Whittell senior is Miss Tahoe-Douglas
The road to Miss America begins in places like Douglas County.
Tiffany Ahrens, the first lake resident to win the Tahoe-Douglas crown, is setting her tiara for the role.
“It’s every little girl’s dream to wear the crown and be Miss America,” Ahrens said.
The competition between nine contestants for Miss Douglas County and Miss Tahoe-Douglas titles ended Sunday night. Each recipient also received a $2,000 scholarship with the title and its duties. According to Executive Director Fran Macias, the role is that of ambassador for the county and community. Ahrens is among 14 representatives from counties throughout Nevada who will go to the Miss Nevada pageant in June. Ahrens sees the title as an opportunity to do more and be more.
“Having the title will make me more self confident to go toward my dreams. This will help teach me that I can be anything I want to be if I work hard,” she added. “And the scholarship will help with going to school.”
Ahrens is a graduating senior at George Whittell High School, with plans to study pediatric nursing and dance. Both goals come from family influence. Her mother was once a professional dancer and noticed her natural talent, so she has been dancing since the age of 2. She says she prefers tap because it is a constant challenge for her to excel. Her aunt is a registered nurse, and Ahrens has always admired the job of helping people.
“I want to help young children grow up,” Ahrens said. “Maybe they’ll have the chance to do something like this someday.”
Her dedication to young people doesn’t stop there. Her platform deals with teen substance abuse prevention. Ahrens feels she has had strong family support and values instilled in her, which made it easy to resist peer pressure. Through the Miss Douglas County Scholarship Program, which sponsors the pageant, she will be involved in volunteering and teaching efforts to help keep kids straight.
“These problems are starting with fifth- and sixth-graders,” she said. “I want to help kids realize it at a young age.”
Ahrens was chosen as Miss Tahoe-Douglas by chance. Judges took the top two contenders, and picked which crown to give at random. Both titles weigh the same in regards to county representation. The process keeps the girls from having to compete twice. It also eliminates the need for a certain number of contestants coming from Tahoe specifically. Being the first Tahoe resident to win the Tahoe-Douglas title was a perfect fit as far as she was concerned.
“I feel very honored to represent the town that I live in,” she added. “The title goes with my residence very well. I think it’s great.”
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