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Bianca Gaden wins Miss Teen Nevada 2014

The assembled contestants for the Miss Teen pageant in their opening number
The assembled contestants for the Miss Teen pageant in their opening numberby author

On Sunday, May 4, the Miss Nevada United States organization held its annual pageant, and the top prize in the “age group” categories went to 19 year old Bianca Gaden. Bianca is a sophomore at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, majoring in kinesiology. Not surprisingly, her goal on graduation is to become a physical therapist.

Bianca Gaden receives her crown from Michelle Nicoleyson, flanked by first runner up Kiara Bettis and Caitlynnn Cook.
Bianca Gaden receives her crown from Michelle Nicoleyson, flanked by first runner up Kiara Bettis and Caitlynnn Cook.by author

Bianca's little sister Christina, now in high school, is her inspiration; she says she is driven to be a good role model. Extracurricular activities have included the UNLV dance team, but she is taking the year off to concentrate on pageantry preparation and duties. But it's in community service that Bianca is becoming best known. She is working to help reduce childhood obesity through the Cultural Arts Training Foundation in Las Vegas. Thier goal is “using movement arts to improve health and mobility [working] with disabled children, at risk teens, domestic violence victims, veterans, and seniors.” Bianca focuses primarily in working with children and teens.

She describes herself as “ambitious and confident” - the type who works for what she wants. She is a recipient of a Nevada Millennium scholarship, and is pleased to report that her high grades and community service justify the faith that the scholarship and the Miss Nevada United States organization have placed in her.

Other age group title winners that day included Little Miss winner Kendall Bear, Miss Pre-Teen Carlee Cook, and Miss Junior Teen Mikayla Kelly. The Miss Photogenic award went to Lorena Palos, and the winner of the Fan Favorites award, based on votes, was Lynsey Thomas.