February 1, 1999
Morgan Greenwood, a senior at Woodinville High School, competed Jan. 17-20 at the Washington State Junior Miss program in Pullman where she was selected fourth runner-up.
America's Junior Miss is a nationwide scholarship competition held at the local, state, and national levels for high school junior and senior girls. The program seeks to recognize, reward, and encourage excellence among young people by focusing attention on the achievements of outstanding college-bound young women and by presenting scholarships to top honorees.
Morgan won in the judges' interview category. "I was asked to tell what I knew about Boutros Boutros Galli, Bob Livingston, Trent Lott, and Slade Gorton, and diplomacy in general," Morgan explained. "They also wanted my opinions about President Clinton's impeachment and whether or not high schools should be held accountable for sexual harassment on campus. And then they asked me to sell them on my community."
"The most difficult category was presence and composure. We were each asked a different on-stage impromptu question. It was a bit nerve-wracking being alone on stage with a microphone in front of a thousand people, so it was particularly rewarding to not fall flat on my face," she said. "It was definitely a positive learning experience and I know I'll be a better speaker because of it."
Other judging categories included scholastic achievement and performing arts. Morgan played Beethoven's "Pathetique" on the piano.
"I was initially attracted to the Junior Miss Program for the scholarship opportunities, but after my week at the state competition, I realize my real rewards are personal growth and experience I'll never forget," Greenwood said. "I made lasting friendships with some outstanding girls from all over the state and got to experience the challenge of competition in something I believe. The scholarships I received were just icing on the cake, but then again, I've always liked icing."