PENDLETON - The Happy Canyon Board of Directors has named Chelsey Dick and Monece Moses the 2007 Happy Canyon princesses.

According to Happy Canyon Court Director Jason Hill, the two young women are naturals for the duties.

"We couldn't be more pleased to have these two young women as ambassadors for not only Happy Canyon, but the entire community during the next year," he said.

Hill and the other members of the board are inviting the public to attend the official announcement party for Dick and Moses. It will be held at 3 p.m., Jan. 14 at the Pendleton Convention Center.

"We can't wait for everyone to join us Jan. 14, and welcome the two wonderful ladies that have been selected to serve on the Happy Canyon court in 2007," Happy Canyon President Doug Corey said. "It should be a fun time for the families and everyone involved."

Chelsey Dick is the 19-year-old daughter of Lance and Heidi Dick of Pendleton. She's a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

She comes from a long line of Happy Canyon princesses, including her grandmother, Marie Dick. Her father has participated in the Happy Canyon Night Show for 15 years as one of the chiefs. She herself is in the wedding scene as a bride, a role she inherited from one of her aunts. Dick won first place in the American Indian Beauty Pageant in 2002.

Her interests include spending time with her family and sports - especially softball and basketball. She has attended Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham and hopes to return to that school or attend the Art Institute of Portland and earn a degree in Web design. She currently works at CTUIR's Head Start program.

Monece Moses is the 20-year-old daughter of Judith Moses and Brian Conner who both live in Pendleton.

She is an enrolled member of CTUIR. Like Dick, she comes from a long line of Happy Canyon royalty including her mother, a princess in 1971, and many aunts and cousins. She's been involved with the Happy Canyon night show since she was 7, participating in the village and wedding scenes. She took second place in the Junior American Indian Beauty Pageant in 2000.

Moses has attended Lane Community College in Eugene. She is employed at Tamastslikt Cultural Institute and plans to continue her education at a four-year college or university, focusing on dramatic arts and ethnic studies.

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