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Miss Douglas County Pageant coming March 7 at Caesars

by Fran Macias

Eight young women will compete for the title of Miss Douglas County and $5,800 in educational scholarships on Sunday, March 7, at 2 p.m. at the Circus Maximus showroom at Caesars Tahoe.

The event is an official preliminary to the Miss America program. Contestants will compete in personal interview, swimsuit, talent and evening wear.

The gala production is produced and choreographed by Ann Peters and will include performances by Miss Tahoe Douglas 1998, Tiffany Ahrens, and Miss Douglas County 1998, Jennifer Fox. Also performing will be the Dance Workshop dancers. A special appearance will be made by Miss Nevada 1998, Anna Carpenter.

This year’s winner of the Miss Douglas County title will compete in the Miss Nevada Pageant June 27 in Reno. This year’s contestants include Heidi Alder, Justin Barnes, Julia Derobertis, Natalie Gardner, Megan Glasson, Samantha Pumphrey, Krissie Thornhill and Courtney Weatherman.

Following graduation from Douglas High School, Heidi Alder wishes to pursue a degree in English or communications. Her career ambition includes professional writing or teaching. She is an avid reader, and her platform encourages literacy. She will sing and play the guitar during the talent segment.

Justin Barnes is a senior at George Whittell High School. She will pursue a college degree toward a career in acting. Her platform is public service in the senior community. She will perform a comic monologue during the talent competition.

Julie Derobertis is a freshman at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., where she is majoring in broadcast studies and journalism and minoring in Spanish. She will present a piano solo. Her platform focuses on improving self-esteem in youth through her program, SMILE.

Natalie Gardner’s career ambition is to become a mathematics teacher. After graduation from Douglas High School, she will attend Brigham Young University. She will present a vocal/dance combination. Her platform is student mentors.

Samantha Pumphrey will perform a contemporary vocal piece during the talent competition. She is a freshman at Western Nevada Community College and is pursuing a degree in Spanish and broadcast journalism and will seek a career as a news anchor. Samantha’s platform is breast cancer awareness.

Megan Glasson will graduate from George Whittell High School in June. She intends to pursue a degree in either business or communications. Her platform is increasing literacy among American young. She will present a song and dance combination.

Krissie Thornhill is a freshman at the University of Nevada, Reno, majoring in elementary education and minoring in dance. Her talent presentation is a lyrical dance. her platform is cancer awareness.

After graduation in June from Douglas High School, Courtney Weatherman will attend Western Nevada Community College. She wishes to pursue a degree in physical therapy and rehabilitation and will seek a career in this field. She will present a popular vocal piece during the talent competition. Her platform focuses on children with physical disabilities.

Pageant tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students and children under 12. Tickets are available from any contestant, board member or at the door on pageant day. For information, contact Shirley Connole, 265-6316, Teresa Rose, 265-6608 or Fran Macias, 782-6999.