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The 2018 Miss America Ornament On Sale Now!

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 Decorating for the holidays?

Order the one-of-a-kind commemorative ornament
featuring Miss America 2018 Cara Mund for just $15
in the Miss America Store!


About The Miss America Organization (MAO)
The Miss America Organization, a 501(c)4 non-profit organization, oversees a national network of 51 organizations, including all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Miss America contestants contribute tens of thousands of community service hours annually and have raised over $16 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Miss America scholarships since 2007.

MISS AMERICA 2018 CARA MUND RETURNS TO NORTH DAKOTA FOR HOMECOMING CELEBRATION

Atlantic City, NJ (November 7, 2017) –   Miss America 2018 Cara Mund returned home to North Dakota for a weekend-long celebration hosted by the Miss North Dakota Scholarship Organization. Cara’s homecoming events began on Thursday in Williston, North Dakota, where she attended a welcome reception with state delegates, friends, and family.

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Cara is escorted into her Welcome Home Party in Williston, ND by ND Lt. Governor Drew Wrigley, and surrounded by the Little Sisters of the 2017 Miss North Dakota Competition. (Courtesy Tessie Jones Photography)
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Cara entering the stage at Bakkan Elementary to speak to the students in Williston, ND (Courtesy Tessie Jones Photography)

On Friday, Cara visited Bakkan Elementary where she spoke before taking photos with students and staff. Later, she attended a luncheon with her former Miss North Dakota sisters. That evening, Cara returned to Bakkan Elementary for the coronation of Lizzie Jensen, Miss North Dakota 2017. The celebration continued at the Phil Jackson Fieldhouse where Cara had the honor of introducing a group of Make-A-Wish kids and helping to grant a new wish!

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Cara crowns the new Miss North Dakota 2017 Lizzie Jensen in Williston, ND (Courtesy Tessie Jones Photography)
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Cara with Miss America staff, Rodney Neely, Eli Popicg, Brittany Baitinger, Josh Randle, and Julie Hoffman following the coronation ceremony in Williston, ND (Courtesy Tessie Jones Photography)
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Cara with Make-A-Wish children before her Welcome Home Party in Bismarck, ND (Courtesy Tessie Jones Photography)

On Saturday, Cara returned to her hometown of Bismarck, North Dakota. She first appeared and spoke at the Bismarck Event Center before attending the Miss America Ball held at the University of Mary.

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Cara at the Miss America Ball, held at the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND (Courtesy Tessie Jones Photography)
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Cara is serenaded with “God Bless Miss America” by her former Miss North Dakota sisters in attendance at her Miss America Ball at the University of Mary, Bismarck, ND (Courtesy Tessie Jones Photography)
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Cara surrounded by her Miss America sisters who attended the homecoming festivities, as well as Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2018 Jessica Baeder, and the new Miss North Dakota 2017 Lizzie Jensen at the Miss America Ball in Bismarck, ND (Courtesy Tessie Jones Photography)

Cara will continue her year of service traveling the country to advocate for her personal platform, A Make-A-Wish Passion with Fashion, while also supporting the Miss America Organization’s national platform partner, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The Miss America Organization would like to thank the Miss North Dakota Scholarship Organization and State Executive Director Kathy Jones for their continued support and for all of their efforts in planning and hosting an incredible weekend of events for Miss America 2018 Cara Mund!

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PageantCast Vault: Alexandra Kealey Autograph Card

 

Alexandra Kealey, Miss Mississippi Valley
Alexandra Kealey, Miss Mississippi Valley

has gone on to do more pageants, but I got this autograph card when see competed for Miss Wisconsin (MAO) as Miss Mississippi Valley. If memory serves, she was first runner up.


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.

