Miss Lake Tahoe winners named
Two local young women walked away with the title of Miss Lake Tahoe and one with the title of Miss High Sierra on Nov. 14 at Harrah’s South Shore Room. Elizabeth Coleman, a 19-year-old sophomore at the University of Nevada, Reno, was crowned Miss Lake Tahoe Nevada 2005. Julie Froyum, 19, was crowned Miss Lake Tahoe California 2005 and Sarah Martin, also 19, was crowned Miss High Sierra 2005. Both are students at Lake Tahoe Community College.
Elizabeth Ellen Coleman, daughter of Rebecca Inman and Daryl Coleman, performed a song and dance number from the musical “Sweet Charity” as her talent presentation. Elizabeth plans on using the $1,500 scholarship to continue her education at UNR. In addition to her studies and serving as a public service intern with the Reno Police Department, Elizabeth spends time promoting her platform of “The Fight Against Ecstasy.” Elizabeth’s time in the next several months will also be spent preparing for the Miss Nevada competition in July 2005. The winner of the Miss Nevada Pageant will go on to represent the state in the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City in September.
Julie Marie Froyum, daughter of Maureen and Steve Froyum, entertained the crowd at Harrah’s with a clogging dance to “Man, I Feel Like a Woman.” Her plans include earning bachelor’s degrees in business administration and computer information systems with the help of her $1,500 scholarship award. School studies, promoting her platform of “Mentoring” and preparing for the Miss California pageant in June 2005 will keep her busy in the next few months. Julie was also chosen for the Congeniality Award, an award voted on by fellow contestants that includes an additional $100 scholarship bond.
Sarah Jessica Martin, daughter of Sharon and Joseph Martin, performed an original monologue about the trials of growing up and choosing a career path for her talent. Sarah’s $1,500 scholarship will help her on her career path to be a child and adolescent psychologist. She will likely be quite visible in the next month in promoting her platform, “Educating and Working to Prevent Drinking and Driving.” She, like Julie, will be focused on preparing for the Miss California Pageant.
Jae Whitney Hamzik, an 18-year-old freshman at the University of Nevada, Reno and daughter of Bernadine and Richard Hamzik earned first runner-up status for the title of Miss Lake Tahoe Nevada. She will receive an $800 scholarship and would be called upon should Elizabeth not be able to fulfill her duties as Miss Lake Tahoe Nevada 2005. A 2004 graduate and valedictorian of Douglas High School, Jae is currently working on a bachelor’s degree at UNR. Jae’s seven-plus years of piano training were showcased in the talent portion of the pageant with her rendition of “All I Ask Of You” from Phantom of the Opera.
Danielle Larissa Ledesma, a 23-year-old graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the daughter of Carol and Mike Ledesma, was selected as first runner-up for the title of Miss Lake Tahoe California/Miss High Sierra. She will receive an $800 scholarship and would be called upon should Julie or Sarah not be able to fulfill their duties as Miss Lake Tahoe California/Miss High Sierra. Danielle’s plans include earning a certificate in geology and pursuing a master’s degree in atmospheric science beginning next fall. She showcased her dance talents by performing a tap dance to “Bandstand Boogie.”
UC Berkeley senior, Julie Shuk Chong Tam, age 22, was second runner-up and will be awarded $700 in scholarship awards. Julie is well on her way to earning her degree in statistics and economics at Cal. She wowed the crowd at Harrah’s with a Tai Chi Sword Dance.
Third runner-up recognition and a $600 scholarship went to Kristin Dee Heller, a 17-year-old senior from South Tahoe High School. Already a certified dental assistant, Kristin’s educational plans include seeking a degree in dentistry. Kristin performed a comedic monologue for her talent.
This year, a new award tied to $200 in scholarship monies, “The Debbie Holth Granat Inspiration Award,” was bestowed upon Alisha Bettencourt. The award was in remembrance of Debbie Granat, late mother of Erin Granat, Miss Lake Tahoe 2004.