Bailey Gumm new Miss Douglas County
When Bailey Gumm walked into her first pageant meeting in 2009 she sat in the back of the room with her mother, didn’t say a word, and the entire time thought she wasn’t cut out for pageant life.
The 17-year-old proved herself wrong again Saturday night by winning her third title, Miss Douglas County.
“I was so shocked and honored to get the title Miss Douglas County because I’ve always looked up to former Miss Douglas Countys who have represented us well. When they called my name I was shaking and cried.”
Bailey was crowned Miss Douglas County Outstanding Teen in 2010 and Miss Nevada Outstanding Teen in 2011.
She has used her titles as opportunities to promote her platform, A Voice for Autism: Promoting Autism Awareness, by working with FEAT of Carson Valley and Southern Nevada raising money for autism treatment.
She also helped pass a bill in the 2011 Legislature on autism insurance, and is training with the Autism Coalition of Nevada to facilitate sibling support groups in Carson City and Reno.
“I’m hoping to show this organization is about a year of service,” Bailey said. “I want to give back to the community and the state all the service I can.”
Bailey’s talent for Saturday’s competition was a cabaret-style tap dance.
“I had a light up staircase. I was in heels. I love dancing,” she said. “This was my cup of tea.”
Within minutes of starting her routine Bailey said her hair clip fell out and halfway through her routine, her hair was completely down and in her face.
“My hair was a mess, but I kept dancing,” Bailey said. “It proves you don’t have to be perfect to win.”
When not studying for five classes at Douglas High, or interning for Gov. Brian Sandoval’s Policy Analyst Team, Bailey spends her time working out in the gym or in dance classes preparing for the next pageant.
“I’m a Miss America junkie. It’s my Super Bowl,” Bailey said. “I’m really proud I can go into the Miss program and succeed my first time. It shows by being a part of this organization you have so much personal growth, and can continue on.”
Bailey will compete for the Miss Nevada title June 14-15 in Las Vegas.
Macie Tuell, 15, was crowned Miss Douglas County Outstanding Teen on Saturday.
The Douglas High sophomore plans to use her title to promote her platform; It Can Wait – Distracted Driving Awareness, Zero Fatalities.