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Miss Lake Tahoe crowned

Sarah Gonser

Tiffany Good won $4,000 Sunday at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe – and she wasn’t gambling.

Good, 17, a South Tahoe High School senior, won the 1999 Miss Lake Tahoe Scholarship Pageant.

The talented young woman, daughter of Jerry and Kathy, plans to attend either a University of California school or a four-year private university to pursue a degree in international relations and law. Good played the piano for her talent presentation and is now eligible to compete at the Miss Nevada Pageant. If she wins that, she could eventually go on to compete in the Miss America contest.

While anxious parents and cheering friends eagerly watched the show, the seven contestants danced, sang, modeled bathing suits and evening gowns and answered a short series of questions.

Sophia Carter, 17, a South Tahoe High School senior, won First Runner-Up and a $1,500 scholarship. Robyn Lindner, 17, also a South Tahoe High School senior, won Miss Congeniality and $500. The other four contestants each won $500.

The winner was crowned by the reigning Miss Nevada, Anna Carpenter, who graciously explained the duties of a beauty pageant winner.

“My job is to travel to 19 local pageants,” said the tall, blonde University of Nevada, Reno, title-holder. “I also do a great deal of motivational speaking at schools all over the state. That’s what the pageant is all about – volunteer work.”

Carpenter won $16,000 in scholarships through various pageant activities.

“For me, the crown is a symbol of the money I earned in scholarships,” Carpenter said, referring to the coveted rhinestone crown pinned to her head with numerous hair pins. “Most of us don’t take the crown too seriously, it’s really just a symbol,” Carpenter said.

The contestants, after dazzling the crowds with song and dance numbers and musical performances, were asked to answer questions about the issues they held close to their hearts. Child abuse ranked high among the young women’s choices, followed by fetal alcohol syndrome, anorexia, bulemia and the fate of the hearing impaired.

As one parent said, it was an educational experience.

“I think the whole thing is just wonderful,” said mother, Janet Carter. “I thought it would be a whole bunch of fluff but it turned out to be quite an educational experience. They had to brush up on their current affairs, learn about some important issues – and do the fluff.”

The event, hosted by Dave Carr and Terrie Q. Sayre, was organized by the Board of the Miss Lake Tahoe Scholarship Foundation and sponsored by Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.

For many of the organizers, the pageant was a dream come true.

“The pageant was discontinued 34 years ago,” said Janis Brand, co-executive director of the scholarship foundation. “It was a dream of Renee Conway’s, who has been involved in pageant for many years, to get it going again.”

And what did the jubilant mother of the newly crowned Miss Lake Tahoe have to say about the afternoon’s events?

“I’m just overwhelmed. I’m so proud,” said Good’s mother, Kathy. “They were all so wonderful, I wouldn’t know how to be a judge.”

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