Eight vie for 2014 Distinguished Young Woman title

Program is this Saturday, April 20

Eight Aberdeen High School junior girls will be competing for Aberdeen’s Distinguished Young Woman title for 2014. The girls are April Beck, Priscilla Villegas, Isela Carrillo, Aspen Poulson, Shelbey Warren, Kamille Foster, Kira Shelman and Marissa Andersen. All eight girls are featured in this week’s edition of The Aberdeen Times.

The program, formerly known as Junior Miss, will be held Saturday, April 20, at 7 p.m. in the Aberdeen Middle School gymnasium. Tickets are available in advance from any of the contestants or they can be purchased at the door. Tickets are $8 per person.

April Beck

April Mariah Beck, daughter of Brian and Flor Beck, is the youngest child of two, having one older sister, Brooke, 20. She wants to attend University of Hawaii to become a marine biologist after she graduates high school. She has been involved in the Cool To Be Kind program, the high school golf team for two years, cheerleading and varsity club for three years. She was named the best welder in her class, received the individual District Golf Champion award in 2011 and 2012 and placed fourth in Individual Golf State Champion in 2012 and has received district and state awards in 2013. Her other interests include singing, dancing, snowboarding, basketball, riding horses and motorcross.

April said she is most proud of her generation because everyone gets so many opportunities, no matter who they are. She feels her generation doesn’t treat each other well and they have a great lack of respect they give to each other and that makes her the least proud.

She feels the most pressing problem facing young people today is the pressures they have and some of them crack under that pressure. If she could do one thing to improve the school system she would push for more teachers that care.

She is going to perform a vocal solo in the talent portion of the program.

Priscilla Villegas

Priscilla Villegas, daughter of Jose, Sr. and Mercelda Villegas, is the second child of four, having one older sister, Jessica, 18, and two younger brothers, Joe, 14, and Jordan, 9. She wants to attend Boise State University or Idaho State University after she graduates high school. She wants to attend four years but is not sure on her career yet. She has been involved in track, basketball, FFA, student council and soccer. She received the Most Improved Soccer Player in 2012, the Most Improved Basketball Player in 2011 and has received her varsity letter award. Her other interests include running, playing guitar, dancing, helping others, crafts and studying.

Priscilla said she is most proud of her generation for their availability to technology. Their bullying and drug use makes her the least proud.

She feels the most pressing problem facing young people today is drugs and alcohol. If she could do one thing to improve the school system she would give more class electives.

She is going to perform a guitar solo in the talent portion of the program.

Isela Carrillo

Isela Carrillo, daughter of Martha Serna and Jose Carrillo, has one sister, Maricsa Carrillo, and one brother, Jesus Fabian Carrillo. She wants to attend Idaho State University or College of Southern Idaho and become a diesel mechanic after she graduates high school. She has been involved in basketball, track and folk dances. Her interests include basketball and track and helping others.

Isela said she is most proud of her generation because of the fashion and styles that change. The amount of divorcing and marriage in hard situations makes her the least proud.

She feels the most pressing problem facing young people today is drugs and alcohol consumption. If she could do one thing to improve the school system she would provide more elective choices.

She is going to perform an Aztec dance in the talent portion of the program.

Aspen Poulson

Aspen Arielle’ Poulson, daughter of Scott and Dianne Poulson, is the youngest of seven children. She has three brothers, Derek, 33, Austin, 25, Ian, 19, and three sisters Emily, 31, Erin, 29 and Ashley, 27. She wants to attend Utah State University and become a nurse anesthetist after she graduates high school. She has been involved in cheerleading, musical, volleyball, taken piano lessons 11 years, taken voice lessons four years, taken dance lessons five years, played basketball, track, and been involved in the leadership of her church youth organization. She has lettered in cheerleading, volleyball and track. Her other interests include singing, piano, cheerleading, raising rabbits, riding horses and boating with her family.

Aspen said she is most proud of her generation’s ability to resist peer pressure. Her generation’s lack of using technology responsibly makes her the least proud.

She feels the most pressing problem facing young people today is obtaining an education. If she could do one thing to improve the school system she would provide funding to be able to afford extra programs like music and sports.

She will perform a vocal solo in the talent portion of the program.

