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In Memoriam: Shelley Taylor

from Miss America…

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The Miss America Organization honors the memory of Shelly Taylor, Executive Director of the Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant. A much loved and dedicated volunteer for over 30 years and the 2014 Miss America Academy of Honor Award Recipient. She was truly committed to the Miss America program and its mission of empowering young women through education. 


Shelley began volunteering for the Miss Michigan Organization in the mid 1970’s. Through the years, she held various positions that ultimately led her to being named the Miss Michigan Executive Director in 2006.

Shelley worked tirelessly to bring sponsors and new scholarship awards to the Miss Michigan Scholarship Program. She always sought ways to improve the organization and worked to introduce new local competitions, as well as new contestants to this worthwhile opportunity.

The Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant has celebrated several Miss Americas and the program continued to achieve under Shelley’s dedicated leadership. Miss America 1939 Patricia Donnelly Harris, Nancy Anne Fleming Lange (1961), Pam Eldred (1970), Kaye Lani Rae Rafko Wilson (1988), Kirsten Haglund (2008), and Miss Michigan’s Outstanding Teen 2006 Nina Davuluri went on to win the Miss New York title and ultimately became Miss America 2014.

In 2014, Shelley was recognized on the Miss America stage for her tremendous leadership and selfless support of the Miss America Organization by being awarded with the 2014 Miss America Academy of Honor Award, a special annual recognition for a volunteer with at least 20 years of outstanding success and accomplishment.

Kaye Lani Rae Rafko, Miss America 1988:
“Our friendship spanned over 30 years…It is hard to imagine the Miss Michigan Program without her. For almost 40 years, Shelley has been supporting, guiding, and embracing the young women of Miss Michigan and the people of the Miss America Organization. She treated every contestant as “her girl” and made us all feel so very special when we were with her. She nurtured our Miss Michigan Program like a family. Her friendship, leadership, and the many gifts she shared with all of us here in Michigan and throughout The Miss America Organization will always be remembered and treasured.”

Gretchen Carlson, Miss America 1989 and MAO Executive Chair & CEO:
“The Miss America family has lost a dear and most beloved friend.  We are comforted in the selfless love Shelley expressed towards everyone she met, especially the incredible women, volunteers, and staff of the Miss America Organization.  Shelley has positively impacted this organization and she will continue to reach countless lives each and every day because of her tireless dedication. Thank you Shelley Taylor for your leadership, friendship, and love.”

Kirsten Haglund, Miss America 2008:
“Shelley’s love, warmth, and sassy spirit were evident to all who knew her. She was a constant source of encouragement to me, throughout my time competing in the Miss America Organization and in the years following. A dear friend to my entire family, she will remembered for her steadfast belief in the importance of giving back, self-sacrifice, and commitment. I will miss Shelley’s courageous attitude and positivity, and know that her legacy will live on in Michigan and continue to inspire others to servant leadership.”

Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2014:
“I met Shelley when I was 16 years old competing in the Miss Michigan’s Outstanding Teen program. From the beginning, there was never a dull moment with her! She cheered me on at MAOTeen, came to my high school graduation, watched me from the sidelines as I went to college and encouraged me to find my true self and grow into the woman I was meant to be. She was one of my biggest supporters and mentors. During my last year competing at Miss New York, she encouraged me to express myself and embrace my culture and heritage. The funny thing about Shelley is that every time I went to her with a problem, she would never offer a solution, but would make me work through every possible outcome and choose a path for myself. During my year as Miss America, Shelley was one person I could always count on to give it to me straight in the most comical way. Catching up with her was always a treat! Her love for people was endless and she was there for me and my family during the happiest and most difficult of times. Thank you Shelley for giving your heart and soul to all of us and this program. You truly helped me become the person I am today and I am forever grateful for your love and guidance. Your legacy continues to live on through myself and the countless young women you have touched. We love you dear friend. Until we meet again.”


