Miss Lake Tahoe pageant coming to Harrah’s
“Ultimate Dancing” will be the theme of this year’s Miss Lake Tahoe Scholarship pageant scheduled at 2 p.m. Sunday in Harrah’s Lake Tahoe South Shore Room. A total of 18 women will compete, five for the title of Miss Lake Tahoe Nevada 2005 and 13 for the titles of Miss Lake Tahoe California 2005 and Miss High Sierra 2005.
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 will represent Lake Tahoe in the Miss Nevada pageant and Miss Lake Tahoe California 2005 and Miss High Sierra 2005 will both represent the Lake Tahoe area in the Miss California pageant. The California State pageant will take place in June 2005 and the Nevada pageant will take place in July 2005 and promise additional scholarship dollars for each contestant.
The pageant presentation is open to the public and the admission is $15 at the door. For tickets and more information call (530) 577-1327.
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.
Mistress of ceremonies will be Jeneé Youngblood, former host of K-MTN and current senior producer for PBS, and Rob Youngblood, actor and owner of Obenjerr Productions. Marcia Sarosik of the Marcia Sarosik Dance Studio is the producer and choreographer of the year’s production. Special guests, Cooley Jackson and also a hip-hop trio of Becca Lincoln, Maddy Feldman and Jessica Wahl, dancers from Dance Visions Performing Arts Centre, will provide additional entertainment. Erin Granat, the current Miss Lake Tahoe Nevada, and Kenna Lincoln, Miss Lake Tahoe California 2004 will both have an opportunity to perform at the show. Special guest, Miss Nevada 2004, Elizabeth Muto, will also be on hand and it promises to be as entertaining as the event last year.
Miss Lake Tahoe Nevada contestants
— Samantha Irene Custer, 17, is a senior at Lowry High School in Winnemucca, Nev., where she is a member of the National Honor Society and dance team as well as participating in track. She plans to study criminal justice and criminal investigation next year in college. Outside of school Samantha enjoys writing poetry, reading nightly, dancing, skiing and snowboarding and actively participating in youth programs at her church. Samantha will share her dance skills with a lyrical and jazz dance in the talent portion of the pageant.
— Jae Whitney Hamzik, 18, a 2004 graduate and valedictorian of Douglas High School, is currently a freshman at the University of Nevada, Reno, working on a four-year degree. Reading, spending time with family and friends, landscaping, relaxing, playing tennis, swimming and participating in her church round out her out-of-school time. Her love of travel gives her an opportunity to meet new people and try different things. Her seven plus years of piano training will be showcased in the talent portion of the pageant.
— Nicole Munk, 18, a 2004 Douglas High graduate and their homecoming queen, is currently a freshman at UNR. She is studying elementary education pursuing advanced degrees with a career goal of becoming a teacher. In her non-school hours she enjoys helping with the Douglas High and Pop Warner Cheerleading teams, dancing, tutoring children at schools, working out and finding opportunities to be outdoors. Her talent presentation will provide her an opportunity to showcase her extensive dance training.
— Elise Brigitte Ehrler, 18, a 2004 graduate of Whittell High School, is a freshman at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she participates in various dramatic productions and is the recipient of the Barringere Music Scholarship. Elise enjoys singing, dancing, intervarsity Christian organization on campus and horseback riding in her down time. She is majoring in music (applied voice in operatic studies) with a minor in physical therapy. Singing an Italian opera piece will provide an opportunity for Elise to exhibit her talent.
— Elizabeth Ellen Coleman, 19, is a 2003 graduate of Douglas High and is currently a sophomore at UNR, where she is considering a criminal justice major and was recognized as a Development Diva. Elizabeth enjoys playing intramural sports with the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, working out, volunteering as commander of the South Lake Tahoe Police Explorers, crafting, pageantry, theater and is a proud member of the College Republicans. A song and dance number is her talent choice for the pageant.
Miss Lake Tahoe California / Miss High Sierra contestants
— Kelsey Kathleen Adams, 18, graduated in June 2004 from South Tahoe High School and is currently a student at Lake Tahoe Community College. In her off time you can find her four-wheeling, reading, hiking, gardening, cooking, working and watching movies. She had the opportunity to study French culture and language in France for two summers. Kelsey’s post-high school plans include furthering her education at a four-year college, majoring in business management. She will perform stand-up comedy for her talent.
— Louise Marie Walker, 17, is a South Tahoe High School senior and a student at Lake Tahoe Community College. She enjoys dancing, four-wheeling, hiking, volleyball and skiing. Louise’s love of travel has taken her to the Dominican Republic, where she assisted in building churches. Future education plans for Louise include transferring to a California State University, where she will work toward a degree in education to become and elementary education teacher. She will share her dance training at the pageant by presenting a character dance.
