HOMETOWN: Las Vegas BIRTHDAY: December 5, 1989
AGE: 22 HAIR: Blonde
EDUCATION: Dixie State University
Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication / Marketing
TALENT: Pop vocal
PLATFORM: Improving Relations Through Effective Communication
MISS NEVADA PAGEANT ():
Alana Lee (Miss Nevada/Academic Achievement), Miss Clark County, Pop vocal
Kellie Mills (1st Runner-up/Talent), Miss Northern Counties, Pop vocal
Elizabeth Mercado (2nd Runner-up/Community Service Award), Miss Mesquite, Vocal
Randi Sundquist (3rd Runner-up), Miss Summerlin, Lyrical dance
Diana Sweeney (4th Runner-up), Miss Lake Tahoe, dance
Jessica Warren (Non-Finalist Talent), Miss Henderson, classical vocal
Aimee Hull (Non-Finalist Interview), Miss Elko County, Piano
Marisela Avitia (Miracle Make Award), Miss Carson City, Irish dance
Ashton Sunseri (People’s Choice Award), Miss University of Nevada – Reno
Shalynn Swails, Miss Douglas County
Cara Laursen, Miss Greater Las Vegas, Tap dance
Madeline Burak, Miss Reno/Sparks
Alyssa D’Agostino, Miss Southern Counties, Tap dance
Lindsey Jamieson, Miss University of Nevada – Las Vegas, Vocal
*Scholarships – Over $15,000 in scholarships awarded.
UPDATED MAY 2014:
Since giving up her crown Alana obtained a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication / Marketing from Dixie State University. She is exercising her entrepreneurial spirit running her own marketing consultation company called Creating Excellence LLC! She also recently became a Broker Salesperson REALTOR and works with a notable luxury homes real estate firm in Las Vegas called Luxe Estates Collection. She continues her support of Goodwill of Southern Nevada and currently serves on their Community Ambassador Council. Alana regularly speaks to schools and religious groups as a featured motivational speaker and is still heavily involved in politics.
What is your greatest memory from your year as Miss Nevada? I can’t help but smile when I think back to my time serving as Miss Nevada 2011. The entire year was life-changing in so many ways! One of my favorite memories was leading the pledge of allegiance at the 2011 Presidential Debate which was aired on CNN. It was the perfect fusion of my love for television production and the political world! I was surrounded by leaders in all facets of business, politics and entertainment, and reveled in the patriotism that emanated from those in attendance.
What do you feel you learned from being Miss Nevada? What I learned is the surest way to fail is to try and please everyone. As Miss Nevada you are constantly evolving as an individual and titleholder. This transformative experience can either make or break a person, so staying true to your core values and beliefs amidst a whirlwind of people and opinions that would try to change you can be difficult. I learned the importance of loving who I am despite others’ opinions and to live life so that I can be proud of who I am and what I stand for when I go to sleep each night.
What advise would you give the future Miss Nevada? Work tirelessly to serve your community, love everyone around you and milk this experience for all that it is worth! For surely this year will be of your making — so use it wisely.