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news & views ● scoops News Reports from the World of Pageantry THE AMAZING RACE MISS UNIVERSE ORGANIZATION Amy’s Amazing Race Fenzau Wows Crowd F M ormer Pageantry & PromTime cover model Amy Diaz and boyfriend Jason Case, proved to be an unbeatable force when they won the twenty-third installment of the reality television show The Amazing Race. After having six second-place finishes overall, the "Dating Couple" team was the first to cross the 23rd season of The Amazing Race's fin- ish line in Juneau, Alaska, claiming the $1 million grand prize. "Now that we completed the Race, we've experienced so many highs and lows. I really do feel we can undertake everything. This is definitely the beginning of my happi- ly ever after," Amy said. Amy Diaz was a two-time fea- tured Model for the Pageantry & PromTime Fashion Showcase, and cover model for the Spring 2004 edition. She also held the titles of Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 2001, Miss Rhode Island USA 2008 [in which she finished in the Top 15 of the Miss USA competition], and Miss Earth Unit- ed States 2009. iranda Fenzau, a featured model in the Pageantry & PromTime 2013 Fashion Showcase, will represent Illinois at the 2014 Miss Teen USA Pag- eant. Donning a white one-piece swim- suit and light pink mermaid gown during preliminary competition, she went on to capture the crown of Miss Illinois Teen USA 2014. She entered the pageant as Miss Orland Park Teen USA. “I don't even know what to say,” Miranda told the audience, “I'm just super excited and so blessed, thank you so much!” The third time was a charm for the 18 year old, as she had placed first runner-up in both the 2013 and 2012 pageant. □ OBITUARY Award-winning Equestrian and Miss Montana Passes On BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT Welcome Mason! M iss America 2007 Lauren Nel- son Faram and her husband, Randy, welcomed son Mason to the world, October 1, 2013. He was 7 pounds and 6 ounces and 21 inches long. Both mom and baby are doing great. Lauren was working as a News Anchor for New 9 in Oklahoma, but has since stepped down to spend quality time with the new addition to the family. Congratulations Lauren, Randy and baby Mason! □ MISS AMERICA’S OUTSTANDING TEEN Sykes Sings L eah Sykes has kickstarted her bud- ding music career after traveling to Nashville to work with grammy winning songwriters. You can hear the 2014 Miss America’s Outstanding Teen’s music at: □ 20 PAGEANTRY I n 1948, Carol Fraser competed in a Triple Crown of riding, in- cluding competitions in Chicago and Louisville, Kentucky, beat- ing a field of professionals. She was the only amateur to ever win the prize, according to her niece, René Rosell Yarbrough. The next year, Fraser won the Miss Montana pageant. According to the Miss America archives, Carol was the last contestant to ride her horse on stage during the 1949 Miss Amer- ica pageant competition in Atlantic City. “Animal acts were banned from the talent competition after Miss Montana’s horse nearly fell into the orchestra pit,” according to pageant history of the ’40s. Carol studied dressage, the classical art of riding personified by the Lipizzaner horses in Germany, in the former Yugoslavia, Texas and New York. To Carol, riding was “an airborne activity.” Carol died on December 11th, 2013 at age 85 at the Primrose Personal Care Home in Billings, Montana, one of a family of tal- ented riders who also succeeded in many other fields. □