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Miss Douglas County program is 9th in nation for giving scholarships

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The Miss Douglas County Scholarship program was recently awarded a certificate from the Miss America organization for being among the highest in the nation for giving cash scholarships to contestants.

The Miss Douglas County program, under the direction of Fran Macias, Shirley Connole and Teresa Rose, awarded $7,600 in 1998 and was ranked ninth among the 1,200 local programs across the U.S.

A certificate was presented to the Miss Douglas program at a national workshop held in New Orleans. The Elko program was ranked 10th.

“The Miss America organization is the world’s leader in providing scholarships to young women,” Macias said, “awarding over $35 million each year.”

Douglas County’s success, Macias said, is made possible each year by donations from individuals, businesses or service clubs, particularly the Carson Valley 20-30 Club, Lake Tahoe Rotary Club, Topaz Lodge, Harrah’s Tahoe, Lake Tahoe Horizon, Carson Valley Sertoma, Minden Rotary, Lions and Elks groups as well as sponsorships collected by contestants.

“The organization is also deeply grateful to Caesars Tahoe for their continued support in hosting the annual pageant,” Macias said.

The Miss America program was established in 1921 in Atlantic City as nothing more than a “bathing beauty” pageant.

“Today, in addition to providing continuing educational scholarships to its contestants, the Miss America program fosters community service through contestants’ platforms, improving the quality of life across the United states,” Macias said.

Miss Douglas County Jennifer Fox and Miss Tahoe Douglas Tiffany Ahrens are freshmen at Western Nevada Community College and the University of Nevada, Reno, respectively. Both are available to present their community service programs to the Douglas County community.

The 1998 Miss Douglas County Scholarship pageant will be held Sunday, March 7, at 2 p.m. at Caesars Tahoe in the Circus Maximus showroom.

For more information, call Macias, the program’s executive director, at 782-6999.

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