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.
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!
Follow us on Twitter: @MissAmerica & @ MissAmericaOrg
Tampa, FL (September 27, 2017) – The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization announced today that the 2018 Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Competition will take place in Orlando, Florida at the Linda Chapin Theatre inside the Orange County Convention Center in July 2018.
Talented and articulate representatives from each state, along with the District of Columbia, will check in on Saturday, July 21st for an exciting week of events, all culminating with the competition finals on Saturday, July 28th, where one young woman will win the coveted MAOTeen title.
“The MAOTeen Organization is so proud to continue our relationship with the Orange County Convention Center and the Rosen Centre Hotel,” said Donna Bozarth, MAOTeen’s Chairman of the Board. “I hope everyone will join us for this unique event celebrating America’s most outstanding young women.”
The 2018 MAOTeen Competition Finals follows three days of Preliminary Competitions (July 24-26) and a week of various events held around the City of Orlando.
Hotel and ticketing information for the 2018 MAOTeen Competition will be announced soon.
It is known to long time listeners of the program that Kristen Howsley, Miss Galaxy 2005 was the first national titleholder I ever interviewed…and she couldn’t have been sweeter. Along with this autograph card, she sent almost a hundred photos that she had done for use to promote the pageant and her appearance on my radio show.
If you would like your autograph card featured here on a future Thursday with the PageantCast Vault, autograph your card and either scan it and send it to [email protected] or contact me at the same email and I’ll send you the physical address to mail it to me.
Rich Dalzotto returns to be our guest panelist tonight. Great movies to get you in the Halloween mood. I think this is the only podcast that came with a meal, also, but you’ll see what we mean. But stay away from the flutes, people!