Nine local young women will compete in the 2018 Miss Tooele City Scholarship Pageant at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Tooele High School Auditorium.
Established as a kick-off event for Tooele City’s annual Fourth of July celebration, the pageant gives contestants an opportunity to showcase a variety of areas including patriotism, on-stage communications, talent and evening wear.
There is no swimsuit or fitness competition. The pageant seeks to attract positive, energetic and civic-minded young women who are or want to be role models to young people and the community, according to a pageant news release.
The scholarships are $2,000 for Miss Tooele City and $1,000 for each co-attendant. Scholarships are to be used to defray expenses related to academic advancement, and are paid to royalty after the Miss Tooele City Scholarship Pageant the following year.
Responsibilities for Miss Tooele City and her co-attendants include: Being a positive and professional representative for the city; a good role model for local youth; eager to promote the city as a great place to live, work and play; exhibit patriotism; meet demanding schedule during July 4 celebration; and be available throughout the year to represent the city at events.
Competing for the 2018 crown are the following young women:
Katelyn Bush, 18, daughter of Alan and Debbie Bush, graduated from Tooele High School this year. While in high school, she developed a love for working with students with disabilities and served as a peer tutor for four years and learned American Sign Language. For her work, she was honored as Peer Tutor of the Year. She intends to work with special needs children in schools in the future and possibly to serve an LDS mission. She will perform a signing segment titled “How far I’ll go from Moana.”
Cassidy Nichole Evans, 20, daughter of Barry and Christine Evans, is a 2016 graduate of Tooele High School. While at THS, she was a member of the swim team and made it to state finals all three years she competed. She is currently a pediatric dental assistant with plans to return to college and study phlebotomy and nursing. Since high school, she has also immersed herself in community volunteerism, working with children who have autism, and fundraising for cancer research. She has also played the piano since age 8, with a love for classic ballet pieces. She will perform a stand-up comedy skit.
Lillian Gebs, 17, daughter of Dwayne and JoAnn Gebs, will be a senior at Tooele High School this fall. She has a 3.98 GPA and an ACT score of 33 with perfect scores in English and reading sections. She has served as Tooele High School’s Drama Club secretary for two years, and has won Tooele City’s Community Mayor’s Youth Recognition Award in 2012 and 2014. She plans to study vocal performance in college and serve an LDS mission. She wants to become a professional opera singer. She will sing “O Mio Babbino Caro” from Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi.
Marin Legge, 19, daughter of Tyrone and Cassandra Legge, graduated from Tooele High School this year with a 3.4 GPA and was THS’s Speech/Theatre/Forensics Sterling Scholar for the 2016-17 school year. She participated in the All-State Choir and received a perfect score at the state solo competition. She will attend Utah Valley University this fall to major in marketing with plans to become a sales and marketing manager. She will perform a self-choreographed dance number to the song “Tightrope” from “The Greatest Showman.”
Angela Moore, 19, daughter of Brian and Amanda Moore, is a graduate of Tooele High School and while on the school’s ballroom dance team, she earned the Honor Award during her senior year. She was also president of the school’s broadcasting class, and was presented with the Broadcasting Pathway Award. She plans to major in video production and dance. If chosen as Miss Tooele City, she wants to be a voice for citizens who are struggling with mental illness. She will perform a self-choreographed, two-minute ballroom dance with partner Michael Paulsen.
Kailee Russell, 19, daughter of John and Milenna Russell, is a 2017 graduate of Tooele High School. She maintained a 3.83 GPA at THS, was on the Honor Roll, received service and leadership awards, earned 12 college credits and a dental assistant certification. She is currently a sophomore at Dixie State University majoring in dental hygiene. After earning her degree, she wants to take a humanitarian trip with a dentist and provide free dental care. She will perform a contemporary dance to the song “Not about angels” from the movie “Fault in Our Stars.”
Mariana Serena Sablan, 18, daughter of Jesse and Traci Sablan, graduated from Tooele High School this year as Valedictorian with a 4.0 GPA and served as a student body officer. She attended Utah Girls State where she learned about government and politics. She earned Academic All-American for speech and debate, and Academic All-State for tennis. She will attend the University of Utah this fall and major in political science with plans to become a political advisor. She will perform the poem “What Teachers Make” by Taylor Mali.
Indianna Shosted, 18, daughter of Richard and Kjerstin Shosted, graduated from Tooele High School this year with a 3.89 GPA and received the Honors Diploma. She was on the Honor Society for two years. She loves to volunteer, serve others and wants to be an example for youth. She will attend Snow College this fall to major in dance with plans to open her own studio or become a choreographer. She will perform a self-choreographed dance to “Mess is Mine” by Vance Joy.
Sadee Eileen Simmons, 17, daughter of Paul and Eileen Simmons, will be a senior at Tooele High School this fall. She holds a 3.87 GPA and is renowned for her love of volleyball. She took first place in the National Volleyball Classic NCVA tournament in California, and is a 4A Honorable Mention setter from the Deseret News. While in school, she is also studying cosmetology at the Community Learning Center and will obtain her license. She plans to play collegiate volleyball and to pursue a degree in Business and Communication. She will perform a volleyball demonstration.
Last year’s Miss Tooele City was Kat Hawley with co-attendants Eva Olcott and Ayanna Likens. Tooele High School is located at 301 W. Vine St. Admission is free.