The titles to the two most prestigious scholarship programs for young women in Alaska, the Alaska Junior Miss Program, and the Miss Alaska pageant both are held this year by former Soldotna High School graduates. Kaitlin Vadla is representing Alaska this week in Alabama at the national Jr. Miss Competition, and this fall Sterling's own Christina Reasner will travel to Atlantic City as Miss Alaska 2004 to compete for the Miss America crown. Reasner was crowned in Anchorage last week from a field of 14 contestants, "I went into the competition confident, but by no means did I expect to be crowned. I was shocked when they called my name," said Reasner. Christina was in Soldotna last week accompanying the Governor and Lt. Governor at a special Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meeting at the Soldotna Sports Center.
Reasner said she was 12-years-old when she competed in her first pageant during Sterling Community Days, then at 18 she was runner-up in the Jr. Miss program, and earned her first title at Miss Seafair when she was attending college in Seattle. Reasner graduated from SoHi in 2000, and this spring received her BA degree cum laude from North West University, "I was actually the commencement speaker just a few weeks ago and had that wonderful opportunity to speak to over 5,000 people including my graduating classmates," added Miss Alaska. Christina is the daughter of Bob and Pollyanne Reasner of Sterling, and will now serve Alaska as the reigning Miss Alaska for the year 2004. This September she will take her shot at becoming Miss America along with the other 49 scholarship title holders from each state. Following all the limelight she hopes to pursue a career in law and maybe even public office, "Those are both passions of mine, and I certainly have a plan for my life," said Reasner. She won the talent competition with her rendition of "You and Me," a song from The Preachers Wife. Reasner is also passionate about her platform to stop child abuse, "I've partnered with Child Help USA to combat child abuse that we see in our nation because no child deserves to suffer abuse, and if one child can be saved from abuse it will more than merit my efforts as Miss Alaska. I understand that there is no easy answer, but I believe I can become part of the solution and I'm committed to seeing a change take place in this atrocity in my lifetime," said Reasner. Reasner's title of Miss Alaska came with more than $100,000 worth of scholarships and prizes.
Miss Alaska Christina Reasner, with Lt. Governor Loren Leman last week in Soldotna.
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