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Skyla Harper, junior-to-be at Center for Advanced Learning, noted for her philanthropy

PMG PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Princess Skyla Harper will attend CAL as a junior next year and plans to pursue a career as a pediatric oncology nurse after high school. Though Skyla Harper's ideal outfit will one day be a stethoscope and medical scrubs, this summer she'll don a tiara as Sandy Mountain Festival's second youngest princess.

Harper will be a junior at the Center for Advanced Learning (CAL) next year, and hopes to utilize the school's connection to Oregon Health & Sciences University to set up her career in the medical field.

Through an experience undergoing chemotherapy to stabilize a tumor on her optic nerve at a younger age, Harper found inspiration to become a pediatric oncology nurse.

And, as a freshman at Sandy High, she raised $2,700 for the Children's Cancer Association (CCA) with a 5k run she organized herself.

Most of Harper's volunteer work has been with the Sandy High School HOSA group for future healthcare professionals and as a member of the CCA's Young Adult Alliance in the Portland area.

She has also acted as a student leader at Abundant Life Church and helped coach youth cheer in Sandy, where she had her first experience with the Sandy Mountain Festival parade.

As a princess on the court, Harper is most looking forward to "getting her tiara."

She also "likes seeing the community come together at the festival.

"You don't realize how many people are in Sandy until you see them all there," she noted.

Given that she was already The Sandy Post's 2019 Amazing Kid, Harper didn't expect to be nominated for the court this year.

"I was shocked," she said. "But I'm also really excited."

To set herself apart from the rest of the court, Harper plans to wear her white Crocs with charm embellishments along with her gown in the parade.


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