1972 Miss Nevada

HELEN MARIE BENNETT

1972 Helen Bennett, RenoHOMETOWN:  Reno    BIRTHDAY:  November 2, 1948 
 
AGE: 23    HAIR: Brown    EYES: Hazel    HEIGHT: 5’5” 
 
EDUCATION:     Graduate of University of Nevada with Elementary education degree
    1st grade teacher at Lincoln Park Elementary
 
TALENT:  Classical ballet
                  At Miss America performed dance to German music from the opera “Henry VIII”
 
TRIVIA: 
  • Non-finalist Talent at Miss America, placed 5th in talent awards
  • She designs her own ballet costumes
  • Presented each state contestant at Miss America with a gift of a governor’s gold coin pasted on her official stationery
  • Presented with an Honorary membership in “Future Leaders of America”
  • Introduced in Nevada State Chambers by Senator William Raggio
  • Acted as the Governor’s personal representative for many occasions.  Governor made her the official state hostess.
 
QUOTES:
  • “I like to encourage girls to enter into their local pageants and to not give up should they lose.  I tried once for Miss Nevada and lost, but in losing I gained insight and knowledge, so I entered again and I won.” – 12/14/72
  • “Entering and participating gives every girl a real chance at self-improvement, plus scholarships for either schooling or the fulfilling of one’s own talent.” – 12/14/72
  • “The Miss America Pageant is NOT just a beauty contest.  It is also a talent contest.” – 3/28/73
  • “But just from competing in the local and state pageants, a girl gets to know herself better, and gain confidence and poise that helps her develop her own personality.” – 3/28/73
 
MISS NEVADA PAGEANT (Miss Nevada Pageant, Inc.):
  • 11 CONTESTANTS/SPONSORS/TALENT
  1. Helen Bennett (Miss Nevada/Swimsuit winner), Miss Washoe County, Ballet
  2. Echo Rost (1st Runner-up), Miss UNR, Interpretive jazz dance
  3. Kenna Jo Wadsworth (2nd Runner-up), Miss Southern Nevada, Musical comedy routine w/singing, dance & guitar
  4. Stormy Jo Peterson (3rd Runner-up/Miss Congeniality), Miss Sparks, Pantomime & dance routine to recording of music w/her own voice  
  5. Mona Sanchez (4th Runner-up), Miss Reno, Classical piano
  6. Brenda Harris, Miss Carson City, Vocalist
  7. Linda Johnson, Miss Douglas County, Modern jazz dance 
  8. Alana Bonner, Miss Fallon, Jazz dance to “If my friends could see me now”
  9. Mary Serrano, Miss Mineral County, Interpretive jazz dance
  10. Catherine Gill, Miss Lyon County, Impersonation of Edith Ann (Lily Tomlin character)
  11. Jerri Lynn Bakaric, Miss White Pine County, Dancing puppet doll routine
  • Miss Nevada awarded $1000 scholarship along with snowmobile, gifts & prizes
 
LATER YEARS
  • Married name: Helen Scott (Husband – Michael)
  • 2 sons (1981) – Roy and Alan
  • Came back as Miss Nevada dancer in 1975 production
  • A member of Miss Nevada Hostess Guild in 1975