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Beauty queens: Two local women to compete for state titles

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Alisha Bettencourt

Alisha Bettencourt, Miss Lake Tahoe California 2006, is in Fresno, Calif., this week competing with 51 other title holders from all over California for the job of Miss California.

The preliminary position of the competition takes place before a live audience June 28, 29 and 30. The top 10 finalists will then compete in all phases of competition (except interview) July 1.

Bettencourt, 20, is a student at Lake Tahoe Community College, where she is studying interior design. She competed in evening wear Wednesday, physical fitness in a swimsuit Thursday, and on Friday will have an opportunity to perform her vocal piece, “Think of Me” from the Broadway musical “Phantom of the Opera.” All competition nights take place at the William Saroyan Theater in Fresno. Tickets are still available through Ticket Master.

Annie Austin, Miss Lake Tahoe Nevada 2006, will spend a week in Mesquite, Nev., for the Miss Nevada Pageant starting July 10. She will compete with 13 other young women from throughout the state for the title that will be awarded on stage at the Casa Blanca Resort July 15. Her week will be spent in rehearsals for the pageant, but will allow time for a tour of Nellis Air Force Base and dinner with officers. She also will visit Heidi’s Cottage, a Salvation Army program, to deliver baby items for needy residents of Mesquite, assist with a golf tournament and make various appearances.

Austin, 18, is a recent graduate of Douglas High School and will perform a character piano piece for her talent, combing her musical training with her infectious sense of fun. Tickets are available for the event at

All contestants have worked hard for their week and will be rewarded with scholarship monies even if they do not go home with a title. The newly crowned Miss California and Miss Nevada will both go on to compete for the title of Miss America.

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