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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 America, MAOTeen, and Contestants to participate in Children’s Miracle Network Dance Marathon

Atlantic City, NJ (July 10, 2017) –  The Miss America and Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization’s are excited to announce Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields and Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2017 Nicole Jia will join the Miss America and MAOTeen contestants in Orlando, Florida, this July to participate in a Children’s Miracle Network Dance Marathon!

In 1991, students at Indiana University founded dance marathon in the memory of Ryan White, a fellow student who passed away from HIV/AIDS. The program now spans North America, benefiting hundreds of hospitals and countless kids in the United States and Canada. Dance marathons have become a tradition on campus and in the community.
The Miss America Organization, Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization, and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals will host the marathon on July 28, 2017 from 7-10 pm ET at The Rosen Centre  during the national MAOTeen Competition and the Miss America contestant orientation. Miss America Savvy Shields and MAOTeen Nicole Jia will emcee and do their part to keep the contestants dancing and raising funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals!

 



Miss America Contestant Donations:

All donations made in the name of a national Miss America contestant during the dance marathon July 28, 2017 from 7-10 pm ET will count towards the marathon total and benefit their overall national contestant fundraising.

To make a donation during the marathon, visit: www.missamericaforkids.org. Click “Search for a Contestant” then enter the contestants first name, last name, and state. Select the contestants personal donation page from the list and make your donation. Or, check out our contestants social media accounts for their individual donation links and help raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Miss America scholarships!

Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Contestant Donations:

All donations made in the name of a national MAOTeen contestant during the dance marathon July 28, 2017 from 7-10 pm ET will count towards the marathon total and benefit the contestants fundraising total for the MAOTeen Miracle Maker Award. The fundraising deadline for this award has been extended to July 28, 2017 at 10 pm.

To make a donation during the marathon, visit: www.maoteen4kids.org. Enter the contestants first and last name in the search bar and select their personal donation page to make your donation to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals!

 

 


About The Miss America Organization
The Miss America Organization, a 501(c)4 non-profit organization, is the nation’s leading advocate for women’s education and the largest provider of scholarship assistance to young women in the United States, awarding millions of dollars annually. The Miss America Organization is comprised 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. For more information, visit www.MissAmerica.org.
About Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, Inc.
The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is one of the nation’s leading achievement programs. The MAOTeen organization encourages positive achievement by helping to nurture and build the scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, healthy living and community involvement of our nation’s youth. MAOTeen provides educational scholarships for deserving young people and has developed mentoring programs and community-based initiatives across the country. The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen organization has a long-standing relationship with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Through this partnership, MAOTeen contestants raise over $300,000 annually to help improve the lives of CMNH children and families. Additional information about the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen organization can be found at www.maoteen.org.
About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds and awareness for 170 children’s hospitals across North America. Every year, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals treat more than 10 million kids – that’s 32 million hospital visits annually. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through corporate partners and fundraising programs. These donations support research and training, purchase equipment, and provide charitable care, all in support of its mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Learn why member hospitals rely on community support at www.CMNHospitals.org.

Don’t forget to get social!

Follow us on Twitter: @MissAmerica,  @MissAmericaOrg  and @MAOTeen
 Instagram: @MissAmerica  and @MAOTeen

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Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields Stuns in Glamorous Sherri Hill Gown on Billboard Pink Carpet

Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields
(Photo courtesy Tom Donoghue Photography)

Atlantic City, NJ (May 22, 2017) –

traveled to Las Vegas yesterday to present an award on stage at the Billboard Music Awards. She was joined on stage by The Bachelorette’s Rachel Lindsay to present the award for Top Country Song to Florida Georgia Line.

Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields
Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields

The Daily Mail showcased Savvy’s glamorous arrival on the pink carpet where she stunned in a sleek Sherri Hill gown with a plunging neckline. Savvy used her EcoTools makeup brushes to highlight her natural beauty and complete her stylish look!

Source: Miss America Organization

The Miss America Foundation Ranked #1 of 10 Biggest Scholarship Providers in the World

Savvy Shields, Miss America 2017
Above: Savvy Shields, Miss America 2017, delivering the keynote address at
El Dorado High School’s Academic Signing Day
Photo Courtesy Greg Owens Photography

Atlantic City, NJ (April 27, 2017) – The Miss America Foundation is proud to announce its recent ranking by TheBestColleges.org as number one out of the 10 Biggest Scholarship Providers in the World!

The Miss America Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization — together with the Miss America Organization and its 52 licensed organizations — is the nation’s leading advocate for women’s education and the largest provider of scholarship assistance to young women in the United States, awarding millions of dollars annually in cash awards and in-kind tuition waivers. The Miss America Foundation strives to empower young women to achieve their academic and career goals by providing quality scholarship assistance.

The Miss America Foundation 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.

While traveling the country as an advocate for education, Savvy Shields, Miss America 2017, visited Arkansas yesterday to deliver the keynote address at El Dorado High School’s Academic Signing Day. With an audience of more than 300 students, Savvy shared the importance of education and what it has meant to her to receive over $90,000 in scholarship assistance through participating in the Miss America Organization.

