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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.

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)
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!

Cara crowns the new Miss North Dakota 2017 Lizzie Jensen in Williston, ND (Courtesy Tessie Jones Photography)
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)
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.

Cara at the Miss America Ball, held at the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND (Courtesy Tessie Jones Photography)
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)
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!


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

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


Orlando, FL, July 30, 2017 — Jessica Baeder was crowned Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2018 on Saturday, July 29 in Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center. Baeder is the embodiment of MAOTeen’s mission to be the nation’s leading program for scholastic achievement, healthy living and community involvement of our nation’s youth.
With Miss America Savvy Shields looking on, Baeder accepted the crown and a thirty thousand dollar scholarship toward her college education provided by The Harris Rosen Foundation and the Orlando Scholarship Foundation, Inc. The 17-year old resides in Auburn, Alabama. Speaking to audiences about her platform, “Healthy Food For All,” Miss America’s Outstanding Teen will also act as the official National Teen Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals.
“The MAOTeen organization is always impressed by the leadership skills as well as academic and community achievements of these inspiring young women,” said Steve Frocchi, Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Vice President of Marketing and Development. “Jessica flourished in this group of extremely hard-working and talented students.”
Jessica is a member of the National Honor Society, Mathematics Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society at Auburn High School, maintaining a 4.2 GPA. She plans to utilize her scholarships won to pursue her scholastic ambition of obtaining her MD and become an orthopedic surgeon.

The first runner-up was Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen, Annie Swan, who earned a $10,000scholarship with her personal platform, Raise a Voice for ALS.”
Second runner-up honors and a $7,500 scholarship were awarded to Maryland’s Outstanding Teen, Chloe Wildman, with her personal platform, “Suffering in Silence: The Invisible Illness.”
Third runner-up and the winner of a $5,000 scholarship was Miss Texas’ Outstanding Teen, Stephanie Wendt. Her personal platform is “#SpeadTheSmile.”
The winner of a $2,000 scholarship and fourth runner-up was Miss Michigan’s Outstanding Teen, Katie Preston. Her platform is “Youth Coping with Anxiety; Your Story Isn’t Over Yet.”
Miss Minnesota’s Outstanding Teen, Emily Schumacher, was the winner of America’s Choice, an online competition where viewers were given the opportunity to vote for their favorite Miss America’s Outstanding Teen contestant and guarantee them a spot as a semi-finalist and a $1,000 scholarship. She became the 11th Semi-Finalist to compete in the finale.
Source: MAOTeen

About Miss America’s Outstanding Teen
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.

2017 MAOTeen Judges Panel

Meet the panel that will select Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2018 live in Orlando, Florida at the Linda Chapin Theater in the Orange County Convention Center
Tampa, FL (July 7, 2017) – The MAOTeen Organization announced today the distinguished panel of judges that will have the tough job of narrowing the field of 51 to just 1…MAOTeen 2018!
From preliminary competition to the event finals, these judges will be looking for the young lady that represents the best of America’s outstanding teens.

Miss America 1990, Dr. Debbye Turner Bell, is a veterinarian, journalist, minister, motivational speaker, wife and mother. For three years she served as the lead U.S. anchor for Arise News, a global news network, and she was staff correspondent for CBS News for 11 years, being dubbed The Early Show’sresident veterinarian and periodically reporting for the CBS Evening News. Currently, she can be seen as an expert contributor to the show DOGS 101 on Animal Planet. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture from Arkansas State.


Benjamin Brecher, an operatic and concert tenor, has gained great acclaim with his many performances on the opera and concert stages. Having performed over 50 operatic roles with more than 40 orchestras at some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including 15 roles with the New York Opera, Mr. Brecher specializes in the high lyric tenor repertoire. He is currently an Associate Professor of Voice at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Benjamin is a graduate of the Juilliard Opera Center, the New England Conservatory of Music and Bowling Green State University.

Professor Hilary Levey Friedman is a sociologist who teaches courses on after-school activities, pageantry, and sports at Brown University. She holds degrees from Harvard University, Princeton University and the University of Cambridge. Her first book, Playing to Win: Raising Children in a Competitive Culture, follows families with elementary school-age children involved in chess, dance, and soccer, covering the activities, what they mean to parents and children and the implications for inequality and gender in the educational system.

Sinead Norenius is a business development and marketing executive with strong social media roots with the beauty and fashion industries. She is currently a partner at The Pienza Collective, where she helps clients navigate the ever-changing landscape of e-commerce technology, digital marketing, social media strategy and influencer outreach, along with preparing clients for TV Shopping (QVC, HSN, Evine) and other retail distribution channels. She was also the Founder and CEO of the premium influencer marketing network, iFabbo. iFabbo was a spinoff of Sinead’s skincare company, Beautisol, a luxury sunless tanning brand.

Julie Stadler’s passion for competitive ballroom dancing inspired her to create Dance Network, the first-ever digital network which showcases all styles of dance in one place. Stadler is co-owner in Carell Family, LLC, a commercial real estate investment firm. Julie and her sisters continue their family’s philanthropic legacy of supporting their community and issues surrounding the health and wellness of children. She currently serves on the Board of Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.


Dr. Jamie Wells, MD, FAAP, is a Board-Certified physician with over a decade of experience caring for patients and the Director of Medicine at the American Council on Science and Health. She served as a Clinical Instructor/Attending at NYU Langone, Mt. Sinai-Beth Israel and St. Vincent’s Medical Centers in Manhattan. Dr. Wells not only graduated from Yale University with honors and was inducted as a junior and elected President of Jefferson Medical College’s Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society; but also, has been named a New York Super Doctor.

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Source: MAOTeen