The Miss America Foundation – 2017 Scholarship Recipients

Atlantic City, NJ (November 1, 2017) –  The Miss America Foundation proudly offers academic and community-based scholarships for current and former contestants to pursue their education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Applications are received annually and recipients are selected from a national pool based on a variety of criteria. The Miss America Foundation is honored to congratulate and recognize the following 2017 Miss America Foundation scholarship recipients:

The 2017 Dr. and Mrs. David B. Allman Medical Scholarship recipients are Brittany Elizabeth Tew of Texas (left) and Stephanie Shoop of Ohio (right).  Established in memory of Dr. David B. Allman, a past president of the American Medical Association, the Allman Medical Scholarship is awarded annually, in whole or in part, to one or more current or former contestants who currently study or aspire to enter the field of medicine. Each recipient will receive $3,323 for a total of $6,646. This scholarship is funded annually by the Allman Medical Trust, an endowed fund of The Miss America Foundation, Inc.Brittany and Stephanie.jpg

The 2017 Jean Bartel Scholarship for Military Awareness recipient is LeAnn Mae Penn of Pennsylvania (below). Millions of Americans have answered the call to serve their country, and Miss America 1943 Jean Bartel was an ardent supporter of the Armed Forces – having raised over $2.5 million in Series-E war bonds during her reign as Miss America – approximately $34 million in today’s dollars. Established in Jean’s memory, this $3,000 scholarship is awarded to a qualified applicant who has fulfilled a legitimate need in their community through the creation, development, and/or participation in a community-based project or event to support and raise awareness of the brave men and women who dedicate their lives to protect our freedom. LeAnn.jpg

The 2017 Dr. and Mrs. Davuluri Family Medical Scholarship recipients are Charis Renai Royal of Arizona (left) and Meredith Gaufin of Utah (right). This inaugural $5,000 scholarship was e stablished this year in memory of Dr. Chaudhury Davuluri, lovingly known as “Dr. D,” a dedicated physician serving several communities across America as an Obstetrician and Gynecologist. As a father of two young women — one being a former Miss America and the other a Urologist — Dr. D absolutely loved children, caring for others, and being a mentor. In memory of their loving husband and father, the Davuluri Family established a scholarship fund through The Miss America Foundation to help young women pursue their dreams of becoming a physician and serving others. meredith and charis.jpg

The 2017 Tiffany Phillips Scholar-Athlete Scholarship recipient is Sierra Kinworthy of Alaska (below) . The Tiffany Phillips Scholar-Athlete Scholarship was established in 1998 in memory of Tiffany Phillips, the teenage daughter of Steve and Dana Phillips of Oregon. Tiffany, who lost her life in a tragic accident in 1998, was both an outstanding scholar and an exceptional athlete. This $2,000 scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding scholar-athlete who competed at the local, state, or national level during the current year, regardless of whether a title was won. This scholarship is funded by The Miss America Foundation, Inc. Sierra.jpg

The 2017 Dr. Marcia L. Leek Scholarship recipient is Miss New Hampshire 2017 Lauren Percy (below). The inaugural Dr. Marcia L. Leek scholarship was established in memory of an educational leader, science administrator, and advocate of biological sciences and chemistry study in New Jersey for over 50 years. The $1,000 Dr. Marcia L. Leek Scholarship is awarded to a contestant demonstrating academic excellence and currently competing for the title of Miss America who is enrolled with a declared field of study in education, science, or science administration. Dr. Leek’s educational legacy lives on through the students and teachers she touched through her passion and dedication to science education and her devotion to developing women leaders. This scholarship is funded by Bonnie E. Leek, sister of Dr. Marcia L. Leek. Miss New Hampshire Lauren Percy.jpg

On behalf of The Miss America Foundation, we congratulate this year’s outstanding recipients and wish all of the applicants and recipients continued success in their scholastic endeavors!

The 2017 Miss America Foundation scholarships are separate and in addition to the scholarships awarded to contestants during the 2018 Miss America Competition in Atlantic City. For a full list of the 2018 Miss America Competition and the 2017 Miss America Foundation scholarships awarded this year, please visit: Miss America Scholarships.

Applications are now available for the 2018 Miss America Foundation scholarships. To apply, please contact your Local or State Executive Director for an application.

To establish an endowed scholarship or to support our scholarship program, please call 609-344-1800 or visit MissAmericaFoundation.org/scholarships.

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Miss Iowa 2013 Nicole Kelly Shares Experience With New Bionic Arm

Miss Iowa 2013 Nicole Kelly 
Miss Iowa 2013 Nicole Kelly

Photo Courtesy AJ Abelman Photography

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (October 4, 2017) – Born without her left forearm, Miss Iowa 2013 Nicole Kelly inspired the nation when she graced the Miss America stage during “The 2014 Miss America Competition.”