“The Miss America mission of scholarship and success is shared each day at the local, state, and national levels of our program thanks to our volunteers,” said Josh Randle, COO of the Miss America Organization and Secretary of the Board of The Miss America Foundation. “Since 1945, scholarship has been at the forefront of the Miss America movement, and we are proud to continue the legacy of empowering young women across the country to pursue an education and fulfill their dreams.”

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Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields Named Honorary Chair and Statewide Ambassador of Healthy Active Arkansas

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Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields discusses her platform, “Eat Better, Live Better,” with Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson in the Capitol, March 3rd, 2017.

 

Atlantic City, NJ (May 1, 2017) – Governor Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas announced today the appointment of Miss America 2017, Savvy Shields, as the Honorary Chair and Statewide Ambassador of Healthy Active Arkansas, an initiative that is helping to provide a framework for Arkansans to lead healthier lifestyles and ultimately increase the number of people at a healthy weight.

“Savvy will do an outstanding job as the Honorary Chair and Statewide Ambassador of Healthy Active Arkansas,” said Gov. Hutchinson. “The important health care goals of this initiative can only be made possible by the joint effort of communities and individuals statewide, and I am pleased that our very own Miss America 2017 is passionate about  making a difference to encourage healthy lifestyles in our state. “

In March 2017, Savvy visited the Arkansas State Capitol and had the opportunity to meet with Gov. Hutchinson to discuss her platform, “Eat Better, Live Better,” which aims to encourage everyone to be proactive in choosing a healthier and happier way of life.

The Healthy Active Arkansas initiative is organized by a Board of Directors, 9 Priority Teams, and hundreds of volunteers. Savvy is thrilled to utilize her knowledge, experience, and personal platform to support this initiative in her home state.

“I am ecstatic to be named the Honorary Chair for the Healthy Active Arkansas initiative,” said Savvy Shields, Miss America 2017. “Health is such an important part of my life, and it is an honor to be able to use my platform, “Eat Better, Live Better,” to help advocate for real change in my home state.”

For more information on Healthy Active Arkansas, visit www.healthyactive.org.

 

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The 3rd Annual National Day of Service

Miss America Serves 2017
The 3rd Annual National Day of Service
Saturday, April 8th

Savvy CMNH Blast.jpgAtlantic City, NJ (March 13, 2017) – Saturday, April 8th will mark the third annual Miss America Serves event sponsored by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Led by Miss America 2017, Savvy Shields, contestants and volunteers will perform countless acts of kindness and ask their friends, family, and social networks to donate to the Miss America State Scholarship funds and to local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

The impact of last year’s efforts succeeded in surpassing the previous year, as our state titleholders and contestants blanketed the country, touching lives everywhere with kindness and dedication. Those efforts made a significant difference to the people residing in our cities and towns across the country, while raising funds to continue the compassionate work of CMN Hospitals. And, as we recognize and acknowledge that success, this year we are determined to increase the commitment to the children the CMN Hospitals serve.

During this year’s Miss America Serves, we are challenging all our states to fully participate, and help us reach a new goal, by pledging to raise a minimum of $5,000 per state. If every state could rally all their contestants — at the Miss and the MAOTeen level — to form teams to showcase the Miss America spirit of service and giving, it would allow us to demonstrate our dedication to this commitment.

We’d also love to showcase any personal CMN Hospitals stories and/or experiences our contestants can share. Please forward directly to [email protected] or upload to the MAS Project Form below.

Here is what we need you to do to prepare for this amazing event:

1. Fill out this form: Click Here Why? Filling out this form will assist our media team in promoting these efforts: We understand that your event may not be finalized; however, we need to present as much information available to date for potential media opportunities.

2. Register your team(s) at MissAmericaServes.org Why? This is your public facing website to accept donations during your service activity.  If your team is not listed, the public will not be able to contribute to your state scholarship funds and local children’s hospitals.

3. Start creating social buzz and let’s get Miss America Serves trending!  You can begin to create the momentum by tweeting and posting Facebook updates to your social networks. Be a part of the conversation by using the hashtag #MissAmericaServes and your state #STATEABBREVIATION (#AR, #CA, #NY, #TX, etc.) together in the same post on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Please note, it is very important that you use the correct #two-letter postal abbreviation.

Open the link below to see Savvy as she officially opens the 3rd Annual Miss  America Serves Donor Site for all! 

Savvy Presents Miss America Serves

4. Click here to order your Miss America Serves t-shirt to create a united front for your team and event!

This is a tremendous event for all involved with Miss America and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. We can’t wait for the day and know that you share in our excitement. To recognize your achievements, we are awarding incentives again to those who meet milestones while promoting Miss America Serves.
 
The top five (5) Miss America contestants who raise the most funds for Miss America Serves will each earn a $1,000 scholarship from the Miss America Organization and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
 
The top five (5) State Organizations that raise the most funds for Miss America Serves will receive first placement in the ticket lottery for their State Organizations at the 2018 Miss America Competition this September.

