Miss America's Outstanding Teen is pleased to announce MAOTeen 2007 Maria DeSantis as the sponsor for the new Top Vocalist award, which will be awarded at the 2013 MAOTeen competition this August. The contestant with the top vocalist talent score from the preliminary nights of competition will be eligible for the $500 scholarship.
Inspiring the community to become involved in your local or state pageant—and consequently garnering more sponsorships and scholarship dollars—starts from within. When the community sees that a pageant organization is invested in it, then businesses, schools, and other organizations will become involved in the pageant.
DoSomething.org, a national not-for-profit organization that helps young people change the world, announced this week that Samantha Rizzuto, age sixteen, was named a 2013 Seed Grant winner. This grant will help fund STEM-CAM’s efforts to spark an interest in young students, especially girls, in subjects related to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).
“It’s important for America’s youth to foster a passion for STEM, since it will have a strong influence on our country’s future,” said Rizzuto, “When I heard my program, STEM—CAM, was the recipient of a $500 grant from DoSomething.org, I was so excited. I plan on using the grant money for equipment, such as microscopes, which will help me inspire students to take part in STEM.”
STEM-CAM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through building Confidence, Changing Attitudes, and Mentoring) was founded by Rizzuto in 2012. She will be a junior at the Academy for Math, Science, and Engineering this fall. While Rizzuto always excelled and enjoyed math and science, many of her friends said "I just can’t do it." This statement perplexed Rizzuto and inspired her to show students who struggled in STEM-related subjects how much fun STEM is. She decided to target a younger age group, so the students she teaches won’t grow up with the “I just can’t” mentality. This was the birth of STEM-CAM. Through STEM-CAM, Rizzuto, along with several other mentors, has been able to present science lessons to student’s between the ages of five and twelve at local libraries. Each lesson consists of hands-on activities and encourages students to observe and question. Through this approach, Rizzuto hopes to instill a passion for STEM in young students and in turn raise the percentage of young American students entering STEM fields.
Historically, America’s ingenuity for invention and innovation has strengthened our economic growth, global competitiveness, and our standard of living. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, one million new STEM-related jobs will become available this year, but only two hundred thousand American college graduates will be qualified to fill these positions.
“You are doing a great thing here. We are all very proud of you and are certain you have a very bright and exciting future ahead of you,” said Fadila Gathers, parent of a student participating in STEM-CAM.
Seed Grants, awarded by DoSomething.org, could be put toward project ideas and programs that are just getting started or to jump-start a program and realize ideas for the first time. These grants could also be put toward projects that are already developed and sustainable, and toward the next steps of projects and organizations to help you as you look to expand your program and grow your impact. DoSomething.org is one of the largest funders directly to young people in the U.S. The grant winners, age twenty-five and younger, are chosen based on overall impact and creativity.
For more information about the Do Something Grants, go to www.DoSomething.org/grants. To find out more about Rizzuto's project, go to stem-cam.com.
DoSomething.org is one of the largest organizations in the U.S. that helps young people rock causes they care about. A driving force in creating a culture of volunteerism, DoSomething.org is on track to activate two million young people in 2011. By leveraging the web, television, mobile, and pop culture, DoSomethng.org inspires, empowers, and celebrates a generation of doers: teenagers who recognize the need to do something, believe in their ability to get it done, and then take action. Plug in at www.DoSomething.org.
DoSomething.org has helped STEM-CAM with its endeavors to inspire young students to pursue STEM related fields. Being a recipient of the Seed Grant means STEM-CAM, a not-for-profit organization, will be able to pay for equipment that will aide mentors and encourage young students to love the sciences.
Written by: Samantha Rizzuto
The Miss America Organization's new Atlantic City partners—The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA), Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority (ACCVA), and The Atlantic City Alliance (ACA)—joined the Sheraton Convention Hotel, Tanger Outlets, and The Walk to officially welcome Miss America back home to its birthplace: Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Monday, 17 June 2013 12:05
Miss Maryland State Executive Director Sherry Rush has seen the Miss America Organization grow and change with the times. She got involved with pageants when her daughter competed, and has yet to lose the drive to volunteer. But Sherry has no fear of change; in fact, she welcomes the evolution of organizations when it results in more opportunities. MAO volunteers work tirelessly, year after year, to capture more scholarship dollars and improve the quality and ability of higher education for women, she said.
Tuesday, 11 June 2013 09:17
The Miss America Organization is not the only group dedicated to service. Fraternities across the United States are also keen to give back to the community—and in Tallahassee, Florida, Florida State University recent graduate Casey Cole found a way to combine those organizations for the good of all. Using a contestant-centric model and social media channels, the Miss Capital City Scholarship Pageant and the Miss Florida State University Pageant usher in a new age of MAO competition.
Friday, 31 May 2013 12:25
Miss Idaho Scholarship Program state titleholder Whitney Wood readily sings the praises of Idaho. The state’s program deserves plenty of praise, too: It has a close-knit, family-style togetherness. It sets the bar for success as high as Table Mountain. And its volunteers don't mind rolling up their sleeves in the name of women’s empowerment and scholarship.
Friday, 24 May 2013 12:48
Miss America's Outstanding Teen Organization thanks the Hannah Family Foundation, Inc. for its support of the Spirit of America Scholarship. The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to the contestant that best demonstrates good sportsmanship and congeniality throughout the 2013 MAOTeen competition. This award is voted on by the contestants.
Monday, 20 May 2013 14:06
Miss America and Catalina are pleased to announce the launch of a two-month promotional tour with Miss America and the 2013 Miss America contestants at ninety-six Walmart locations throughout the country. The promotional tour, "On the Road with Miss America," promotes the Miss America by Catalina swimwear collection available exclusively at Walmart, and will run through June.
Tuesday, 14 May 2013 11:29
When she talks about her platform, Miss Alabama 2012 Anna Laura Bryan tears up. And it is with this passion that she describes her love of working with autistic children and animals in hope of a more productive and enlightened future for all who are allowed service dogs in the classroom.