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Eric Sloss
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For immediate release:
March 11, 2005

Carnegie Mellon Sophomore Jean Lester Sings Her Way to Miss Buffalo 2005 Crown


Jean Lester
PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University sophomore Jean Lester has been crowned Miss Buffalo, N.Y. 2005. A voice performance major in the School of Music, Lester sang Puccini's "O mio babbino caro" for the talent portion of the competition.

For her upcoming year of service as Miss Buffalo, Lester's platform will be "Alzheimer's Awareness: Enhancing Care and Support for Alzheimer's Patients."

"I first started competing in pageants because it was a way to get my voice out there and expose myself as a singer," said Lester. "Then I noticed myself benefiting from other parts of it like improving on my interview skills, which will help me throughout my life. It is also a wonderful scholarship source. In fact, it is the largest scholarship foundation for women in the world, awarding over $40 million each year."


A voice performance major in the School of Music, Lester sang Puccini's "O mio babbino caro" for the talent portion of the competition.
The January 30 pageant was held at the Warren Enters Theatre at Buffalo State College. Contestants were judged based on an interview (40%), talent (30%), swimsuit (10%), eveningwear (10%) and on-stage question (10%). Lester reports that the competition was impressive. "They were some of the most talented young women in Western New York. They all had outstanding talents and were all well-spoken."

Lester is a native of Orchard Park, N.Y., a suburb of Buffalo. A 20-year old sophomore at Carnegie Mellon, Lester is pursuing courses of study in vocal performance and pre-medicine. She aspires to be either an opera singer or an otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat specialist). She began competing in pageants three years ago as a means to gain exposure as a singer. Lester also competed at the Miss Buffalo 2003 pageant, where she was the fourth runner-up.

From here Lester will go on to compete in the Miss New York State Pageant in Watertown, N.Y., on July 2, 2005. The winner of this statewide pageant will advance to compete for the title of Miss America. Lester's year as Miss Buffalo will be chronicled on www.missbuffalo.org.

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