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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 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

Miss Utah and Miss Texas Win Preliminary Awards on Wednesday September 6th, the First Night of “The 2018 Miss America Competition”

PageantCast Mail Bag: 09/08/2017

We know no one uses mail anymore, but here in the mailbag we put a selection of Instagram posts, Facebook posts and Twitter posts that we’ve been tagged in.

Here’s this week’s selection:

This morning’s check in finds that I have slipped back just a little bit again. But we know the powers of my pals! We can do this! We have just Today, Saturday, and Sunday to go and I KNOW we can make it happen! It’s simple, just go to https://www.americanbeautiesnationalpageants.com/cover-girl and click the vote button under my photo. I’m heading to Georgia in October to compete in the Miss American Beauties Plus Pageant in hopes of taking home a title and new opportunity to spread my word about the self-empowerment that can come from community service! However the outcome may fall, i am BLOWN AWAY by the amazing response my friends have had in helping me achieve these goals for pageant. I truly know that my success(es) and achievements in life have never come by my work aline. Thank you for rallying around me in these fun moments and the not so fun ones too! Let’s move this gap back up! 400+ votes yesterday means we can do it again!!! Thank you, friends! #ABPNationals #ABNIPageants #minnesotaamericanbeautiesplus #longdayahead #wecandoit #shareshareshare #votevotevote #thankyou

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I am going to call today Thankful Thursday. I want to take some time today whenever I manage to get a break away to thank those who have always helped me and worked hard to help me achieve goals that I have set for myself. The first one that never goes thanked enough, is Anna Williams at Annabelle’s Photography. Nearly every formal image I am using for competition comes fro her awesome sponsorship. Not only is she one of my besties, she’s been an amazing support throughout the years working hard to help me capture my best self. No pageant girl is any good without her photographer, so I must be pretty great by the sant reasoning! Please follow Annabelle’s if you haven’t already. And don’t forget to vote for me for covergirl today! www.americanbeautiesnationalpageants.com I’m heading to Georgia in October for the Miss American Beauties Plus Pageant to hopefully take home the crown. Thanks all! #ABPNationals #ABNIPageants #minnesotaamericanbeautiesplus #pictureperfect

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PageantCast Mail Bag: 09/08/2017

Mrs. Ohio International 2017 Interviews

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Mrs. Ohio International 2017 Interviews

  • Interview with Brittany Gregorchik, Mrs. Columbus International 2017
  • Interview with Jessica Nelson-Masiker, Mrs. Glass City International 2017
  • Interview with Laura Beeson, Mrs. Crawford County International 2017

Websites:

Filmed live in the Owens Community College in Perrysburg, OH on April 29-30, 2017
Thank you to Gerri Walczak and his staff for their hospitality at this event.
Congratulations…Jr. Miss Ohio International Hala Jabri, Miss Teen Ohio International Au’Lauren Million, Miss Ohio International Leah Parker, and Mrs. Ohio International Teri Grothaus.

 

Mrs. Ohio International 2017 Interviews

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.

Don’t forget to get social!
Follow us on Twitter: @MissAmerica  & @ MissAmericaOrg
Instagram: @MissAmericaOrg  and
www.Facebook.com/MissAmerica

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

PageantCast Gazette: Uniquely You Pageant

PageantCast Gazette: Uniquely You Pageant

https://youtu.be/3ExBJEpAGPM

  • Uniquely You pageant highlights
  • Interview with fellow judge: Courtney Mason, Miss Indiana United States 2017
  • Tim Kretschmann pageant judge introduction

Special thanks to the staff and friends of the Uniquely You pageant.

Websites:

PROMO:

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PageantCast Gazette: Uniquely You Pageant

Mindy Sperry, Miss Teen Toledo International 2017

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Mindy Sperry, Miss Teen Toledo International 2017

  • Interview with Mindy Sperry, Miss Teen Toledo International 2017

Websites:

Filmed live in the Owens Community College in Perrysburg, OH on April 29-30, 2017
Thank you to Gerri Walczak and his staff for their hospitality at this event.

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Mindy Sperry, Miss Teen Toledo International 2017

PageantCast Vault Autograph Card: Melissa Young

Melissa Young, Miss Wisconsin USA 2005
Melissa Young, Miss Wisconsin USA 2005

I did a lot of soul searching as to whose autograph card I wanted to start this feature with and when I thought of Melissa, the contest was over.

Melissa’s is the only photo on the TKPN Bulletin Board that never, ever gets swapped out. She has long been an inspiration to me…well before her valiant fight with her illness that has been waged for many years now.

We interviewed Melissa before there even was a PageantCast…while I still had the radio show, but I new I wanted to start with this lovely lady.

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.

PageantCast Vault Autograph Card: Melissa Young

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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