It was a busy weekend for pageants across the country. Nine ladies were crowned, and will compete in January for the Miss America crown. Here are the new titleholders:
Miss Idaho 2011 Genevieve Nutting
Education: Boise State University
Platform: Building the 3C's Through Girl Scouts - Courage, Character, and Confidence
Talent: Classical Piano
Miss Alabama 2011 Courtney Porter
Education: Auburn University
Platform: Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Talent: I’ve Got Rhythm
Miss Delaware 2011 Maria Cahill
Education: Wilmington University
Platform: Project 16-26: Drive Safe, Drive Smart
Talent: Irish Dance, “The Lord of the Dance”
Miss Iowa 2011 Jessica Pray
Education: University of Iowa
Platform: Saving Lives Through Blood Donation
Talent: Classical Vocal
Miss Kansas 2011 Carissa Kelley
Education: Cowley College
Platform: Empowering Our Youth
Miss Missouri 2011 Sydney Friar
Education: Evangel University
Platform: Reconnecting the Family Unit - Promoting the Family Dinner Table
Miss Nebraska 2011 Kayla Batt
Education: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Platform: Make Music Rock
Miss North Dakota 2011 Ariana Walker
Education: University of Mary
Platform: Supporting Ronald McDonald Charities
Talent: Contemporary Lyrical Dance
Miss Oklahoma 2011 Betty Thompson
Education: Oklahoma State University
Platform: Milk, It Really Does a Body Good!
Talent: Irish Step Dance - “A Dangerous Game”
The beauties vying for the title of Miss New York are quick to attest that if only you believe in yourself, dreams do indeed turn into reality.
The news that Staten Island had been selected as the new home of the Miss New York State Scholarship Pageant set pulses racing. Now it’s June and the expectation is at a fever pitch: The spectacular production will be staged at the splendid St. George Theatre — its permanent venue — on June 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Steeped in tradition, the 90-year-old pageant serves as a preliminary to the legendary Miss America Pageant and had been formerly produced in the upstate towns of Olean and Watertown before relocating to Long Island and Albany.
A total of 22 contestants, including representatives of upstate counties, will compete for the crown. Note that another 17 young lovelies will vie for the title of Miss New York Outstanding Teen on Sunday, June 19, at 2:30 p.m., also at the theater.
Serving as host for the Miss New York Pageant will be Kirsten Haglund, Miss America 2008, whose platform focused on eating disorders and who has begun her own foundation to provide treatment scholarships for women so struggling.
Claire Buffie, the reigning Miss New York, will be on hand to crown her successor. Miss Buffie has gained national recognition for her platform — Straight for Equality, Let’s Talk. She is the first contestant in the history of the Miss America Pageant to advocate for the rights of the LGBT community. Also, during her year traveling the state, she advanced the cause of non-bullying in schools.
Pageant winners will represent the Empire State in their respective national competitions, including the Miss America Pageant set for January.
Three of the beauties in contention for the title of Miss New York are Islanders: Maria DeSantis, Miss Staten Island, Amanda Lee Alicea, Miss Richmond County, and Kimberly Cantoni, Miss Liberty. In addition, Miss Brooklyn, Christina Moore, is a student at Wagner College.
Hailing from the Island in the teen competition are Shelly Jain, Miss New York City Outstanding Teen, and her sister, Shreya Jain, Miss Staten Island Teen, as well as Victoria Dugay, Miss Richmond County Teen.
Tuesday and Wednesday of pageant week will see contestants fulfill myriad appointments and appearances at various venues in the borough. Friday evening will see the Miss New York competitors participate in a preliminary competition at 7:30 p.m. at the St. George Theatre.
The Miss America Organization is the nation’s leading scholarship provider for women, awarding more than $45 million annually.
Tickets are available via Ticketmaster. For ticket information and prices kindly telephone the St. George Theatre Box Office at 718-442-2900 or visit www.missny.org/2011Pageant.
Nicole’s crowning was made even more exciting by the fact that her older sister Victoria was the reigning Miss Washington’s Outstanding and passed on the crown and title to her young sister.
Miss Puerto Rico’s Outstanding Teen 2010 Monica Arias graduated from Academia Espiritu Santo on Thursday, May 26. Monica will be attending University in San Juan, Puerto Rico this fall. Congratulations, Monica!
Additional information about the Miss Puerto Rico’s Outstanding Teen Organization can be found on http://missamericapuertorico.com/OutstandingTeen.aspx
This weekend, Robin Bonner was crowned Miss Rhode Island 2011. She entered the pageant as Miss Rhode Island University and will go on to compete at the 2012 Miss America pageant. Her platform issue is Women's Cardiac Care and she performed a lyrical dance at the pageant. Robin is the second state titleholder to be crowned in the 2011 class. She joins Miss New Hampshire 2011 Regan Hartley.