About The Miss America Organization (MAO)
The Miss America Organization, a 501(c)4 non-profit organization, is the nation’s leading advocate for women’s education and the largest provider of scholarship assistance to young women in the United States, awarding millions of dollars annually.  The Miss America Organization is comprised 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. For more information, visit www.MissAmerica.org.

Source: Miss America Organization

In Memoriam: Shelley Taylor

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Miss America Board Announces Election of New Members

MISS AMERICA BOARD ANNOUNCES
ELECTION OF NEW MEMBERS

(January 17, 2018) Atlantic City, NJ –  The Miss America Board of Directors is pleased to announce the unanimous election of two new board members. Jessie Bennett, formerly the Executive Director of the Miss Arkansas Competition, and Ashley Byrd, formerly the Executive Director of the Miss South Carolina Competition, who were put forward by their fellow state Executive Directors to represent the states at this critical phase of our restructuring.

They will lend valuable insight and direction for the future of the program. Both willingly resigned their positions as Executive Directors so as to avoid any conflicts. Subsequent to serving on the board, they can be considered for reappointment as Executive Directors in their states. We welcome their leadership and look forward to working together in shaping Miss America in 2018 and beyond.


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 Board Announces Election of New Members

Miss America Twitter Poll

Prior to the new board coming on to Miss America, we ran a Twitter poll to predict the future of Miss America. Here are our results:

Keep an eye on our Twitter feed for future polls!

Miss America Twitter Poll

2018 Miss America Contestant Interviews On Sale Now

The 2018 Miss America Contestant Interview DVD is on sale now!
The DVD features Miss America 2018 Cara Mund,
Miss Alabama Jessica Procter, Miss District of Columbia Briana Kinsey,
Miss Missouri Jennifer Davis, Miss New Jersey Kaitlyn Shoeffel,
Miss Louisiana Laryssa Bonacquisti, and Miss Texas Margana Wood.

CLICK HERE FOR THE 2018 CONTESTANT INTERVIEWS

2018 Miss America Interview DVD
2018 Miss America Interview DVD
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.
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2018 Miss America Contestant Interviews On Sale Now

THE 2017 MISS AMERICA CONTESTANT INTERVIEW DVD ON SALE NOW

Visit the Miss America Shop to purchase the 2017 Miss America Contestant Interview DVD! The DVD includes judges interviews with Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields, Miss South Carolina Rachel Wyatt, Miss Washington Alicia Cooper, Miss Florida Courtney Sexton, Miss New York Camille Sims, Miss Mississippi Laura Lee Lewis, and Miss Nebraska Aleah Peters

ABOUT THE MISS AMERICA ORGANIZATION
The Miss America Organization, a 501(c)4 non-profit organization, is the nation’s leading advocate for women’s education and the largest provider of scholarship assistance to young women in the United States, awarding millions of dollars annually.  The Miss America Organization is comprised of 52 licensed organizations, including all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Miss America contestants contribute tens of thousands of community service hours annually and have raised over $14 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Miss America scholarships since 2007.

Source: Miss America

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 Advanced Recovery Systems Partners with Miss Florida 2016 to Educate Students about Substance Abuse and Addiction

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Miss Florida 2016 Courtney Sexton on stage during the 2017 Miss America Competition at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Atlantic City, NJ (November 2, 2016) – The Miss America Organization is proud to share that Miss Florida 2016 Courtney Sexton will be visiting schools across the state of Florida as a spokesperson for Advanced Recovery Systems (ARS), a leader in behavioral healthcare management, to educate high school students about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.

Courtney’s 40-minute “Real Talk” presentation is based on prevention techniques included in The Alcohol Literacy Challenge™, developed by nationally-recognized researchers Michael Dunn, PhD and Thomas Hall, PhD. The Alcohol Literacy Challenge™ is the first classroom-based prevention program that specifically challenges students’ beliefs about the effects of drinking alcohol. Sexton will use this curriculum as a springboard to educate students on the risks associated with newly emerging drug trends and equip them with skills on how to abstain from dangerous behaviors.

Click here for more information and to learn how to get involved!


