The National Sweetheart tradition continued in Hoopeston, Illinois over Labor Day weekend. Here are the results:
National Sweetheart—Simone Mullinax, Arkansas
1st Runner Up—Tippe Emmott, Missouri
2nd Runner Up—Amanda Narciso, Massachusetts
3rd Runner Up—Raeanna Johnson, Wisconsin
4th Runner Up—Kristen Springer, Georgia
Remaining Top 10
Haley Bagwell, Alabama
Hannah Porter, Colorado
Jenna Day, Kentucky
Kalen Dennis, Florida
McKenna Wheeler, Utah
Groups AB Swimsuit: Hannah Porter, Colorado
Groups AB Evening Gown: Hannah Porter, Colorado
Groups AB Talent: Kristen Springer, Georgia and Kalen Dennis, Florida
Groups AB Interview: Hannah Porter, Colorado; Chandler Lawson, Tennessee; Kristen Springer, Georgia; and Carley McCord, Louisiana
Groups CD Swimsuit: Simone Mullinax, Arkansas
Groups CD Evening Gown: Tippe Emmott, Missouri
Groups CD Talent: Amanda Narciso, Massachusetts
Groups CD Interview: Melissa Youssef, District of Columbia; Raeanna Johnson, Wisconsin; and Simone Mullinax, Arkansas
Pat Musk Non-Finalist Talent Award: Leah Cecil, California
Bob Horan Producers’ Award: Samantha Phillippi, Minnesota
John Bitner Memorial Judges’ Award: Katie Berry, New Jersey
Miss Congeniality: Mindy Schreiber, Nebraska
Final Night Overall Talent Award: Simone Mullinax, Arkansas
People’s Choice Award: Samantha Phillippi, Minnesota and Haley Bagwell, Alabama
Photo/Info: Joe Whiteko
Miss Ohio 2011 Ellen Bryan will be launching her statewide bike tour to raise funds for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) of Ohio. She will begin at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus at 8:30 am. During the 27 day trip, she will visit all six (6) Hospitals in Ohio, stopping in 45 cities along the way.
Her tour will take her to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, The Children’s Medical Center of Dayton, Mercy Children’s Hospital in Toledo, Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland and Akron Children’s Hospital.
Bryan will be joined by Miss Ohio contestants, volunteers and local dignitaries as she makes her way across Ohio. She will average forty (40) miles per day and hopes to raise $100,000. “I am thrilled to have this opportunity to raise funds and awareness for the CMNH and to meet the citizens of Ohio,” stated Bryan. “I have met so many amazing children, families and volunteers through the CMNH. As Miss Ohio, my goal is to raise money to bring resources and relief to the children who are part of the CMNH.”
The generous donations, services and resources of sponsors AMP Public Power Partners, Walmart, The American Legion and First Financial Bank have made this tour possible. Their incredible support will allow one hundred percent (100%) of the proceeds raised during the Miss Ohio Bike Tour to be donated directly to the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals through the Miss America Organization.
Follow missohiobiketour.com to see when she’ll be in a city near you and to see her daily progress videos and blogs as she travels across Ohio. Events will be held in communities throughout the tour with an opportunity to meet Bryan and make a donation to support CMNH. Read more about Bryan at ellenbryan.com.
Youth Service America (YSA) – the global organization that improves communities by increasing the number and diversity of young people serving in substantive roles – announces its partnership with the Miss Virginia Organization and current Miss Virginia Elizabeth Crot on service-based initiatives in 2011-2012.
With a platform of “Get Involved – Change Your World,” the 23-year-old Crot was crowned Miss Virginia 2011 in June and will compete in the 2012 Miss America competition this January. The James Madison University graduate will travel the state speaking to youth, participating in service projects and promoting her cause.
“The Miss Virginia Organization feels this partnership will enhance Elizabeth’s year of service,” said Harlen Gudger, Executive Director, The Miss Virginia Organization. “She is extremely focused on youth making a difference in communities through service and is excited to work with a proven organization in Youth Service America.”
Throughout the year, Youth Service America will make opportunities available for Crot with YSA grantees as well as partner organizations such as Volunteer Fairfax, Volunteer Center of the Virginia Peninsula, Family Services of Roanoke Valley and Hanover County Department of Community Resources. Last academic year, YSA disseminated more than one million dollars in grants, a record-high for the organization, and anticipates surpassing that number in 2011-2012.
“After our successful Global Youth Service Day event with The Miss America Organization, we felt this partnership with the Miss Virginia Organization was a natural fit,” said Steve Culbertson, YSA President and CEO. “Elizabeth’s cause aligns nicely with Youth Service America’s as we are both passionate about youth changing the world."In April, Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan participated in a Global Youth Service Day project in Jamaica, Queens learning the traditional Filipino dance “tinikling.” The service event, made possible by a UnitedHealth HEROES grant, was featured on Fox & Friends and focused on combating childhood obesity. Global Youth Service Day is the world’s largest youth-led service event.
