By Jimmie Ferguson

Killeen Daily Herald

A 15-year-old Ellison High School sophomore was crowned the Killeen Fire Departments 2004 Miss Flame on Monday.

Stephanie Mills was selected from 12 candidates competing in KFDs 30th annual Miss Flame Competition.

I was very honored and very surprised, Stephanie said. I was shocked, because there were a lot of girls who were good candidates.

I hope to go on to the other pageants and give it my all, said the daughter of Ron and Lajean Mills of Killeen. Stephanies next competition is at the district level.

We were very proud of her, Lejean Mills said. This was something she wanted to try for the first time, and she did a really good job.

Stephanie is very active in community activities. In the past two years, she has won the Patriots Pen 2002 and the Voice of Democracy 2003 competitions. She takes part in the break dancing club at school as well as the FFA and a floral design team.

She spends her time dancing, cooking for her family and spending time caring for her animals. She also enjoys drama and writing.

If Stephanie fails to complete her yearlong obligation, first runner-up Katy Hobson, 15, will replace her.

Katy, the daughter of David and Pat Hobson of Killeen, is a sophomore at Killeen High School, where she enjoys cheerleading and is a member of student council, AVID, Carpenters Crew and a youth group.

With the slogan, Fight Fire with Fire (Prevention), Jordan Bates McCoy won the 2004 Killeen Fire Prevention Slogan Contest.

Topping the lists in the KFD annual Fire Prevention Poster Contest were:

n Primary Division first place, Rhianna Landez of Pershing Park Elementary; second place, Anastasiya St. Rohonova of Iduma Elementary; and third place, Natasha Arch of Cedar Valley Elementary.

n Intermediate Division first place, John Roxas of Cedar Valley Elementary; second place, Mariah Mueller of Brookhaven Elementary; and third place, Courtney Partain of Iduma Elementary.

n Junior High Division first place, Kerry Julian of Liberty Hill Middle; second place, Garysa Hazel of Palo Alto Middle; and third place, Abbygayle Hess of Nolan Middle.

n High School Division first place, Bradley Turland of EHS; second place, Axel M. Torres of KHS; second place, McMichael Crain of KHS; and third place, Joyce Aguayo of KHS.

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