If you have questions, please contact:
[email protected] or [email protected]

Your support is incredible, and we send our grateful thanks!

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Miss America Serves 2017 the 3rd Annual National Day of Service – Saturday, April 8th

Atlantic City, NJ (February 23, 2017) – Saturday, April 8th will mark the third annual Miss America Serves event sponsored by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
 
The impact of last year’s efforts succeeded in surpassing the previous year, as our state titleholders and contestants blanketed the country, touching lives everywhere with kindness and dedication.  Those efforts made a significant difference to the people residing in our cities and towns across the country, while raising funds to continue the compassionate work of CMN Hospitals.  And, as we recognize and acknowledge that success, this year we are determined to increase the commitment to the children the CMN Hospitals serve.
 
Led by Miss America 2017, Savvy Shields, contestants and volunteers will perform countless acts of kindness and ask their friends, family, and social networks to donate to the Miss America State Scholarship funds and to local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

During this year’s Miss America Serves, we are challenging all our states to fully participate, and help us reach a new goal, by pledging to raise a minimum of $5,000 per state. If every state could rally all their contestants — at the Miss and the MAOTeen level — to form teams to showcase the Miss America spirit of service and giving, it would allow us to demonstrate our dedication to this commitment.

We’d also love to showcase any personal CMN Hospitals stories and/or experiences our contestants can share. Please forward directly to [email protected] or upload to the MAS Project Form below. 

Here is what we need you to do to prepare for this amazing event:

1. Fill out this form: Click Here Why? Filling out this form will assist our media team in promoting these efforts: We understand that your event may not be finalized; however, we need to present as much information available to date for potential media opportunities.

2. Register your team(s) at MissAmericaServes.org Why? This is your public facing website to accept donations during your service activity.  If your team is not listed, the public will not be able to contribute to your state scholarship funds and local children’s hospitals.

3. Start creating social buzz and let’s get Miss America Serves trending!  You can begin to create the momentum by tweeting and posting Facebook updates to your social networks. Be a part of the conversation by using the hashtag #MissAmericaServes and your state #STATEABBREVIATION (#AR, #CA, #NY, #TX, etc.) together in the same post on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Please note, it is very important that you use the correct #two-letter postal abbreviation.

Open the link below to see Savvy as she officially opens the 3rd Annual Miss  America Serves Donor Site for all! 

Savvy Presents Miss America Serves

4. Click here to order your Miss America Serves t-shirt to create a united front for your team and event!

This is a tremendous event for all involved with Miss America and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. We can’t wait for the day and know that you share in our excitement. To recognize your achievements, we are awarding incentives again to those who meet milestones while promoting Miss America Serves.
 
The top five (5) Miss America contestants who raise the most funds for Miss America Serves will each earn a $1,000 scholarship from the Miss America Organization and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
 
The top five (5) State Organizations that raise the most funds for Miss America Serves will receive first placement in the ticket lottery for their State Organizations at the 2018 Miss America Competition this September.

 
If you have questions, please contact:
[email protected] or [email protected]

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MISS AMERICA 2017 SAVVY SHIELDS TRAVELS THE COUNTRY; MEETS HER YOUNGEST FAN

Screenshot 2016-12-08 12.32.02.pngAtlantic City, NJ (December 9, 2016) – This week, Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields traveled the country to participate in ribbon cutting ceremonies for Gray Television stations in Davenport, IA, Green Bay, WI, and Sioux Falls, SD.

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Savvy had the opportunity to tour the set of the new KSFY station in Sioux Falls  with Gray Television’s EVP Kevin Latek and also attended a meet and greet with the station staff. Later, Savvy received some happy holiday news that brought her to Sanford Hospital where she met with her youngest fan.

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Worthing, SD, couple Molly and Jay Scheidt welcomed their first child  on Monday night. A lifelong fan of the Miss America Competition, Molly was tuned in to ABC live when Savvy won the title this past September in Atlantic City. Molly said she knew immediately the name she wanted for her daughter – Savvy.

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Such a small world to end a whirlwind week in the life of Miss America. Savvy was delighted to participate in the Gray Television openings and was so pleased to welcome the newest member of the Sheidt Family as the holiday season draws near.

Source: www.KSFY.com

THE 2017 MISS AMERICA CONTESTANT INTERVIEW DVD ON SALE NOW

Visit the Miss America Shop to purchase the 2017 Miss America Contestant Interview DVD! The DVD includes judges interviews with Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields, Miss South Carolina Rachel Wyatt, Miss Washington Alicia Cooper, Miss Florida Courtney Sexton, Miss New York Camille Sims, Miss Mississippi Laura Lee Lewis, and Miss Nebraska Aleah Peters

ABOUT THE MISS AMERICA ORGANIZATION
The Miss America Organization, a 501(c)4 non-profit organization, is the nation’s leading advocate for women’s education and the largest provider of scholarship assistance to young women in the United States, awarding millions of dollars annually.  The Miss America Organization is comprised of 52 licensed organizations, including all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Miss America contestants contribute tens of thousands of community service hours annually and have raised over $14 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Miss America scholarships since 2007.

Source: Miss America