PageantCast Mail Bag: 09/20/2017

We know no one uses mail anymore, but here in the mailbag we put a selection of Instagram posts, Facebook posts and Twitter posts that we’ve been tagged in.

Here’s this week’s selection:

MISS MULTIVERSE AUSTRALIA WINNER ANNOUNCED

Photos by: Aris Suwirto 

Miss Multiverse Australia, Gabrielle Keaton
Miss Multiverse Australia, Gabrielle Keaton

The winner of the model contest ‘Miss Multiverse Australia’ and its Reality TV Show ‘I Am Multiverse – AU’ have been announced last night after a glamorous awards night, held at the Sydney Aquarium.

Miss Multiverse Australia, Gabrielle Keaton
Miss Multiverse Australia, Gabrielle Keaton

Gabrielle Keaton (NSW) was announced the winner of this year’s contest and Season One of the TV Show. She will now represent Australia at the World Contest and TV Show in the Dominican Republic in November.

Miss Multiverse Australia / I Am Multiverse AU is a mix between ‘Next Top Model’, ‘The Apprentice’ and ‘Survivor’.  The show is looking for ladies who are multi-faceted, strong, successful with good physical, emotional and social intelligence.

Miss Multiverse Australia, Gabrielle Keaton
Miss Multiverse Australia, Gabrielle Keaton with runners up Sheralyn Hill and Joie Serrano

Starting with 700 applications, and narrowing it down to 50 finalists, contestants had to survive rigorous challenges and tests. Those contestants who stood out and demonstrated exceptional qualities were chosen as the Top 10 who will fight it out for the winning title – mentally, physically, emotionally and socially.

Testing spans over a period of months where girls are given pre-regional-challenges, followed by the Regional and National Finals. Girls did challenges such as upside down abseiling, flying trapeze, ice skating, cooking challenge, escape hunt, skypeak, photoshoots and much more.

Miss Multiverse Australia contestants
Miss Multiverse Australia contestants

Gabrielle displayed qualities of great business skills, fitness and beauty. She stood out from other contestants throughout the competition and was a hands down winner.

“I am just a girl from the country that loves food” says Gabrielle after being asked how she feels about winning.

The runner up was Sheralyn Hill from Victoria and the second runner up was Joie Serrano form Queensland.  Joie and Sheralyn’s scores were very close and both displayed wonderful qualities and beauty.

The Awards Night was uniquely held at the Sydney Aquarium in Darling Harbour and provided a beautiful and unique backdrop.

Miss Multiverse Australia, Gabrielle Keaton
Miss Multiverse Australia, Gabrielle Keaton with runners up Sheralyn Hill and Joie Serrano and director Yolandi Franken

Over the next few months the National Director, Yolandi Franken, will work closely with Gabrielle Keaton to prepare her for the world finals. The focus will be fitness and endurance so that she is physically prepared for the physical tests at the world finals.  They will also perfect her photographic and catwalk skills as well as mental preparation.

Miss Multiverse Australia contestants
Miss Multiverse Australia contestants

It was a very successful year for Miss Multiverse Australia and had fantastic sponsors such as Sealife Aquarium, Quest Macquarie Park, Moet and Chandon, Captain Cook Cruises, GoCatch, Woolworths Marsfield, Pure Fine Foods, MiWater, Vitamin by Sonalika, StarCentral Managzine, Green Frog Adventures, Urban Quest in Melbourne, The Port in Darling Harbour, Status Anxiety, Kapow Teeth Whitening, Kingpin Strathfield, Isabella Jewellery, Hair & Beauty Expo, Cirque Espace, AHC, Bondi Pizza, Stylish Pics, Macquarie Ice Skating, Escape Hunt, Skypeak, Go Bananas.

‘Miss America’ Makes ABC the No. 1 Non-Sports Net in Its 2-Hour Time Slot, Generating 3-Month Highs Against the NFL on Sunday From 9-11 p.m.

‘The 2018 Miss America Competition’ Holds Strong
Against Big NFL Competition and the Impact of Hurricane Irma,
Growing Year Over Year With Women 18-34

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (September 13, 2017) – “The 2018 Miss

Cara Mund, Miss America 2018
Cara Mund, Miss America 2018

America Competition” (9:00-11:00 p.m. – 5.6 million and 1.2/4 in AD18-49): On a night where millions of viewers lost electricity due to Hurricane Irma and opposite big NFL-fueled competition from the season opener of NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” (New York Giants-Dallas Cowboys) and Fox’s NFL overrun-inflated lineup with the highly promoted series debut of “The Orville,” ABC’s Sunday 9:00-11:00 p.m. broadcast of “The 2018 Miss America Competition” built on its lead-in and surged by 1.3 million viewers (5.0 million to 6.3 million) and 18% in Adults 18-49 (1.1/3 to 1.3/5) from its first half-hour to its final half-hour.During its final half-hour from 10:30-11:00 p.m. as Miss North Dakota Cara Mund was crowned, “The Miss America Competition” pulled in 6.3 million viewers and a 1.3 rating, 5 share with young adults. ABC stood as the No. 1 non-sports network in the 2-hour time slot with Total Viewers (5.6 million) and Adults 18-49 (1.2/4).

