1979 Miss Nevada


1979 Jeanne Cangemi, Incline VillageHOMETOWN:  Incline Village    BIRTHDAY:  August 18, 1957
AGE: 21    HAIR: Dk. Brown    EYES:  Blue    HEIGHT: 5’9”
EDUCATION:     Magna Cum Laude Graduate at University of the Pacific – BA in Music Therapy
TALENT:  Classical Saxophone
  • Transcribed and arranged her music for her saxophone solo & orchestra arrangement at Miss America
  • For the first time in pageant history, Miss America contestants were photographed in bikinis on the beach
  • Her year of competition was Bert Parks’ final appearance as the Miss America Host
  • Before competing in Nevada she was Miss San Joaquin County 1977 and 1st Runner-up to Miss California
  • Jeanne rode in the Rose Parade on the City of Reno’s float.  The float ended up catching on fire twice during the parade and had to be towed for part of the parade.  Fire was due to the electronics on the float
  • Appeared on the April 1980 cover of R/C Model Builder Magazine
  • Performed in USO Show along with Miss Oregon in Washington state and Oregon
  • “In other pageants, beauty is essential, but in the Miss America, not so.  The emphasis is on talent and intelligence.” – 6/21/79
  • “I feel all you can do is your best, that’s all anyone can ask of you.  If I think that I’ve performed to the maximum of my capabilities in the Miss America pageant and still don’t win, I’ve got nothing to be sorry about.” – 7/23/79
  • “It takes a lot of discipline and patience both of which I have plenty of.” – 7/23/79
  • Re: Miss A – “It’s changing to a more sophisticated thing for young career women. The contestants are more individual, more mature.” – 8/31/79
MISS NEVADA PAGEANT (Miss Nevada Pageant, Inc.):
  1. Jeanne Cangemi (Miss Nevada), Miss North Lake Tahoe, Saxophone
  2. Lezlie Anne Bawden (1st Runner-up), Miss Clark County
  3. Kelli-Lynne Starr (2nd Runner-up), Miss Southern Valley
  4. Phyllis Hamlin (3rd Runner-up/Miss Congeniality), Miss Truckee Meadows
  5. Jill Mauree Bunker (4th Runner-up), Miss Las Vegas
  6. Desiree Woods, Miss Carson City
  7. Christy L. Carter, Miss Elko County
  8. Jeanette M. Fallis, Miss Fallon
  9. Betsy B. Hunewill, Miss Lyon County
  10. Kim Erickson, Miss Moapa Valley
  11. Debra L. Souza, Miss Pershing County
  12. Georgene McCold, Miss Washoe County
  13. Betsy Havenstrite, Miss White Pine County
  14. Tracie I. Goodale, Miss Winnemucca
  • Miss Nevada awarded $2200 scholarship plus clothing & prizes
  • Married name: Jeanne Bishop-Parise
  • Named Nevada’s 1980 Outstanding Woman
  • Became a music therapist
  • Later became President and then Executive Director of the Miss Nevada Organization
What is your greatest memory from your year as Miss Nevada?      I did not realize it at the time, but My USO Road Show with Miss Oregon performing throughout the VA facilities in Oregon and Washington was my greatest experience and postured me for my lifelong career of working with seniors.
2. What do you feel you learned from being Miss Nevada?     I learned in my season as Miss Nevada and even more so in the years on the Board and as ED the importance of reaching and teaching through the relationships God entrusts you with,  no matter how young or how old you or they are.
3. What advice would you give the future Miss Nevada?     Seize the opportunities, cherish the relationships, and always see the good and magnify it.Best wishes for another successful program competition staging and launching significance in these exceptional young women!!!
Jeanne “Cangemi” Bishop-Parise
Miss Nevada 1979
Past President / Executive Director