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featuring Miss America 2018 Cara Mund for just $15
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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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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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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.

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

2018 MISS AMERICA CONTESTANTS MAKE OFFICIAL DEBUT AT ARRIVAL CEREMONY IN ATLANTIC CITY PRESENTED BY ATLANTICARE AND CRDA

Atlantic City, NJ (September 6, 2017) – On Wednesday, August 31st, the 2018 Miss America Contestants gathered in front of Historic Boardwalk Hall to celebrate the Miss America Competition’s 97th Anniversary. The Miss America Organization is proud to announce the continuation of AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger, as an Official Sponsor of the annual Miss America Arrival Ceremony for its fifth consecutive year.

Welcoming the contestants to Atlantic City included MAO partners, sponsors, and government dignitaries, including: The Hon. Don Guardian, Mayor of Atlantic City; Mr. Chris Howard, Executive Director, Casino Reinvestment Development Authority; Dr. Marilouise Venditti, MD, Chief Medical Officer, AtlantiCare; Sam Haskell, III, Executive Chairman & CEO, Miss America Organization; Lynn H. Weidner, Chairman of the Board, Miss America Organization; and Josh Randle, President & COO, Miss America Organization.

After each of the 51 contestants took the stage to make their introductions, the Miss America Foundation announced the finalists for the Jean Bartel Quality of Life Scholarship Award, the STEM Scholarship Award, and the Women in Business Scholarship Award on stage.

The 2018 Jean Bartel Quality of Life Award was introduced in 1988 to recognize contestants who excel in their commitment to community service. The winner of the Quality of Life Award will receive a $6,000 scholarship, the first runner-up will receive a $4,000 scholarship, and the second runner-up will receive a $2,000 scholarship — a total of $12,000. The Quality of Life Awards are awarded and funded by The Miss America Foundation, Inc.

Photo: The Miss America Organization/Bruce V. Boyajian
From Left: Josh Randle, Miss South Carolina Suzi Roberts, Miss North Dakota Cara Mund,
Miss Mississippi Anne Elizabeth Buys, Miss Minnesota Brianna Drevlow, Miss Kansas Krystian Fish,
Miss District of Columbia Briana Kinsey, Miss Alabama Jessica Procter, Lynn H. Weidner,
and Sam Haskell

Photo: The Miss America Organization/Bruce V. Boyajian

From Left: Josh Randle, Miss South Carolina Suzi Roberts, Miss North Dakota Cara Mund,
Miss Mississippi Anne Elizabeth Buys, Miss Minnesota Brianna Drevlow, Miss Kansas Krystian Fish,
Miss District of Columbia Briana Kinsey, Miss Alabama Jessica Procter, Lynn H. Weidner,
and Sam Haskell

The finalists for the 2018 Quality of Life Awards are:

  • Miss Alabama Jessica Procter
  • Miss District of Columbia Briana Kinsey
  • Miss Kansas Krystian Fish
  • Miss Minnesota Brianna Drevlow
  • Miss Mississippi Anne Elizabeth Buys
  • Miss North Dakota Cara Mund
  • Miss South Carolina Suzi Roberts
The 2018 STEM Scholarship finalists were also announced on stage. The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) scholarships will empower more women to pursue careers in STEM-related fields to lead successful lives. The three recipients of the STEM scholarships will each receive $5,000 each — a total of $15,000. The STEM scholarships are awarded and funded by The Miss America Foundation, Inc.

Photo: The Miss America Organization/Bruce V. Boyajian
From Left: Sam Haskell, Miss District of Columbia Briana Kinsey, 
Miss Kentucky Molly Matney, Miss Massachusetts Jillian Zucco, 
Miss Nebraska Allison Tietjen, Miss Nevada Andrea Martinez, and Josh Randle.
The finalists for the 2018 STEM Scholarships are:

  • Miss District of Columbia Briana Kinsey
  • Miss Kentucky Molly Matney
  • Miss Massachusetts Jillian Zucco
  • Miss Nebraska Allison Tietjen
  • Miss Nevada Andrea Martinez
For the second year, the Foundation also announced the Women in Business Scholarship finalists, established to empower more young women to succeed in business. The 2018 Women in Business  scholarships will allow women to pursue an MBA and enter numerous careers in the business world. The two recipients of the Women in Business scholarships will each receive $5,000 each — a total of $10,000. The Women in Business scholarships are awarded and funded by The Miss America Foundation, Inc.

