Miss Teen Alaska, Sondra Mize, is a third generation Alaskan whose grandfather Morris Coreson cleared most of the homesteads in the Central Peninsula back in the late forties and early fifties.
Long before there was a road from Anchorage, Coreson who became known as "Catskinner" barged up a D-8 cat for the purpose of clearing homestead land. According to Carroll Martin of the Diamond M Ranch on K-Beach Rd, that cat still sits over on the wildlife refuge.
His granddaughter Sondra Mize recently returned from Nashville Tennessee where she represented all Alaska as Miss Teen Alaska in the Miss Teen USA pageant. "I found out a little bit about being almost a celebrity during my week of traveling and it was definitely a lot of fun," said Mize who would like to enter the Miss Alaska Scholarship program.
The national Miss Teen USA pageant wasn't televised because, according to Mize, "There is not a swimsuit competition, and apparently they chose not to televise us because we don't show enough skin; is what they told our director. But that made a lot of the Mom's just as happy."
For the talent portion of the competition, Mize performed an Irish Clogging number. She has studied dance for the last 11 years at the Northstar Dance Studio. Sondra likes being in parades and will be at the State Fair Parade in Palmer August 25th. "I love the Fair, as I am an active 4-H member, and would recommend the program to all teens," said Mize.
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