Monday, June 2, 2014 | 3:58 p.m.
The Miss Nevada Organization crowned its new title holders Sunday night in competitions at the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, and, for the first time, sisters won the teen and miss crowns.
The 2014 Miss Nevada is Ellie Smith, a 17-year-old from Henderson who was 2012 Miss Nevada’s Outstanding Teen. Ellie will be a first-year student at BYU in the fall and will compete for the title of Miss America in Atlantic City in September.
Her sister, Amy Smith, a 15-year-old Las Vegas Academy of the Arts student, was named 2014 Miss Nevada’s Outstanding Teen. Amy will compete for Miss America’s Outstanding Teen in Orlando, Fla., in August.
Ellie’s platform of volunteer service is “Bullying: Don’t Let It Get to You.” Amy’s platform is “Amy’s Ambition: Empowering Youth Through Service.” Both young women are available to speak to groups on these issues, as well as about the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, the Miss America Organization’s national platform co-founded by Flamingo headliner Marie Osmond.
Miss Nevada’s Outstanding Teen Court consisted of fourth runner-up Tia Henderson of Sparks, third runner-up Lauren Thompson of Carson City, second runner-up Carli Gumm of Minden and first runner-up Baylee Bernstein of Henderson. The teen Children’s Miracle Network Miracle Maker Award went to Amy.
Miss Nevada’s court consisted of fourth runner-up Alisa Merino of Minden, third runner-up Angelica Bustos of Las Vegas, second runner-up Alexis Hilts of Las Vegas and first runner-up Bailey Gumm, 2011 Miss Nevada’s Outstanding Teen, of Minden.
The Miss America Academic Award went to Shreya Khosla of Gardnerville. The Miss America Community Service Award and CMN Miracle Maker Award went to Ellie.
The Miss Nevada Organization awarded more than $15,000 in scholarships Sunday evening.
Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
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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