Following Miss America, Kelly transitioned into public speaking and attended journalism school to work towards a master’s degree in broadcasting. Today, she shares videos highlighting her life on social media, most recently, learning to use a sleek prosthetic arm.

Nicole has been using an advanced prosthetic arm that uses the Coapt Complete Control system. Using technology developed at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, the arm uses sensors that decode the signals from her muscles. This allows her to control the arm intuitively, by thinking about what she wants to do. Nicole continues to share her journey, both triumphs and setbacks, as she embraces this new technology.

“Miss America was my ‘inciting incident’ to finding my pride in my difference,” said Kelly. “I am thankful to the Miss America Organization for providing me with a springboard to people, disability organizations, and technology companies, like Coapt, which have changed my life for the better.”

The Miss America Organization is proud to support young women, like Nicole, who seek to inspire the nation by sharing their knowledge, passion, and experiences.

Source: www.Today.Com


About The Miss America Organization
The Miss America Organization, a 501(c) 4 non-profit corporation, awards millions of dollars in annual college scholarship assistance making it the largest scholarship program for women in the United States. MAO is comprised of 51 organizations, including all 50 states and the District of Columbia. MAO contestants contribute over 500,000 hours of community service annually and have raised over $16 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 2007.Don’t forget to get social!


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Grayse Partners with The Miss America Foundation to Raise Funds for Miss America Scholarships

 Grayse Partners with The Miss America Foundation
to Raise Funds for Miss America Scholarships

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From Left: Marie Gray, Gloria Fine, Mary Hart, Susie Spanos, Kelly Gray,
Gayle Rosenthal, Sue Lowden, and Lynn Weidner

A special thanks to Lynn H. Weidner, Chairman of the Miss America Organization Board, and Susie Spanos, owner of the Los Angeles Chargers, for their exceptional efforts in organizing an incredible event and fashion show with Grayse By Kelly and Marie Gray to raise funds for the Miss America Foundation, Inc.Joined by Miss America 1965 Vonda Van Dyke, state titleholders, local titleholders, and supporters, the event was a great success! Thank you to all who attended and continue to support the Miss America Foundation and our mission to empower young women through scholarship.


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From Left: Kelley Johnson (Miss CO ’15), Katie Wayland (Miss City of Orange),
Jillian Smith (Miss CA), Jennifer Vaden Barth (Miss NC ’91),
Andrea Martinez (Miss NV),  Regina Athnos Edelman (Miss TN ’87), and
Caylynn Simonsen (Miss OC ’15)

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Executive Chairman and CEO Sam Haskell with
Chairman of the Board Lynn H. Weidner

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Miss America 1965 Vonda Van Dyke with
Susan Davis from Pageant of the Masters, Laguna Beach

Don’t forget to shop Grayse By Kelly and Marie Gray through October 11th, 2017 using discount code MISSAMERICA or mention “Miss America” at a Grayse Boutique to benefit the Miss America Foundation!

Click HERE to shop Grayse By Kelly and Marie Gray.

 


About The Miss America Foundation (MAF)
The Miss America Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, proudly offers academic and community-based scholarships for undergraduate and graduate studies, as well as endowed scholarships for those young women attending medical school, working in special areas for military service awareness, and in the performing arts.

About The Miss America Organization (MAO)
The Miss America Organization, a 501(c) 4 non-profit corporation, awards millions of dollars in annual college scholarship assistance making it the largest scholarship program for women in the United States. MAO is comprised of 51 organizations, including all 50 states and the District of Columbia. MAO contestants contribute over 500,000 hours of community service annually and have raised over $16 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 2007.

U.S. SEN. HOEVEN HONORS MISS AMERICA 2018 CARA MUND ON SENATE FLOOR

Photo: The Miss America Organization/Bruce V. Boyajian
Miss America 2018 Cara Mund
Photo: The Miss America Organization/Bruce V. Boyajian

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (September 14, 2017) – Senator John Hoeven honored Miss America 2018 Cara Mund Tuesday on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Hoeven congratulated Mund, who made history last Sunday, becoming the first Miss North Dakota to win the crown. Mund served as an intern in Senator Hoeven’s office from August through December 2016.

