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FIVE YOUNG WOMEN NAMED TO AZALEA FESTIVAL COURT

Five Brookings-Harbor High School seniors have been named to the 2002 Azalea Festival Court.

The young women will compete in a May 4 scholarship pageant in which one of them will be chosen queen of the Azalea Festival.

Chosen for the court were Bobbie Jo Carter, Michele Fugere, Erin Gardner, Danielle Lawrence and Iris Wraith.

The Azalea Scholarship Pageant Board made the selections after interviews with 10 applicants Monday night. I wish we could just have two courts, said one board member after the interviews. They would all do well.

The members of the court will embark on six months of training and rehearsals for the pageant, as well as appearances to promote the communitys Azalea Festival, which is held through the Memorial Day weekend.

The pageant provides college scholarships for the members of the court, depending on the proceeds from the event.

Bobbie Jo Carter is the daughter of Bo Carter and Kathleen Carter, and hopes to use Reserve Officer Training Corps participation to study accounting, law or criminology.

I wish to be a role model for kids in the community, and present my ideas and goals in hope to inspire more leadership among students, Carter said in applying for the court.

At BHHS, she has been active in cross country, leadership class, National Honor Society, the speech and debate team, and Key Club. She has a 3.7 GPA. Her hobbies include poetry, rock climbing, shopping and volunteering in the community, and she works part-time in the marketing department of Chetco Federal Credit Union.

Michelle Fugere is the daughter of Robert and Denise Fugere, and plans to study for work in teen ministry.

I have always looked up to the girls on (Azalea) court, Fugere said in her application. Id like to meet more people in the community and gain close friendships with the other girls on court as well.

At BHHS, Fugere carries a 3.0 GPA, participated in cheerleading for two years, and was named outstanding student in Earth/space class. She is involved in the Nazarene Church youth group, and works part-time at Dutch Brothers Coffee. Her hobbies include singing, playing football and bodyboarding.

Erin Gardner is the daughter of Sterling and Angela Gardner, proudly pointing out that she is the sixth generation of her family to live in the area, with Tolowa Indian roots that go back even further.

Living in Brookings all my life, the Azalea Festival has been an important tradition within my family and community, Gardner said in her application for the court.

With a 3.543 GPA, Gardner plans to study mathematics and art at the University of Oregon.

At BHHS, she has been active in leadership, dance team, Key Club, student council, chamber of commerce Junior Ambassadors, and Odyssey. She represented Coos-Curry Electric Cooperative at Youth Energy Summit 2001 in Washington, D.C.

Her favorite hobby is creating glass beads.

Danielle Lawrence is the daughter of Harry and Marilyn Lawrence, and plans to study pre-medicine at Seattle Pacific University next year.

I have great respect for the (Azalea) court and its role in the community, she said in her application. I know that I will come out a better person for having experienced the true quality the Azalea Court strives to uphold.

At BHHS, Lawrence has a 3.809 GPA, has been a four-year member of the soccer team and participates in National Honor Society. She is a member of the Slugs n Stones family through her job, and has worked as a lifeguard at the Brookings City Pool.

Her hobbies include swimming, going to the beach or up the river, playing piano, art, reading and just having fun with my friends.

Iris Wraith is the daughter of Tom and Lori Wraith, and wants to major in elementary education at an Oregon university.

Ive always wanted to be a member of the Azalea Court because it would be such a great learning experience, Wraith said in her application. Ive also heard wonderful things from past participants.

At BHHS, she carries a 3.95 GPA, and has been active in student government, National Honor Society, softball, volleyball, leadership class and the STARS program. Her hobbies include mentoring, volunteering at the Chetco Community Public Library, and spending time with family and friends.

The scholarship pageant will be at Brookings-Harbor High School Saturday, May 4.

The Azalea Festival, coordinated by the Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce, takes place over Memorial Day weekend, May 24-27.

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