Oregon coed named Miss Rogue Valley

Kayla Bowker says the best part of being Miss Rogue Valley is not the crown.

"With the crown comes the microphone," Bowker said after receiving the honor Saturday night at the Craterian Ginger Rodgers Theatre in Medford. "This gives me the opportunity to be an advocate for our community and a role model."

Bowker, 20, is a junior at the University of Oregon who grew up in Klamath Falls. She majors in family and human services, which informed her platform for the pageant.

"I want to spread awareness of childhood cancer," Bowker said.

Bowker will now head to Seaside to compete for the Miss Oregon crown in July.

When asked about the competition for the Miss Rogue Valley crown, Bowker laughed.

"It was extremely friendly," she said. "They all deserved the crown. These girls are all friends and role models."

The title of Miss Jackson County went to 20-year-old Kirsten Campbell. She is a junior at Southern Oregon University who studies criminology, history and music.

Marli Martin won Miss Rogue Valley's Outstanding Teen. The 13-year-old attends the seventh grade at Grace Christian School in Medford.

Her platform was advocating adoption, something that is close to her heart.

"My sister was adopted from Vietnam," she said.

Martin said she hopes to stay friends with the other girls vying for the teen crown.

"They were amazing," she said. "We all laughed so much during rehearsals."

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