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Editor’s note: The Sentinel has put together a two-part preview of this year’s Miss Kings County Scholarship Pageant introducing all of the 2014 contestants. Today, you’ll meet the contestants vying for the Miss Kings County title. Last Saturday, we featured bios of the Miss Kings County Outstanding Teen contestants.

HANFORD —The Miss Kings County Scholarship Pageant will be held March 1.

Eight young women will vie for the Miss Kings County crown, while five teens will compete for the Miss Kings County Outstanding Teen title.

The pageant will be held at 7 p.m. at the Hanford High School Presentation Center, which is located at the corner of Douty Street and Grangeville Boulevard. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

The Miss Kings County contestants are between the ages of 17 and 24, while the Miss Kings County Outstanding Teen competitors are between the ages of 13 and 17 (junior in high school).

The winner of the Miss Kings County crown will receive a $2,000 college scholarship and then $1,000 automatically as a contestant in the state competition in June. The winner of the Outstanding Teen title will receive $500 in cash and $450 to be used for the entry fee for the teen pageant at the state level.

Here are the contestants for this year’s Miss Kings County title:

Asia Blevins

  • Age: 17
  • Attends Hanford West High School
  • Career ambition: Obtain doctorate in psychobiology at UCLA/become a neurosurgeon or neuroscience researcher.
  • Talent: Signing musical performance
  • Platform: Acceptance and awareness of adolescent depression and other mental illnesses.
  • Daughter of Ellice Blevins of Hanford

Allyson Della Nina

  • Age: 17
  • Attends Lemoore High School
  • Career ambition: Obtain a master’s degree in education.
  • Talent: Vocal performance
  • Platform: School funds for arts    
  • Daughter of David Della Nina and Stacie Tosti of Lemoore

Mackenzie Dias

  • Age: 18
  • Attends Hanford High School
  • Career ambition: Obtain a master’s degree in architecture.
  • Talent: Piano solo
  • Platform: Mentoring Outstanding Teens
  • Daughter of Christine and Gabe Dias of Hanford

Kristian Jordan

  • Age: 18
  • Attends West Hills Community College
  • Career ambition: To become a registered dietitian.
  • Talent: Vocal performance
  • Platform: Cook for a Cure
  • Daughter of Denise and Chris Jordan of Hanford

Christianna Nicely

  • Age: 17
  • Attends Hanford High School
  • Career ambition: To obtain a doctorate of pharmacy/clinical pharmacist.
  • Talent: Vocal Performance
  • Platform: Child abuse prevention and recovery
  • Daughter of Annette Nicely of Hanford

Kaitlyn Pounds

  • Age: 18
  • Attends West Hills Community College
  • Career ambition: Obtain a Master's of Science in medicine
  • Platform: Enriching self-confidence in young girls in foster care
  • Talent: Piano solo
  • Daughter of Colleen and Jody Pounds of NAS Lemoore

Nailah Rauf

  • Age: 18
  • Attends Hanford West High School
  • Career ambition: Obtain a doctorate in exercise biology to become a physical therapist.
  • Talent: Vocal performance
  • Platform: Teen dating violence awareness and protection
  • Daughter of Janessia Seats of Hanford and Kesma Rauf of Sacramento

Ashlynn See

  • Age: 22
  • Attends California State University, Fresno
  • Career ambition: To become a corporate attorney
  • Talent: Jazz dance
  • Platform: F.F.A.C. - Our Future, Our Families, Our Agriculture, Our Communities
  • Daughter of Denise Miguel of Lemoore

If you go

  • What: The 2014 Miss Kings County Scholarship Pageant
  • When: 7 p.m. March 1 (doors open at 6:30)
  • Where: Hanford High School Presentation Center, which is located at the corner of Douty Street and Grangeville Boulevard
  • Cost: Tickets are $15 if purchased before Feb. 26 and $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased from any contestant or from pageant executive director Teresa Vernon, who can be contacted at 584-4511.
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