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By 'Coronation Inc. Press Release'

LDS Women Are Ms. and Mrs. Utah Achievement 2000-01

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Miss Utah Achievement(TM)is talented, beautiful, goal-oriented and a community activist/leader. So where is her bathing suit? There isn't one. In fact, none of the bright young women who enter the Miss American Achievement program will ever have to wear a swimsuit. Miss Utah Achievement TM program is 100% achievement based. "Because Smart is Beautiful!!"

In 1997 Dr. Lori Sikorszky envisioned a pageant program where women of all ages, sizes and cultural backgrounds would be recognized for their lifetime of achievements. The result was the creation of the Miss American Achievement TM Scholarship and Recognition Program. Now in its 4th year, hundreds of contestants have applied and competed for the title of Miss American Achievement. TM

This program is essentially held as a mail-in competition. All contestants submit an achievement book documenting their respective lifetime of achievements. Contestants are evaluated on personal essays on their definition of achievement, academic accomplishments, and four of the following areas which include: extra curricular activities/ social activities, leadership roles/entrepreneurship, community service/volunteerism, skills/talents/abilities/the arts, health and fitness/athletics, career achievements, personal challenges that have been overcome. State winners are selected and then the competition begins again to select the top finalists and then the selection of the National Titleholders. Here are the outstanding state representatives of Utah:

MRS. UTAH ACHIEVEMENT TM 2000-01, STACEY SUMMERS WEST (LDS). Miss Jr. Dance 1990 and 1991, Dance Spectacular Queen 1991, Miss Jr. Utah 1993 and 1994, 1st runner-up to Miss Junior America 1993, member of the state and national champion high school drill team, cheerleader her senior year in high school, member of Weber State Promotion drill team 1994 and 1995 (she performed at the L.A. Raider halftime in 1994, performed at the San Francisco 49'ers halftime in 1995). She served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to Fortaleza, Brazil from 1995-1997. She graduated form Weber State University with a B.A. in Lifestyle Management with her emphasis in Nutrition and Fitness. Stacey has given 15 years of volunteer work for local care centers; Wellness Speaker with over 100 hours of service to schools and Churches on nutrition and exercise; donated hundreds of hours making quilts and blankets for various schools and hospitals; Health volunteer; Race for the Cure; American Heart Association and various other charitable causes.

MS. UTAH ACHIEVEMENT TM 2000-01, KIMBERLY HEATON (LDS)is pursuing degrees in Child Psychology and Music Theatre. She is a coloratura soprano who has been awarded many vocal scholarships and prestigious awards for her vocal abilities. Kimberly is also an accomplished poet and author. She has had several short stories and poetry published. Many of her poems appear in the National Library of Poetry Anthologies where she has received Editor's Choice Awards. For 1995-96 1997-98 1999-2000 Kimberly is a passionate supporter of Youth Mentor Programs; both locally and on a national level. "Mentoring is a working partnership between a responsible caring adult and young person, where each work side by side to reach clearly defined goals and aspirations. A mentor offers his or her talents and friendship, to guide and direct an individual down the path of success. It has been my continuing goal to promote Youth Mentor programs across the State of Utah. I have addressed civic and local organizations and companies to take the initiative to mentor one individual. I believe that the youth in Utah are excelling in school and in life because we have individuals who care about their future."

MISS UTAH ACHIEVEMENT TM 2000-01, AIMEE REID is working to attain a B.S. in nursing. Aimee has empathy and desire to help others. She enjoys volunteering as a hospice care giver and as an advocate for teen parents teaching prenatal education and parenting skills. She provides respite pediatric nursing care and is a health educator at correctional facilities, schools and treatment programs. She has volunteered for the Arthritis Foundation as well since being diagnosed with Systemic Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis 9 years ago. Aimee has many scholastic honors and awards for her other accomplishments. She is very talented and received years of intensive training at a school for the performing arts.

The pageant industry has seen many pageant systems come and go. Many of them have emphasized personal accomplishments, but none have exclusively focused on achievement based criteria . The Miss American Achievement program is a relatively new concept in pageantry. This program is literally redefining what beauty really is and setting a standard of excellence for other women around the world. If you need more information about the Miss Utah Achievement Program, please visit the website: .

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