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Mining engineer to run for Miss Nevada USA

Ruby B. Johnson, a U.S. Forest Service mining engineer based in Elko, represented Elko County in the Miss Nevada USA pageant in Las Vegas in January. 

ELKO — Soroptimist International of Elko announced the annual Dream It, Be It Career Support Day For Girls will be on April 4.

This global program was launched in 2014 and was created to help create sustainable and measurable changes in the lives of young women around the world. The event this year will be held at the Elko Conference Center and will include high school aged young women within the Elko County School District.

The program focuses on teaching young girls how to be strong, successful, and happy adults after high school. Dream It, Be It targets girls in secondary school and shows them how to face and overcome obstacles in their future path to success. It provides girls with access to professional role models, career education and the resources to live their dreams.

Soroptimist clubs work in partnership with girls in small groups or a conference setting to provide them with the information and resources they want and need to be successful. The topics covered include career opportunities, setting and achieving goals, overcoming obstacles to success, and how to move forward after setbacks or failures.

This year’s program will include Safe Driving Tips, Financial Fitness, Self Defense, Healthy Relationships and more. There will be a catered lunch for the girls along with an opportunity for the girls to problem solve scenarios which will reflect obstacles that they may face in life after high school.

The highlight of the event will be the guest speaker, Ruby B. Johnson, a mining engineer who was named Miss Photogenic at the 2018 Miss Nevada USA pageant in Las Vegas.

Dream It, Be It joins Soroptimist’s long-running program Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women (formerly the Women’s Opportunity Awards). The Soroptimist Dream Programs ensure women and girls have access to the education and training they need to reach their full potential and live their dreams.

This event is funded entirely by fundraising and donations/contributions from the Elko community. If you would like to learn more or become involved by donating contact Kandiss Fallowfield of Juli Nelson at 738-4091.

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