MISS USA 2016: Red Rock Canyon

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Alissa Morrison, Miss Iowa USA 2016; Caley-Rae Pavillard, Miss Colorado USA 2016; Sydney Halper, Miss Idaho USA 2016; and Neely Fortune, Miss Vermont USA 2016; stretch for a workout during a trip to Red Rock Canyon on Friday, May 27th.
The 2016 Miss USA contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss USA crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the Fox telecast at 7:00 PM ET on June 5, 2016 live from the T-Mobile Arena to see who will be crowned Miss USA 2016.
Photos courtesy of The Miss Universe Organization

 

MISS USA 2016: Sherri Hill Baseball Tees

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Natriana Shorter, Miss Oregon USA 2016; Teale Murdock, Miss Utah USA 2016; Victoria Wiggins, Miss Kansas USA 2016; and Peyton Brown, Miss Alabama USA 2016; show off their Sherri Hill baseball tees at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on Thursday, May 26th.

The 2016 Miss USA contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss USA crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the Fox telecast at 7:00 PM ET on June 5, 2016 live from the T-Mobile Arena to see who will be crowned Miss USA 2016.

Photos courtesy of The Miss Universe Organization

MISS USA 2016: Welcome Event

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Paula Shugart, President of The Miss Universe Organization, and the 52 Miss USA contestants at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino during the Miss USA Welcome Event on Friday, May 27th. The 2016 Miss USA contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss USA crown in Las Vegas.

Tune in to the Fox telecast at 7:00 PM ET on June 5, 2016 live from the T-Mobile Arena to see who will be crowned Miss USA 2016.

Photos courtesy of The Miss Universe Organization

TOP 10 #FINDINGMISS52 FINALISTS SELECTED THROUGH NATIONWIDE SEARCH FOR A 52ND MISS USA CONTESTANT

THIS YEAR’S MISS USA® COMPETITION WILL AIR LIVE FROM THE NEW T-MOBILE ARENA IN LAS VEGAS ON SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 7 PM ET ON FOX

 

The 51 Miss Teen USA Contestants join K.Lee Graham, Miss Teen USA 2014 for of the official group photo at Atlantis, Paradise Island, Wednesday August 19th. The 51 contestants will spend the week touring, filming, rehearsing, and preparing to compete for the title of Miss Teen USA 2015. The final competition will stream on August 22, 2015 LIVE on www.missteenusa.com at 8 p.m. ET from Atlantis, Paradise Island resort in The Bahamas. HO/Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP  Taylor Ryan Elliott, Miss Alabama Teen USA 2015; Katelyn Cusack, Miss Alaska Teen USA 2015; Neda Danilovic, Miss Arizona Teen USA 2015; Arynn Johnson, Miss Arkansas Teen USA 2015; Melanie Mitchell, Miss California Teen USA 2015; Taylor Kelly, Miss Colorado Teen USA 2015; Savannah Giammarco, Miss Connecticut Teen USA 2015; Sierra Wright, Miss Delaware Teen USA 2015; Niara Iman, Miss District Of Columbia Teen USA 2015; Jara Courson, Miss Florida Teen USA 2015; Mary Calkins, Miss Georgia Teen USA 2015; Kyla Hee, Miss Hawaii Teen USA 2015; Chaise Goris, Miss Idaho Teen USA 2015; Megan Riesner, Miss Illinois Teen USA 2015; Kassidy Tharp, Miss Indiana Teen USA 2015; Aryn Book, Miss Iowa Teen USA 2015; Melanie Shaner, Miss Kansas Teen USA 2015; Caroline Ford, Miss Kentucky Teen USA 2015; Katherine Haik, Miss Louisiana Teen USA 2015; Skyler Gaudette, Miss Maine Teen USA 2015; Taylor Dawson, Miss Maryland Teen USA 2015; Sophie Baird, Miss Massachusetts Teen USA 2015; Maria Rendina, Miss Michigan Teen USA 2015; Hayden Hammond, Miss Minnesota Teen USA 2015; Andrea' Hightower, Miss Mississippi Teen USA 2015; Christina Stratton, Miss Missouri Teen USA 2015; Miranda Youngren, Miss Montana Teen USA 2015; Paige Pflueger, Miss Nebraska Teen USA 2015; Geovanna Hilton, Miss Nevada Teen USA 2015; Ellie Lathram, Miss New Hampshire Teen USA 2015; Jacqueline Giancola, Miss New Jersey Teen USA 2015; Nicolette Pacheco, Miss New Mexico Teen USA 2015; Geena Cardalena, Miss New York Teen USA 2015; Jane Axhoj, Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2015; Hannah Nelson, Miss North Dakota Teen USA 2015; Shelby Stapleton, Miss Ohio Teen USA 2015; Cherokee Pearce, Miss Oklahoma Teen USA 2015; Kenna Sloy, Miss Oregon Teen USA 2015; Jasmine Daniels, Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA 2015; Mary Malloy, Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 2015; Wesley Mitchell, Miss South Carolina Teen USA 2015; Marley Hanson, Miss South Dakota Teen USA 2015; Hannah Greene, Miss Tennessee Teen USA 2015; Chloe Kembel, Miss Texas Teen USA 2015; Brooke Skabelund, Miss Utah Teen USA 2015; Alexandra Marek, Miss Vermont Teen USA 2015; Ann Kutyna, Miss Virginia Teen USA 2015; Priya Gopal-Walker, Miss Washington Teen USA 2015; Cora King, Miss West Virginia Teen USA 2015; Kenna Harke, Miss Wisconsin Teen USA 2015; and Payton Sanders, Miss Wyoming Teen USA 2015;

