Miss America's Outstanding Teen is pleased to announce that registration for the 2013 Teens in Training Camp is now being offered at a discounted rate. This limited-time offer runs March 1 through 31, and provides registration for just $500. Click here to reserve your spot now!
Teens in Training Camp is a four-day workshop open to all girls, ages thirteen to seventeen, who wish to improve upon skills that will help them become confident, poised, and prepared leaders among their peers. Daylong professional workshops and training sessions include:
Participation also includes:
MAOTeen is also pleased to announce that registration for the 2013 Princess Camp is now being offered at a discounted rate. This limited-time offer runs March 1 through 31, and provides registration for just $500. Click here to reserve your spot now!
Princess Camp is designed for girls ages five to twelve who are looking to improve upon skills that promote self-confidence and poise, and who seek mentoring from today's young teen leaders. Participants will have the opportunity to attend:
Participation also includes:
Source: Miss America’s Outstanding Teen
The Miss Spokane Scholarship program and pageant has been an integral part of the Spokane area since 1912—101 years! Miss Spokane is one of the official preliminary pageants of the Miss America Organization. Each year, four title holders are selected, and they participate in numerous local and civic events including the Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade, Junior Lilac Parade, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Junior Lilac Parade Family Fun Fair, the Marmot March, and the IHOP Free Pancake Day. They visit numerous schools and donate countless hours to local charities, all while representing Spokane in the finest light. Miss Spokane titleholders compete at state competitions in May—Teen, and July—Miss, of each year.
On Sunday, February 17, at the Bing Crosby Theater the 2013 Miss Spokane Scholarship Organizations Titleholders were selected. These young women will represent Spokane and the Inland Empire at various community events through out the year. They will also spend countless hours working on their personal community service platforms and the Miss America National platform, The Children’s Miracle Network.
Hannah Cvancara, a senior at The Oaks Classical Christian Academy, was crowned Miss Spokane. Hannah’s community service platform is “Honoring their Sacrifice: Recognizing and Supporting our Disabled Veterans." For the talent competition, Hannah performed a piano and vocal self-composition. She was also voted Miss Congeniality, had the most pageant personal sales, and won the Fianna Dickson Overall High Interview Award.
Hannah won $4,325 in scholarships including a $3,000 scholarship from Gonzaga University. She will represent Spokane at the state pageant in July.
Kailee Dunn, a junior at Eastern Washington University was the first runner ip receiving a $500 scholarship.
Kahlani Badeaux is the new Miss Inland Empire. She is a junior at Eastern Washington University working towards a Dual Endorsement for Special Education/Elementary Education. Kahlani’s personal community service platform is The Value of Volunteering. She performed a guitar and country vocal of “When A Heart Breaks” for her talent. She was the Liz Legacy Talent Award winner for the highest overall talent score. Kahlani won $1,200 in scholarships and will represent the Inland Empire at the State Pageant in July.
Haley Hennricksen, a Gonzaga university student was first runner up, Miss Photogenic, and received the Touch of Class Award from the Miss Spokane Committee and the Four Points of the Crown Award from the Miss Washington Locals Association. She won $800 in scholarships and a photo shoot with Lake City Photography.
Other Miss awards were presented to:
Alexandra Hedin, a recent Gonzaga University graduate received the Academic Scholarship, was awared for non-finalist interview, non-finalist talent, and the Peoples Choice award. She also had the most ticket sales. Alex received $475 in scholarships. Sondra Willmann, a senior at Whitworth University, received the non-finalist talent award and a $100 scholarship. Rebecca Delong, a Spokane Community College sophomore, received the Most Improved Award and a $100 scholarship. Irena Martin, a Washington State University Senior, received $380 for having the most for program book ad sales. Tiana Jaro, a senior at North Central High School, and Ashlee Karras, a senior at Joel E. Ferris High School, also competed on Sunday.
Joy Davis, a freshman at Joel E. Ferris High School, was crowned Miss Spokane’s Outstanding Teen. Joy’s community service platform is “Bullying: Be Heard, Don’t Be Hurt!” For her talent, Joy performed a lyrical dance to "Congratulations." She also won the People's Choice Award and had the most ticket sales, pageant personals, and ad sales. Joy won $945 in scholarships and will compete to become Miss Washington’s Outstanding Teen on Memorial Day weekend. Andrea Muraoka, a sophomore at Joel E. Ferris High School was the first runner up receiving a $250 scholarship.
