Amanda Breitkreutz Miss Johnston Meier Insurance
My name is Amanda Breitkreutz and I'm the 16 year old daughter of Keith and Debbie Breitkreutz. I’m currently a grade 11 student at Kalamalka Secondary School. Born and raised in Beautiful Vernon BC, I grew up with a passion for the outdoors, literature, music and acting. I adore drama and have been in various productions at the AppleBox and Powerhouse Theatre. I love Jesus and have spent the past 3 summers volunteering at Green Bay and Eagle Bay Bible Camp. I aspire to become a Pediatric Nurse at BC’s Children’s Hospital. I’d like to extend a heartfelt thanks to my sponsor Johnston Meier Insurance and also to my loving family for all their patience and unending support.
Shayla Lemond Miss Okanagan Natural Medicine
My name is Shayla Lemond. I am the 16 year old daughter of Mieleen and David Lemond. I attend Kalamalka Secondary School in grade 11. Music, Royal Conservatory piano, singing, creative arts, nature, photography, reading, writing, and poetry are my passionate pursuits. I enjoy quality time with family and friends. I volunteer in the Youth Healthcare Program in VJH, as well as school based peer organizations. I believe in leading by good example. In the future, I plan to pursue a Science Degree after High School. I would like to acknowledge with special thanks my sponsor, Okanagan Natural Medicine.
To my family, especially my mother, thank you for your relentless belief, patience, encouragement, unconditional love and blessings.
Antonya Crosby Miss White House Mortgages
I am Antonya Crosby, the sixteen year old daughter of Jason Christie and Tamara Leggett. I am currently a grade 11 student attending W.L.Seaton Secondary. In my spare time I am often found buried in a good book, consumed by the literature or spending valuable time with my friends and family. Each year since eighth grade, I have been on the honor roll. Last year I not only qualified for the honor roll, but also received recognition for citizenship and service contributions. After graduation, my plans are to attend UBC and pursue my dream of becoming a lawyer. I would like to thank my sponsor White House Mortgages DLC for not only the support and encouragement but also mentorship throughout the program.
Sakshi Malhotra Miss Kalamalka Rotary
I am Sakshi Malhotra, the 16 year old daughter of Ajay and Mohini Malhotra. I attend grade 11 at Clarence Fulton Secondary School. Some of my favorite activities are reading, playing sports, listening to music, dancing, and spending quality time with my family and friends. I have volunteered with many organizations including events with my school’s leadership. In the future, I hope to pursue a career in science. My favorite quote is by Mahatma Gandhi, “The future depends on what we do in the present”. I would like to give a special thanks to Kalamalka Rotary for being my sponsor, as well as my family and friends, for all the love and support, throughout this amazing experience in this program.
Michaela Hamilton Miss Silver Star Rotary
My name is Michaela Hamilton and I am the 16 year old daughter of Colin and Olga Hamilton. I am currently a grade 11 student at Vernon Secondary School. My goal is to finish high school and earn a bachelors degree in nursing which will provide me the opportunity to pursue my passion of travel and exploring new cultures. In my spare time, I enjoy playing basketball, reading, cooking and sewing. Recently I have enjoyed, and been motivated by, my volunteer work through Me to We and Free the Children. I would like to give a special thanks to my sponsor, Silver Star Rotary, as well as my extended family, for their never ending love and support throughout this amazing experience.
Emily Pfannschmidt Miss Durning Directions
I am Emily Pfannschmidt, the 16 year old daughter of Andrew and June Pfannschmidt. I attend Vernon Secondary School in grade 11. I enjoy playing basketball, volleyball and training at Sundance Martial Arts. I take pleasure in volunteering at the local hospital as a Youth Healthcare Volunteer and taking part in church and community activities. My future goals include getting a degree in Physiotherapy and achieving a black belt in martial arts. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Teresa and her team at Durning Directions for their substantial amount of support, encouragement and guidance throughout my candidacy. I would also like to thank my friends for their understanding and my family for their unconditional love and support.
Kassidy Heska Miss Armstrong Kin Club
My name is Kassidy Heska I am the seventeen year old daughter of Leigh Heska and Mike Shaw. I have two older brothers aged twenty-one and twenty and a little brother aged fifteen. I was born in Melville, Saskatchewan and have moved between the provinces British Columbia and Alberta five times. I currently attend Pleasant Valley Secondary School in Armstrong, in grade twelve. I plan on staying at my school for grade thirteen so that I can get extra classes. After that I will go to Thompson River’s University, so that I can become a counsellor. I love going to school and learning new things. I enjoy crocheting, knitting, reading, singing, cooking, acting and writing. I would like to thank my sponsor the Armstrong Kin Club for their support.
Brittinie Piazza Miss Blenz Coffee
I am Brittinie Piazza, the 15 year old daughter of Al and Yvonne Piazza. I currently attend Clarence Fulton Secondary school. Last year my friend Katie and I won 2nd place in the young entrepreneurship Dragons Den competition. I really enjoy acting in my drama class as well as cheerleading. I volunteered at camp Hurlburt in the summers of 2010 and 2011 as a junior counselor. I am also a big fan of traveling with my family. I have been to Mexico 3 times and Cuba once. I hope to travel to Italy in the future. After I graduate I wish to attend college or university to have a career in the medical field. I would like to thank my sponsor, Blenz Coffee for their support.
Samantha Joy Miss City Furniture & Appliances
I am Samantha Joy, the 16 year old daughter of Barbara and Rick Joy. I attend Pleasant Valley Secondary School in Armstrong and am in grade eleven. Some of my favorite activities are art, dancing, and thrift store shopping. I am volunteering at Armstrong Kindale thrift store and love it! In the future I hope to get a job in fashion or sciences . A milestone that I have achieved is being accepted into this program, learning the skills I have learnt and meeting all the wonderful people that I have met. I'd like to thank my sponsor and the
people at City Furniture for all the help they have given me throughout the program, thank you.
Katie Prosak Miss Kari Gares MHC Mortage House
I am Katie Prosak, the sixteen year old daughter of Tyler and Nancy Prosak. I am currently a grade eleven student attending Clarence Fulton Secondary. I really enjoy anything that involves being on a stage such as singing, dancing, and performing. A recent production I’ve been in was a musical put on by Fulton last year called Mermaid Avenue. I had a ninety-five percent average, the top mark of the class. I look forward to being in more productions. This last year I was a Youth Ambassador volunteer for the BC Winter Games in Vernon. It was a life changing program for me thanks to the workshops, leaders, coaches, fellow volunteers, events, and the athletes I met. I would like to thank my sponsor Kari Gares of MHC Mortgage House for her support.
Ali Kisilevich Miss Downtown Vernon Association
My name is Ali Kisilevich and I am the 17 year old daughter of Brent and Teresa Kisilevich. I currently attend Clarence Fulton Secondary School and am enrolled in grade 12. I love exploring the outdoors whether it's hiking, camping, or kayaking. I also enjoy wake boarding, snowboarding, Ukrainian dancing, and playing the piano. For the past few years I have volunteered at a summer camp in Enderby as support staff. After high school, I plan to obtain my Bachelor of Commerce degree and become a public relations representative. I would love to express my gratitude to my sponsor, the Downtown Vernon Association, as well as my family for their endless love, patience, and support through this wonderful experience.