— Lindsay Nicole Best, 17, will graduate from South Tahoe High in 2005. She is the captain of the STHS swim team and a member of the band. Lindsay enjoys playing music on her flute and piano and listening to music, swimming, horseback riding and snowboarding. She is a lifeguard and swim instructor with the South Tahoe Recreation Department. Lindsay’s academic plans next year are to begin her pre-veterinary medicine education at the four-year college. She will share her musical talent by playing a piece on the piano.
— Danielle Vickers, 17, is a senior at South Tahoe High School. She is a member of Who’s Who Among American High School Students and has received the governor’s scholarship. Danielle enjoys reading, crocheting, snowboarding, and dancing. Between school and working two part-time jobs, she has found time to volunteer more than 50 hours at the local hospital. Her jazz dance presentation will allow her to showcase her newly acquired dance skills.
— Alisha Bettencourt, an 18-year-old graduate of South Tahoe High, is a student at Lake Tahoe Community College working on her associate’s degree. Alisha enjoys snowboarding, softball, sewing, crocheting, playing the guitar and re-designing her bedroom. Alisha’s future academic plans include transferring to another college and eventually earning a degree in interior design in the hopes of owning her own interior design business. She will showcase her vocal training with a popular vocal performance.
— Julie Shuk Chong Tam is a 22-year-old alumni scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in statistics. This 2001 graduate of STHS is proficient in Mandarin Chinese and is president of the UCB Cleary Residential Hall Association. Horseback riding, kickboxing, doing statistics, pursuing intellectual stimulation and conversation and traveling to remote locations fills up her free time. Julie plans on obtaining a JD in international law. She will entertain with a Tai Chi sword dance as her talent at the competition.
— Stephanie Lynn Van Buskirk, is a 17-year-old senior at STHS, where she is involved with cheerleading, the varsity rifle team and the music and drama programs. Shephanie enjoys building miniature dollhouses, drawing Anime figures, drama, working on her computer, snowboarding and volunteering with Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care. Her college plans include earning a bachelor’s degree and continuing her education to eventually become a pharmacist. An original monologue is her choice of a performance piece for the pageant.
— Bailey Rochelle Erickson, 18, a 2004 graduate of STHS, is a student at LTCC. Camping, wake-boarding, snowboarding, making people laugh and volunteering at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care round out her free time. After earning her associate’s degree she plans to transfer and receive a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice with the dream of working undercover for the FBI or CIA. Her gymnastics skills will be showcased through her presentation of a gymnastics/jazz dance.
— Kristin Dee Heller, 17, is a senior at STHS. She has been involved with the cross country team, is a SMILE member and has received high honors on the Golden State Exams. She was a nominee for the National Youth Advocate of the Year in 2002 and is a founding member of the South Tahoe Youth Council. She enjoys running, reading, crafts and traveling. Kristin, already a certified dental assistant, plans to earn a degree in dentistry and continue on to become an orthodontist. She will perform a comedic monologue.
— Sarah Heckendorn, 18, is a senior at Truckee High School, where she is president of CSF, a member of the Honor Society, has earned high honors on the Golden State Exams and is recognized in Who’s Who Among American High School Students. Sarah has fun horseback riding (pleasure and competitive,) Nordic skiing, playing the violin and as a member of the Sierra Strings Orchestra. After high school she plans on attending a four-year college to earn a degree in nursing. Sarah will perform a song from a musical.
— Danielle Larissa Ledesma, 23, is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a 1999 STHS graduate. When not teaching ski or dance lessons, Danielle enjoys knitting, reading, shopping and volunteering. A Notre Dame Leadership Award finalist and recipient of the South Bend Good Deed Award, she was active in student government and was a four-year member of Circle K. A master’s degree in atmospheric science and a certificate in geology are part of the plans for the PSIA certified ski instructor. She will perform a tap dance for her talent.
— Sarah Jessica Martin, 19, is a 2003 STHS graduate and current Lake Tahoe Community College student. Sarah and her siblings were all born and raised in Tahoe, making her a true “local.” Part-time work, singing, dancing, drawing, photography and shopping occupy her time when she is not studying for school. After completing her associate’s degree is psychology, Sarah plans to transfer to a university to become a child and adolescent psychologist. She will present an original monologue as her pageant talent.
— Julie Marie Froyum, 19, is a student at LTCC and a 2003 graduate of STHS. Julie has been involved with Alpine ski racing since 1992 and last year was on the dean’s list and given the dean’s and president’s scholarships at Azusa Pacific University. When Julie isn’t in school or working part time she may be found baking cookies, reading or volunteering as a youth mentor in her church. She plans to earn degrees in business administration and computer information systems. Julie will perform a clogging dance for the pageant.