Miss Chase program on hold

Miss Chase Excellence is taking a break after more than 40 years.

Miss Chase Excellence is taking a break after more than 40 years.

With only two candidates, chairperson Jacquie Everett said it’s too much work to continue.

Miss Chase Excellence needs six participants. Of the two signed up, one is in Grade 10.

“I can’t do it with one girl,” she said.

Last year, Miss Chase had six participants, and in previous years they had as many as 14, said Everett.

“I think because the number of Grade 11 girls are dropping and I think because girls have to work, they have weekend jobs,” she said.

Everett stressed that Miss Chase is not only about beauty.

“It’s not a beauty contest,” she said. “It’s teaching women to be more aware of the world.”

The program entails six months of studying the history of Chase and its surrounding areas, car-care classes, the fundamentals of banking, public speaking, essay writing and skin care.

“We have one class on skin care just so that teenage girls wash their face,” she laughed. “They (also) have to learn how to change the oil in a car.”

Public speaking is an important part of Miss Chase.

“They must present a speech between three to five minutes (long) with no podium and no notes,” she said.

The participants will also learn the basics of banking.

“They think using their bank cards five times a day is free (until the program).”

Miss Chase Excellence runs after school hours, from 3 p.m. to 5, twice a week, in the Chase Community Hall.

The participants must be Grade 11 students at Chase Secondary.

Everett said Miss Chase Excellence would consider having boys in the program, but there would have to be enough participants, as it would double her expenses to hire separate rooms and chaperones.

Weekends are spent at local events, representing the community. They do volunteer work such as dish washing at local events in order to fundraise for clothing and the lessons.

“The Chase village has been very supportive,” she said.

For more information call Everett at 250-675-2574.

Participants must live in Chase.

 

Just Posted

Eagles downed by Steam in Summerland

Sicamous team hope to improve fortunes in upcoming games against Kamloops and Castlegar

CSRD wants immediate Provincial action to fund Newsome Creek study

Erosion along the creek is causing hazardous situation for residents

New trustees sworn in for North Okanagan-Shuswap School District

First official board meeting set for Tuesday, Nov. 20

Need outstrips funds at Shuswap Children’s Association

Raffle to help provide vital services to children with developmental delays or disabilities

Salmon Arm Silverbacks’ fall in close 3-2 loss against Merritt Centennials

Home ice winning streak brought to a close by division leaders

Saving salmon: B.C. business man believes hatcheries can help bring back the fish

Tony Allard worked with a central coast First Nation to enhance salmon stocks

Crash closes Highway 33 south of Kelowna

Estimated time of re-opening is 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18

High-end B.C. house prices dropping, but no relief at lower levels

But experts say home ownership remains out of reach for many for middle- and lower-income families

Worker killed in collision at B.C. coal mine

Vehicle collision occurred at approximately 10:45 a.m. this morning

B.C. asking for tips on ‘dirty money’ in horse racing, real estate, luxury cars

Action follows a Peter German report on money laundering in B.C. casinos

Canadian dead more than a week after plane crash in Guyana: Global Affairs

Global Affairs said it couldn’t provide further details on the identity of the Canadian citizen

Children between 6 and 9 eligible for $1,200 RESP grant from province

BC Ministry of Education is reminding residents to apply before the deadline

Victoria spent $30,000 to remove John A. Macdonald statue

Contentious decision sparked controversy, apology from mayor

South region forestry workers nearly in legal strike position

Talks broke down between USW and IFLRA, resulting in booking out of provincial mediator

Most Read