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Sharlene Wells Hawkes:A woman for all seasons

Summarized by Eileen Bell

Sharlene Wells Hawkes:A woman for all seasons
Deseret News 3Jan99
By Ray Boren: Deseret News staff writer

Ex-Miss America is wife, mom -- and more


Timeline:Sharlene Wells Hawkes
Deseret News 3Jan99

It's hard to believe that a former Miss America, as well as a multi-talented career woman would be uncomfortable performing in front of people. But, Sharlene Wells Hawkes says the very thought "turned my legs to noodles".

Crowned in 1984 as Miss Utah, then becoming Miss America, Sharlene showed even at the age of 20 that she was " a multifaceted and multitalented person".

After her yearlong reign Sharlene returned to Brigham Young University to continue working toward her degree in communications. It was there that she met Robert A. Hawkes, a student in physical therapy. They married in 1987, settled in Centerville and are raising four children, Monica,7; Nicole,5; Sarah,3; and Jacob who just turned 1.

Her first inspirational album, "When All Will Belive", was released in 1994. A second CD, "Song of the Morning Stars" came out in 1996.

Her first book, "Living In, but Not of, the World" was published by Deseret Book a year later. She is an occasional free-lance broadcaster for ESPN, the sports network she once worked for, and is a busy motivational speaker. All of this, as well as being in a regional commercial in which she sings, "Something 'bout a Ford truck."

The vast range of her projects resluts from full-time motherhood, as well as a drive to remain out there and active to continue setting goals and achieving them. "I'm developing my talents and skills," she says, "and that makes me a better mom, I think."

What's up next?

Two books in progress. "One is about pushing the limits of your comfort zone, a basic how-to," Hawkes says. She focuses on overcoming stagefright and developing stage presence.

Another is a family book of memories and standards.

When all the kids are in school she plans on going back for a masters, maybe an MBA. Hawkes is fascinated by scriptural archaeology, and maybe will branch off to do that. And she's always open to new books, albums, and appearances.

"I want to be ready. When the kids are all grown up, I don't want to just be sitting there. I want the engines running. I'm ready to go somewhere."

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