Riana Cerceo wins state pageant | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Riana Cerceo wins state pageant

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Provided to the Tribune. Riana Cerceo was crowned National American Miss Nevada Junior Teen at the state pageant in Las Vegas.

Riana Cerceo, daughter of South Lake Tahoe dentists Drs. Jeanie and Chris Cerceo, was crowned National American Miss Nevada Junior Teen at the state pageant in Las Vegas. She received her official state crown, banner and trophy, a modeling scholarship, plus a $1,000 cash award. She will also receive transportation costs and entry fees to the national pageant in Anaheim during Thanksgiving week, along with a special day in Disneyland and a tour for two through the famous streets of Hollywood.

At the pageant, she also won the Miss Personality award. She was chosen by the other contestants as the girl who was the friendliest and most helpful during the pageant weekend. In addition, Riana won the Most Promising Model awards of a trophy and modeling scholarship, Best Résumé Trophy, State Talent Winner, Best Actress Winner and Casual Wear Modeling Winner, each with awards of a trophy and a cash. Riana attributes her outstanding success at the pageant to the guidance given to her by Kelly O’Fallon, owner and director of the Academy of Dance Arts.

The National American Miss Pageants are dedicated to celebrating America’s greatness and encouraging its future leaders. Each year the pageant awards thousands in scholarships and prizes to recognize and assist the development of young women nationwide. All activities are age-appropriate and family-oriented. Pageants are conducted in each state for girls ages 4 to 18 in five different age divisions. The National American Miss Pageants are for “Today’s Girl” and “Tomorrow’s Leaders.” The pageant program is based on inner beauty as well as poise, presentation, community service and offers an “All American Spirit” of fun for family and friends. Emphasis is placed on the importance of gaining self-confidence, learning new skills, learning good attitudes about competition, and setting and achieving personal goals. The pageant recognizes the accomplishments of each girl while encouraging her to set goals.

Riana has been a 4.0 student for the past three years of middle school. Her activities include volunteering at Bread and Broth, working to clean up the environment, playing volleyball and soccer and competitive dancing. She recently attended the Rock School West Summer Jazz Intensive, which had admittance by audition only. She also was awarded convention scholarships when she attended the LA Dance Force and Urban Jam Dance conventions. She competed in the Urban Jam Dance and received the highest category Gold awards for both her entries and received a cash award for her musical theater jazz number, which was the second-place solo and the second highest score of the competition.

Riana looks forward to representing Nevada and the National American Miss Pageant and welcomes opportunities to participate in community service activities. Contact her at tahoesmiledocs@charter.net.

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