Aitanna Ferrez, a junior at Gonzaga Preparatory School, is the new Miss Inland Empire’s Outstanding Teen. Aitanna’s personal community service platform is “Eating Disorders: Mirror Mirror on the Wall." She performed a vocal of “For Good” for her talent. She was the Academic Award winner and was voted Miss Congeniality by her peers. Aitanna won $700 in scholarships and will also compete to become Miss Washington’s Outstanding Teen on Memorial Day weekend. Alexandria Milliron, a freshman at Davis High School, Yakima, WA was first runner up, and received the Touch of Class Award from the Miss Spokane Committee. She won $350 in scholarships.
Other Teen awards were presented to:
Kimberly Brooking, an eighth grade student at St. John Vienney, received the Most Improved and non-finalist high talent awards and a $200 Scholarship. Kate Uhling, an eighth grade student at St. John Vienney, received the Teen Photogenic Award and a photo shoot with Lake City Photography Mackenzie Reynolds, a sophomore at Shadle Park High School, received the non-finalist High Interview Award and a $100 Scholarship. Julia Fox, a freshman at East Valley High School, also competed on Sunday.
For more information about our program or to schedule an appearance please contact us through our website http://missspokane.org/.
Source: Cheri A. Moore, MSSO Marketing & Events Director Photo: Lake City Photography
In August 2007, Elisabeth Oliphint of Montgomery, Alabama, and Madison Hardy of Philadelphia, Mississippi, met as neighbors in their freshman dorm at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Two months later, they became pledge sisters in the largest Phi Mu (Theta) class ever recruited. Little did they know they would share a sisterhood bond besides Love, Honor, Truth just six years later.
Style, Success, Scholarship, and Service is the new bond Elisabeth and Madison share, and in June they will carry fundamentals learned through their Phi Mu journey to the Miss Tennessee stage, in Jackson.
Elisabeth was college sophomore when she won her first ticket to Miss Tennessee in 2009, as Miss Athens of the South. After three years of “retirement”, she’s back as Miss Music City 2013. During her time as a Phi Mu, Elisabeth was her chapter’s Community Service Chair and Greek Week Co-Chair, and was honored with the Phi Mu Community Service Award, Belmont Greek Goddess (Greek Week MVP) 2009-2011, Phi Delta Theta Sweetheart, Phi Mu Sisterhood Award, and Phi Mu Top New Member Award.
Her love for community service earned Elisabeth the privilege of becoming a “Big” for Big Brothers Big Sisters, and in turn she has promoted this organization as her platform: Big Brothers Big Sisters – The Importance of a Positive Influence. Elisabeth, who works at TVV Capital, a private equity firm in downtown Nashville, is also an executive member of the Nashville Symphony’s Young Professionals Board, a member of the Special Olympics of Tennessee Young Professionals Board, an Ambassador for the Nashville Jr. Chamber, a member of the Troubadour Society, and a participant in committees for many charity events around Nashville.
Madison, recently named Miss Tennessee Soybean Festival 2013 (better known as Queen Bean 2013), is making her first appearance at Miss Tennessee. She spent the past year getting in shape and losing fifty pounds, and her platform is geared toward promoting living a healthy lifestyle. Tennessee: Get Up & Go! is an initiative Madison created in 2011 to encourage Tennesseans to find ways to get active in their communities. An official Facebook page and Twitter account have been set up to help make people aware of community resources and activities, and Madison plans to spend the next year organizing events such as 5K races and family field days.
While at Belmont University, Madison was the 2011 Homecoming Queen, President of Belmont Service Corps, and a member of Order of Omega Greek Honor Society, and had eight different internships at businesses within the entertainment industry, including Sony Music Nashville. Madison, who has been working for MTV Networks in the licensing department since August 2012, sings with The Respectables, a Nashville-based wedding and corporate events band.
Elisabeth and Madison should represent Nashville and Phi Mu beautifully. They constantly motivate and cheer each other on, they hope one of them will bring home the Miss Tennessee crown and represent their state at Miss America 2013.
More about the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Pageant
The Miss Tennessee scholarship pageant is a preliminary competition for the Miss America Organization. The Miss America Scholarship Pageant is the largest scholarship program for young women in the United States, awarding more than $45 million a year at the local, state, and national level. Each year, more than eighty thousand young ladies participate in local preliminary pageants leading to Miss America.
