Foursome eyes crown

As the old saying goes, there’s strength in numbers. However, as this year’s Miss Tracy Scholarship Program participants will soon prove, you don’t need numbers to show strength.

This year’s field of contestants includes just four girls, the fewest since there were five in 2015.

Volunteer helper Jesse James, a Miss Tracy stalwart who has worked with countless participants over the decades, said having such a small number of girls taking part in the program has made practices easier and has allowed him to spend more one-on-one time with each girl.

“It makes a huge difference,” he said. “It’s going to take some talent to pull off the show with four girls — these four girls can do it. I can just tell by their attitude and their determination and how quickly they learn. They’re going to be able to pull it off.”

Those vying for the title of Miss Tracy 2024 on Sept. 3 are Natalie Cook (dance), daughter of Paul and Hilary Sanders; Lorelai VanMoer (speech), daughter of Heather and Matthew VanMoer; Jordyn Hanson (vocal), daughter of Robert and Kelly Hanson and Stacy Hanson; and Emma Chandler (speech), daughter of Tom and Alecia Chandler.

The program, which was originally going to be held at The Caboose because of construction at Tracy Area High School, was recently moved back to the high school gym.

The show will begin at 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

See more in this week’s paper!