The nationwide search for a 52nd contestant to join this year’s MISS USA® competition has been narrowed down to 10 deserving women who are all one step closer to competing for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of becoming Miss USA.
It is now up to the public to determine which #FindingMiss52 finalist will travel to Las Vegas to compete for the title. Beginning today, fans can vote for their favorite finalist on Twitter by using #FindingMiss52, alongside a hashtag specific to each woman, or via MissUSA.com.

 

Olivia Jordan, Miss  USA 2015
Olivia Jordan, Miss USA 2015

The #FindingMiss52 announcement and search sparked national attention and encouraged women across the country to apply. An expert judging panel selected the 10 finalists after interviewing the top contenders to find women who embody The Miss Universe Organization’s mission to be Confidently Beautiful.

The top 10 #FindingMiss52 finalists:

Jessica Bean is 24-years-old from Casper, Wyoming. Jessica travels the nation working on oil and gas pipeline reserves. Although an often dangerous field, Jessica earns the respect of her colleagues no matter the challenges presented to her. In addition to her sometimes 80-hour work week, she is also a full time student planning to graduate with honors from the University of Wyoming this spring.
Hashtag for voting: #JessicaB
Amanda Bell, is 24-years-old from Nashville, Tennessee. Amanda is a computer programmer and role model for young girls who are interested in STEM careers. She currently volunteers with high school students, many of whom are male, through job shadowing and workshops. Amanda hopes to reach more young girls who are interested in technology and show them that the career path is exciting and important for women.
Hashtag for voting: #AmandaB
Bridgette Garb is 21-years-old from Oak Park, California. Bridgette is a personal fitness trainer and believes happiness starts with health. She is also an actress and feels that the art form allows her to cultivate empathy through performance and allows others to celebrate and understand one another.
Hashtag for voting: #BridgetteG
Niki Kafashzadeh is 24-years-old from Rockville, Maryland. Niki is a speech pathologist and looks forward to starting her rotations at Children’s Hospital in Washington, D.C. this fall. She was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at the age of 22 and feels it is important to raise awareness about the disease particularly because young women are most susceptible to it.
Hashtag for voting: #NikiK
Alexandra Miller is 26-years-old from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Alexandra is no stranger to competing for the title of Miss USA and has been 1st runner-up twice at the MISS OKLAHOMA USA® competition. She says those moments challenged her and allowed her to become comfortable with the woman she is today. She hopes that with #FindingMiss52, she will finally have the opportunity of competing on the MISS USA® stage.
Hashtag for voting: #AlexandraM
Kaitlyn Smith is 26-years-old from Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Kaitlyn is proud to be the first person in her family to graduate college. She works in a male-dominated field as a urological medical device representative. When she isn’t training surgeons on the latest OR technology, Kaitlyn enjoys teaching dance classes. Also an actress, her dream is to use performance to shift our culture towards greater equality for women.
Hashtag for voting: #KaitlynS
Ivana Thomas is 22-years-old from Durham, North Carolina. Ivana is a recipient of the Rhodes Scholarship of the East and was previously the captain of her school’s debate team. She has traveled extensively to teach students who are refugees from Somalia, Iraq, and Syria, among other nations.
Hashtag for voting: #IvanaT
Yvonne Vega is 25-years-old from New Braunfels, Texas. Yvonne wants to help influence others to become the best version of themselves. She feels her curves are what make her beautiful and hopes to show people that you can do anything you set your mind to, no matter what the preconceived limits may be.
Hashtag for voting: #YvonneV
Molly Vierhile is 23-years-old from San Francisco, California. Molly loves to explore the world and has traveled to nearly 30 countries. After battling anorexia in college, she currently works in a research lab at Stanford University studying this complex disorder. Through her research and working with teenagers who struggle with the illness, she is able to give back in a bigger way.
Hashtag for voting: #MollyV
Catherine Williams is 24-years-old from San Antonio, Texas. Catherine currently serves in the United States Army. She is a first generation college student and Division I athlete. She is a fighter who challenges herself every day and says the most important decision she has made in her life was when she swore to protect our country and the constitution of the United States.
Hashtag for voting: #CatherineW
For full bios and photos on the top 10 #FindingMiss52 finalists, please visit FindingMiss52.missusa.com.


