48th year with the theme Mamma Mia Saturday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. Kevin Boyer will return as host for the night in Triton High School’s auditorium. Eleven contestants will compete for the title of the 2012 Triton Junior Miss.
Tickets for the show are being pre-sold by the contestants, and will be available at the door prior to the show, with a cost of $6 per person; children 5 and under are free. The doors at Triton High School’s auditorium will open at 6:30 p.m., with the show to start at 7 p.m.
The Junior Miss Program 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. 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 gowns.
Triton Junior Miss is awarding more than $3,700 in scholarships to the 11 young women from Triton High School. The awards given consist of preliminary awards, Spirit of Junior Miss award, first, second, third, and fourth runners-up, and the 2012 Triton Junior Miss winner. Preliminary awards include the winners in the individual categories of scholastic achievement, fitness, self-expression, and talent. 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 2012 Triton Junior Miss winner will be crowned Saturday evening along with all runners-up.
The winner of Triton Junior Miss 2012 will join other senior girls from across the state to compete for Indiana’s Junior Miss in Kokomo,, in February, 2012. The Junior Miss journey will continue for the winner of the state competition as she will go on to the national competition. The 55th annual America’s Junior Miss National Finals will be in Mobile, Ala., in June, 2012.
The contestants vying for the title of the 2012 Triton Junior Miss include:
• Staci Jo George is the daughter of Mark and Barb George. She is a member of the cheerleading squad, where she has won many awards. She enjoys corresponding with Catherine, a girl from Uganda that she sponsors. She has been president of Future Farmers of America for the past two years. She will be performing a ballet routine to the song “Would You Love Me Anyway” as her talent.
• Jessica Lynn Creech is the daughter of Rick Creech and Sheryl Baxter. Her future plans are to attend Indiana University-Purdue University in Fort Wayne to study photography. Throughout high school, Jessica has been involved in many drama productions, as well as Destination Imagination. She enjoys drawing, painting, and photography For her talent, Jessica will perform a skit-magic act, “Revealing the Tricks.”
• Tayler Crystine Fisher is the daughter of Lee Fisher and Leah Fisher. She has been a member of National Honor Society, Science Club and Spirit Club since her sophomore year. She has volunteered at the women’s shelter and as a student worker in the high school’s office. She enjoys playing tennis, traveling, and playing the piano in her spare time. She will perform “Drops of Jupiter” by Train on the piano.
• Grace Elizabeth Eib is the daughter of Tracy and Lisa Eib. She has been a member of the following clubs all throughout high school: Key Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Art Club, Science Club, and Spirit Club. She volunteers three hours a week as a dance class demonstrator. She was awarded the Chicago Human Rhythm Project Scholarship the past two years. She will perform a tap dance routine to “Sing, Sing, Sing” by Benny Goodman,
• Kendall Nicole Mason is the daughter of Brad and Angela Mason. She has been in dance performing ballet, tap, jazz and modern dances since the age of 4. She has been involved in the student government all four years of high school. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, listening to music and riding roller coasters at Cedar Point. For her talent, she will perform a jazz dance to “Vertigo” by U2.
• Kandace Irene Terry is the daughter of Roger and Denise Terry. Her future plans are to attend Indiana Wesleyan University to become a teacher for Spanish education. Her activities include youth group, marching band, Spanish Club, World Changers and softball. She enjoys crocheting, helping out at church, swimming and riding bicycles in her spare time. Her talent performance will be playing “Colors of the Wind” from Disney’s Pocahontas on the flute.
• Courtney Sue Cripps is the daughter of Vyron and Stacy Cripps. Her future plans are to attend Indiana State University to become a radiologic (X-Ray) technician. She has been a part of 4-H, a member of Junior Angus Association and the cheerleading squad. She spends time volunteering at the Bourbon Fire Department and was even able to help at a fire. She will perform a skit, “Neverland 911” for her talent.
• Melanie Joy Clemens is the daughter of Terry and Julia Clemens. She has been involved in church handbells, softball, 4-H and Fellowship of Christian Students all four years of high school. She has donated to Locks of Love four times. She has spent 15 continuous years studying dance, with tap as her favorite concentration. For her talent, she will interpret the song, “Jesus Calling” by 33 Miles through sign language.
• Katlyn Raean Watson is the daughter of Justin and Susan Watson. Her future plans are to study early childhood sevelopment at Taylor University. Her activities include golf, choir and show choir, football manager and church youth group. She has volunteered by serving the homeless, cleaning the fairgrounds and helping at a consignment auction. She will sing “Blessings” by Laura Love for her talent performance.
• McKinsey Raye Shepherd is the daughter of Bill Shepherd and Kathy and Don Pharis. She volunteers her time at the elementary school and by supporting breast cancer awareness. She has been in 4-H since 2002 and was the Sweepstakes Sportsmanship winner in 2011. In her spare time, she likes to go shopping, show livestock in 4-H and watch movies. Her talent performance will be singing “Bubbly” by Colbie Caillat.
• Lacy Elizabeth Martin is the daughter of Charles Martin and the late Diane Martin. Her future plans are to major in psychology at Indiana University South Bend. She is involved in National Honor Society, Spirit Club, Spanish Club. Science Club, and choir. She volunteers at the Bourbon Public Library and as a Plato Lab tutor. For her talent. she will be singing “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” from Disney’s Cinderella.