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Alyssa Wood (center) was crowned Miss Farmington April 29. Jesslyn Abendroth (left) is First Attendant and Nicole Banovich Second Attendant.
Alyssa Wood (center) was crowned Miss Farmington April 29. Jesslyn Abendroth (left) is First Attendant and Nicole Banovich Second Attendant.
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Miss Farmington royalty crowned
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Alyssa Wood (center) was crowned Miss Farmington April 29. Jesslyn Abendroth (left) is First Attendant and Nicole Banovich Second Attendant.
Alyssa Wood (center) was crowned Miss Farmington April 29. Jesslyn Abendroth (left) is First Attendant and Nicole Banovich Second Attendant.
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FARMINGTON—A new queen has been crowned. Alyssa Wood was named Miss Farmington 2017 at a pageant held April 29 at Viewmont High School. Jesslyn Abendroth was selected as First Attendant and Nicole Banovich as Second Attendant.

“It’s been a process for me,” said Wood, a senior at Davis High School. “Last year I was Second Attendant and I decided to do it again because I had a lot more experience.”

Wood’s platform is GOALS, which means Get Out and Live Strong. “It’s living with purpose and passion,” she said. “We have to get out of the negative mindset and realize we can accomplish anything we want to. I want to make a difference with my platform.”

Throughout her year as Miss Farmington, Wood plans to promote her platform at events and schools. “I’ve partnered with Ivy Girls Academy and I will be mentoring at their summer camp,” she said. “Then in September I’ll be at a 5k to encourage accomplishing physical goals. Farmington’s Got Talent is another event I’ll be doing. I’m hoping to get into elementaries. I really think I can make a difference in that age group.”

Wood chose the platform because she used to struggled with insecurities herself. “For a while I suffered with a negative, depressed mindset,” she said. “I started to focus on the bigger picture and it made a difference for me. I want to help other’s lives too.”

The Miss Farmington pageant is a preliminary to the Miss Utah and Miss America contests, said pageant director Shantay Lowell. “Contestants compete with a private interview, talent, an onstage question, evening gown and lifestyle/fitness (swimsuit),” said Lowell. “We give away over $3,500 in scholarships. They start in January with workshops all the way until the pageant. They’ve spent months getting ready.”

Contestants put in a lot of work to prepare for the pageant, but they are also required to give service to the city and county. “We’re a sponsor for the Children’s Miracle Network,” Lowell said. “All the local money we raise goes to Primary’s. We raised close to $1,500. The girls did a great job.”

The pageant might be over, but the work has just begun for Wood who will attend all of the upcoming city events as well as prepare for the Miss Utah pageant next year. “I’m really looking forward to Farmington Festival Days and a week long of go, go, go,” she said. “It’s a lot of hard work but lots of fun.”

In addition to school and her new duties, Wood is a CNA at Fairfield Village. “I love the way it makes me feel,” she said of her job. “Communicating with people not of my generation I get to hear about their lives.”

Wood received the Involvement Scholarship at Utah State University and plans to attend there in the fall to pursue a business degree. “I’ve loved the medical field so healthcare administration is my ultimate goal.”

For the talent portion of the pageant, Wood sang a Michael Buble song. “I love to sing,” she said. “It’s where I feel the most comfortable. Even if I’m being judged, I’m having fun and that’s all that matters. We have to be nice to ourselves. Sometimes we’re our biggest critic – we should be our biggest cheerleader.”

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Movie Beat: Johnny Depp, new crew surprisingly entertaining in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”
by JENNIFFER WARDELL
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PG-13 for violence, gore and frightening or intense scenes

Screenplay by Jeff Nathanson, story by Jeff Nathanson and Terry Rossio, based on characters created by Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Stuart Beattie, and Jay Wolpert

Directed by Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg

Starring Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, Kevin McNally, Golshifteh Farahani, David Wenham and more

Grade: Two and a half stars

This particular crew of “Pirates” has finally surprised me.

Unlike the last few sequels the series has spawned “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” manages to be coherent, seemingly well thought out, and surprisingly entertaining. Though the fact that it’s essentially a remix of the first “Pirates” film seems less an affectionate nod to the original and more of a desperate attempt to recapture some of the magic, the movie earns points by striving to correct some of the nonsense of the last few sequels. Add a set of surprisingly engaging new leads who manage to outshine some of the series’s more familiar faces, and it feels like a breath of relatively fresh air into a series that had seemingly managed to sink itself.

The young hero in this movie is Will and Elizabeth’s son, Henry, who clearly inherited all of his mother’s spunk and is determined to free his father from the curse he was trapped in at the end of the third “Pirates.” Add Jack Sparrow, a science-minded young troublemaker with surprising parentage, several familiar faces from the previous films, yet another undead sailor who both needs Jack to break his curse and wants to kill Jack a lot, a convenient magic artifact, and you have the movie.

As I said, the movie is basically a remix of “Curse of the Black Pearl.” There’s a potential hanging, cursed fathers, murderous sailor ghosts, a spunky brown-haired girl determined to go on adventure, Barbossa, a spunky young man with series father issues and an insane amount of determination, and, as always, Captain Jack. Our determined young man even runs into Jack in a prison cell, determined to break him out because he needs Jack’s help on his mighty quest, and is horribly disappointed by what he finds. Original, this is not.

It is, however, at least fairly engaging. The writers have avoided the tangle of the later films, streamlining the plot to a straightforward adventure that has just enough twists to keep it interesting. There’s a credits tag that teases at a sequel, as well as a few loose plot threads that could be revisited, but despite that the movie feels complete on its own. More than that, it actually addresses many of the plot threads left loose in previous films, organizing them and cleaning them up as concisely as possible. It’s possible it does too much too fast, but at this point in the series I find that infinitely preferable to its previous tendency to do nothing at all.

The cast helps matters along a great deal. Henry is a likable protagonist, the culmination of his parents’ wildest and most ridiculous qualities, and he’s in general much less easily thrown by Jack than his father was. Carina is equally likable, her scientific bent possibly the one original thing in the whole movie, and she has a wildness to match Henry’s and a confidence that outshines even Jack’s (who she’s not even slightly charmed by). Watching them go on adventure all on their own would have been entertaining enough, and if the trailers had paid more attention to either I would have been more excited for the movie in the first place.

Captain Jack steals a huge chunk of screen time, as always, but unlike in previous films there’s no attempt to pretend he’s the hero of the piece. Depp’s existence in the movie is purely a matter of comedy, most of which is physical, and the fact that the movie admits it makes the character less grating than he has been in some of the earlier sequels. His role as comic relief also makes it more tolerable that his character development remains as nonexistent as always - he remains as clueless, opportunistic and shallow as he was in the first minutes of the very first movie all those years ago.

Luckily, it seems as though the “Pirates” series in general has grown up a little.

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