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About The Miss Universe Organization The Miss Universe Organization (MUO), a WME | IMG company, creates and advances opportunities for women around the world through its network of relationships across entertainment, fashion and philanthropy. MUO encourages every woman to challenge herself, find her unique voice, and embody the organization’s mission of being Confidently Beautiful. The 10,000 women who participate in Miss Universe programs annually inspire others to pursue their personal and professional goals while making an impact in their communities. The MISS UNIVERSE®, MISS USA® and MISS TEEN USA® competitions provide contestants and titleholders an international platform through dedicated partnerships with global charities, sponsors, and brands. For more information, and to learn more about The Miss Universe Organization’s official global causes, please visit: www.missuniverse.com.
About IMG  IMG is a global leader in sports, events, media and fashion, operating in more than 25 countries. The company represents and manages some of the world’s greatest sports figures and fashion icons; stages hundreds of live events and branded entertainment experiences annually; and is one of the largest independent producers and distributors of sports media. IMG also specializes in sports training; league development; and marketing, media and licensing for brands, sports organizations and collegiate institutions. In 2014, IMG was acquired by WME, a leading global entertainment agency.
About Fox Broadcasting Company Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX), a unit of 21st Century Fox, is home to some of the highest-rated and most acclaimed series on television, including EMPIRE, GOTHAM, THE X-FILES, THE LAST MAN ON EARTH, SCREAM QUEENS, ROSEWOOD, AMERICAN IDOL, NEW GIRL, BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, GRANDFATHERED, THE GRINDER, BOB’S BURGERS, THE SIMPSONS, FAMILY GUY, LUCIFER and SLEEPY HOLLOW. FOX airs 15 hours of primetime programming a week, as well as major sports and Sunday morning news. Through the FOX NOW app, FOX viewers can watch full episodes of their favorite FOX shows on a variety of digital platforms, while enjoying enhanced interactive and social capabilities around those shows. Download the FOX NOW app at www.fox.com/foxnow. “Like” FOX on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FOXTV and follow the network on Twitter @FOXTV. For additional information about FOX, please visit www.fox.com.

