Miss Lassen County pageant held tonight
July 17, 2013 — The Miss Lassen County Pageant is a long-time tradition at the Lassen County Fair and people attend to watch local young ladies compete in the scholarship event.
Eight contestants (photos included below, courtesy of Naomi Angel Photography & Design) are vying for the crown this year and will demonstrate their public speaking skills, perform a talent, model evening formal wear and answer an impromptu question.
Tickets are available for the event scheduled for 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 17. at lassencountyfair.org or stop by the fair office at 195 Russell Ave., Susanville.
Contestants enter the pageant with 50 percent of their score already tabulated as their community service and scholastic achievement are calculated the morning of the event when they go through an interview with a panel of judges.
This year’s contestants are:
Kylie, 17, said she is running for Miss Lassen County because she is extremely shy and wants to get over her fear of public speaking and being in front of people.
“I also want to help make the community the best it can be,” she said.
Kylie, who will be a senior at Lassen High School, does a lot of community service as a member of the Susanville FFA and through 4-H when she was younger.
Kylie is a member of the Lassen High School Drill team and will be dancing for her talent.
“I love to dance because it makes me happy and helps me to let out my emotion,” she said.
After graduating high school, Kylie said she would like to enlist in the United States Air Force and then attend University California, Davis and become a veterinarian.
Kylie is the daughter of Scott and Tara Boucher.
Steve’s Last Minute Auto is sponsoring her.
One reason Kylie, 17, is running for Miss Lassen County is to be a role model to young girls, like former Miss Lassen Countys were to her.
“I am running for Miss Lassen County because I want to help make a difference in our community. I have always looked up to the girls who have run for Miss Lassen County and I want to act as that same role model for those young girls,” Kylie said.
She also said she would like to have her voice heard and to be more involved in the community would be life-changing.
She has given back to her community by ringing the bell for Salvation Army and volunteering at the St. Baldrick’s fundraiser. Kylie is a member of the Lassen High School Associated Student Body, a cheer captain, a Susanville City Rockette, a member of J and J Performing Arts and was the junior class secretary.
According to Kylie, dancing is a big part of her life and she has chosen to perform a modern dance piece for the talent portion of the pageant.
She said, “I feel like sometimes dancing speaks louder than words. Dancing can really move a lot of people; it also brings people together.
After graduating high school, Kylie wants to move to San Diego and either attend California State University, San Diego or California State University, San Marcos.
She is the daughter of Suzanne Alliano and Sean Downing.
Hair Hunters sponsors her.
“I am running for Miss Lassen County because I want to preserve the great community that we have. I would like to be able to inspire younger children and adults to love and cherish our welcoming and beautiful town,” Ginger said.
Ginger, 16, has been involved in school activities including playing on the volleyball team for two years, planning food drives, is a very active member of the Susanville FFA and also plans to start volunteering with the Soaring Eagle Blue Star Moms.
For the talent portion, Ginger will be playing “Bella’s Lullaby” from “Twilight,” on the piano.
She said, “When I first heard the song, the melody was so elegant and beautiful I decided to play it on my piano for the pageant.”
Ginger will be a senior at Lassen High School this year.
After graduating, she plans to attend Lassen Community College, take the bar exam and become a paralegal.
Ginger is the daughter of Chris and Nancy Miller.
Hat Creek Construction and Plumas Sierra Telecommunications are sponsoring her.
Kimberly, 17, said running for Miss Lassen County has been a lifelong dream for her.
She said, “I have always wanted to run since I was 5, but I also want to give back to the community for their support they have given me. They have helped with fundraising to send me to Kentucky and Indianapolis for National FFA Conventions.”
Neely has volunteered her time by sending care packages to troops stationed overseas, helping organize Basque events and donating supplies to animal shelters. She also plays on the Lassen High School filed hockey team.
Kimberly is the daughter of Darin and Yvette Neely.
Idaho Grocery and Jim Willis Construction sponsor her.
“I feel the experience would be one in a million and I get to do it with my best friend, also because of it I have started to do a lot for my community,” said Stevie of running for Miss Lassen County.
Stevie, 17, has volunteered for Relay For Life and has also given of her time at Every Bloomin’ Thing and the Little Miss and Little Mr. Lassen County Play Day.
For the talent portion of the pageant, Stevie will be singing and feels the song she is describes the town of Susanville, and being a country and small town girl it’s her roots.
Stevie will be a senior at Lassen High School this next year. After graduation, she plans to enlist in the United States Air Force.
She is the daughter of Lorinda and Anthony Olah.
High Sierra Collision sponsors her.
Reina DeLeon Ordaz
Reina, 17, said she is running for Miss Lassen County to be more involved.
“I want to be Miss Lassen county because I love being involved in my county. I enjoy giving a helping hand no matter how big it is, she said, and explained she looks forward to giving a helping hand if she wins.
Her community involvement includes volunteering her time at Fourth Grade Day, the Children’s Fair and at Eagle Lake Village.
After graduation, she plans to attend UCLA to become an X-Ray technician.
For the talent portion of the pageant, Reina will be playing the piano because it is something new for her, and she feels like she will do well.
She is the daughter of Margarita and Francisco Ordaz.
Subway is sponsoring her.
Morgan, 16, is extremely involved in the Susanville FFA chapter and is on teams including parliamentary procedure, specialty animals and the chapter officer teams.
FFA has provided her the opportunities for service projects such as adopt-a-family, ringing the Salvation Army bell, and she recently worked with the Carson City Boys and Girls Club to build bikes at Rotary Camp.
Morgan said she is running for Miss Lassen County because she wants to step out of her comfort zone and help out the community.
“I want to be inspirational enough to get other girls to be bold and help the community in years to come,” she said.
For her talent, Morgan will be singing Ingrid Michaelson’s “You and I,” and possibly playing the ukulele.
Morgan will be a senior at Lassen High School and after graduation she plans to attend University of California, Davis to study animal science and later become a veterinarian.
She is the daughter of Melissa and Jason Pickett.
Smith Properties and Eagle Lake Home Mortgage sponsor her.
For Ivanna, 17, running for Miss Lassen County has been a longtime dream.
She said, “I am running for Miss Lassen County because I want to better my community. I also am running because I have dreamed of being Miss Lassen County since a very young age. I want to be able to inspire girls to achieve their mightiest goals.”
Ivanna, who will be a senior at Lassen High School, is involved in numerous activities including being a member of the Lassen High School drill team and has played on the field hockey and soccer teams for the last three years.
She has helped plan Lassen High School’s winter carnivals, Every 15 Minutes and blood drives. She has also choreographed powder puff football routines, performed in Hollywood Vibe and is a Northern California Cancer Advocates Youth Representative.
Dancing has been a longtime favorite hobby of hers, so Rose will be performing a dance number for the talent portion of the pageant.
She is the daughter of Brian and Christy Rose.
John Fitzgerald, of Hidden Valley Ranch and Rose’s Café are sponsoring her.
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