Swimsuit Award Is Miss Louisiana's 3d

Posted: October 14, 2000

Miss Louisiana Faith Jenkins, who won the talent competition Tuesday and a community service award earlier Thursday, continued her streak by winning in swimsuit Thursday night. Miss California Rita Ng captured the talent portion in the third and final night of preliminary competition leading to tonight's Miss America Pageant.

Jenkins, who wore a two-piece leopard-print suit that she initially didn't want to wear in the pageant, bested 16 other women and won a $1,000 scholarship. She'll add that to the $10,000 she received for winning the Miss America Quality of Life Award for her work to combat illiteracy.

The 5-foot-2 inch, 110-pound Jenkins, who wears a size 2, said she ran stadium stairs at Neville High School in Monroe, La., to get in shape for the pageant.

She won a preliminary talent competition Tuesday by singing the blues classic "If I Could." A law student at Southern University School of Law, Jenkins says her ambition is to be lieutenant governor of Louisiana.

Ng, 22, the daughter of Chinese immigrants, is a Stanford University graduate with a 3.99 grade-point average who has put medical school on hold while competing in the pageant. She, Jenkins and the other contestants were to take part in the Miss America Pageant parade on the Atlantic City Boardwalk last night.

The finals of the 80th annual Miss America Pageant air at 8 tonight on Channel 6.

ACTRESS MUST ATTEND AA Kristy Swanson, who starred in the film version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, was ordered to attend 10 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings after pleading no contest to misdemeanor drunken driving.

The 30-year-old actress was also fined $490, put on three years' probation and ordered to perform community service. Swanson did not attend Wednesday's hearing in Los Angeles.

Swanson was stopped Aug. 30 by officers who reported seeing her drive erratically as she pulled away from a stop light.

Tests showed she had a blood-alcohol level of 0.23 percent, nearly three times California's legal limit of 0.08, a city attorney spokesman said.

LOCALLY CONNECTED Philadelphian Jerome J. Shestack has been appointed chairman of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's Committee on Conscience. Shestack, former president of the American Bar Association, was appointed to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council last year by President Clinton. He's married to former TV anchorwoman Marciarose.

Forrest McKinnon, a barrel jumper in Beauty and the Beast (the Disney on Ice show at the First Union Center through tomorrow), yesterday jumped over 50 Pat's cheesesteaks on the ice - a whopping 105 inches. McKinnon, from Allentown, is always trying new and exciting acts and has previously jumped through flaming hoops. Not too long after his feat, 49 cheesesteaks remained on the ice.

The Geator with the Heater, Jerry Blavat, is profiled by Nick Tosches in the November issue of Vanity Fair. It includes an overview of the record business since the advent of rock and roll in the '50s.

Nikki Cox, star of the new comedy Nikki on WB17 Sundays at 9:30, will follow up tomorrow night's show with a guest stint doing the weather with Steve MacLaughlin on the WB17 News at 10 p.m.

* This report includes material from the Associated Press, Reuters and Inquirer staff writer Michael Klein.

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