Shelbey Warren

Shelbey Janet Warren, daughter of Kevin and Tamara Warren, is the youngest of five children. She has two brothers, Justin, 25, and Shawn, 22, and two sisters, Brittany, 27, and Tierney, 19. She wants to attend Brigham Young University – Idaho or Utah State University and major in child psychology and minor in business. She has been involved in dance lessons for 13 years, piano lessons for nine years, vocal lessons for six years, the musicals, choir, cheerleading, gymnastics for 13 years, Business Professionals of America, and in leadership in her church youth group. She has earned a $350 scholarship from dance camp at CSI, state and district cheerleading awards, and various awards in cheerleading and choir. She likes reading, skiing, swimming, photography, weight lifting and biking.

Shelbey said she is most proud of her generation for their integrity. Her generation bullies their peers and that makes her the least proud.

She feels the most pressing problem facing young people today is their lack of self esteem. If she could, she would improve the school system by implementing programs to unify the student body.

She is going to perform a ballet en pointe in the talent portion of the program.

Kamille Foster

Kamille Lynnette Foster, daughter of Gary and Kandie Foster, has four older siblings and one younger. Her brothers are Travis, 25, Trenton, 24, and Shawn, 22, and her sisters are Kadie, 19, and Karlene, 14. She wants to attend Brigham Young University-Idaho or LDS Business College and study social work after she graduates high school. She has been involved in leadership of Business Professionals of America, cheerleading, piano, National Honor Society, concert band, jazz band, musicals, club volleyball and her church youth group. She has earned awards for cheerleading at state, placed third at regional BPA competition, was president of her junior and sophomore classes and earned awards in concert band, district cheerleading and health education. Her other interests include making music, dancing, exercising, floral designing, spending time with friends and reading.

Kamille said she is most proud of her generation for their willingness to stand out from the crowd. Her generation’s overreliance on technology makes her the least proud.

She feels the most pressing problem facing young people today is education disparity. If she could do one thing to improve the school system she would make respect a bigger deal.

She is going to perform a piano and vocal solo in the talent portion of the program.

Kira Shelman

Kira Shelman, daughter of Tod and Sue Ann Shelman, is the youngest child of three, having two older brothers, Seth, 24 and Marcus, 21. She wants to attend Brigham Young University-Idaho or Idaho State University and become a dental hygienist after she graduates high school. She has been involved in piano, basketball, track, National Honor Society, high school musicals, choir, snowboarding and wakeboarding and leadership in her church youth group. She was named the outstanding piano performance at festival, named most improved player in 2012-13, basketball hustler award in 2010-11, took second at district in high jump, qualified for state track two years, and in her church youth group. Her other interests include sewing, crocheting, knitting, spending time with her family, baby-sitting, swimming, running and biking, and this Distinguished Young Women program.

Kira said she is most proud of her generation and their ability to adapt and use new technology. She would like the students in high school to have more enthusiasm and be involved and that makes her the least proud of her generation.

She feels the most pressing problem facing young people today is they are wasting too much time on video games and social networking. To improve the school system she would like students to have a positive attitude toward the school and teachers.

She is going to perform a piano solo in the talent portion of the program.

Marissa Andersen

Marissa Jean Andersen, daughter of Glenn and Tamra Andersen, is the youngest child of five, having three older brothers, Ryan Glenn, 25, Jason Rowayne, 20, and Terance Reid, 19, and two older sisters, Analisa Shawver, 24, and Tashina, 22. She wants to attend Brigham Young University-Idaho or Brigham Young University-Provo and study the arts, creative writing, photography and movies after she graduates high school. She has been involved in school musicals, National Honor Society, choir, mentoring program for freshmen, and leadership in her church youth group. She was given the “Boss” award from her computer teacher. Her other interests include art (drawing, painting, sculpting, etc), singing, riding horses, camping with her family, writing and summer activities.

Marissa said she is most proud of her generation that they are so diverse in their styles and are mostly accepting of that diversity. How low their standards are for themselves and others makes her the least proud of her generation.

She feels the most pressing problem facing young people today is they are addicted to technology and have a lack of motivation to get out and work. To improve the school system she would teach the kids to respect themselves, their peers and their teachers..

She is going to give a vocal and art presentation in the talent portion of the program.

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