• In Total Viewers and Adults 18-49, “The 2018 Miss America Competition” attracted ABC’s best numbers in the 2-hour time period in 3 months – 6/11/17.

• Despite the extraordinary weather circumstances and competition, “The Miss America Competition” retained nearly all of its year-ago results with Total Viewers (89%) and Adults 18-49 (92%), while holding 100% in Adults 18-34 and growing 8% in Women 18-34.

Source: The Nielsen Company, Fast Affiliate Live + Same Day Ratings for 9/10/17.

[PAGEANTCAST: 5.6 Million is the lowest rated Miss America since 2010. This press release was written by Miss America. ]

PageantCast Vault Autograph Card: Jayna Altman

Jayna Altman, Miss International 2008, was still Miss Missouri International when I interviewed her face-to-face in Chicago when I still did the show in audio format only. As some of you know, Jayna is deaf so a phone interview was never really in the cards, though if anyone could have–it would have Jayna! She was such a delight to speak to we actually had her sit for an unprecedented THREE segments at the time, totally breaking my format at the time.

I’ve changed the format a couple dozen times since then.

Jayna has married and moved out West to LA. According to my sources, she is still awesome.


If you would like your autograph card featured here on a future Thursday with the PageantCast Vault, autograph your card and either scan it and send it to [email protected] or contact me at the same email and I’ll send you the physical address to mail it to me.

MAOTeen to Bring “Healthy Food for All” to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey

 Taking Action During Hunger Action Month™
  
TAMPA, Florida, September 7, 2017 – Miss America’s Outstanding Teen (MAOTeen) 2018, Jessica Baeder, along with dozens of MAOTeen State Representatives, will visit the Southern Branch of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey in Egg Harbor Township on Friday, September 8, 2017.
“Hunger is closer than you think,” said Baeder. She continued, “Children and adults face hunger in every community across the country. Your neighbor, child’s classmate or even coworker may be struggling to get enough to eat.”
Jessica has spent over 800 hours of volunteer time dedicated to providing healthy food options for all communities. She has created two innovative programs. Her “Fresh Fruit 4 Kids” campaign makes baskets of fresh fruit at grocery stores available for children to sample for free, promoting healthy snacks. “Jessica’s Pantry” is a food drive initiative created to supplement summer lunch programs for low income children.
Having become a second degree black belt at the age of 9, Jessica combines her Tae Kwon Do skills and philanthropic spirit to teach “Fit for Life” lessons at schools, emphasizing nutrition and fitness. Jessica wants to ensure that everyone has the information and opportunity to make good decisions about their health. She is committed to hands-on service, being a voice for positive change, and creating a national of healthier children and families.
By spending time at the Community FoodBank of New Jersey during September, tapped “Hunger Action Month™” by the Feeding America® network, Jessica hopes to continue to mobilize the public to take action on the issue of hunger. “I look forward to going to volunteer at the FoodBank. Seeing how grateful the clients are at the amount of food the MAOTeen Organization will provide for them is going to be so awesome!”
Jessica’s challenge to you? Spend a little time this month looking for volunteer opportunities in your area. Grab your family, grab some friends and head out to do a little good for others.
We encourage you to take action and make a difference in the lives of your neighbors struggling with hunger. Share your service on social media using the following:
FACEBOOK: Food gives people the energy they need to take on the day. You can help the 1 in 8 people who struggle with hunger. Join us and @Feeding America #HungerActionMonth @MAOTeen #MAOTeen
TWITTER: Food gives you energy to take on the day. Help the 1 in 8 people facing hunger. #HungerActionMonth @FeedingAmerica @MAOTeen #MAOTeen

Cara Mund becomes first Miss America from North Dakota

Cara Mund, Miss America 2018
Cara Mund, Miss America 2018

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (September 10, 2017) – Miss North Dakota, Cara Mund, was crowned Miss America 2018 tonight at the birthplace of the legendary competition in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall for its 97th Anniversary broadcast on the ABC Television Network. Returning for his 9th time as host, Chris Harrison was joined by co-host Sage Steele and celebrity judges Maria Menounos, Thomas Rhett, Molly Sims, Jordin Sparks, Tara Lipinski, Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri and PEOPLE Editor in Chief Jess Cagle.

