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Miss Lake Tahoe offers chance at scholarship money

“A Nevada & California Celebration” is the theme of this year’s Miss Lake Tahoe Scholarship pageant, which will begin at 2 p.m. Jan. 19 in the Harrah’s Lake Tahoe South Shore Room.

A total of 14 women will compete, four for the title of Miss Lake Tahoe Nevada 2003 and 10 for the title of Miss Lake Tahoe California 2003. Local professional and amateur talents will be on hand to entertain the audience and it promises to be as entertaining as the event last year.

Harrah’s is again the official host of the pageant, which is sponsored by the Miss Lake Tahoe Scholarship Foundation. The Miss Lake Tahoe Scholarship pageant is an official preliminary to the Miss America Pageant. Miss Lake Tahoe Nevada 2003 will represent Lake Tahoe in the Miss Nevada pageant and Miss Lake Tahoe California 2003 will represent Lake Tahoe in the Miss California pageant. Both state pageants take place in July 2003 and include additional scholarships dollars for each contestant.



The pageant presentation is open to the public and admission is $15 at the door. For tickets and more information call (530) 577-4603. Scholarships are awarded to the contestants based on composite attributes including competitions in interview, talent, on-stage personality in evening wear and physical fitness in a swimsuit. Whether a contestant is a natural public speaker, excels in school or is an incredible artist, she will have an opportunity to showcase her talents.

The program will be emceed by Dave Carr, host of K-MTN TV and Teresa Benitez, Miss Nevada 2002 and third runner-up to Miss America. Benitez, Aubrey Burton, current Miss Lake Tahoe Nevada, and Katy Stovall, the current Miss Lake Tahoe California, will have an opportunity to present their competition talents at the show. Another past title holder, Mandy Ralls, Miss Lake Tahoe 2001, is the choreographer for this year’s pageant as well as a performer.




Miss Lake Tahoe Nevada contestants are:

Elizabeth Coleman, 17, who is a senior at Douglas High School, where she is historian of Key Club, editor of the school newspaper, secretary of Thespians and plays on the tennis team. Coleman enjoys sports, theater and volunteering as commander of the South Lake Tahoe Police Explorers in her spare time. She will be a freshman at the University of Nevada, Reno in the fall of 2003, where she will explore marketing and public relations. A song and dance will provide an opportunity for Coleman to exhibit her talent.

Stacy Graham, 17, will graduate from Whittell High School in 2003. She is a cheerleader, member of the National Honor Society, Key Club and Black & White Choir. Outside school Graham enjoys traveling, dancing, walking her dog with her dad and redesigning her own clothes. Next year her academic plans are to begin study at a four-year university, where she hopes to earn advanced degrees in marketing or entrepreneurship. Her talent presentation will provide an opportunity to showcase her dance training.

Elizabeth Janssen, 17, is another senior at Douglas. She has been involved in dance team and the yellow ribbon committee, which makes students aware of the signs of depression. In her non-school hours she enjoys surrounding herself with people, dancing, listening to music and baby sitting. Janssen will be attending the University of Nevada, Reno in the fall where she will double major in business and education. She will perform a hip-hop dance for the talent portion of the competition.

Alyson Van Deusen, 18, is also a senior at Whittell, where she has been involved in Key Club, National Honor Society, track, cross country running, is captain of the cheerleading team and is a reporter at the school newspaper. Dance, kickboxing, skiing, musical theater and a job as teen correspondent for K-MTN round out her out-of-school time. Van Deusen plans to major in broadcast journalism at a four-year university to become the next Katie Couric. She will share her talent through a character jazz dance.

Miss Lake Tahoe California contestants are:

Jessica Godsey, 17, is a senior at South Tahoe High School. She has been involved in basketball, track and Students Making It a Little Easier. Spending time with friends, doing puzzles with her Mom, listening to music, skateboarding, and going to the beach around out her free time. Godsey plans to pursue her education at California State University, San Diego or Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, where she will major in aerospace engineering. Her talents will be showcased through her presentation of a funny dance.