Photo: The Miss America Organization/Bruce V. Boyajian
From Left: Sam Haskell, Miss Colorado Meredith Winnefeld, Miss Maryland Kathleen Masek,
Miss Ohio Sarah Clapper, Miss Wyoming Cheyenne Buyert
The finalists for the 2018 Women in Business Scholarships are:

  • Miss Colorado Meredith Winnefeld
  • Miss Maryland Kathleen Masek
  • Miss Ohio Sarah Clapper
  • Miss Wyoming Cheyenne Buyert
Don’t miss the excitement as these 51 contestants compete for the title of Miss America 2018. Order your tickets today for “The 2018 Miss America Competition” on Ticketmaster.

A special thanks to the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, AtlantiCare, and DO AC for their generosity, sponsorship, and continued support of the Miss America Organization.

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.

About AtlantiCare
AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger, is an integrated system of services designed to help people achieve optimal health. It does so by focusing on customer needs and expectations to provide accessible, comprehensive services of superior quality and value. AtlantiCare comprises AtlantiCare Regional Health Services including AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center with three locations, ambulatory services and AtlantiCare Physician Group; the AtlantiCare Foundation, and AtlantiCare Health Solutions, an accountable care organization. The region’s largest healthcare organization and largest non-casino employer, AtlantiCare’s more than 5,500 employees and 900 physicians and providers serve the community in more than 90 locations throughout five counties in New Jersey. AtlantiCare and its business units are governed by boards comprised of volunteer community leaders. AtlantiCare’s focus is to serve the community as a provider of health and wellness services.

About Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA)
The only agency of its kind nationwide, the CRDA has used Atlantic City casino reinvestments as a catalyst for meaningful, positive improvement in the lives of New Jersey residents since 1984.  Under the 2011 Tourism District Act, the Authority’s mission evolved from statewide projects to becoming the state’s key economic development agency for Atlantic City.  CRDA’s expanded responsibilities now include land use regulation, tourism marketing and clean and safe initiatives. The CRDA also oversees Historic Boardwalk Hall (the leading entertainment venue of its size in the country) and the Atlantic City Convention Center.  In total, CRDA has invested nearly $2 billion in more than 400 projects statewide, of which $1.8 billion has been invested in Atlantic City, spurring business investments and expansions, and creating permanent jobs in the process. For more information about CRDA and our projects, visitwww.njcrda.com.  Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/njcrda.

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JDRF Taps Former Miss America and Renowned Diabetes Advocate Dr. Nicole Johnson as National Director of Mission

Nicole Johnson, Miss America 1999
ATLANTIC CITY, UNITED STATES: Miss Virginia Nicole Johnson (R) is crowned Miss America by the outgoing Miss America Kate Shindle during the 1998 Miss America Pageant 19 September at the Atlantic City Convention Center. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Atlantic City, NJ (August 22, 2017) – Dr. Nicole Johnson, a longtime diabetes advocate and leader who brought national attention to type 1 diabetes when she shared her personal story and ultimately won the 1999 Miss America Competition, has been hired as National Director of Mission, a newly created position at JDRF, the leading global organization funding T1D research.

Nicole has a doctorate in public health and has gained a reputation for her work on diabetes research focused on behavioral health, quality of life and family dynamics for those in the T1D community, all skills she will put to use in her new role at JDRF. She is very familiar with the organization, having served on the JDRF International Board of Directors and having volunteered for more than 24 years. She has also been a member of the Florida Governor’s Diabetes Advisory Council, the National Institutes of Health’s Council of Public Representatives and the national board for the American Diabetes Association.

Nicole is the founder of the Diabetes Empowerment Foundation (as well as its subsidiary, Students With Diabetes), Diabetes Partners and Diabetes Moms, and she led statewide initiatives in Florida funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) related to pre-diabetes and infant mortality.

“Nicole has done so much in the past few decades to improve the quality of life for people living with T1D and their families. In this new role, she will drive mission-related activities that strengthen relationships throughout the T1D community and within JDRF,” said Derek Rapp, JDRF President and CEO. “Our mission is focused on improving outcomes for people with T1D by supporting research to cure, prevent and treat diabetes. While these successes are being accomplished, we at JDRF also want to reduce the daily burden of this disease. Nicole will be an enormous asset to our programs focused on the well‒being of the T1D community.”

Nicole has been a successful journalist, too. She won a Telly Award for her work on the CNBC diabetes talk show dLife and has been a columnist for numerous diabetes magazines, as well as the author of eight books related to diabetes. Her most recent book is What to Do When Your Partner Has Diabetes: A Survival Guide.

“I am honored to become part of the JDRF staff after having participated for many years in volunteer roles. This is an exciting opportunity to help JDRF expand its capacity in supporting T1D families to handle the issues they face every day,” said Dr. Johnson. “I’m eager to offer new insight and resources on the behavioral aspects of T1D, as we work together to make a difference in the lives of millions of people affected by type 1 diabetes.”

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