Douglas girls win big at pageant |

Douglas girls win big at pageant

Fran Macias, Executive Director, Miss Douglas County Scholarship Program

Miss Douglas County 1999, Megan Glasson, was named third runner-up at the Miss Nevada Scholarship Pageant held June 27 in Sparks.

Megan competed with 17 other contestants from the Silver State for a total of $23,600 in cash scholarships. As the third runner-up, Megan will receive $650 plus $400 in participatory scholarship to be used toward her college education at the University of California at Berkeley where she will major in business communications.

Phases of competition included personal interview, talent, swimsuit and evening wear. For the talent competition, Megan performed a vocal presentation of “Once Upon a Dream” from the musical Jekyll and Hyde.

A vital component of the Miss America Organization is the contestants’ commitment to community service. Each year, more than 450,000 hours of community service are completed by Miss America contestants and volunteers at all levels of competition for nearly 12,000 different causes and charities nationwide.

Megan’s platform focuses on increasing literacy in youth. She is continuing to volunteer her time at local libraries and with Girl Scout groups to further this program. The public is welcome and encouraged to request Megan’s participation in any programs involving literacy or reading proficiency.

Megan is a recent graduate of George Whittell High School where she was active on the women’s soccer team and qualified for the national debate finals for three consecutive years.

To schedule an appearance or for further information about Megan Glasson or the Miss Douglas County/Miss Nevada Scholarship Program, contact Fran Macias at 782-6999 or Shirley Connole at 265-6316.

Scholarship winner. Heidi Alder of Gardnerville received the academic award, a $1,000 scholarship, at the Miss Nevada 1999 pageant at John Ascuaga’s Nugget in Sparks.

Alder, a 1999 graduate of Douglas High School, was one of four valedictorians in the senior class. She will be a freshman at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where she plans to major in English.

Alder competed in the Miss Nevada pageant as Miss Gold Country.

She was voted Miss Congeniality by her fellow contestants and also received a $500 participation scholarship.

While in Reno, the contestants assisted chefs at the Reno Farmer’s Market, visited an elementary school to read to the students, went to municipal court to watch video arraignments and met the mayor of Reno.