Edited by fourpoints. Photo: Madison Hardy and Elisabeth Oliphint after accepting their bids to Phi Mu (Theta) on Bid Day in 2007. Photo provided by Elisabeth Ivey Oliphint
Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2013 Rachel Wyatt visited South Beach in Miami, Florida, last week to model for the Tony Bowls Collection.
In 2004, Tony joined Mon Cheri to develop his groundbreaking pageant line, Tony Bowls Collection. Tony not only implements his innovative ideas in the world of pageantry, but also in prom and social occasion wear, designing the wildly successful Tony Bowls Paris, Tony Bowls Le Gala, Tony Bowls Evenings, Tony Bowls Shorts, and Tony B collections, and the exclusive Tony Bowls Limited private label. In 2011, Tony expanded his empire with the couture bridal collection Tony Bowls Bridal for Mon Cheri.
It's hard to believe that two weeks ago, volunteers from across the country—including former Miss America titleholders—demolished a house in record time for Habitat for Humanity!
Our seventh Day of Service dedicated to our bright, talented, dynamic Miss America contestants was a success. And our Miss America volunteers set a record: in just three hours, we provided help to a needy family. A job such as this would normally take a month to complete!
I thank you from the bottom of my heart for volunteering for the Las Vegas Habitat for Humanity. The contribution of your time and talents helped a family to break the cycle of poverty and build long-term financial security. Habitat’s affordable, nonprofit house payments free up money for food, child care, medicine, and other necessities that help stabilize families. Research has shown that decent housing improves health, increases children’s educational achievement, and strengthens community ties.
And isn't that we want for all Americans? A chance for a better life and opportunity.
A special thanks to Bobbi Hardy and her Las Vegas Habitat Team for hosting the transportation and a delicious lunch we all enjoyed! Volunteers, or "Habitat Angels," who added "sparkle" to our team included Miss America 2004 Ericka Dunlap, Miss America 1948 BeBe Shopp, Miss America 1955 Lee Meriwether, Miss America 1977 Dorothy Benham, and Miss America 1978 Susan Perkins.
Thanks also go to:
Thomas Whitfield for his support and signage, which he provides us each year. Tom's sign and your signatures grace the hall in a shadow box, in the Las Vegas Habitat for Humanity office.
Lisa Perez Miller (Kansas) and Stanley Boyes (Connecticut) for the photos and videos taken for our upcoming video. I will post the video in next few weeks. If you would like to contribute your thoughts, highlights, and feelings about the Day of Service for an upcoming piece for fourpoints magazine, please e-mail me. I would love your input for the article.
I hope to see you for our eighth Day of Service, in 2014.
Written by: Valerie Clemens
After twenty years, thirty Miss America sisters met for a family reunion of sorts. Contestants from the 1992 Miss America pageant were reunited with hugs, smiles, and shrieks of joy in Las Vegas during the 2013 MAO pageant week. Coordinated by Miss New Jersey 1992 Heather Hertling Narducci, the women lunched, shared memories, and paid tribute to their late Miss Alaska Sister Keri Schroeder, who lost her battle with breast cancer last summer. In tribute, the women founded the Keri Schroeder Talent Fund to honor her name and love for this particular aspect of competition.
"About $4,000 has been raised in Keri Schroeder's name. The goal is $6,000," said Cathy Herd, Miss Iowa 1992. Click here to learn more or make donations!
Miss California 1992 Patricia Northrup Murray collected photos and biographies from many of her fellow contestants, for a slide show shown at the luncheon. In putting together the stories of the women she competed with, Patricia said much has been accomplished by her pageant sisters. "I look at the world littered with mediocrity, but this room is the antithesis of that," Patricia told attendees.
At the luncheon, the women also recognized the absence of Miss Kansas 1992 Pam McKelvy Hamner, who is healing after a double mastectomy.
Women of the class of 1992 initially got in touch through Facebook. For organizing the reunion, Hertling Narducci received the title, "Miss America 20th Reunion," and was given a (princess) crown.
"Heather is so wonderful to bring all of us together. We appreciate her effort," said Miss Maryland 1992 Tammy Wyatt Roberts. "Love and friendship to Heather and all my sisters!"
