When Alexa Rogers was only 5 years old, she met a little girl named Sam who was very similar to herself. Sam was bright, happy and always trying to give back to others. There was only one glaring difference between the two.
After battling numerous stomach diseases in her young adult life, Jordan Wessel decided to participate in a swimsuit competition that would open her eyes to the world of fitness contests, beauty pageants and modeling.
When she was 14 Ahwatukee Foothills resident Stephanie Austin entered a pageant as the next step to all the drama, dancing and commercials she was doing as a teen. Today, as a mother of two, she has entered the Mrs. Arizona pageant to make connections, hear stories, and celebrate the person she has become.
It’s often called, “The greatest story ever told,” and it’s taken straight from the Bible in an annual production with a stage and cast of near biblical proportions, as befitting the story. The Easter Pageant of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is performed in the huge grassy bowl in front of the Visitor’s Center of the Mesa Arizona Temple, 525 East Main St. It never fails to be a moving, memorable and uplifting experience that brings people back year after year.
Ms. Senior America 2013, Carolyn Corlew will be making a guest appearance and performing at the “Silver Celebration” for the 25th Annual Ms. Senior Arizona Pageant. The Pageant will take place March 22, at Valley Vista Performing Arts Theatre in Surprise at 6 p.m. Lee Lotze, 2013 Ms. Senior Arizona, will be crowning her successor that evening. Fifteen contestants will be competing for the title of Ms. Senior Arizona 2014.
Lee Lotze, Ms. Senior Arizona 2013, will travel to Atlantic City, N.J., Oct. 20-25 to compete for the title of 2013 Ms. Senior America. Lotze was crowned Ms. Senior Arizona last March at Valley Vista Performing Arts Theatre before a crowd of more than 900. She topped 12 other contestants with her Jazz Dance to “Oh What a Night.” She also took top honors in talent and philosophy of life competitions. Lotze will compete at the national competition with other state title holders from across the United States. Contestants compete in evening gown, philosophy of life, talent and judges interviews.
Sure, it’s fun to watch for the contestant from your state when the Miss America pageant comes on TV. But you could send her off to Atlantic City with in-person well wishes before the pageant ever gets under way.
Gilbert resident and Miss City of Maricopa Jennifer Smestad won the 2013 Miss Arizona crown at the annual pageant held at Gilbert Mesquite High School from June 20 through 22. [Photo courtesy of Jeanette Masters]
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They come from all parts of the Valley — 475 men, women, teens and children — and spend countless hours in practice and performances during the month leading up to Easter. The goal: presenting to the community the story of the life and mission of Jesus Christ in music, drama and dance.
Every year leading up to Easter, on a temporary, five-story, outdoor stage erected near downtown Mesa, the story of the life and mission of Jesus Christ, taken from the Bible, is portrayed in live performance, music and dance.
The Thunder look to return to their winning ways behind a talented junior class and a group of committed seniors in 2014.Produced by David JolkovskiNarration by Jason P. SkodaInterviews (in order of appearance):Cade van RaaphorstTJ RobertsAlex FarinaDrew McIntyreCoach Dan HindsAdrian PerezAndrew MacnairSaxon McDonald