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CAPE LIFE NIKKI MCKIN/Y JESSICA LYNN NEAL COURTNEY M. BAUER PATRICIA MCCAUSLAND JODIE M. KELLY JUNNIE Y. CROSS JACQUELINE PILLA ALISON C. WHITE ERIN L. COOPER THERESA M. LEAR EBONY T. BROWN JILLIAN L. DAISEY 18 contestants to vie for Miss Delaware crown in R('.noooth The Miss Delaware Pageant will be held Friday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7 at 8 p.m.. at Con- vention Hail in Rehoboth Beach. Aimee Voshell, Miss Delaware, 1996, will crown the new Miss Delaware. Eighteen talented, intelligent and attractive young women will compete for the opportunity to represent Delaware at the Miss America Pageant in September. Contestants will arrive on Wednesday, June 4 at the Adantic Budget Inn in Rehoboth, the home of the Miss Delaware Pageant. All contestants at the state level have already won scholarships at their local pageants. $29,750 in schol- arships will be awarded. The Miss Delaware Scholarship Organiza- tion has received a $3,650 schol- arship matching grant and a $5,000 anniversary grant from the Miss America Organization. Miss Delaware 1997 will receive a $10,000 scholarship to be used at the college of her choice. In addi- tion, she will be awarded a $4,000 tuition scholarship to Goldey Bea- com College and a $41,000 tuition scholarship to Palmer College of Chiropractic in Iowa. In addition to Voshell, the pageant will also feature Susan Powell, who will act as Mistress of Ceremonies as well as enter- tain. Also performing will be Michelle Harris, Miss Delaware 1995, Ann Marie Jarka-Hajjar, Miss Delaware 1987; Donna De Kuyper, executive director of the Delaware Music School; and Bryan Clark, vocalist-impression- ist. Tickets for the pageant are available by calling Bill Collins at 539-9292. The 18 contestants vying for the 1997 Miss Delaware crown are: Nikki MeKinney, Miss Uni- versity, a political science major at the University of Delaware who will perform a Broadway jazz dance in the talent competition. Her platform is Prevention of Illit- eracy. Jessica Lynn Neal, Miss Sus- sex County, who will major in nursing administration at the Uni- versity of Pennsylvania, will per- form a theatrical vocal. Promoting Literacy by Reading to Children is her platform. Courtenay Marie Bauer, Miss Georgetown, an architec- ture major at the University of Georgetown, will present a rhyth- mic gymnastics routine. Her plat- form is Team Up..Housing of People in Need. Patricia Renee McCausland, Miss Tri-County, is a political science major at the University of Delaware. She will sing, "Colors in the Wind." Her platform is Education First in the First State. Jody Michelle Kelly, Miss New Castle County, who is majoring in German at the Uni- versity of Delaware, will perform a flute solo. Her platform is Habi- tat for Humanity. oJunnie Y. Cross, Miss Dover, is a music major at the University of Delaware. She will perform a Broadway vocal and her platform is The Importance of Arts in Edu- cation. Jaequeline Padgett Ptlla, Miss Collegiate, is a University of Delaware graduate who is pur- suing a Master of Education degree at Wilmington College. Continued on page 24 Into every graduation ceremony some rain must fall "Into this life, a little rain must fail." This is a very famous quote used by a lot of famous people like the Watergate burglars and recently by celebrities like Eddie Murphy. Even the IRS likes this quote, adopting it on their letter- head, along with a personalized note; a stamp in red that says "refund denied." But anyone who knows me will tell you that I cry at the drop of a hat. It used to happen mostly when I opened my pay check. Big wails and huge sobs would over- come me at the copy machine, forcing my co-workers to race down to the 7-11 to Xerox the rest of their work. Now it occurs whenever I see a recent photo- graph of myself or if I try to squeeze into a pair of spandex pants that always seem to snap off and boomerang into the next dressing room. AROUND TOWN My lack of ability to control my crying is one of the main reasons I never enlisted in the service. It's not that I am a coward. Well, yeah, maybe that too. But I knew I couldn't take those war songs. I am too emotional. One stanza of "The Battle Hymn of the Repub- lic" or "Shenendoah" and I would lay my rifle down and turn into a blubbering mass, stumbling and failing into the arms of the enemy. Not exactly what the military would call the right stuff. I remind you of this disgusting trait because we are entering the mother lode of crying season: graduations and weddings, not to mention the annual country music awards. Graduations always hit me hard. My eyes well up at the sight of any diploma, even if it is from a correspondence school. Maybe this is because they tend to look so official and academic. I remem- ber one that made me choke up pretty badly. It was from a place called the University of the Pacifi- ca, which was supposed to be located off of Catalina Island in California, but in actuality turned out to be a drop box by a WaWa convenience store. Anyway, it had all this Latin scrolled all over this paper that bore an imprint of a reproduction of Thomas Jeffer- son's home with the surf coming in. Like I said, it choked me up for days. And I don't even have to know the person graduating. Last week I saw a short clip on television of the graduation at the Naval Acad- emy in Annapolis. All those hats thrown in the air. People hugging each other. Others giving sworn depositions in the back of station wagons. It was very moving and I carded on like I was peeling a bucket of onions. It's funny though, I've never cried at my own children's graduations. I guess it was the distraction of writing all those checks. Now weddings are a whole dif- ferent category of crying. There is something about a young girl in a white dress, with a groom stand- ing there in a tuxedo (or it might also be a white dress, hey I've got no gaps here) and all those brides- maids in outfits no one would be caught dead in. And then there is the mother of the bride, the father of the bride, the step-mother of the bride, the stepfather of the groom, the therapist of the couple, the sur- rogate parents and the spiritual advisor to some stranger in the front row. It's a very moving scene, especially if it's held in Las Vegas with a Spanish minister and the strains of Elvis Presley singing in the background "Hunka, Hunka Burning Love." Again, I missed a golden opportunity to wail at my daughter's wedding. Too busy writing those checks. So, get yourself some Kleenex. And gear up for a small amount of rain to fall.