11 compete for Miss Lake Tahoe title
November 15, 2005
“My Girl” will be the theme of this year’s Miss Lake Tahoe Scholarship Pageant at 2 p.m. Sunday at Harrah’s Showroom.
Eleven young women will compete; three for Miss Lake Tahoe Nevada and eight for Miss Lake Tahoe California. Scholarships are awarded to the contestants based on a combination of attributes, including competitions in interview, talent, on-stage personality in evening wear, casual wear and physical fitness in a swimsuit. The winners will receive a crown and scholarship monies and will go on to compete for Miss Nevada or Miss California in July 2006. All the contestants are guaranteed scholarship dollars as well.
The master of ceremonies duties will be shared by Kenna Lincoln, Miss Lake Tahoe 2004; Travis Cabral, world champion skier with the U.S. Ski Team; and Chris Smith, comedian and a member of the Tahoe Jugglers. Smith will also perform a juggling act with his brother, Nick Smith. Current titleholders, Elizabeth Coleman, Miss Lake Tahoe Nevada 2005; Julie Froyum, Miss Lake Tahoe California 2005; and Sarah Martin, Miss High Sierra 2005 will all perform their talent from their respective state pageants. Special guest, Crystal Wosik, Miss Nevada 2005, will also perform. A dance routine choreographed by Marcia Sarosik, producer of the show, will start the afternoon with all the contestants performing in the number.
Miss Lake Tahoe Nevada Contestants
— Jae Hamzik, 19, is a sophomore at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she maintains a 4.0 grade point average. She was senior class vice president, a member of the National Honor Society and a valedictorian at Douglas High School. She has taken classes in piano, dance and acting and will perform “All I Ask of You” from “Phantom of the Opera” on the piano for her talent. She is very interested in creating more awareness of diabetes in America which she has embraced as her platform.
— Jayme Lowe, 17, is a senior at Whittell High School where she is involved in Honor Society, student government, varsity basketball and track teams, and is an active member of Key Club. She also helped put together assemblies on domestic violence and drunk driving at Whittell. She attends Lake Tahoe Community College and is the student representative for the Tahoe-Douglas Chamber of Commerce. Her future plans include a degree in justice rights and law school. She will share her extensive dance training through a fast-paced jazz dance.
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— Annie Austin, 17, is a senior at Douglas High School, where she is a member of the National Honor Society and the Purple Ribbon Coalition, president of Key Club, plays varsity volleyball and JV track and field, 2005 AP Ventures Scholar, and received a 2005 Certificate of Appreciation from Nevada State Attorney General for outstanding community service. Her platform is “Promoting domestic violence education in our schools.” A degree in political economics and taking a leadership role to help our country are part of her future plans.
Miss Lake Tahoe California Contestants
— Lindsay Best, 18, a graduate of South Tahoe High School, is a freshman at University of Nevada, Reno, with a major in psychology. She is on the equestrian club/team at UNR where she helps disabled children using therapeutic horseback riding, which is also her platform issue. She has worked as a lifeguard and swim instructor for the city of South Lake Tahoe for four years and has played the piano, flute and oboe. In the talent portion of the pageant she will play “In the Beginning” composed by Dennis Alexander on the piano.
— Jessica Bettencourt, 17, a senior at South Tahoe High School, is on the Honor Roll, a member of Key Club, S.M.I.L.E., Leadership, and the Blue Ribbon Choir. She was chosen Girls State Delegate for Legislative Congress. Her volleyball club team was picked to go to the Junior Olympics in July 2005. She has had training in drama and likes piano, singing and dancing, as well as volleyball, basketball, snow skiing and water skiing. Her future interests include government/law, media/sports broadcasting and sports medicine.
— Melissa Gochnauer, 17, is a senior at South Tahoe High School. She was voted “nicest” for her grade one year, was captain of the soccer team in her junior year and was homecoming queen as a senior. She enjoys visiting the sick and elderly and like to be with people who are in special education. She enjoys soccer, hip-hop and interpretive dance, and working out. For the talent portion of the pageant she will perform an original monologue on her platform of drunk driving awareness. Her future plans are to go to college to pursue a nursing degree.
— Alexandra Grant, 17, is a senior at South Tahoe High School. She likes snowboarding, skiing, volleyball, hiking, wakeboarding and swimming. She is a volunteer for the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce and for local theater productions. Her platform is “Educating young kids on health and eating disorder awareness.” To showcase her 14 years of professional dance training, she will do a jazz dance to Kelly Clarkson’s “Since You’ve Been Gone.” Her future plans are to attend a four-year university and have a career in acting, dancing, or business and communication.
— Jennifer Reynolds, 17, a senior at South Tahoe High School, has been an honor student all four years. She is a board member with Tahoe Youth and Family Services, was a peer counselor for a year, a S.M.I.L.E. counselor for three years, is a peer assistant mentor, enjoys helping special education students, and likes helping sick, elderly and mentally challenged individuals. She was chosen to be on the TV show, “Awesome Adventures,” and placed in the top 20 at the National American Miss Pageant 2004. Her future plans are to become a psychologist.
— Alisha Bettencourt, 19, is a student at Lake Tahoe Community College and a graduate of STHS. She sang the National Anthem at a Giants game three years in a row and at boxing matches at Caesar’s Tahoe. She enjoys snowboarding, dancing, sewing, crocheting, knitting and especially singing. She will sing “Think of Me” from “Phantom of the Opera.”
Her platform is promoting charity work in our community. Her future plans are to get a bachelor’s degree in interior design, an associate degree in business and a cosmetologist license.
— Stephanie Van Buskirk, 18, is a freshman at Lake Tahoe Community College and received letters in marksmanship and cheerleading at STHS. She has studied clarinet, violin and drama, performed in “Ebenezer Scrooge” at Harrah’s and also enjoys snowboarding. She had been an active member of Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care and Rehabilitation Center for 10 years. Her platform is about rehabilitating and protecting wildlife. For her talent she will present an original comedic monologue. Her future plans are to become a registered pharmacist.
— Kelsey Adams, 19, is a student at Lake Tahoe Community College, majoring in English. She has studied acting, dance and music. She is a certified snowboard instructor at Sierra at Tahoe, likes to cook, read, write, go four-wheeling, garden and keep up on current events. She sings in her church choir, volunteers for beach clean-ups, Club Live, Lake Tahoe Bike Marathon and NJROTC. For her talent she will be performing an African Tribal Dance. Her future plans are to major in English at a four-year university and become a credentialed teacher.
Tickets for the pageant are $15 in advance and are available at the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce, Choices for Children, Marcia Sarosik Dance Studio and the Nail Girls. Tickets may also be purchased at the event and will be $18 for adults and $10 for children under 12.
For more information call (530) 544-0829.