Photos courtesy Hi-Yu
Veronica Pupava was one of the six candidates chosen for Miss West Seattle Hi-Yu Scholarship Program. Click on photo for slide show of all candidates.

Hi-Yu's Miss West Seattle candidates chosen

Six candidates have been chosen for this summer's Miss West Seattle Hi-Yu Scholarship Program. Their bios were supplied by Hi-Yu organizers. Please click through the slideshow above to see photos of the girls.

Veronica Pupava is a senior at Mount Rainier High School where she is a full International Baccalaureate Diploma candidate. Her favorite classes are art and the "theory of knowledge." Next year she plans to attend the University of Idaho to major in both dance and interior design and hopes to pursue a career in these subjects. Veronica has danced at the Seattle Civic Dance Theater for 15 years. Veronica also enjoys skiing which she learned at the age of two.

Kelly Nealson is a lifelong West Seattle resident. She previously attended Lafayette Elementary and West Seattle Christian School and currently attends Holy Names Academy where she is a junior. Kelly enjoys traveling, singing, acting, and writing in her spare time. She hasn't selected a college yet, but plans to study psychology, education, or international business.

Kelsey Bills is a senior at John F. Kennedy Memorial High School and will attend University of Puget Sound in the fall. She is very family oriented. She has traveled extensively and gained perspective into the lifestyles of other cultures, and also made many friendships. Kelsey enjoys athletics, most significantly softball Kennedy. Her other passion is music where she participates in a variety of school bands. Kelsey looks forward to continuing music throughout college.

Georgia Mitchell is currently a senior at Chief Sealth High School and plans to attend Seattle University in the fall. She has been an integral part of Chief Sealth’s soccer, volleyball and softball teams. She is a member of the Polynesian Club and has performed Hula and Tahitian dances this school year. Nothing excites Georgia more than traveling abroad and gaining new experiences. She is a proud Summer Search Seattle student.

Julia Hodges is a senior at Chief Sealth High School. She will be attending the University of Washington at the Bothell campus. Julia wants to study international law, the Spanish language and music. She has participated in soccer, lacrosse, gymnastics and cheerleading. She plays bells in the All City Marching band. Julia also plays violin, and the upright bass. An avid traveler she has been to Guatemala, China, England, Italy, and France. Julia describes herself as a "go get'em girl that loves to have a good time no matter what is going on."

Rosemarie Unite is a senior at Holy Names Academy and wishes to attend the University of Washington in the autumn of 2009 studying Mechanical Engineering. Known as Rosie, she enjoys numerous activities. Her hobbies include, track and field, dancing, swimming, singing, drawing and playing piano. She takes pleasure in hanging with her family and friends. In the winter of 2009, Rosie became queen for the Filipino Festival Pagdariwang.

Hi-Yu is a non-profit organization, established in 1934 by West Seattle's service clubs to produce a summer festival to promote the West Seattle Community.

The annual Hi-Yu Summer Festival is held throughout the month of July. Dozens of events occur all around West Seattle during this time. The kick-off event is the Seattle Seafair Pirates Landing at Alki Beach, and it finishes at the end of the month with the Miss West Seattle Hi-Yu Scholarship Program and the Seafair Torchlight Parade.

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