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CVHS Teen Earns Pageant Honors

October 01, 2004

Sara Warr, a senior at Crescenta Valley High School, recently won third runner-up in the 2004 National American Miss California Pageant.

The pageant was conducted in Anaheim the weekend of Aug. 28-30, and Warr competed against 95 other young women age 16 to 18. The contestants were judged on poise and presentation in formal dress; confidence, creativity and ambition in a personal introduction competition; and finally on communication skills and personality judged in six individual interviews. All the state finalists participated in a group service project, collecting stuffed animals to donate to a local children's organization.

Warr also competed in the spokesmodel competition, an additional, optional contest in which each contestant had to write a one-and-a-half-minute speech, memorize it, and presented it before a panel of judges. Warr's speech, titled "I Am a Girl with Dreams," earned her third runner-up in the spokesmodel competition as well.

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Incoming president of the National Honor Society at CVHS, Warr aspires to be a nurse anesthetist. He is a member of the school's health academy, the CVHS a capella choir, and serves as co-chairman of a four-city youth group with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

"I have a lot of goals in my life and being able to compete in a pageant was one of them," Warr said in a prepared statement. "I was really impressed with the support I received in the community and from my family."

Warr was sponsored by the Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce, Gary M. Scott, M.D., Vic Asheghian, owner o Advance Auto Repair; Rick Dinger, owner of Crescenta Valley Insurance; Paul Dutton, owner of Paul's Professional Window Washing; Faith Cartland, owner of Curves for Women in La Crescenta; and Chris Waldheim, president of J's Maintenance Service.

"My mom did not encourage me to do the pageant but said if I could find the sponsors for the entry fee then she would know I was serious and help me do my best," Warr said in her statement. "My Aunt Debbie from La CaƱada made the drive to Anaheim twice during the weekend to help me with my hair and make-up and keep my mom calm. I was excited that so many of my other family members and friends came to Anaheim also. They cheered me on and that helped make the pageant week end even more special for me."

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