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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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TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR THE OFFICIAL MISS AMERICA AFTER PARTY!

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Atlantic City, NJ (August 22, 2017) –  Immediately following “The 2018 Miss America Competition”at Boardwalk Hall, you can join the class of 2018 and the newly crowned Miss America 2018 for a night of dancing and celebration at the Official Miss America After Party in the Palladium Ballroom at Caesars Atlantic City.

This year we will be providing seating and tables for the first 500 attendees to arrive, so be sure to purchase your tickets to enjoy this wonderful celebration of our 97th Miss America Competition. Featuring a cash bar and butler-served hors d’oeuvres throughout the evening, you’ll also rock, disco, and dance while the DJ plays all the songs you love.

Entry to the party will be with a scanned ticket, streamlining your access—for your added enjoyment, there is also a cash bar. The seating and tables are on a first-come, first-served basis, so get your tickets now to be one of the first to arrive!

Click here to purchase tickets:

Official Miss America After Party

For updates on competition week events and other information, visit: www.MissAmerica.org.

It’s a 10 Haircare Announces Role as Official Professional Hair Care Sponsor of “The 2018 Miss America Competition”

National Campaign Will Offer Free Miracle Leave-In Product

It’s a 10 Haircare, the go-to hair care brand for professional stylists and clients across the globe, is proud to announce its role as the Official Professional Hair Care Sponsor of “The 2018 Miss America® Competition.” To celebrate, the brand is launching an unprecedented, interactive campaign offering everyone in America a chance to receive a free bottle of the brand’s #1 selling Miracle Leave-In Product if the newly crowned Miss America comes from their state.

Starting today, residents of the fifty states and the District of Columbia can visit http://missamerica.itsa10haircare.com/  to register for this campaign.  Registered residents of the state from which the new Miss America hails will automatically receive a free 2 oz. Miracle Leave-In Product in the mail, courtesy of It’s a 10 Haircare. In addition, everyone else who registered coast to coast and in Alaska and Hawaii will also receive a coupon code for a free gift with purchase at Itsa10Haircare.com, regardless of their state.

“This campaign is a way to celebrate not only the women making a difference in the Miss America Competition, but also our fans nationwide who are pursuing their unique dreams, careers and philanthropic endeavors,” said Carolyn Aronson, Founder and CEO of It’s a 10 Haircare. “The Miss America Organization’s philanthropic arm is particularly appealing to me, as I have made it my mission to give back in ways that empower women and celebrate diversity. Together, we are going to reach millions of Americans and help them feel recognized and inspired – we couldn’t have hoped for a better partnership.”

During the broadcast of “The 2018 Miss America Competition,” Aronson will share her story and talk about the promotion.

Registration at http://missamerica.itsa10haircare.com/ will close at the end of the broadcast of “The 2018 Miss America Competition” in each local time zone, meaning all who wish to register should do so before the new Miss America is announced on their local broadcast. For full terms and conditions, please refer to the site.

“The 2018 Miss America Competition” will broadcast live on ABC from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on Sunday, September 10th (9:00 – 11:00p.m. ET and PT).

The Miss America Competition showcases the intellect, grace, and exceptional talent of 51 accomplished women representing their home states (and District of Columbia) as they compete for the coveted title of Miss America. As previously announced, Chris Harrison (ABC’s “The Bachelor” franchise and “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”) returns to host the legendary competition, with Sage Steele (ESPN’s “SportsCenter on the Road” and “SportsCenter: AM”) joining as co-host. Celebrity judges for the final night of the competition include Thomas Rhett, Molly Sims, Jordin Sparks, and Jess Cagle.

For the latest news, be sure to follow Miss America (@MissAmerica) and It’s a 10 Haircare (@itsa10haircare) on social and join the conversation by using the official hashtag for the show, #MissAmerica.

