Miss America Organization
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 | 4:03 p.m.
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.”
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