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2004 Planters' Days Princesses

By Sally Ousley - The Daily News - Longview, WA

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WOODLAND -- Three girls were chosen last week to represent Woodland for the 2004 Planters' Days.

Katie Delaney, Amy Moss and Jamie Smith were selected from a group of 16 high school junior girls who vied for the Planters' Days court. Each girl was interviewed by six judges Wednesday afternoon. The judges gave scores to each girl.

The queen will be chosen before Planters' Days begin in June. Scholarships are awarded to each girl, with the queen receiving $1,000 and each princess gets $500.

Katie Delaney, 16, daughter of Donald and Teresa Delaney, Ariel. Interests and hobbies include music, cooking, jazz and ballet dance, golf and reading and playing saxophone; school activities include being the varsity captain of the Knowledge Bowl team, president of Honor Society, member of jazz band and pep band; occasionally volunteers at the Woodland Community Service Center and wrapped presents for the center's Christmas party.

"To me, the Woodland community symbolizes my roots and my home. Whenever my parents even thought about moving, I said no because, even though I didn't realize it then, Woodland is all I've ever really known. This community means a great deal to me."

Amy Moss, 16, daughter of Scott and Keri Moss, Woodland. Interests and hobbies include music, soccer, church, water sports, sewing and scrapbooking, Honor Society, jazz band and choir, pep band and student government; volunteered at the Woodland Harvest Festival, Make A Difference Day, marched in Planters' Days parade and volunteers at the Woodland Care Center and at church.

"The people who live in Woodland all seem to have the same easy-going type of lifestyle and the same goals for a better future for themselves and the communities. Woodland means security. I feel safe wherever I am in Woodland. Overall, living in Woodland means that I can live in a safe, comfortable, happy life."

Jamie Smith, 16, daughter of Jay Smith and Nora Hinkle, Woodland. Interests and hobbies include singing, golf, soccer, classic cars and family and friends; school and community activities include FBLA, golf and soccer, high school concert and pep bands and jazz choir, 30-Hour Famine fund-raiser with her church group and delivering food to low-income people.

"The Woodland Community has been my home for the past 16 and a half years. I can't picture living and going to school anywhere else. I hope some day to raise a family in Woodland and teach history at Woodland High School."

Judges for Planters' Days court were Jim Graham, Walt Hansen Sr., John Burke, Sandy Larson, Sharon Lien and Sally Ousley.

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