The Lehi High School gym was filled to capacity for the Miss Lehi Competition on Saturday, June 22, 2019. The backdrop on the stage was the coast of Greece, created by Randy Blackburn for Lehi High School’s production of “Mamma Mia!”, and it provided the perfect setting for the “Dancing Queen”-themed show.
Lindsey Larsen was named Miss Lehi 2019 and the winner of a $4,000 scholarship, along with other awards including the Director’s Award, the Spirit of Miss Lehi Award (an award from the other candidates and the Miss Lehi Committee otherwise known as Miss Congeniality), and the Talent Award. Larsen performed a classical ballet en pointe routine, “La Esmeralda” from “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” for her talent, wowing both the crowd and the judges. Her Social Impact Initiative is “Move to Change: Uniting Dance Education and Service.” Larsen is the daughter of Paul and Jill Larsen and will be attending the University of Utah in the fall.
“I couldn’t even believe it when they called my name! I’m just overjoyed and excited to serve the city of Lehi,” said Larsen.
The other members of the Miss Lehi 2019 Royalty are: First Attendant and winner of a $2,000 scholarship, Zoey Evans; Second Attendant and winner of a $1,500 scholarship, Charly Eldredge; Third Attendant and winner of a $1,000 scholarship Hannah Norton. Evans also received awards for Most Tickets Sold, Evening Wear/On-Stage Question, and second place in the Social Impact Initiative category. Eldredge received the Photogenic Award and Norton took first place in the Social Impact Initiative. Abby Garner took home an award for getting the most sponsors for the competition and Macie Snoddy received the Miss Miracle Maker trophy for earning the most money for the Children’s Miracle Network.
Aliese Bumgardner, Miss Lehi 2018, and City Councilmember Johnny Revill hosted the competition, which featured eight candidates in an opening number choreographed to the ABBA song “Dancing Queen,” individual talent performances, on-stage questions from the judges, and evening gown. Candidates were put on the spot onstage by the judges with questions about abortion, immigration, gun control, fake news, and healthcare. Each of the candidates handled the difficult subjects with confidence.
Sprinkled throughout the program were performances by Aliese Bumgardner on the piano as well as a solo vocal performance and a duet with her father, a vocal solo by Honorary Miss Lehi Alyssa Eav, introduction of Little Miss Lehi Everly Johansen reluctantly accompanied by her little brother, highlight videos, stalling banter from Johnny Revill, and even a marriage proposal onstage for 2018 second attendant, Alexis Jensen.
“This was our first Miss Lehi in the New Miss America 2.0 program and we are here for it! The 2.0 format took out the Lifestyle and Fitness competition but added a ‘Social Impact Initiative Statement’ in the Evening Gown/Red Carpet section of the competition. This helped our judges and community get an insight to the mission statement of each candidate’s platform,” explained Miss Lehi Director Kate Daly. “The committee and I are so proud of the growth we’ve seen in each young lady. We love being supported not only by the community but by our Mayor and other city representatives. We’re here to serve Lehi City,” Daly continued.