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Henderson sisters Ellie and Amy Smith make history with double Nevada pageant victories


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Ellie Smith of Henderson is crowned Miss Nevada Outstanding Teen 2012 during the Miss Nevada and Miss Nevada’s Outstanding Teen competition at the Casablanca Resort and Casino in Mesquite on Tuesday, July 3, 2012.

Miss Nevada 2012 in Mesquite

Randi Sundquist of Las Vegas is named Miss Nevada 2012 during the Miss Nevada and Miss Nevada's Outstanding Teen competition at the Casablanca Resort and Casino in Mesquite on Tuesday, July 3, 2012. Launch slideshow »

Ellie Smith

History was made over the weekend when two Henderson sisters were crowned in a Nevada pageant as part of preliminary Miss America Pageant activities.

Congratulations to Henderson teen Ellie Smith, who was voted 2014 Miss Northeast Nevada, and her sister Amy, who was named Miss Northeast Nevada’s Outstanding Teen at the Elko Convention Center.

They were among six contestants competing in the finals of the two categories. Ellie was Miss Nevada Outstanding Teen in 2012 and in addition to her pop songs is known for her renditions of the national anthem and “God Bless America” for NBA, NFL and MLB teams.

Legendary music producer David Foster selected Ellie for the Andre Agassi Grand Slam fundraiser gala. Incredibly, even more pageant history could be made.

Carli Gumm, 13, was crowned as Miss Douglas County’s Outstanding Teen in that competition. Her sister Bailey, who was voted Nevada’s Outstanding Teen in 2011 and fourth runner-up in the 2011 Miss Nevada Pageant, will take part in the Northern Open for Miss Nevada on Feb. 1.

If she wins, she will go to the Miss Nevada Pageant from May 31-June 1 at Lowden Theater at Las Vegas Academy of Music. That would mean the Miss Nevada Organization would have two sets of sisters competing for state titles in two categories.

Proud parents Rick and Geri Smith were on hand to watch their daughters win their scholarship prizes. Amy performed a jazz dance, and Ellie sang one of her classical vocal performances.

Said Ellie: “I’m eternally grateful. My sister and I worked so hard for this. Being crowned together as Miss and Teen is just the most incredible thing. This is the first time this has happened in Nevada.”

“I really can’t believe it,” Amy added. “I’m over the moon. I’m even more excited to keep spreading my personal platform and being an advocate for the program. We’re so thankful.

“I want to motivate, inspire and organize teens to change our generation through service to others. I want our generation to be known for caring and to help teens discover that the greatest rewards come through service to others.”

This weekend, the rival Miss Nevada USA Pageant is at UNLV’s Dorothy Bailey Theater, and four previous Miss America Organization Nevada contestants will be competing.

We’ll have a preview of that pageant on Tuesday.

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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