Girl sparkles at pageant |

Girl sparkles at pageant

Jim Grant/Tahoe Daily TribuneRiana Cerceo, 9, demonstrates the poise and style that won her a $400 scholarship at the Nevada State Cinderella Girl Scholarship Pageant at Las Vegas.

Riana Cerceo, Cinderella Western Nevada Mini Miss for 2000-01 and reigning Nevada State Talent Mini Miss, was the Jewel of the Sierra and sparkled at the recent Nevada State Cinderella Girl Scholarship pageant at Las Vegas. She placed first alternate overall for the 2002 Nevada State Mini Miss, winning a $400 college scholarship and qualifying to enter the 2002 international pageant.

Sponsored by her parents, Tahoe Family Dentists, Drs. Chris A. Cerceo and Jeanie Kaufman Cerceo, the 9-year-old Stateline girl competed with 123 other young ladies for various titles. The girls were judged on personal interviews, sportswear and partywear modeling and talent exhibitions. Riana garnered multiple awards in other specialized pageant designations including talent, photogenicity and beauty. Her talent presentation was a tango-jazz number from Disney Radio’s “Dance With Me,” choreographed by Joan Elias of Kelly Alvarez’s Dance Visions Studio at Round Hill.

Riana attends Zephyr Cove Elementary School, where she will be in the fourth grade and ranks G.T. and math as her favorite subjects. She has been taking dance lessons for seven years, when she started at the Marcia Sarosik Dance Studio, where she continues to dance. She enjoys couples dance with her 12-year-old brother, Mac, as well as many other styles of dance, piano and theater. She and her brother have performed with Dorothy Farnon and Brian Farnon in the annual production of “Ebenezer Scrooge” for four years. Riana also participates in gymnastics, soccer, baseball, water skiing and downhill skiing with the Heavenly Foundation Ski Team.

The Cinderella Girls Youth Division Scholarship program motto, “Where Dreams Begin,” exemplifies the goal of helping each girl learn she can achieve any goal she strives for. The object of the program is to gain self-confidence and poise through the development of communication skills, unique talent and self-discipline. Infinite possibilities for achievement and acknowledgement are realized.

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