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Nine to compete in Rogue Valley pageant

Nine to compete in Rogue Valley pageant

Nine contestants will compete in this year's Miss Rogue Valley pageant, set April — at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater in Medford.

The winner will go on to take part in the Miss Oregon competition.

Last year's winners in the Rogue Valley pageant claimed scholarships ranging from &

36;250 to &

36;2,000.

Tickets for the pageant, which begins at 7 p.m., are &

36;25 and are available through the Craterian box office at 779-3000.

Also, a silent auction and fashion show dinner is planned in conjunction with the contest.

It is set at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Rogue Valley Country Club.

— Tickets, which are &

36;25 and include dinner,can be purchased from Deb Silva by calling 899-8411 or at the door.

The nine pageant contestants are:

Aspen Gerten, 17, of Central Point, daughter of David and Shannon Gerten. She is a senior at Crater High School, has received the President's Award and is on the honor society and honors list. She participated in the Best Runway Model of the Year in Los Angeles. She will attend Southern Oregon University, majoring in theater arts and psychology. In the talent competition, she will sing.

Caitlyn Lanahan, 18, of Grants Pass, daughter of Donald and Karin Lanahan. She is a senior at St. Mary's School. She received cum laude and magna cum laude honors with distinction and school distinction on the national Latin exam. She is a member of the Junior Classical League and has six varsity letters. She plans to attend Colorado State University, majoring in entomology. In the talent competition, she will perform a dramatic reading.

Mireille Barden, 22, daughter of Chuff and Carolyn Barden of Washington. She is a junior at Southern Oregon University, majoring in theater. She has won several awards for costume design and is planning a display of original designs for the talent competition.

Julia Strickland, 21, of Central Point, daughter of Tom Strickland and Kember Dollrhide. She is a senior at Southern Oregon University, majoring in theater and English. She is a Ford Scholar, Rotary Club Scholar, on the dean's list, a Circle K member and Key Club president. She will sing in the talent competition.

Rachel Wille, 18, of Eagle Point, daughter of Robert and Dawn Wille. She is a senior at Eagle Point High School, where she is a member of the honor society and received the Principal's Academic Award. She plans to attend Johnson and Wales University, majoring in food service management. In the talent competition, she will show a display of her flower arrangements.

Nicole Eells, 18, of Central Point, daughter of Jerry and Julie Eells. She is a senior at Crater High School and has received the leadership scholarship. She plans to attend Rogue Community College, majoring in business. In the talent competition, she will sing.

Cassidie Conaway, 19, of Medford, daughter of Al and Charon Conaway. She is a sophomore at Southern Oregon University, majoring in English. In the talent competition, she will tap dance.

Stephanie Steers, 17, of Medford, daughter of Dennis and Dori Steers. She is a senior at North Medford High School, where she has been involved in student government, cheerleading and the Buddy Program. She plans to attend Oregon Institute of Technology, majoring in dental hygiene. In the talent competition, she will sing.

Cassie Tolman, 19, of Medford, daughter of Robert and Peggy Tolman. She is a freshman at Southern Oregon University, majoring in music. She has performed in the All-State and All Northwest choirs and state solo finals, as well as on American Idol in San Francisco and Los Angeles. In the talent competition, she will sing.