by: Courtesy of Katie Wilson, CC Barber, a 2005 graduate of Scappoose High School, was named Miss Oregon 2009.

For the second time in four years, Scappoose native CC Barber made it into the finals of the Miss Oregon pageant.

Unlike in 2006, when Barber was named runner-up, the 23-year-old nursing student took home the crown this year. Watching Barber win the competition was thrilling for her grandmother, Dona Hadley, who raised Barber from when she was 5 months old.

'We were overwhelmed,' said Hadley, 65. 'It was really good.'

Since the pageant, which took place July 8 to 11 in Seaside, Barber has been running around with program officials, prepping for appearances around the state and nation. Hadley said she is proud of Barber.

'She has touched so many lives,' Hadley said. 'She's been so much a part of everybody's life.'

Barber's victory marks the second time in three years that a Scappoose woman won Oregon's top pageant. In 2006, Scappoose's Donilee McGinnis, now 27, won the title on the platform of autism awareness.

Barber, who will compete in the Miss America pageant in January 2009, danced her way to the top of Oregon's competition. Barber had won multiple titles as a member of the Scappoose High School dance team for four years.

She tapped that skill when performing a modern dance interpretation in front of pageant judges last weekend. Her service platform was based on 'revolutionary mentoring' for at-risk youth.

In addition to the $10,000 Miss Oregon scholarship, Barber also landed the $2,500 Katie Harman 'Spirit of Katie' scholarship, in honor of the 2002 Miss America winner from Oregon. Barber also won the Jenny 'Mother' Bremer Meeting the Challenge scholarship.

A 2005 graduate of Scappoose High, Barber first attended Mills College in California, then transferred to Samuel Merritt School of Nursing when she decided to pursue that career. That is the typical route for nursing students at Mills College, Hadley said.

Originally interested in gymnastics as a youth, Barber switched over to dance when gymnastics took too large of a toll on her body.

Hadley said people have been congratulating her around town for Barber's victory. Two Miss Oregon winners in four years is pretty good for a small community like Scappoose, Hadley noted.

'We're a little town, but don't be surprised about what comes out of this town,' she said.

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