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Miss Nevada to be crowned Saturday for the 2012 Miss America Pageant


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The 2011 Miss America Pageant and the crowning of Miss Nebraska Teresa Scanlan, 17, as the 90th anniversary Miss America at Planet Hollywood on Jan. 15, 2011.

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2011 Miss America Pageant: The Big Night

The 2011 Miss America Pageant and the crowning of Miss Nebraska Teresa Scanlan, 17, as the 90th anniversary Miss America at Planet Hollywood on Jan. 15, 2011. Launch slideshow »

2011 Miss America Pageant: Show Us Your Shoes Parade

The 2011 Miss America Pageant Show Us Your Shoes Parade at the Paris on Jan. 14, 2011. Launch slideshow »

Now that the 2012 Miss America Pageant is set to air on ABC from Planet Hollywood on Jan. 14, the Miss Nevada Organization plans to crown its titleholders during this weekend’s state pageant. Twenty-eight young women from across The Silver State will compete tomorrow and Saturday for the titles of Miss Nevada and Miss Nevada Outstanding Teen.

Once selected at Mesquite’s Casablanca resort casino, the new titleholders begin preparations to represent Nevada at their respective pageants. Fourteen young women vie for the Miss Nevada crown, and 14 teens compete for the Outstanding Teen crown. The new Outstanding Teen travels in August to Orlando, Fla., for the national Outstanding Teen competition.

“We believe this is one of the strongest years of competition we have had in our organization,” said Markham Miller, president of the Board of Directors of the Miss Nevada Organization. “Nevada is full of talented, beautiful women, and we are so proud to have these 28 contestants take the stage for the opportunity of a lifetime to represent The Silver State.”

It’s the first year the pageant is being held over a two-day period. Tomorrow, the contestants take part in onstage question and talent portions. Awards will be presented to the top Miss and Teen contestants. On Saturday, the Miss contestants compete in eveningwear and swimsuit, and the Teen contestants take the stage in fitness wear, eveningwear and onstage questions. Saturday night’s competition will culminate with the crowing of the new titleholders by current Miss Nevada Cris Crotz and Miss Nevada’s Outstanding Teen Angela Foremaster.

Las Vegas is well represented with Alana Lee, Miss Clark County; Cara Laursen, Miss Greater Las Vegas; Kelli Mills, Miss Northern Counties; Randi Sunquist, Miss Summerlin; and Lindsey Jamieson, Miss UNLV. In the teen contest, Jayda Frazier represents Miss Clark County; Baylee Bernstein, Miss Green Valley; Emily Messina, Miss Henderson; Jordan McCutcheon, Miss Lake Mead; and Sabrina Singh, Miss Southern Counties.

We’ll post the winners and the crowning ceremony photos here at Vegas DeLuxe next week.

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