Camila Daniels was crowned Miss Virgin Islands on July 23. The Barnard College student's talent is flute, and her platform is "Keep Music Alive in Public Education." Congratulations, Camila, and best of luck as you prepare to compete for the Miss America 2012 crown!
Miss District of Columbia 2011 Ashley Boalch
Education: University of Maryland
Platform: Empowering Our Youth
Miss Florida 2011 Kristina Janolo
Education: University of Central Florida
Platform: C.A.R.E. – Commitment to Always Remember the Elderly
Miss Massachusetts 2011 Molly Whalen
Education: Northeastern University
Platform: Smart Smiles: Promoting the Importance of Oral Health
Miss West Virginia 2011 Spenser Wempe
Education: Shepherd University
Platform: The Wounded Warrior Project
|Miss Mississippi 2011 Mary Margaret Roark
Education: Mississippi State University
Platform: J.E.W.E.L.S. For Alzheimer’s
Miss Washington 2011 Brittney Henry
Miss Oregon 2011 Caroline McGowan
Miss Puerto Rico 2011 Laura Ramirez
Miss Texas 2011 Kendall Morris
Miss Illinois 2011 Hannah Smith
Miss Nevada 2011 Alana Lee
Miss South Carolina 2011 Bree Boyce
Jackie Jerlecki of Goshen, was crowned Miss Indiana 2011 tonight at the Zionsville High School Performing Arts Center in Zionsville, Indiana.
Jackie, Miss Duneland, is 22 and a recent graduate of Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Jackie is a vocalist and won a preliminary talent award earlier this week for her performance of “Take Me to the World,” from the musical Evening Primrose. Her platform is, “Support the Arts, a Vital Part of a Vibrant Community,” and she will represent Indiana at the Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas in January of 2012.
First runner-up to Miss Indiana was Miss Collegiate Crossroads to America, Carolyne Holcomb, 22 of Terre Haute; 2nd runner-up was Miss Southern Heartland, Ashley Casterline, 23, of Fishers; 3rd runner-up was Miss Purdue University, MerrieBeth Cox, 21, of Roselle, IL and 4th runner-up was Miss Limberlost, Victoria McKee, 23, of Kendallville.
Thirty-one young women between the ages of 17 and 24, from all over Indiana, competed this week in two preliminary nights of competition in talent, lifestyle and fitness in swimwear, evening wear and onstage question, and all had a ten-minute private interview with judges. From this, a Top 10 group of finalists was named at the beginning of tonight’s competition.
For the second year, fans were able to vote online for a favorite contestant who was then named the Peoples’ Choice 11th Semi-Finalist and competed in tonight’s final competition. Ashley Casterline was named the Peoples’ Choice Semi-Finalist. The remaining Semi-Finalists were Miss Hoosier Heartland, Rachael Bazzell, 22, of New Carlisle, Miss South Central Presley Moreland, 18, of Bicknell, Miss South Bend Leanna Ross, 22, of New Carlisle, Miss Heart of Indiana Emily Hart, 24, of Fort Wayne, Miss Banks of the Wabash Jeniece Fleming, 24, of Indianapolis and Miss Wabash Valley Katie Donnar, 20, of Bruceville.
Katie Stam, Miss Indiana 2008 and Miss America 2009 presented the “Joy of Life” Award, in honor and memory of Joy Robbins, a dear friend of the Miss Indiana Organization. This year’s winner, who was anonymously chosen based upon her essay was Miss Central Indiana Lauren Petersen, 22, of Bluffton.
Other awards were presented to Carolyne Holcomb and Jackie Jerlecki for Outstanding Interview, Miss Elkhart County Mekayla Diehl, 20, of Bristol, for Non-Finalist Interview and Miss Harvest Homecoming Charnette Batey, 20, of New Albany won Non-Finalist Talent for her vocal rendition of “Home” from the musical The Wiz.
The Children’s Miracle Network “Miracle Maker” Award was presented to Miss Ball State University Kara Mitchell, 21, of Prince George, Virginia. The John Price Community Service Award went to Rachael Bazzell, the Hoosier Leadership Award went to Lauren Petersen, and the Arts in Action Dance Award went to MerrieBeth Cox. Miss West Central Hannah Clingan, 21, of Covington received the Newcomer Award. Jeniece Fleming won the Miss America Community Service Award and Lauren Petersen was named Miss Congeniality.
Gabrielle Reed, Miss Indiana 2010 passed on her crown tonight. Gabrielle, of Bloomington, is a student at Indiana University’s Jacob’s School of Music and was a Non-Finalist Talent Winner at Miss America 2011.