MAOTEEN SORORITY ANNOUNCES DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD

TAMPA, FL, May 12, 2016 – The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization announced today that they will present the Distinguished Alumni Award to an outstanding MAOTeen Sorority Member. This award honors our notable alumni who have been outstanding in their academic and/or professional accomplishments and have made significant achievements benefiting their local and/or global communities.
MAOTeen is known for its accomplished alumni. MAOTeen alumni are thought leaders, business leaders, and world leaders. Donna Bozarth, Chairman of the Board of Directors, said, “The Distinguished Alumni Award honors alumni who have typified the MAOTeen tradition of excellence and brought credit to the Organization by their personal accomplishment, professional achievement, or humanitarian service. We are excited to recognize MAOTeen Sorority Members and share their stories with the world.”
Number of Awards

There is no limit to the number of Distinguished Alumni Awards granted annually, but awards will not exceed three (3) per year to preserve the stature of the designation.

Eligibility

All current MAOTeen Sorority Members that have held a local, state or national title are eligible for consideration of the award.

Nominations

MAOTeen Sorority Members may be self-nominated for consideration. Alumni, volunteers, and friends of MAOTeen may also submit nominations. We encourage all interested to submit a nomination by completing and returning the nomination form by June 3, 2016.

Selecting Body

MAOTeen Alumni Selection Committee

Timeline

Selections will be made at the June Selection Committee meeting. Our Distinguished Alumni will be recognized during a special ceremony as part of the 2016 MAOTeen Competition in Orlando, taking place August 2nd through August 6th at the Linda Chapin Theatre in the Orange County Convention Center.

Contact

Steve Frocchi, VP of Development, at 813-510-3237
If you are not yet a member of the MAOTeen Sorority and would like to be considered for the Distinguished Alumni Award, we encourage you to join today.
The MAOTeen Sorority’s mission is to enrich your alumni experience and help you foster beneficial relationships in the MAOTeen community. The Sorority’s story began about 10 years after the start of the Organization itself, when, in August of 2005, alumni proposed that we draw up a plan that would allow them to give back and stay in touch with the members of the sisterhood they created.
The spirit of giving, which has come to characterize MAOTeen alumni, was also born early on in our history. As a representative of the Sorority wrote, “the Sorority has work to perform: to share our love of the program and ensure that future generations have the same opportunities to excel that we had because of MAOTeen. This can only be done by joining with one another in a united effort to give back and celebrate.”
Today, the MAOTeen Sorority continues to foster opportunities for alumni and their fellow sisters by enhancing your ability to connect; remain a vital part of our Organization’s exceptionally engaged community; and facilitate opportunities to live the MAOTeen vision wherever you live.
We invite you to become an active participant in the future of your Sorority and the MAOTeen community. Get involved today and join the MAOTeen Sorority by clicking here.
About Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, Inc.
One of the nation’s leading achievement programs, the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen organization encourages positive achievement by helping to nurture and build the scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, healthy living and community involvement of our nation’s youth. MAOTeen provides educational scholarships for deserving young people and has developed mentoring programs and community-based initiatives. The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen organization has a long-standing relationship with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Through this partnership, MAOTeen raised nearly $100,000 within a year to help improve the lives of children across the country. Additional information about the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen organization can be found at www.maoteen.org.

THE MISS UNIVERSE ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCES #FINDINGMISS52, A NATIONWIDE SEARCH FOR THE 52ND MISS USA CONTESTANT

THE 2016 MISS USA® COMPETITION AIRS
SUNDAY, JUNE 5, ON FOX

 

Olivia Jordan, Miss USA 2015, poses for the crowd during the Welcome Event at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Monday December 7th. The 2015 Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, Dec. 20, from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Universe 2015. HO/The Miss Universe Organization
Olivia Jordan, Miss USA 2015, poses for the crowd during the Welcome Event at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Monday December 7th. The 2015 Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, Dec. 20, from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Universe 2015. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

