Introducing this year’s Miss Castlegar candidates

Ten young ladies vie for revered municipal distinction

A fine crop of candidates for 2014

My name is Gabrielle Fitchett. I am 15 years-old and enrolled in Stanley Humphries

Secondary School.  I live with my parents, my brother Damien, my sister Isabel and my dog Jack.  I enjoy reading fiction novels.  Drawing is also one of my favorite pastimes, but I do like to experiment with other art mediums and styles.  I play piano and alto saxophone and am in piano lessons, concert band and jazz band.  I joined the Miss Castlegar program to gain new experiences and skills, make new friends and get out in the community.  Thank you to my sponsor Speedy Glass.


My name is Jessica Auger.  I am 15 and currently enrolled in grade 10 at Stanley Humphries Secondary School.  I’ve lived in Castlegar all my life and have one older brother Diego and one younger brother Dakota.  I enjoy singing, dancing and acting and have been doing so since I was very young.  My dream is to achieve a higher education in the performing arts industry.  I joined Miss Castlegar because it is an amazing and very fun learning experience and I hope to be able to take the memories and experiences with me into my future.  Thank you to Kootenay Smile Studio for sponsoring me.


I am Morgyn Kennadi Ahlefeld.  I am a 15 year old teenager enrolled in grade 10 at Stanley Humphries Secondary School.  When I don’t have my nose in a book, I enjoy listening to music, spending time with friends and dancing.  I have been dancing since I was 2 years old.  My favorite subjects are math and science.  I work part time as a cashier at Canadian Tire.  I would like to become a school psychologist to help out teenagers in need.  I would like to thank my sponsor, Canadian Tire, and all those that have supported me during this great experience.


My name is Sarah Elliott.  I was born in Nanaimo and moved to Castlegar when I was 2.  I live with both of my parents, my older sister, and two beautiful dogs.  Some activities I enjoy are playing Royal Conservatory Piano and participating on the school junior basketball team.  I am currently enrolled in grade 10 at Stanley Humphries Secondary School and I work part time at M&M Meats.  I want to pursue a career in aviation and hopefully one day become a pilot.  I have attended many youth programs that have taught me leadership, conflict resolution and culture.  My Miss Castlegar experience has taught me many lessons that I can take into my future.  Thank you to West’s Fashions for being my sponsor.


My name is Samantha Skinner.  I am 15 years old and am currently enrolled in the Late French Immersion program at Stanley Humphries.  I live with my dad, Scott, mom, Melissa and four siblings, Dominic, Isaac, Matthew and Isabella.  I have two pets, Hotdog the cat and Mason the dog.  When I’m not curled up with my nose in a book, I can usually be found outside hanging out with friends and family or working on my truck.  I am an active volunteer with Operation Christmas Child and Relay For Life.  After high school I hope to pursue a career in Nursing, specializing in Pediatrics and Oncology.  I am currently employed part time at Castlegar A&W.  I would like to thank my sponsor, Krueckl Financial Services Inc. for helping me have this amazing opportunity.  Good luck to my fellow candidates!


My name is Lisa Leffelaar.  I am a 16-year-old grade 10 student at Stanley Humphries Secondary School.  I love to spend time playing sports such as soccer, field hockey and basketball.  I enjoy spending time with friends.  I am in my final few months of grade 10 Royal Conservatory Piano.  I have had the privilege of living in China and Mexico for a year each and Ecuador for 6 months.  These were amazing experiences.  I joined the Miss Castlegar program because I believe it will be very helpful in my future and will be a fun experience.  Thanks to the Selkirk Lions Club for their sponsorship.


My name is Tayler Wolinski. I am 16 and currently enrolled in grade 10 at Stanley Humphries Secondary School.  I live part time with my mom and part time with my dad.  I have two brothers, Link and Mace and two sisters, Shelby and Katelyn.  I enjoy reading, dancing, playing fast pitch and I like to be outdoors in the summer.  I joined the Miss Castlegar program because I believe it will be a good learning experience and will give me amazing memories.  Thanks so much to my sponsor, Sun Life Financial.


I am Claudia Pether.  I am 16 years old and currently enrolled at Stanley Humphries Secondary School.  I live in Brilliant with my mom, step dad, and younger brother.  I enjoy horseback riding, drawing and occasionally snowboarding.  My favorite course that I’m taking in school is art.  I hope to be a veterinarian, animal trainer or professional artist when I’m older.  I am so excited to be a candidate for Miss Castlegar.  It is a great experience.  I’d like to thank my sponsor, the Royal Canadian Legion and wish all of the candidates good luck.


My name is Alexanderia D’Onofrio. I am 16 years old and I live in Robson with my mom Katina, dad Lucio, sister Kailynn and brother Cale.  I am currently enrolled in the French Immersion program at Stanley Humphries Secondary School.  In my spare time I enjoy playing soccer and volunteering with the Rotary Interact Club.  Thank you to the Sunrise (2000) Rotary Club for sponsoring me and good luck to the other candidates.


My name is Sophie Jansen.  I am 15 years old and currently enrolled in grade 10 in the late French Immersion Program at Stanley Humphries.  I live in Crescent Valley with my sister Emma and my parents Chantal and Pete.  My biggest passion is being a competitive swimmer and junior coach with the Castlegar Aquanauts Swim Club.  I have been involved in the club for 4 years.  I have also been playing piano for the last 5 years.  As well, I am an active member of the Rotary Interact Club as a volunteer and as the treasurer.  I traveled with the Interact Club to Bolivia and Peru in August to work on a humanitarian project there.  The experiences I gained with Interact are some of the most valuable I have had.  My future plans are to go to university to study the sciences and possibly pursue a career in Epidemiology.  Thank you to my sponsor, the Castlegar Rotary Club.  Good luck to all my fellow candidates.

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