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Pageant contestants exude poise, ambition

Published Aug. 31, 2005

Most contestants in the Miss Citrus County Scholarship Pageant are older and, perhaps, wiser. They are college students or high school seniors on the verge of stepping into a bigger world. They have begun to think about their futures.

So we asked them: "Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"

Most had pretty decided thoughts on that question. Read these and then think about it: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

+ Jennifer Arnold, 18: "I'll still be furthering my education. I want to become an occupational therapist. And maybe beginning a family."

+ Stephani Fohrman, 20: "I hope to have a successful career in law . . . with something still in music, such as being a music production lawyer."

+ Ellen King, 19: "I'll probably be in an elementary school somewhere in Florida teaching third grade. I want to accomplish my goal of becoming a teacher before accomplishing anything else, such as starting a family."

+ Leilani Otero, 18: "In 10 years I see myself as a pediatrician or a dermatologist. I'll probably be just getting out of college. I'd like to be living in West Palm Beach, but I'm really not sure where I'll be."

+ Tammi Lee Robinson, 17: "I see myself practicing at Shands Hospital as a nurse or pediatrician in OB or in the prenatal department."

+ Ashley Surkamer, 18: "I'll still be dancing, that's for sure! I'd like to be successful at owning a dance studio."