Tiffany Carter, 17, is a South Tahoe High School senior. She is active on the dance and swim teams and has received Golden State Honors in biology. She enjoys singing, dancing, musicals and playing the saxophone and drums in addition to her involvement in her church worship team and work as a lifeguard and swim instructor. Carter plans to embrace her enthusiasm for music by continuing her education at Azusa Pacific University in the field of music. She will share her talent at the pageant by presenting a vocal piece.

Jennifer Scott, 17, is a senior at South Tahoe High School. She has been a cheerleader, member of the swim team and is involved in Leadership. She was selected homecoming queen at STHS this year and enjoys snowboarding in the winter and wakeboarding in the summer as well as hiking, camping, travel and dancing. Carter’s post-high school academic plans include studying at a junior college in Santa Barbara and eventually earning a degree in fashion. She will showcase her talents with a jazz dance routine.

Jessica Stallman, 17, is a senior at STHS, where her school interests include honor choir, yearbook staff, advanced drama and S.M.I.L.E. She received recognition for English and honors in biology in the Golden State Exams. Stallman enjoys reading, snowboarding and writing poetry. Her college plans include earning a degree in order to become an elementary school teacher. She will attend Lake Tahoe Community College in the fall. A popular vocal piece will provide an opportunity to display her talent.

Erika Gonzalez, 18, will graduate from STHS in 2003. She is a S.M.I.L.E. peer counselor, plays soccer, is a member of the dance team and has received Golden State Exam honors and recognition in several subjects. Gonzalez is currently learning to play the guitar, enjoys all forms of dance and has a passion for cartoons — especially Spongebob Squarepants. Her academic plans include study in the field of physics or astronomy at a four-year university. A hip-hop number will feature her dance talents.

Sarah Martin, 17, will graduate from STHS in 2003. She is a four-year cheerleader and is involved in art, music and drama. Singing, painting, writing poems and shopping occupy her time away from school. Martin’s academic plans include attending Lake Tahoe Community College and then transferring to study radiology and becoming an X-ray technician or an actress. She will present an original monologue as her talent at the competition.

Julie Froyum, 17 is a senior at STHS. She has been involved with and has been captain of the Alpine ski team and has earned a place in Who’s Who Among High School Students. When she isn’t baking her famous cookies, she enjoys listening to music, fishing and being a leader in her church youth group. After high school Froyum plans to earn a degree in business and communications at Azusa Pacific University. She has had extensive dance training and will perform a clogging dance to feature those talents for the pageant.

Jessica Grijalva, 19, is a student at Folsom Lake Community College. Collecting angels and reading fills up her free time. She has been very active in the medical field since she was 16 and is the youngest person every employed in the intensive care unit at Marshall Hospital. This interest has helped Grijalva prepare for her pursuing her education in the field of medicine to become a physician, specializing in cardiology or anesthesiology. She will present an interpretative belly dance as her talent at the competition.

Jennifer Lynch, 17, will graduate from STHS in 2003. She takes part in and is captain of the cheerleading team, is captain of the cross country running team, participates in track, is a S.M.I.L.E. peer counselor and a four-year member of Key Club. Snowboarding, adding to her sunflower-themed collection and volunteering as a certified wildlife caretaker occupy her down time. Lynch plans to study biology at a University of California school, earning a medical degree to become an orthopedic surgeon. Her talent will be an original monologue.

Karen Dalmacio, 17, is a senior at STHS, where she is active in track, cheerleading, cross country running, Leadership and S.M.I.L.E. She was selected the the Tahoe Daily Tribune’s 2002 Athlete of the Year and has earned distinction as Nevada First Team, All Region as well as Nevada All State Academic Team. Dalmacio has fun reading, running and listening to music Next year she plans to study at Cornell University in the area of human ecology. She will display her talent by playing a selection on the violin.


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