Mund’s acceptance of the highly-coveted crown is just the beginning of a journey that will take her to every corner of the nation and around the world during her year of service as Miss America 2018. She will embark on her national speaking tour about her platform, A Make-A-Wish Passion with Fashion, and act as the official National Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for its 170 member hospitals, is the national platform partner of theMiss America Organization.

Cara is an Ivy League honors graduate from Brown University who is headed to law school. At age 14, Cara founded North Dakota’s Annual Make-A-Wish Fashion Show. For 10 years, Cara has brightened 23 Wish Kids’ lives, became a “Certified Wish Granter,” and raised more than $78,500 for Make-A-Wish. In 2011, President Barack Obama recognized Cara’s charitable efforts. Cara is a national dance champion and trained four summers with The Rockettes. Cara’s recent work in the United States Senate and her passion for helping others ignited her own wish – to become the first Miss America from North Dakota.

The first runner-up in the competition was Miss Missouri, Jennifer Davis, who earned a $25,000 scholarship. Her talent was a Bollywood dance routine and her personal platform is United We Stand, Divided We Fall: Diversity Matters. The second runner-up is Miss New Jersey, Kaitlyn Schoeffel, who received a $20,000 scholarship. Her talent was dance, and her personal platform is Operation Empowerment. Third runner-up Miss District of Columbia Briana Kinsey received a $15,000 scholarship. Her talent was pop vocal, and her platform is Daring to Defeat Diabetes. Fourth runner-upMiss Texas Margana Wood is awarded a $10,000 scholarship. Her talent was contemporary dance and her platform is You Belong.

The 51 contestants, who represented all 50 states and the District of Columbia, participated in preliminary competitions earlier in the week. Miss Illinois, Abby Foster, was the winner of “America‘s Choice,” an online competition where viewers were given the opportunity to vote for their favorite MissAmerica contestant entirely on social media. The winner of “America’s Choice” advanced to the Top 15 in the competition.

Founded in 1921, the Miss America Organization is one of the nation’s leading advocates for women’s education and the largest provider of scholarship assistance to young women. The Miss AmericaOrganization and its state organizations award millions in cash and in-kind scholarships annually. TheMiss America Organization also provides young women with a vehicle to further their personal and professional goals and instills within them a spirit of community service through a variety of nationwide community-based programs.

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dick clark productions and the Miss America Organization collaborated on all creative, marketing, sponsorship, licensing, ticketing and distribution elements of this year’s show. Anthony Eaton and Tall Pony Productions produced the “2017 Miss America Competition.”

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The Miss America Organization Announces Scholarship Award Recipients On Stage During Preliminary Competition in Atlantic City

Atlantic City, NJ (September 9, 2017) – During the second of three preliminary nights of “The 2018 Miss America Competition” in Boardwalk Hall, the Miss America Organization announced the Quality of Life, STEM, and Women in Business Scholarship Awards on stage.
The Jean Bartel Quality of Life Scholarship is awarded to the contestants who have gone above and beyond in their dedication to community service and improving the lives of others. The second runner-up and recipient of a $2,000 scholarship is Miss South Carolina Suzi Roberts, the first runner-up and recipient of a $4,000 scholarship is Miss North Dakota Cara Mund, and the recipient of the 2018 Jean Bartel Quality of Life $6,000 Scholarship Award is Miss Alabama Jessica Procter.

Miss District of Columbia Briana Kinsey, Miss Kentucky Molly Matney, and Miss Massachusetts Jillian Zucco
Miss District of Columbia Briana Kinsey, Miss Kentucky Molly Matney, and Miss Massachusetts Jillian Zucco
The Miss America Foundation STEM Scholarship  is awarded to three contestants pursuing an education in STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math) related fields. The recipients of the three $5,000 scholarship awards for a total of $15,000 are Miss District of Columbia Briana KinseyMiss Kentucky Molly Matney and Miss Massachusetts Jillian Zucco.

For the second year, the Miss America Foundation also awarded two Women in Business Scholarship Awards to two exceptional contestants with a declared major in business or business related studies. The recipients of these two $5,000 scholarship awards totaling $10,000 are Miss Colorado Meredith Winnefeld  and Miss Ohio Sarah Jeanne Clapper.

