Northwest NEWS

August 30, 1999

Valley Special

Local teen competes for Seattle title

   Erica Ann Burch of Duvall was recently selected to participate in Nationals' 1999 Miss Jr. Teen Seattle pageant competition that will take place on Sept. 12. Erica learned of her acceptance into this year's competition as Nationals, Inc. announced their selections last Monday.

   Erica submitted an application and took part in an interview session that was conducted by Thomas DePaula, this year's Seattle Pageant Coordinator, during a meeting on August 15. Erica will be competing for her share of over $20,000 in scholarships, prizes, and specialty gifts that will be distributed to contestants.

   Erica will be competing in the Miss Jr. Teen division, one of five divisions that will have young ladies between the ages of 7 and 23 competing in modeling routines, which include casual wear and formal wear. Most important, Erica will display her personality and interviewing skills while interviewing with this year's Seattle judging panel. Personality is the number one aspect that each contestant is judged on during all phases of competititon.

   If Erica were to win the title of Miss Jr. Teen Seattle, she would represent Seattle and the surrounding communities within a 200-mile radius of Seattle at the National Competition that will take place in Orlando, Florida. Over $60,000 in prizes and awards will be presented at Nationals while each winner enjoys this expense paid trip of five nights and six days in Orlando, Florida.

   Erica, 15, is a sophomore at Cedarcrest High School. She is a member of the Marching and Jazz bands, and plays varsity goalkeeper for the Red Wolves soccer team. She made the honor roll last year. In her spare time, she enjoys soccer, golf, and playing the clarinet.

   There is no cost to Erica for participating in the pageant competition. Community businesses, organizations, and private individuals will assist Erica in participating in this year's competition by becoming an official sponsor to her. Through sponsorship, each contestant receives all the necessary training, rehearsals, and financial support which will allow Erica to become a very confident and well-prepared contestant in this year's Seattle Pageant.

   As a contestant, she is required to obtain sponsorships from businesses to support her entry. All contributions are tax-deductible and each sponsor's name will be listed in the pageant's program.

   Any business, organization or private individual who may be interested in becoming a sponsor to Erica may contact her pageant coordinator, Thomas DiPaula, at 1-800-552-9361.