Miss Lake Tahoe pageant winners crowned
Two local young women walked away with the title of Miss Lake Tahoe Jan. 19 at Harrah’s South Shore Room. Alyson Nicole Van Deusen, an 18-year-old senior at George Whittell High School, was crowned Miss Lake Tahoe Nevada 2003 and Karen G. Dalmacio, a 17-year-old senior at South Tahoe High School, was crowned Miss Lake Tahoe California 2003.
Van Duesen, the daughter of James and Rhonda Van Duesen, entertained the crowd at Harrah’s with a character dance to “Buenos Aires” from “Evita” She plans to use the $1,500 scholarship she earned along with the crown to pursue an education at an as yet undecided four-year university to study broadcast journalism.
In addition to finishing her senior year, Van Duesen will begin a busy schedule of local appearances, promoting her platform of “Growing with Tolerance” and also will spend the next few months preparing for the Miss Nevada competition in June. The winner of the Miss Nevada pageant will go on to represent the state in the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City in September.
Dalmacio, the daughter of Ed and Elvira Dalmacio, performed “Touch of Ireland” on the violin as her talent presentation. Her $1,500 scholarship will be used to study at Cornell University, where she plans to get a degree in human ecology and continue on to medical school to become a pediatrician. Promoting her platform of “Increasing Involvement in Extracurricular Activities,” preparing for the Miss California pageant in June and working toward graduation will keep her busy in the next few months. The winner of the Miss California pageant will go on to compete for the Miss America crown.
Julie Marie Froyum, a 17-year-old student at South Tahoe High School and daughter of Steve and Maureen Froyum, was selected as first runner-up for the title of Miss Lake Tahoe California. She will receive a $750 scholarship and would be called upon should Dalmacio not be able to fulfill her duties as Miss Lake Tahoe California 2003. Her plans include pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business and communications at Azusa Pacific University. She showcased her talents by performing a clogging dance to Shania Twain’s “Man, I Feel Like A Woman.”
A fellow South Tahoe High student, Jennifer Nicole Lunch, age 17, was second runner-up and will be awarded $650 in scholarship awards. Her career goal of becoming an orthopedic surgeon will begin next year at a University of California campus. She entertained the crowd at Harrah’s with an original monologue titled “Two Minutes.”
Tiffany Joy Carter, a 17-year-old senior at South Tahoe High School and daughter of Leonard and Janet Carter, was chosen Miss Congeniality, an award voted on by fellow contestants that includes a $100 scholarship bond.
Fellow contestants for the Nevada and California titles included Elizabeth Coleman, Stacy Graham, Elizabeth Janssen, Jessica Godsey, Tiffany Carter, Jennifer Scott, Jessica Stallman, Erika Gonzalez, Sarah Martin and Jessica Grijalva, who all took home $500 scholarships for their participation in the pageant.
JUNIOR TITLES AWARDED
The Junior Miss Lake Tahoe Scholarship Pageant took place Jan. 18 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but winners weren’t revealed until Jan. 19 at the Miss Lake Tahoe pageant. All the young ladies who competed were invited to come on-stage at Harrah’s in recognition of their hard work before the winners were crowned. Three grade categories — Elementary, Junior High and High School — were each represented and each division received a title as well as a $200 scholarship bond. All other contestants were awarded a $50 scholarship bond.
The Junior Miss Lake Tahoe 2003 Elementary is Riana Cerceo, a 10-year-old at Zephyr Cove Elementary School. She performed a tango jazz dance as her talent and hopes one day to be a plastic surgeon.
The Junior Miss Lake Tahoe 2003 Junior High is 12-year-old Milana Mason, a Sage Ridge School student who performed a monologue for her talent. She would like a career as a Grand Prix horseback rider or as an actress as an adult.
The Junior Miss Lake Tahoe 2003 High School is a 16-year-old Visions in Education student, Brittany Schroeder-Kelly, who performed a ballet dance. She plans to pursue a career as a realtor or a film producer after high school.
In addition to the titles, a separate scholarship award of $500, “The Spirit of Krystal Award” in honor of past junior contestant Krystal Steadman, was awarded to contestant Bailey Erickson, a 16-year-old South Tahoe High School student. The Kiwanis Club of Lake Tahoe funded the award.
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