Juniors in high school took part in the 21st annual Oakdale Junior Miss program, sponsored by Soroptimist International of Oakdale, last weekend.
Ten young women participated, with the opportunity to win $5,900 in scholarships. In addition to the Junior Miss award, $2,500, there are seven category awards and runner-up awards of $200. Soroptimist International of Oakdale sponsors the Junior Miss scholarship; all others are sponsored by businesses, service organizations and individuals in the Oakdale community.
The title of Oakdale's Junior Miss for 2009 went to Rupali Mahida, who also was awarded the scholastic, interview and community service scholarships. Taylor Steves was awarded second place and the self-expression award. Whitney Smith was third place; Chelsea Ozbirn was fourth place and won the talent and fitness awards; and Tiana Teague was fifth place. The Spirit award went to Aimee Wong.
Ellianna Matthews, a junior at Escalon High School, will be in a prom fashion show in San Francisco on Saturday.
She attended a tryout for potential models along with some 300 other teens last month. She was chosen to take part in the show by judges from Macy's, Seventeen Magazine and Ford Models.
The 16-year-old has no experience as a model, but her mother said: "Like every teenage girl, that has been her dream."
Ellianna will attend a model's orientation and fitting after school in San Francisco this week. The show will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the juniors department of Macy's, 170 O'Farrell St., San Francisco. The event also includes mini-makeovers, gift bags and expert styling consultations for prom.
Two Modesto high school freshmen have achieved branch honors in the Certificate of Merit music program organized by the Music Teachers Association of California.
Olivia Berumen, a freshman at Enochs High School, and Jack Taylor, a freshman at Downey High School, were among a group of voice students who sang a number of songs, took a music theory test, sight-sang and demonstrated other skills to be considered for the honor.
They will perform at an honors recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday at California State University, Stanislaus, Snyder Hall. Both of the young singers are students of Jose Munoz.
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