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CELEBRITY JUDGES PANEL FOR THE FINAL NIGHT OF THE 97th MISS AMERICA COMPETITION ANNOUNCED

THOMAS RHETT, MOLLY SIMS, JORDIN SPARKS
AND JESS CAGLE JOIN CELEBRITY JUDGES PANEL FOR
THE FINAL NIGHT OF THE 97th MISS AMERICA COMPETITION
LIVE ON ABC

“The 2018 Miss America Competition” To Broadcast Live
Sunday, September 10th at 9:00 PM ET/PT from Atlantic City’s
Boardwalk Hall on the ABC Television Network

The Live Show Will be Hosted by Chris Harrison and Co-Hosted by Sage Steele

Atlantic City, NJ (August 15, 2017) – The Miss America Organization, dick clark productions and ABC today announced the first four celebrity judges for the final night of “The 2018 Miss America Competition”; multi-platinum ACM Male Vocalist of the Year Thomas Rhett, author, actress and model Molly Sims, multi-platinum recording artist and actress Jordin Sparks and PEOPLE Editor in Chief Jess Cagle. Additional celebrity judges to be announced in the coming weeks. The judges panel will evaluate the contestants’ performances in Lifestyle and Fitness, Evening Wear, Talent, Interview and On-Stage questions during the “The 2018 Miss America Competition,” which will air live on ABC from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 (9:00 – 11:00p.m. ET/PT). The Miss America Competition showcases the intellect, grace and exceptional talent of 51 accomplished women representing their home states (and District of Columbia) as they compete for the coveted title of Miss America.

“I’m so excited to be a judge at this year’s competition and am happy to participate alongside an organization that is an advocate for women’s education,” said Molly Sims. “I’m looking forward to seeing all the young women who have come this far and hearing more about them and their interests!”

“I am honored to participate as a judge for the Miss America Competition this year,” said Jordin Sparks. “I understand the pressure that a competition brings and I’m lucky it’s given me the unique perspective on the hard work that the contestants have to put in to get to this point. No doubt they are all strong women and I look forward to hearing the platforms they represent.”

Grammy nominated and ACM Male Vocalist of the Year Thomas Rhett is set to debut his third album LIFE CHANGES on September 8. It is the biggest, boldest-sounding record of his career, filled with songs that stretch his sound to new limits, with its lead single “Craving You” quickly skyrocketing to No. 1. LIFE CHANGES follows the release of his sophomore effort TANGLED UP DELUXE, which tapped into something widespread and universal earning major trophies from the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music, Billboard Music Awards, CMT Music Awards and more. Thomas Rhett has proved to have a “commanding stage presence” (Rolling Stone) as he continues on his “energetic and dance worthy” (Hits Daily Double) first headlining 2017 HOME TEAM TOUR.

Molly Sims is recognized for her work as an actress, model, humanitarian and author. She is often noted for her savvy sense of style and fashion, which she showcases on her blog, MollySims.com. Most recently, Molly teamed up with Awestruck to launch “The Molly Sims YouTube channel” which serves as an extension of her existing digital platforms. Sims released her first book, “The Everyday Supermodel: My Beauty, Fashion, and Wellness Secrets Made Simple” in January 2015, which was a New York Times best seller. She will release her second book, “Everyday Chic: My Secrets for Entertaining, Organizing, and Decorating at Home,” later this year on October 10th.  She recently guest starred on the TBS show “Men At Work” and played the manipulative Delinda Deline for 5 seasons on NBC’s hit television series, “Las Vegas.” In addition to her successful television career, Molly has also appeared on the silver screen in feature films including “Yes Man,” “Fired Up,” “The Benchwarmers” and “Starsky & Hutch.” Molly’s acting career began to soar after she landed the coveted role as host on MTV’s House of Style. In addition to her contract with MTV at the time, Sims gained even more recognition after signing an exclusive, multi-year contract with CoverGirl Cosmetics. Furthermore, she gained even more attention as the ultimate celebrity icon from her Old Navy commercials and, of course, her sultry images in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue four years consecutively. She has also been featured in advertising campaigns for CoverGirl, Jimmy Choo, Old Navy, Michael Kors, Victoria’s Secret, M&Ms, Nautica, Armani, Chanel and H&M. As a philanthropist, Sims works closely with Baby2Baby and the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

