Miss Nevada 2009 & Miss Outstanding Teen

Miss Nevada 2009
The new Miss Nevada 2009, Christina Keegan and Miss Nevada Outstanding Teen 2009 Jordan Orris were just crowned this week in Reno, Nevada at the Pioneer Theater. I was asked to be one of the emcees along with Executive Director, Miss Nevada 2002 Teresa Benitez-Thompson, Choreographer Miss Nevada 2005 Crystal Wosik-Scotten and Miss Nevada 2004 Elizabeth Muto.

The Producer Del Beatty put on a fabulous production along with all of the contestants from around the state. The theme this year was Broadway Songs so it was a natural for me to join in the spirit of it by singing 'Don't Rain On My Parade' from the Broadway Musical FUNNY GIRL.

The judges had a difficult time choosing between all the talented girls this year. Each had strong platforms and are donating their time to charitable organizations. When asked the challenging on-stage questions they came back with educated answers and insights about today's top news stories. It was a pleasure watching the girls interact with each other.

They rehearsed long hours, had interviews, visited the children's hospital and still had enough energy to run the show twice before the curtain opened at 7 pm Saturday night to an expectant audience.

Awards were given for the girl who raised the most money for the Children's Miracle Network and for the girl who was involved in the most charitable works. It was a lot of hard work and the girls were up to the task putting on a wonderful performance while making it look effortless.

The talents were acting, ballet, jazz dance, piano performances and singing. It was an entertaining evening with a goal in mind, to crown a new Miss Nevada Outstanding Teen, who will go on to compete in the Miss Outstanding Teen Pageant in August in Orlando and Miss Nevada, who will go on to compete in the Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas in January 2010.

I know only one girl gets to walk away with the crown in the end, but each one of these girls is a winner. They are following a dream, putting an extra effort into making a difference in the world through their platforms and charitable works and planning for their future by going on to get an education through the scholarships they receive from The Miss America Organization.

I want to say, Congratulations to each and every one of these girls. Enjoy the journey and follow your dreams. This experience will go forward with you throughout your life. The values that you learn today will lay the foundation for a rewarding career and personal growth. Make the most of it and you will be amazed at the results. You are all winners.

Your 'Miss Nevada Sister' Sandy Kastel