Carli Gumm named state’s outstanding teen
Minden resident Carli Gumm was named Miss Nevada’s Outstanding Teen on Friday at the Tropicana Theater in Las Vegas, beating out 22 girls from around the state. The 16-year-old senior at Douglas High School was awarded a scholarship of $5,000 and the opportunity to compete in the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen pageant in Orlando, Fla., in July.
Gumm is the third girl from Minden to hold this state title. Winners include her sister Bailey in 2011 and Rachel Prosser in 2005.
Gumm competed for the state title running on the platform of “Project Linus: Providing Love and Security through Blankets.” Project Linus is a volunteer nonprofit organization with a two-fold mission: First, to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.” Second, to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.
Gumm competed in the Miss Nevada Outstanding Teen pageant last year, and was first runner-up for the title. In addition to her new title, Gumm also won the shining star award, top interview award and top fitness award.
Andrea Martinez, Miss Clark County 2017, was crowned Miss Nevada 2017 by last year’s winner, Bailey Gumm, on Friday afternoon in a ceremony at Tropicana Theater.
Martinez, a 23-year-old Las Vegas resident, was awarded a scholarship of $10,000 and the opportunity to compete in the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey in September.
Her platform, “Bridging the Gap — Building Relationships between Communities and Police,” helps bring local officers together with residents they represent.
The Miss America scholarship foundation is the world’s largest scholarship foundation, said Sue Lowden, a Miss America board of directors.
Some $33,000 in scholarships were awarded in the two pageants. Various scholarships were awarded for community service, academics and success in pageant categories. The top five finishers in each pageant received scholarship money.
For more information about the Miss Nevada Scholarship Organization, go to missnevada.org.