Photo: Miss Rhode Island
I am Danamarie McNicholl-Carter, Miss San Diego’s Outstanding Teen 2011. When I was born I had hip dysplasia. I wore the Pavlik harness for 8 months, which assisted in allowing my ball and socket joint to develop correctly. Now I am a young adult and I want to use my title to increase the quality of life for disabled children. The San Diego Adaptive Sports Foundation (SDASF) is very personal to me, because if my hip had not been able to heal correctly, I would have wanted and needed help to lead a more physically capable life.
SDASF’s mission is to improve the quality of life for children and adults with physical disabilities through sports and recreation. They provide competitive league sports, recreational team sports, instructional camps, and sports clinics. This program offers more then athletics, it changes a child’s outlook on life inspiring them and giving them and their families hope for their future.
My first experience volunteering was during a week-long junior wheelchair summer camp at Mission Bay last summer. That week changed my life! I helped transfer children from their wheelchairs into the kayaks, sailboats and into the different athletic sports chairs. I helped the children enjoy the different activities and participated with them in the games. I absolutely loved being helpful, getting to know the young athletes, and seeing them smile and enjoying every moment of their camp experience. I witnessed these children seeing beyond their disabilities and embracing the activities.
After my week of volunteering with this wheelchair sports camp, I did not want my involvement to end. I saw the determination in the eyes of the children and this motivated me to become more active. My dream is to send 11 children to this fun camp this summer on Mission Bay.
On May 15, 2011 I attended a 2k walk at Liberty Station in San Diego and raised enough money to send some very special children to wheelchair camp.
Sarah Stonier holds the title MIss Walking Tall, and it couldn't be more apt. This local Tennessee titleholder overcame great adversity, including homelessness and neglect, before becoming one of the young women who will vie for the title of Miss Tennessee later this summer. You can learn more about Sarah here:
Photo: Miss Tennessee website
Miss Central Florida City’s Outstanding Teen Elizabeth Tran is going to host her 3rd annual Miss Miracle Charity Pageant to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals on June 12, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. After learning about how CMNH helps the children in the hospitals at Miss UCF three years ago, Elizabeth decided to do something to help this great cause. Being the founder and president of Teens Go Green Global, she has very good experience in collecting and reusing unwanted items. Elizabeth collected old crowns and trophies all over Florida, cleaned them up, relabeled them and used them for Miss Miracle Charity Pageants.
In the past two years, she has been able to raise $10,565.00 for Children’s Miracle Network and bring community awareness to this great cause. She has also collected over 1000 toys and books for Arnold Palmer Hospital’s Santa’s Workshop. Elizabeth Tran was named Miracle Maker in 2010 by Greater Orlando Children’s Miracle Network and Miss Florida Organization.
2011 Miss Klamath County Outstanding Teen, Amanda Gatz was recently named Volunteer of the Year for her extensive and exceptional community involvement. Gatz, just 15 years old, says her passion is child abuse prevention, and donates her time advocating against child abuse. She encouraged others in their community to find their passion, and help make Klamath County a better place in the process.
“Get out there,” said Gatz. “It pays off to do something you really believe in.”
Gatz has been an important member of the Klamath Chapter of the Hands and Words Are Not For Huting Project, an Oregon-based child abuse prevention group. She has also collected over 5,000 empty cans, donating the money to help child abuse prevention causes.
She could hardly believe her ears when she heard she had been named Klamath County Volunteer of the Year, but said winning the award was one of the greatest thrills of her life, and a huge honor.
Chesapeake, Virginia native, Andolyn Medina, will serve as Honorary Grand Marshal in the Lake City Parade in Lake City, South Carolina on Friday, 15 April 2011. Immediately following the parade, she will speak to the community and perform a few song selections.
On the following Monday, 18 April 2011, Andolyn will visit several of the local primary and elementary schools. She is scheduled to visit Lake City Head Start and two of the Elementary schools in Lake City, SC and one of the Elementary school in Scranton, SC. Her visits will include first reading “Miss Spider’s Tea Party” to the pre-schoolers and having a tea party after crowning them all princesses; and then speaking with the elementary students on bullying, stereotyping and service after reading “How Full Is Your Bucket”, encouraging them to be a bucket filler and not a dipper.
Each class was asked to select a VIP (Very Important Prince or Princess) in advance who exemplify Andolyn’s platform mission, PEACE ( Peer Empowerment And Community Engagement), displaying the following quality traits: positive attitude, academic excellence, service to mankind and teamwork (PAST). Andolyn presented each VIP with one of her personalized platform token for making a difference in their community and being a leader in the classroom. She then challenged each VIP to empower and encourage a friend to make a difference in the life of another and to pay it forward.
ABOUT WOYC: Week of The Young Child (WOYC). WOYC is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The purpose of the WOYC is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs at the local, state, and federal levels. The WOYC is a time to plan how we - as citizens of a community, state, and nation - will better meet the needs of all young children and their families.
ABOUT ANDOLYN MEDINA: Andolyn Medina, 10th grade honor student at Hickory High School in Chesapeake, VA and Governor's School for the Arts in Norfolk, VA; she is the reigning Miss Roanoke Valley’s Outstanding Teen 2011.