Miss Alaska 2011 Katy Lovegreen
Education: Alaska Pacific University
Platform: “Speak Out:” Promoting Public Speaking and Debate Programs for Youth
Miss California 2011 Noelle Freeman
Education: Chapman University
Platform: A Promising Future for Autism
Talent: Ballet en Pointe
Miss Colorado 2011 Diana Dreman
Education: University of Colorado at Boulder
Platform: American Cancer Society
Miss Connecticut 2011 Morgan Amarone
Education: Quinnipiac University
Platform: The Power of Pink – Cancer Education and Awareness
Talent: Jazz Dance
Miss Louisiana 2011 Hope Anderson
Education: University of Louisiana at Monroe
Platform: Love the Skin You’re In
Talent: Dance “Sway”
Miss Maryland 2011 Carlie Colella
Education: Hood College
Platform: Empowerment of Women: Creating an Equal Opportunity for Success
Talent: Contemporary Dance
Miss New Mexico 2011 Sarina Turnbull
Education: New Mexico State University
Platform: Children's Literacy: Turn the Page to a Lifetime of Knowledge
Talent: Ballet en Pointe
Miss North Carolina 2011 Hailey Best
Education: Meredith College
Platform: Live On Foundation
Talent: Operatic Vocal
Miss South Dakota 2011 Anna Simpson
Education: South Dakota State University
Platform: Give Back
Miss Utah 2011 Danica Olsen
Education: Utah Valley University
Platform: Prescription Drug Addiction Awareness
Miss Vermont 2011 Katie Levasseur
Education: University of Vermont
Platform: Youth of Today, Leaders of Tomorrow
Talent: Scottish Highland Dance
Miss Virginia 2011 Elizabeth Crot
Education: James Madison University
Platform: Get Involved: Change the World!
Miss Wyoming 2011 Catherine Brown
Education: University of Wyoming
Platform: Traumatic Brain Injury and Awareness
Talent: Pop Vocal and Sign Language Interpretation – “Come Away with Me”
In addition, the followin Outstanding Teens have been crowned:
Miss Connecticut's Outstanding Teen 2011 Nicole Nemense
Miss Georgia's Outstanding Teen 2011 Julia Martin
Miss Maine's Outstanding Teen 2011 Alison Folsom
Miss Maryland's Outstanding Teen 2011 Ally Soule
Miss Missouri's Outstanding Teen 2011 McKensie Garber
Miss New Mexico's Outstanding Teen 2011 Nicolette Noel Young
Miss New York's Outstanding Teen 2011 Lauren Molella
Miss Oklahoma's Outstanding Teen 2011 Clytee Burchett
Miss Rhode Island's Outstanding Teen 2011 Ivy Shen
Miss South Dakota's Outstanding Teen 2011 Alexis Kosiak
Miss Tennessee's Outstanding Teen 2011 Madison Snipes
Miss Wisconsin's Outstanding Teen 2011 Annie Jorgensen
Miss Wyoming's Outstanding Teen 2011 Montana Sannes
On Saturday evening, Katie Levasseur, a 20 year-old from Burlington, was chosen as the new Miss Vermont. Held at the South Burlington High School Performing Arts Center, the Miss Vermont Scholarship Competition featured eleven contestants from around the state.
Moments after being selected, Levasseur shared her excitement about winning the Miss Vermont title. “I am already looking forward to my duties this year - traveling, meeting new people and getting the word out about my platform, which is Youth of Today, Leaders of Tomorrow” said Levasseur.
As Miss Vermont, Levasseur receives $7,250 in scholarships, over $12,000 in prizes, and the opportunity to compete for the Miss America title in Las Vegas, Nevada in January 2012. Currently a student at University of Vermont, Levasseur is majoring in Political Science and hopes to pursue a career as a Public Policy Analyst.
During her year as Miss Vermont, Levasseur will travel throughout Vermont advocating her platform issue. "Many people do not believe that youth have the motivation or sense of responsibility to enact change in their communities. By working together, our generation can positively alter this mindset and take responsibility for the future of our communities," said Levasseur. She will talk to various government representatives, business leaders, community groups and citizens-at-large, urging them to get involved in fostering leadership skills and qualities in today's young people.
Susan J. Lackey, president of the Miss Vermont Scholarship Organization, commented on the new Miss Vermont. "Katie embodies the qualities a role model for young women and girls should have,” said Lackey. “She’s talented, ambitious and accomplished. We are excited about working with her this year.”
The Miss Vermont Scholarship Organization awarded a total of $19,650 in cash scholarships to contestants receiving awards during the final and preliminary competitions, including:
First Runner-Up - Kimberlee Supernaw of Brattleboro
Second Runner-Up - Nydelis Ortiz of Essex
Third Runner-Up - Caroline Kemp of Richmond
Fourth Runner-Up - Alayna Westcom of Bakersfield
Miss Vermont Sisterhood Spirit Award - Kimberlee Supernaw of Brattleboro
Miss America Scholar Award - Alayna Westcom of Bakersfield
Miss America Community Service Award - Jeanelle Achee of Rochester
Children's Miracle Network Miracle Maker - Kimberlee Supernaw of Brattleboro