Jordin Sparks is a Grammy nominated, multi-platinum, singer/songwriter and actress who, in one of the show’s highest rated seasons, garnered worldwide attention as winner of season six American Idol.  Sparks popular singles have sold over 10 million digital tracks in the US.  Sparks is also a gifted songwriter. Arianna Grande’s smash single, “The Way,” was co-written by Sparks and earned her a BMI songwriting award. She has toured with superstars Britney Spears, Alicia Keys, The Jonas Brothers, New Kids on The Block and the Backstreet Boys, as well as headlined her own tour.  She has also lent her voice to recordings for films such as Disney’s African Cats, Beauty and the Beast and Best Man Holiday. After Sparks Battlefield tour, she headed straight to The Great White Way and starred in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway smash, In the Heights. She made her film debut playing the lead role in the SONY Pictures film, Sparkle, opposite Whitney Houston. Her next film, GOD BLESS THE BROKEN ROAD, is scheduled for release early 2018.  Jordin’s positive body image, message and success has impacted people worldwide. She considers philanthropy an integral part of her life and was recently profiled by CNN Heroes and Dress for Success for her work through her own charity, The M.A.D. (Making A Difference) Girls. Today she is considered a social media influencer due to her impressive social media following.  She has successfully transitioned into network broadcasting hosting/co-hosting on some of television’s most iconic programs such as NBC’s TODAY Show, ABC’s The View, CBS’ The Talk, PBS’ Great Performances (with John Lithgow) amongst others. She is currently working on her untitled fourth album.

Jess Cagle is Editor in Chief of PEOPLE and Editorial Director of Time Inc.’s Style and Entertainment Group, which includes PEOPLE, Entertainment Weekly, InStyle, PeopleStyle, People en Espanol and Essence. Cagle oversees editorial content across print, digital, social and video—reaching a combined audience of more than 150 million. He is also host of The Jess Cagle Interview; a video series featuring his interviews with major stars, which airs on all platforms of PEOPLE and EW. He is a regular co-host on ABC’s Academy Awards red-carpet pre-show, and makes frequent appearances on Good Morning America, Today and many entertainment news programs. Under Cagle’s leadership, PEOPLE has moved aggressively into television programming, which includes PEOPLE Magazine Investigates, the hit true-crime show on Investigation Discovery; PEOPLE Icons, a series of ABC primetime specials; and The Story of Diana, a two-night television event on Princess Diana, which aired in 2017 on ABC. Digital and video brand extensions include PEOPLE/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN), a streaming network with original programming based on the brands’ features and franchises; PEOPLE Now, a daily live half-hour show on PEOPLE.com; and Red Carpet Live, a series of live-streaming specials during awards season. From 2009-2014 Cagle served as Editor in Chief of Entertainment Weekly, where he increased EW’s audience and presence in Hollywood, transformed EW.com into a 24/7 breaking news site, and launched the Entertainment Weekly Radio channel on SiriusXM. During his career, Cagle has interviewed every major celebrity and has secured numerous exclusives and interviews from the biggest names in Hollywood. Jess Cagle lives in New York.  He was born in Texas and is a graduate of Baylor University.

As previously announced, Chris Harrison (ABC’s “The Bachelor” franchise and “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”) returns to host the legendary competition, with Sage Steele (ESPN’s “SportsCenter on the Road” and “SportsCenter: AM”) joining as co-host.

Voting is still open to the public for the “America’s Choice” contestant. The public can vote atmissamerica.org/vote and facebook.com/missamerica and are permitted one vote per day, per user. Voting will close Tuesday, September 5th at 9:00pm ET and the chosen contestant will be announced during the live broadcast of “The 2018 Miss America Competition” with the Top 15. The remaining contestants in the Top 15 are selected by the Miss America Preliminary Judges Panel. It is possible for America’s Choice to also be among the judges selection.