“Cara is truly impressive, and we’re proud to have her representing North Dakota and now our entire nation.

“Following graduation from Brown University with a degree in Business, Entrepreneurship, and Organizations, Cara served as an intern in my Washington, DC office. She did a tremendous job helping us serve the people of North Dakota.

“While only 23, she has a long history of public and community service. For the past 10 years, she has organized an annual Make-A-Wish Fashion Show, which has raised over $78,500 to help make dreams come true for more than 20 kids facing life-altering conditions.

“It’s only fitting that after spending so much of her life making others dreams come true, that Cara’s own dream was made a reality last night.

“She is well-deserving of the title. Cara does a wonderful job representing North Dakota and we have no doubt she will continue to make our state proud during her reign as Miss America.”

A graduate of Brown University, Cara’s long-term goal is to become North Dakota’s first female Governor.

About The Miss America Organization
The Miss America Organization, a 501(c) 4 non-profit corporation, awards millions of dollars in annual college scholarship assistance making it the largest scholarship program for women in the United States. MAO is comprised of 51 organizations, including all 50 states and the District of Columbia. MAO contestants contribute over 500,000 hours of community service annually and have raised over $16 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 2007.

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About The Miss America Organization
The Miss America Organization, a 501(c) 4 non-profit corporation, awards millions of dollars in annual college scholarship assistance making it the largest scholarship program for women in the United States. MAO is comprised of 51 organizations, including all 50 states and the District of Columbia. MAO contestants contribute over 500,000 hours of community service annually and have raised over $16 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 2007.

What Others Are Saying About “The 2018 Miss America Competition”

What Others Are Saying

Photo: The Miss America Organization/Bruce V. Boyajian
Photo: The Miss America Organization/Bruce V. Boyajian
The Washington Post

New Miss America: US needs seat at Paris climate pact table:
“On Monday, after taking the winner’s traditional morning-after dip in the Atlantic City surf, Mund reiterated that the U.S. should be part of the talks on greenhouse gases, which contribute to global warming. “My onstage question answer was just my personal opinion,” she told The Associated Press. “I think everyone has a right to think what they want. But it’s important to have a spot at the negotiating table.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer

At Miss America 2018, a refreshing turn from sizzle to substance:
“The evening gowns, the epic smiling, and all those waterfalls of hair onstage in the appealingly venerable venue of Boardwalk Hall were almost intoxicating… this year’s competition may well be remembered for taking its contestants seriously enough to ask them serious questions.”

USAToday.com

Miss America 2018 Cara Mund on wanting to run for office and winning the crown:
“Politics played a large part in the competition this year, with several politically-minded questions from judges during the question and answer segment. “We are the largest scholarship provider, so you should be up-to-date on your current events, and you should also have an opinion,” she said. “I don’t think other people are going to share the same opinion nor do I expect them to but the fact that each one of us knew exactly what was going on in the world, we were able to form an opinion and also to back it up.”

CNBC.com

The Ivy League grad who just became Miss America says this mentality led to her success:
“Mund believes that by entering the political arena, she can be a champion for change as it relates to reproductive rights and health care. “We need equal perspective. I’d love to see equal representation,” says Mund. “It’s important for women to join this conversation.”

The Press of Atlantic City

Miss America Cara Mund talks “dreams coming true” and granting wishes
“…Mund will also spend her year working with the Miss America Organization’s official charity partner, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Mund’s personal platform as Miss North Dakota was “Make-A-Wish Passion with Fashion,” and she was a “Certified Wish Granter” with the Make-A-Wish organization.”I think one thing people don’t realize is that Make-A-Wish children are often Children’s Miracle Network children,” Mund said. “While Children’s Miracle Network saves children’s lives, Make-A-Wish can enhance it.”

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About The Miss America Organization
The Miss America Organization, a 501(c) 4 non-profit corporation, awards millions of dollars in annual college scholarship assistance making it the largest scholarship program for women in the United States. MAO is comprised of 51 organizations, including all 50 states and the District of Columbia. MAO contestants contribute over 500,000 hours of community service annually and have raised over $16 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 2007.