Eleven young women are vying to be crowned 2011 Miss White Rock.

Eleven contend for Miss White Rock title

Eleven young women will be vying for the city’s crown later this month, when the next Miss White Rock is to begin her year-long reign.

Eleven young women will be vying for the city’s crown later this month, when the next Miss White Rock is to begin her year-long reign.

The teen to take over the title from outgoing Miss White Rock, Chloe Woodin, will be chosen at the White Rock Youth Ambassador’s annual awards gala July 29 at 7 p.m. at Coast Capital Playhouse.

The crowning is one of the highlights of the Spirit of the Sea Festival weekend.

Here’s a look at this year’s candidates:

Christina Howard

White Rock Elks Lodge 431

Semiahmoo Secondary

After graduating next year, Howard plans to pursue environmental studies.

She is an accomplished student, having won awards for earning straight As three years in a row and for being an outstanding musician and athlete.

Her interests are in jazz band, sciences, soccer and volleyball. Howard has volunteered with children by teaching them soccer skills and participating in YMCA spring break camps,

Jane Peng

Peace Arch Monarch Lions

Elgin Park Secondary

Grade 10 student Peng – who speaks Mandarin, English, some Spanish, Taiwanese and is learning Korean – plans to study at UBC after high school.

She enjoys coin collecting and baking, and has volunteered for a Cyclebetes 12-hour spin, raising $54,000 for juvenile diabetes.

She participates in her school’s student council, peer leadership, Elgin Park Dance Crew, and works as a server at Kuroishi Japanese Cuisine.

Peng maintains a GPA of 3.75-4.0, and is involved in badminton and dancing.

Sabrina Lee

Windsor Square

Semiahmoo Secondary

Lee, who is in Grade 10, was born in Shanghai, China, and speaks Mandarin, English, some Spanish and Japanese.

She has volunteered as a teaching assistant for White Rock Language Academy, and is involved in her school’s jazz and concert bands, as well as the sewing, volunteer and knitting clubs.

Lee plays badminton, and her hobbies include drawing, piano, saxophone and dance.

She plans to pursue an education in fashion design, education, acting or veterinary medicine.

Margaret Lin

White Rock Players Club

Elgin Park Secondary

Lin speaks Mandarin, English and Taiwanese, and is interested in design logos, sketching, arts and crafts, and musical instruments.

The Grade 10 student has volunteered in a school play’s pit orchestra and has been a leader in summer camps.

She is trained in French, music theory and piano, and is involved in her school’s jazz band, student council and peer leadership council.

Lin has been recognized for her math and piano skills. She currently works at Small Ritual Coffee Society.

Julie Wang

Remax Colonial

Elgin Park Secondary

Grade 10 student Wang – who was born in Taipei, Taiwan – speaks Mandarin, English and Taiwanese, and has interests in music, writing and painting.

She has volunteered with her school’s student council, peer leadership, and served as executive of a charity fundraiser for a Cuban orphanage.

Her hobbies include photography, visual arts, badminton and golf, and she has been recognized for her flute and vocal performances.

She student currently works as a server at Kuroishi Japanese Cuisine, and plans to gain her MBA in business.

Krystal Schrauwen

The Campbell River Store

Earl Marriott Secondary

Schrauwen graduated in 2010, and enjoys horseback riding. She won two bronze medals and a gold at the BC Summer Games last year.

Corona Yu

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 8

Elgin Park Secondary

Yu, in Grade 10, was born in Toronto, and has future plans to study science at UBC and pursue medicine.

She plays piano and clarinet, and hobbies include drawing, interior design, travelling and reading.

She participates in her school’s debate club and student council, and is on the honour roll.

Yu – who speaks French at home – has volunteered with numerous school events.

Nicole Patterson

GS and Company

Elgin Park Secondary

Patterson plays softball and track, and has won awards in competitive dance.

The Grade 11 student – who has more than 400 volunteer hours – has helped out at YMCA spring break camps, has done peer tutoring at her school.

Her hobbies include writing and photography, and she speaks English and French. Patterson currently works as a sales clerk at GS and Company, and plans to pursue fashion after graduation.

Alexandra Barberis

White Rock Lioness

Earl Marriott Secondary

Barberis’ interests include piano, singing, guitar and writing music.

She speaks English, French and Greek, and plays rep-level soccer.

She has volunteered with Semiahmoo Minor Hockey League Association, and currently works as an office assistant at Mountainview Wellness Centre.

Barberis is an honour-roll student, a speech festival winner and has received a scholarship as a vocalist.

She plans to study medicine after graduation.

Vivienne Hsu

Peninsula Resort Retirement Living

Elgin Park Secondary

Hsu, who will graduate next year, plans to pursue an education in law or psychology in Sweden.

She speaks Mandarin and English, and is interested in photography and modelling.

Hsu volunteers as a junior docent at Stewart Farm, and is a leader at summer camps.

She is trained as a lifeguard and is active in swimming and horseback riding.

She is involved in her school’s peer leadership club and works as a sales associate at Pacific Boarder.

Melody Chou

K&D Furniture

Semiahmoo Secondary

Chou has had academic success in mathematics, and speaks Mandarin, English, some Spanish and Taiwanese. She is currently studying Korean.

The Grade 10 student also enjoys badminton, jogging, reading and drawing. She has volunteered with the White Rock Taiwanese Canadian Association and local school fairs.

Chou has received training with White Rock Hospice, and is involved in numerous school clubs.


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