For the First Time Ever, Fans Will Vote to Add 52nd Contestant
New York, NY – April 20, 2016 – The Miss Universe Organization today announced #FindingMiss52, a first-of-its-kind nationwide search for a 52nd contestant to join the 2016 MISS USA® competition. This year’s telecast will air live on Sunday, June 5 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.
#FindingMiss52 will identify one lucky woman to join 51 contestants from all 50 states and District of Columbia onstage for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of becoming the next Miss USA. Applications are being accepted now for review by an expert judging panel who will ultimately select the top 10 #FindingMiss52 finalists based on originality/creativity, personality and a web interview. The public will then have a chance to vote on the top 10 and the winner
will compete alongside the other 51 contestants.
“Miss USA is someone who is strong, determined and confident,” said Paula M. Shugart, President of The Miss Universe Organization. “Our competitions celebrate women from all backgrounds and with Finding Miss 52, we hope to inspire more women to step out of their
comfort zones and experience the amazing opportunities our organization offers.”
#FindingMiss52 is just one example of the new initiatives and opportunities The Miss Universe Organization is bringing to its fans under the ownership of WME | IMG, alongside its partner
FOX.
To be considered as the 52nd contestant, hopefuls should post three photos or videos on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #FindingMiss52 and explain why they would be the
best candidate.

 

Olivia Jordan, Miss Oklahoma USA 2015, competes in her evening gown during the 2015 MISS USA pageant at the Baton Rouge River Center on Sunday, July 12th. The 2015 Miss USA contestants are competing for the D.I.C. Crown in Baton Rouge, Louisiana during the live Reelz telecast at 8:00 PM ET on July 12, 2015. HO/Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP
Olivia Jordan, Miss Oklahoma USA 2015, competes in her evening gown during the 2015 MISS USA pageant at the Baton Rouge River Center on Sunday, July 12th. The 2015 Miss USA contestants are competing for the D.I.C. Crown in Baton Rouge, Louisiana during the live Reelz telecast at 8:00 PM ET on July 12, 2015. HO/Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP

Beginning May 10, fans worldwide will be able to vote for their favorite finalist on Twitter by using #FindingMiss52 alongside a hashtag specific to each woman, or via MissUSA.com.
#FindingMiss52 is made possible by the support of Sherri Hill, a leading eveningwear designer for today’s modern woman. Please visit MissUSA.com for full rules and information on how to
apply.
This year’s MISS USA® competition is a not-to-be-missed three-hour special programming event, which will conclude with Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan crowning her successor. The winner of MISS USA® will go on to compete for the title of Miss Universe later this year.

As previously announced, WME | IMG wholly acquired The Miss Universe Organization last year. Prior to the acquisition, IMG had produced a number of pageants for The Miss Universe Organization and will continue to do so with this year’s 2016 MISS USA®.
To learn more about this year’s MISS USA® contestants please visit:
http://www.missuniverse.com/missusa/members/contestants

Source: MUO Press Release

Happy Mother’s Day, Mommy!

I’d like to wish all the mother’s out there the greatest and most wonderful of Mother’s Day wishes!

I want to tell you about the world’s greatest mother. Mine!

World's Greatest Mom, Marta Kretschmann
World’s Greatest Mom, Marta Kretschmann

Marta Kretschmann, my mom, is the greatest mom in the whole world. This is an undeniable fact because I just read it right there on the Internet. If something is on the internet, it’s the truth!

Not only did Marta have one great son and that creature I call my brother (just kidding! He’s a great brother, too!), but she speaks two languages, runs her own website, takes care of one sheepshead playing Elmar, and always has time for her family. She enjoys travelling the world and “back in the day” used to interview some of the top recording artists from Germany. Some of them are still available to listen to on her website: http://www.stimmungstunde.com/

When she isn’t busy hassling me about being a bachelor, she is an active Facebook user (FRIEND HER! Tell her you saw this post on Mother’s Day!), a digital photographer, avid cruiser, and just plain wonderful!

I would tell you she walks on water, but I wouldn’t want you to think I’m exaggerating…I only saw her do it the once anyway.

Thanks, Mom, for being so wonderful all these years. I love you, Mom!

PAGEANTCAST POLL: What’s the Best Pageant Website?

LAST CHANCE!!!!

WHAT IS THE BEST PAGEANT WEBSITE?


Obviously, I don’t want to stuff the ballot box, so PageantCast is off the table. To be clear, these are websites or blogs regarding pageants, not a website for a pageant, pageant system, or contestant.

Here are the links to the websites in the poll for reference:

 

Voting is open throughout April. Who will win?

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