Two young women from the Glendale area will compete as state finalists
in the Miss California Sweetheart Pageant this weekend at the LAX
Marriott Hotel in Los Angeles.
Ronika Manukyan, 10, is the daughter of Anatoly and Marina Manukyan of
Glendale. She is a fourth-grader at Horace Mann Elementary School.
Her activities are entering talent and photogenic contests, dancing,
singing, drawing and poetry.
Brittany B. G. Benson, 9, is the daughter of Michael Benson and Gigi
Grossman, owners of Mobile Vet in Glendale.
She is involved in Girl Scouts, cheerleading, dancing, singing and Tae
Kwon Do. She volunteers at the veterinary hospital and takes care of
animals at her parents’ Mobile Vet business.
Melissa Painter, daughter of Guy and Gail Painter of Palmdale and
granddaughter to Rita and Peter Albrecht of Palmdale and Frankie Gina of
Glendale and Scott Painter of Bodfish has been recognized for her
achievement as a national leadership and service award-winner by the U.S.
Joanna Bottrell of Glendale has been awarded a dean’s scholarship and
a writing scholarship to attend Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She is
the daughter of John and Alberta Bottrell, and will graduate from Hoover
Melissa Brownfield of Glendale, a biology major at Walla Walla College
in College Place, Wash. will be included in the 2002 edition of “Who’s
Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.”