Fathoms O’ Fun season kicks off with fundraiser

By Sara Miller

Kitsap News Group

Port Orchard’s Fathoms O’ Fun season, themed “I’ve Got the Magic in Me,” is now underway.

The venerable community festival kicked off its season by hosting a spaghetti feed fundraiser and staging its royal tea, where this year’s contestants were introduced.

The Fathoms O’ Fun pageant is set for 4 p.m. on March 4.

“The biggest changes this year is that Gig Harbor students can also participate,” coordinator Helene Johnson said. “They don’t have any program like this, and it’s great they now have the opportunity to serve and be a part of what we have here.

“The other change is we have adjusted the age bracket with the grade reconfiguration. So students from grades 6-8 will compete in the junior category. Contestants from grade 9 on through 20 years of age compete in the senior category.”

After the spaghetti dinner fundraising event Jan. 26, Fathoms hosted its annual royalty tea to introduce the 2017 royal contestants to the community.

Contestant 1: Jaycee Baumer

Parents: Lisa and Jeffrey Baumer

Age: 14

School: South Kitsap High School

Platform: Human Trafficking

College Goals: “Attend Olympic College and later transfer to a four-year university.”

Contestant 2: Mackenzie Wright

Parents: Joe and Jennifer Wright

Age: 15

School: South Kitsap High School

Platform: Veterans with PTSD

College goals: “To go to a four-year college and major in sociology and minor in criminology with hopes to become a detective.”

Contestant 3: Hannah Hawkins

Parents: Iris and Brian Fagerland

Age: 17

School: South Kitsap High School

Platform: Funding of Band vs. Athletics

College goals: “I hope to get into honors college and/or graduate with honors and study neuroscience and/or chemistry.”

Contestant 4: Cory Miller

Parents: Joel and Kerry Miller

Age: 15

School: South Kitsap High School

Platform: Rescue Every Dog (R.E.D)

College goals: “My college goal is to attend Washington State University and obtain a master’s degree in zoology.”

Contestant 5: Madison Saling

Parents: Meredith and Loren Saling

Age: 15

School: South Kitsap High School

Platform: Having a Positive Mind Improves Peoples Lives

College goals: “The Art Institute of Seattle.”

Contestant 6: Anastasiya Siliverstova

Parents: Nataliya Siliverstova &Leonid Siliverstov

Age: 16

School: South Kitsap High School

Platform: Animals in Captivity

College goals: “To go to Washington State University, become a neonatal nurse and travel around the world.”

Contestant 7: Jamison Folden

Parents: Jeremy and Kasey Folden

Age: 14

School: Gig Harbor High School

Platform: Washington’s education

College goals: “Go to Stanford or Western Washington University to obtain a master’s degree and join the military.”

Contestant 8: Alainna Widdifield

Parents: Nancy and Mike Widdifield

Age: 16

School: Olympic College for Running Start

Platform: Coral Reefs and How We Affect the Ocean

College goals: “Attend Stanford and major in marine biology.”

Contestant 9: Veronica Mihai

Parents: Viorel and Jennifer Mihai


School: Cedar Heights Middle School

Platform: Inspiring girls to be confident, bold and strong.

College goals: “I would like to study to be an author.”

Contestant 10: Hailey Chambard

Parent: Jennifer Chambard

Age: 12

School: Marcus Whitman Junior High

Platform: Homelessness

College goals: “Get a degree as a marine biologist.”

Contestant 11: J’Elaine Wall

Parents: JaRon and Lynn Wall

Age: 13

School: Marcus Whitman Junior High

Platform: Bullying

College goals: Unknown at this time.

Contestant 12: Danyelle Wilcox

Parents: Cheryl and David Wilcox

Age: 13 years

School: Cedar Heights Middle School

Platform: Autism Spectrum Disorder

College goals: “I would love to major in the performing arts.”

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