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Kiwanis show to feature TV personality as master of ceremonies

by Bob Wicker

The Kiwanis Club’s Stars of Tomorrow Talent Show will have a familiar face from KOLO-TV as its master of ceremonies April 6 at the CVIC Hall in Minden.

Danita Cohen, the anchor of Channel 8’s early morning news desk with weatherman Sam Shad, has volunteered to introduce the 16 high school finalists who will be competing for college scholarships of $1,000 and $500. The show starts at 7 p.m.

Cohen, who grew up in Yucaipa, Calif., and came to Reno in 1990, graduated from the University of Nevada in 1995 with a bachelor of arts in broadcast journalism. Throughout her time at UNR, she had her heart set on becoming a part of “The Team You Know and Trust.”

After a rookie season in Nebraska with KHAS-TV, an NBC affiliate, KOLO-TV brought Danita “home” to Reno. She enjoys her fun, fast-paced job and the superb crew that pulls Reno’s top-rated morning show together. But when she sets her alarm for 2:45 a.m., she often wishes the show could be a little later in the day.

“We have to put up with each other’s coffee breath, but if I couldn’t be fast asleep at 5:30 in the morning, there’s no place I’d rather be,” she said.

Stars of Tomorrow director Ann Delahay, who may be reached by telephone at 267-9675 by anyone with questions about the show, has also announced an impressive lineup of judges for this third annual Gene Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship competition.

The judges are Alan Sullivan, assistant director of the University of Nevada marching band; Brian Farnon, leader/director of Harrah’s Lake Tahoe’s orchestra at Stateline; Cheryl Shingler, music director of Washoe School District; Galen Wixson, director of the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra; and Elizabeth Weigel, director of Area 51 Dance Studio in Reno.

Three judges for the high school student art show, being held in conjunction with the talent show, have also been named. They are Carson High School art teacher Sherry Caston, Greg Drinkwine of Gardnerville and Jan Rollenhagen of Minden. The first alternate is Carson Middle School art teacher Cecelia Davis.

The Gene Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship is a project of the Gardnerville/Carson Valley Kiwanis Club and is dedicated to the memory of Zimmerman, who was the spark behind many community-betterment efforts in the Carson Valley. Zimmerman died in an automobile accident in 1998.