 
Also announced on stage were three categories of Miracle Maker Awards: Local, State, and National.
The Local Miracle Maker Award was created last year by the Miss America Organization and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to recognize the top 3 local titleholders across the country who raised the most funds leading into their state competitions. All recipients were awarded a scholarship and round trip travel to Atlantic City for “The 2018 Miss America Competition!”
Local Miracle Maker  2nd Runner-up ($2,000): Chelsea Yarber from Alabama 1st Runner-up ($3,000): Greeshma Reddy from Kansas Winner ($5,000): Miss South Carolina Suzi Roberts!
State Miracle Maker 2nd Runner-up ($2,000): The Miss Utah Organization 1st Runner-up ($3,000): The Miss Alabama Organization
Winner ($5,000): The Miss South Carolina Organization
National Miracle Maker 2nd Runner-up ($2,000): Miss Massachusetts Jillian Zucco 1st Runner-up ($3,000): Miss North Carolina Victoria Huggins 
Winner ($5,000): Miss South Carolina Suzi Roberts
 
The Miss America Foundation was pleased to award a total of $67,000 in scholarships on stage during Thursday’s preliminary competition.
To purchase tickets to “The 2018 Miss America Competition,” visit: www.MissAmerica.org

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Miss Louisiana and Miss Florida Win Preliminary Awards on Friday, September 8th, the Third Night of “The 2018 Miss America Competition”

From Left: Miss Louisiana Laryssa Bonacquisti, Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields, and Miss Florida Sara Zeng (Photo: The Miss America Organization/Bruce V. Boyajian)
From Left: Miss Louisiana Laryssa Bonacquisti, Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields, and
Miss Florida Sara Zeng
(Photo: The Miss America Organization/Bruce V. Boyajian)

Atlantic City, NJ (September 8, 2016) – During the third and final preliminary night for “The 2018 Miss America Competition” in Boardwalk Hall, Miss Louisiana, Laryssa Bonacquisti, was named Friday evenings preliminary Talent winner for her ventriloquist performance. Laryssa is now a double preliminary winner after her Thursday evening win for Lifestyle and Fitness. She will receive a $2,000 scholarship. Also capturing the spotlight was Miss Florida, Sara Zeng, who was the preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness winner. Sara will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Founded in 1921, the Miss America Organization is one of the nation’s leading advocates for women’s education and the largest provider of scholarship assistance to young women. The Miss America Organization and its state organizations make available millions in cash and in-kind scholarships annually. The Miss America Organization also provides young women with a vehicle to further their personal and professional goals and instills within them a spirit of community service through a variety of nationwide community-based programs.

To purchase tickets to “The 2018 Miss America Competition,” please visit: www.MissAmerica.org

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Miss Minnesota and Miss Louisiana Win Preliminary Awards on Thursday September 7th, the Second Night of “The 2018 Miss America Competition”

From Left: Miss Minnesota Brianna Drevlow, Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields, and Miss Louisiana Laryssa Bonacquisti (Photo: The Miss America Organization/Bruce V. Boyajian)
From Left: Miss Minnesota Brianna Drevlow, Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields, and
Miss Louisiana Laryssa Bonacquisti
(Photo: The Miss America Organization/Bruce V. Boyajian)

Atlantic City, NJ (September 7, 2016) –  During the second of three preliminary nights for “The 2018 Miss America Competition” in Boardwalk Hall, Miss Minnesota, Brianna Drevlow, was named Thursday night’s preliminary Talent winner for her classical piano performance. Brianna will receive a $2,000 scholarship. Also capturing the spotlight was Miss Louisiana, Laryssa Bonacquisti, who was the preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness winner. Laryssa will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Founded in 1921, the Miss America Organization is one of the nation’s leading advocates for women’s education and the largest provider of scholarship assistance to young women. The Miss America Organization and its state organizations make available millions in cash and in-kind scholarships annually.

The Miss America Organization also provides young women with a vehicle to further their personal and professional goals and instills within them a spirit of community service through a variety of nationwide community-based programs. To purchase tickets to “The 2018 Miss America Competition,” please visit: www.MissAmerica.org

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Miss Utah and Miss Texas Win Preliminary Awards on Wednesday September 6th, the First Night of “The 2018 Miss America Competition”

From Left: Miss Texas Margana Wood, Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields, and Miss Utah JessiKate Riley (Photo: The Miss America Organization/Bruce V. Boyajian
From Left: Miss Texas Margana Wood, Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields, and Miss Utah JessiKate Riley (Photo: The Miss America Organization/Bruce V. Boyajian

Atlantic City, NJ (September 6, 2016) –  During the first of three preliminary nights for “The 2018 Miss America Competition” in Boardwalk Hall, Miss Utah, JessiKate Riley was named Tuesday night’s preliminary Talent winner for her classical violin performance. JessiKate will receive a $2,000 scholarship. Also capturing the spotlight was Miss Texas, Margana Wood, who was the preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness winner in a vibrant blue swimsuit. Margana will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Founded in 1921, the Miss America Organization is one of the nation’s leading advocates for women’s education and the largest provider of scholarship assistance to young women. The Miss America Organization and its state organizations make available millions in cash and in-kind scholarships annually.

The Miss America Organization also provides young women with a vehicle to further their personal and professional goals and instills within them a spirit of community service through a variety of nationwide community-based programs. To purchase tickets to “The 2018 Miss America Competition,” please visit: www.MissAmerica.org