Our 2014 Happy Canyon Princesses
Jory Spencer is the daughter of Brent Spencer and Bobby Spencer. A graduate of Pendleton High School, she lettered in volleyball, basketball and softball there and won multiple honors in all three sports, which she played all four years of her high school career. Spencer is attending BMCC on a softball scholarship. She plans on completing the dental assistant program there and transferring to Eastern Oregon University to earn a four-year degree in dental hygiene. She then wants to study dentistry in graduate school and returning to Pendleton as a dentist.
Spencer has appeared as an extra during the Native American village scene in Happy Canyon. Her family has a long history with Happy Canyon, beginning in 1946, when her great grandmother, Matilda Sampson Spencer won the American Indian Beauty Pageant. Her cousin, Michelle Spencer was a Happy Canyon princess. Her maternal relatives, the Pound family, have also been involved in the Happy Canyon show for decades. She says that both sides of her family have instilled in her the importance of embracing her heritage and contributing to Round-Up and Happy Canyon.
"I feel very privileged for the opportunity to be a Happy Canyon princess," she said. "Not only will I be representing Happy Canyon's famous night show throughout the Northwest, but also the tradition of my tribe and the legacy my family has passed on to me."
Marissa Baumgartner is the daughter of Keysha and Aaron Ashley of Pendleton and Jeff Baumgartner of Pendleton. Her American Indian name is Yix-Yix-K'awa, which means Red-Tailed Hawk. A student at Blue Mountain Community College, she is studying to become an elementary school teacher and administrator for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
At Pendleton High School she danced for state-champion-winning Rhythmic Mode. During three years in high school she was treasurer for the Native American Board of Representatives and is currently a mentor for Daughters of Tradition.
She first appeared in the Happy Canyon Night Show when she was in elementary school. Her family has a rich history of involvement with the pageant. The long list of her family members who have reigned as Happy Canyon princesses includes Judy Burke Farrow, Alvina Burke Huesties, Terry Parr, Alva Sheoships, Patty RedCrane, Lillian Moses and Adrienne Farrow. Her trappings belong to her great aunt, Theresa Farrow and her great uncle, Matthew Farrow Sr.
"I am proud to be a Happy Canyon princess, because representing the tribes, the people of Pendleton and the tradition of Happy Canyon has always been important to me," she said. "I am also thrilled that I will be somebody for the young girls near and far to look up to. I am extremely blessed to have this opportunity."