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Cheat Tweet: [email protected], @MrJessCagle, @MollyBSims & @JordinSparks are four of this year’s @MissAmerica judges: http://dickclark.news/MissAJudges #MissAmerica

dick clark productions and the Miss America Organization will collaborate on all creative, marketing, sponsorship, licensing, ticketing and distribution elements of this year’s show. Anthony Eaton and Tall Pony Productions will produce “The 2018 Miss America Competition.”

To purchase tickets to the “2018 Miss America Competition,” please visithttp://www.ticketmaster.com/Miss-America-Competition-tickets/

For more information on the “2018 Miss America Competition,” please visit Miss America Organization’s website at www.missamerica.org.

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 DICK CLARK PRODUCTIONS
dick clark productions (dcp) is the world’s largest producer and proprietor of televised live event entertainment programming with the “Academy of Country Music Awards,” “American Music Awards,” “Billboard Music Awards,” “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Miss America,” “Hollywood Film Awards” and the “Streamy Awards.” Weekly television programming includes “So You Think You Can Dance” from 19 Entertainment and dcp. dcp also owns one of the world’s most unique and extensive entertainment archive libraries with more than 55 years of award-winning shows, historic programs, specials, performances and legendary programming. For additional information, visit www.dickclark.com.

‘AMERICA’S CHOICE’ VOTING NOW OPEN FOR THE 97th MISS AMERICA COMPETITION LIVE BROADCAST

“The 2018 Miss America Competition” To Broadcast Live
Sunday, September 10th at 9:00 PM ET/PT from Atlantic City’s
Boardwalk Hall on the ABC Television Network

The Live Show Will be Hosted by Chris Harrison and Co-Hosted by Sage Steele

Voting Instructions
Voting Instructions

Atlantic City, NJ (August 8, 2017) –  The Miss America Organization, dick clark productions and ABC announced today that voting is now open for the “America’s Choice” contestant.  America will once again help a contestant advance to the Top 15 at “The 2018 Miss America Competition,” airing live on ABC from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 (9:00 – 11:00p.m. ET/PT). The public can vote at missamerica.org/vote and facebook.com/missamericaand are permitted one vote per day, per user. Voting will close Tuesday, September 5th at 9pm ET, and the chosen contestant will be announced during “The 2018 Miss America Competition” live broadcast with the Top 15.

The remaining contestants in the Top 15 are selected by the Miss America Preliminary Judges Panel.  It is possible for America’s Choice to also be among the judges’ selection.

“The 2018 Miss America Competition” will showcase the intellect, grace and exceptional talent of 51 accomplished women representing their home states (and District of Columbia) as they compete for the coveted title of Miss America.

As previously announced, Chris Harrison (ABC’s “The Bachelor” franchise and “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”) returns to host the legendary competition, with Sage Steele (ESPN’s “SportsCenter on the Road” and “SportsCenter: AM”) joining as co-host. The panel of celebrity judges for “The 2018 Miss America Competition” will be announced in the coming weeks.

The celebrity judges will evaluate the contestants’ performances in the following categories during the live broadcast: Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit, Evening Wear, Talent, Interview and On-Stage questions.  These young women will showcase their incredible blend of intelligence, leadership, talent, physical fitness and dedication to community service as they compete for the title of Miss America 2018.

For the latest news, be sure to follow Miss America on social and join the conversation by using the official hashtag for the show, #MissAmerica.

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dick clark productions and the Miss America Organization will collaborate on all creative, marketing, sponsorship, licensing, ticketing and distribution elements of this year’s show. Anthony Eaton and Tall Pony Productions will produce “The 2018 Miss America Competition.”

To purchase tickets to the “2018 Miss America Competition,” please visithttp://www.ticketmaster.com/Miss-America-Competition-tickets/

For more information on the “2018 Miss America Competition,” please visit Miss America Organization’s website at www.missamerica.org.

Source: Miss America Organization