SOURCE: PR Newswire/Advanced Recovery Systems

About The Miss America Organization
The Miss America Organization, a 501(c)4 non-profit organization, is the nation’s leading advocate for women’s education and the largest provider of scholarship assistance to young women in the United States, awarding millions of dollars annually.  The Miss America Organization is comprised of 52 licensed organizations, including all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Miss America contestants contribute tens of thousands of community service hours annually and have raised over $14 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Miss America scholarships since 2007.

 Advanced Recovery Systems Partners with Miss Florida 2016 to Educate Students about Substance Abuse and Addiction

Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields Returns to Arkansas for Homecoming Celebration

Atlantic City, NJ (October 26, 2016) –  Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields returned home to Arkansas for a weekend-long celebration hosted by The Miss Arkansas Organization. Savvy’s homecoming events began on Thursday in Little Rock, Arkansas, where she had a photo shoot and luncheon with former Miss Arkansas’ and Miss America’s. She then rode in the 2017 Welcome Home Parade in downtown Little Rock before attending a concert at the Riverfront Amphitheater.
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On Friday, Savvy met with the Arkansas delegates at the Capitol and attended a beautiful luncheon at the Governor’s Mansion hosted by Arkansas’ First Lady, Susan Hutchison. Following the luncheon, Savvy visited the Arkansas Children’s Hospital with her fellow Miss America contestants in town for the celebration. “Selfies with Savvy” took place at the KARK News studio where fans had the opportunity to take a photo with Savvy and make a donation to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Savvy wrapped up the evening at a beautiful black tie gala in her honor at the Chenal Country Club.
 
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The celebration continued on Saturday when Savvy returned to her hometown of Fayetteville, Arkansas. She attended a private reception at the University of Arkansas’ Chancellor’s residence, rode in the Welcome Home Parade, and met with fans for photos and autographs at the UofA’s Greek Theatre. Savvy was joined by Executive Chairman & CEO, Sam Haskell, and his wife, Mary Haskell, during the events.

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The homecoming celebrations concluded on Sunday with a breakfast at the Kappa Kappa Gamma house on the University of Arkansas campus, where Savvy had the opportunity to meet and celebrate with her sisters during a breakfast in her honor.

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Savvy will continue her year of service traveling the country to advocate for her personal platform, Eat Better, Live Better, 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 Arkansas Organization and State Executive Director Jessie Ward Bennett for their continued support and for all of their efforts in planning and hosting an incredible weekend of events for Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields!
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SOURCE: 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 52 licensed organizations which includes all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. MAO contestants contribute over 500,000 hours of community service annually and have raised over $14 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Miss America scholarships since 2007. 
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Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields Returns to Arkansas for Homecoming Celebration

Miss America Merchandise On Sale Now!

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Atlantic City, NJ (October 17, 2016) – Check out the  Miss America Store to purchase all new merchandise. MAO has partnered with The Vanity Project (TVP) to design new merchandise for competitors, supporters, and fans to represent the Miss America brand in style. Items on sale now include: Miss America active wear, clothing, phone cases, accessories, and more! To check out the latest offerings on sale now, visit Shop.MissAmerica.org.

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The 2017 Miss America Competition Magazine is still on sale! The Miss America Competition Magazine includes information on the all Miss America State Titleholders who competed in the 2017 Miss America Competition in Atlantic City, including Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields. Click here to order your commemorative magazine today.

Source: MAO email

Miss America Merchandise On Sale Now!

Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields upcoming TV appearances!

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Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields taking part in the traditional toe dip
in Atlantic City wearing a dress by Joseph Ribkoff the morning after her crowning.
(Miss America Organization/Bruce V. Boyajian)

Tune-in to catch Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields as she continues on her first media tour since capturing the crown!

9/20
KTLA – Live
Associated Press TV
The Insider
InStyle Facbeook Live @ 2:30 pm

9/21
Premiere / iheart Radio
Mario Lopez
Hollyscoop
Hallmark’s Home & Family

*Subject to change, check your local listings*

Source: Miss America email