Written by: Erika Fifelski, fourpoints staff writer
“The Make me a Cover model experience was unlike anything I’ve ever done before. I received the ultimate movie star treatment!” -Brittany Cozza, 2012 Make Me a Cover Model
Fourpoints magazine is searching for the face to be on the cover of our August 2013 issue. The winner of the Make Me A Cover Model contest will be a representative of the four points of the Miss America crown: scholarship, style, service, and success. If you think you’ve got what it takes, enter for your chance to win an opportunity of a lifetime! This includes a prize package and a professional photo shoot—and your headshot will be used on our cover! Plus, receive a one-year subscription with your registration.
The Miss America Organization is proud to announce your opportunity to vote for a finalist at the 2013 Miss America Competition, broadcast live from Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday, January 12, 2013 on ABC. There are fifty-three exciting videos posted online, made by each of the 2013 contestants, showing off their style and personality and explaining why they should be chosen as the next Miss America!
Cast your vote via one of the following two methods:
There is a limit of one one vote per person and Internet accessible device per contestant throughout the Voting Period, regardless of method of voting. Voting closes at 11:59 p.m. PST on Thursday January 10, 2013. Click here to read Voting Terms and Conditions. Happy Voting!
The beloved Miss America 1953, Neva Langley Fickling, passed away quietly on the morning of Sunday, November 19, surrounded by her loved ones.
Neva will be fondly remembered for her grace, her humility, and her impeccable Southern manners. When she won the title of Miss America, she was a graduate of Wesleyan College, studying piano. As she stepped on the stage to compete in the famed Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall, Neva performed flawlessly in front of the audience and the famous New York Times music critic, Deems Taylor, who judged her and awarded Neva the talent competition, after she performed her rendition of TOCCATA by Khatchaturian.
Neva, was the only Miss Georgia to ever win the title of Miss America and she graciously accepted the title on September 6, 1952, although she was a native of Lakeland Florida, she never forgot her roots. She was a devoted wife to Bill Fickling, her college sweetheart whom she married following her year of service as Miss America. They have four wonderful children and many grandchildren that she loved and enjoyed.
Her honors were many and included recognition by the Georgia chapter of the Alzheimer's Association as a Champion. Mercer University named its music hall the Neva Langley Fickling Hall. Wesleyan College provided her with an honorary doctorate of fine arts in 1984.
We will fondly remember Neva as she recently returned to the Miss America family for the Ninetieth Anniversary Celebration in 2010. Neva, along with nearly fifty of her Miss America sisters gathered for this historic event. Neva, with her grace and charm shined at this special reunion. Her legacy to the Miss America Organization is lasting.
The Miss America Organization extends its heartfelt sympathies to Neva's family during this time of sorrow. We will keep her family in our thoughts and our prayers and our beloved Neva will keep the song alive in our hearts.
Source and photo: MAO
Catalina will feature a daily post on Facebook–53 Days with the Miss America Contestants–beginning today, November 14.
This daily post will introduce one contestant per day via a Facebook Tab created specifically for this feature, with a Q&A for how each contestant is preparing physically for the Lifestyle and Fitness Competition. Get to know each contestant personally each day, and see what their favorite workout routines are, what keeps them motivated, and how they stay confident in Catalina Swimwear.
The exclusive content will be visible to fans of Catalina, and new fans will be prompted to like the page to see the content once they visit www.facebook.com/catalinaswimwear. Once you like the page, you can click on the tab that will feature the Q&A with each contestant. In addition to the Facebook Tab, updates will be posted on Catalina's Twitter and Facebook pages. Catalina will be featuring one contestant per week on their website www.CatalinaSwim.com.
This week Catalina will be featuring the following Miss America contestants:
Miss Alabama: Wednesday, 11/14
Miss Alaska: Thursday, 11/15
Miss Arizona: Friday, 11/16
Miss Arkansas: Saturday, 11/17
Miss California: Sunday, 11/18
Miss Colorado: Monday, 11/19
Miss Connecticut: Tuesday, 11/20
The partnership between Miss America and Catalina celebrates the rich history of the two iconic brands, with Catalina’s classic swimwear highlighting the strength and beauty of the fifty-three women competing in this year’s annual event.
The 2013 Miss America Competition will broadcast live from Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas on Saturday, January 12, 2013 on ABC.