Two vie to become Federal Way's first Junior Miss

"Two local girls will vie this evening to become Federal Way's first-ever Junior Miss. Danielle Collins, a senior at Federal Way High School, and Katie Schiewetz, a senior at Kennedy High School, will showcase their talents at Federal Way High School.The pair will be judged on scholastic achievement, creative and performing arts, presence, composure and fitness and a judges interview.The winner from the Federal Way event will go on to the Washington State Junior Miss competition.Junior Miss is not a beauty pageant, says event chairwoman Pat Smithson. There are no bathing suits in this, she said. This is about looking at their inner beauty and looking at how they present themselves.The winner of tonight's event will walk away with a $1,000 scholarship; the runner-up will go home with $500.Smithson says the Junior Miss program is an excellent way for girls to enhance their people skills and gain experience in public speaking skills.This is such a good way to get wonderful experience, Smithson said. The contacts and growth they make inwardly is so influential in their lives. They develop leadership and interactions with other people.Both Collins and Schiewetz plan to attend college after high school. During their high school careers, the girls have made significant contributions to their schools.Collins is active in the National Honor Society, a member of her school swim team, active in band and in her church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Federal Way. She hopes to pursue a career in accounting or financial management.Schiewetz, a National Honors Society member, also is a member of her school's French Honor Society. Schiewetz was a member of Kennedy's junior varsity softball team and named most valuable player. She is also active in volunteering through the Giving Tree Program and Christmas House at Steel Lake Church.America Junior Miss is now in its fifth decade. It is the oldest and largest scholarship program recognizing academic excellence among high school seniors in the United States. America Junior Miss has awarded $75 million in scholarships, and more than 700,000 young women have participated in the program at the local, state and national levels.This year's theme is Walking on Sunshine, and is sponsored locally by Federal Way Sunrise Rotary. "

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