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Burrill competes in Miss Oregon event

Emily Alden Burrill, Miss Rogue Valley 2003, will be among the 22 women vying next week for the title of Miss Oregon.

The winner of the week-long scholarship competition advances to the Miss America program, which will be held in Atlantic City, N.J., this September.

Burrill, 17, graduated this spring from Cascade Christian High School. She won the Miss Rogue Valley competition in April at a pageant held at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater in Medford.

The daughter of Kevin and Tamara Litwiller of Medford, Burrill plans to attend Oregon State University in the fall and seek a degree in social work. Her platform is the prevention of child sexual abuse.

Miss America Katie Harman, the first Oregon resident to wear the crown, and Miss Oregon 2002 Brita Stream will take part in the Miss Oregon program.

— The 57th annual Miss Oregon Scholarship Program runs from Sunday through July 12 in Seaside.

The 22 finalists compete for the &

36;10,000 college scholarship awarded to Miss Oregon 2003, and the opportunity to vie for the Miss America crown.

After arriving in Seaside on Sunday, they will spend Monday touring the county and making public appearances. Interviews with the five judges are held Tuesday and Wednesday. The interview portion of the competition is not open to the public.

Preliminary competition begins Thursday and Friday, July 10-11, at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center. Half the women perform the talent portion on Thursday while the other half compete in swimwear and evening gown. The competitions are reversed for the Friday evening program.

The top 10 finalists are announced during competition Saturday evening, July 12. Women earning a spot in the top 10 will perform all three competitions, talent, swimwear and evening gown during Saturday evening's program. The evening will culminate with the crowning of Miss Oregon 2003.

Preliminary and final on-stage competitions are open to the public. Tickets are on sale and available at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center, 503-738-8585.

Along with Burrill, others vying for the 2003 Miss Oregon crown are: Jessica Nelson (Miss Clatsop County), Jennifer Murphy (Miss Southern Oregon), Caroline Pape (Miss Crook County), Kari Virding (Miss City of Roses), Leslie Summers (Miss Emerald Valley), Elizabeth Milimuka (Miss Klamath County), Jennifer Gibson (Miss North Coast), Joy Ponsness (Miss Portland), Lindsey Smith-Sands (Miss Washington County), Lucy Fleck (Miss Metro East), Brook Roberts (Miss Tri-Valley), April Robinson (Miss Multnomah County), Blair Wolfe (Miss Marion/Polk County), Taryn Allen (Miss Metro West), Jacki Wirz (Miss Willamette Valley), Mendy DeLong (Miss City of Sunshine), LeAnn Ford (Miss Josephine County), Emma Desilets (Miss Clackamas County), Blaine Barklow (Miss Coos County), Sarah Hollander (Miss Douglas County ) and Angela Heater (Miss Lincoln County).

Miss Rogue Valley 2003, Emily Alden Burrill, a 17-year-old graduate of Cascade Christian High School, waves to the crowd Friday as she rides in Central Point?s Fourth of July Parade. She will compete in the Miss Oregon Pageant at Seaside this week. Mail Tribune / Roy Musitelli - Mail Tribune Roy Musitelli