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October 23, 2014

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2014 Miss Nevada and Outstanding Teen pageants are a family affair

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Miss America Organization

2013 Miss California Crystal Lee, 2013 Miss Mississippi Chelsea Rick, 2013 Miss Nevada Diana Sweeney, 2013 Miss Rhode Island Jessica Marfeo and 2013 Miss South Dakota Tessa Dee are the Miss America Pageant’s first STEM Scholarship Program finalists. They are pictured in Atlantic City, N.J., on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013.

2013 Miss Nevada Diana Sweeney

2013 Miss Nevada Diana Sweeney, right, in Orlando, Fla. Launch slideshow »

Ellie Smith

Twelve young Nevada women are set to engage in a beauty battle for the title of Miss Nevada next month, sending the winner onto the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City in September. Concurrently, 14 teenagers will compete for the Miss Nevada Outstanding Teen crown, with the winner competing in the finals in Orlando, Fla., on Aug. 2.

Tickets are on sale for the 66th annual Nevada finals on May 31 and June 1 at the downtown Las Vegas Academy Lowden Theater. The two-day event will culminate with the crowning of the new titleholders by 2013 Miss Nevada Diana Sweeney and 2013 Miss Nevada’s Outstanding Teen Katarina Clark.

“We are excited with the group of contestants we have competing for both titles this year,” said Amy Hacker, executive director of the Miss Nevada Organization. “The young women who come to our program continue to impress with their talents and commitment to community service as local titleholders.

“We know that whoever wins the crown on June 1 will make the Silver State proud.”

2014 is a unique year for the Miss Nevada Scholarship Organization with three former Miss Nevada’s Outstanding Teen titleholders competing for the Miss Nevada title: Alexis Hilts (2008), Bailey Gumm (2011) and Henderson’s Ellie Smith (2012).

Two of these former teen titleholders have sisters competing for this year’s Miss Nevada’s Outstanding Teen crown: Carli Gumm, Douglas County’s Outstanding Teen, and Amy Smith, NE Nevada’s Outstanding Teen.

Ellie is a major teen talent after singing the national anthem at MLB and NBA games. She has released an anti-bullying song titled “Don’t Let It Get to You.”

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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