The Upper Rogue is further represented at the Pear Blossom Festival this year by Heather Lass as a princesses and Micaela Saling as first runner up. Both join seven other young women on the court with its activities, culminating in the parade last Saturday.
Heather, a senior at Prospect High School, spends her time on the playing fields of volleyball, basketball, and softball. Her volleyball skills landed her a scholarship to Yakima Valley Community College. On weekends, she enjoys helping her sister Adrian, a veterinarian. Heather’s career goal is to be a vet tech, the person who can do most anything with the animals except surgery. She is senior class secretary, member of the leadership club, student aide in preschool and kindergarten classrooms, and a peer mentor; plus she claims membership on the honor roll and was a student of the month. During the three month’s of meetings readying the girls for their reign, she learned interview techniques, about self-awareness, and how to sew on a button. All good life skills.
Micaela Saling, an Eagle Point High School senior, is a busy young woman. She can be seen hauling around photography equipment, and did some senior photo shoots for classmates, as well as for the EP City Council. A busy young woman, she is senior class secretary, involved with SkillsUSA, and a student representative at D9 School Board meetings. She has been a student of the month, and is a member of the Honor Society. On a chilling note, she participated in the Polar Plunge. Her college choice is Portland State University with a major in marketing and a minor in graphic design, granting her a degree that can take her into marketing as well as other fields. She, too, enjoyed the classes offered by the Festival court—job interview and impromptu skills, and coaching in stage presence.
Both young women maintain good grades, a priority in their busy lives. And once more, the Upper Rogue community should be proud and would want to wish them well.