Las Vegas, Nevada – January 17, 2008 – This year’s Quality of Life finalists were announced today at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas during the 2008 Miss America Live! Arrival Ceremony.
The nine finalists and their personal platform issues are:
Miss Alabama Jamie Langley: Cardiac Care – From the Heart
Miss Florida Kylie Williams: Realistic Support for our Troops
Miss Massachusetts Valerie Amaral: Encouraging Youth to Volunteer
Miss Minnesota Jennifer Hudspeth: The Missing Piece – Understanding Autism
Miss Nevada Caleche Manos: MADD
Miss North Carolina Jessica Jacobs: “Read to Me”
Miss Oklahoma Makenna Smith: Seatbelts Save Lives, What’s Holding You Back?Miss Rhode Island Ashley Bickford: The kNOw HIV/AIDS Campaign
Miss Tennessee Grace Gore: Graceful Sounds “Bring Music to Their Ears.”
Quality of Life Awards were introduced in 1988 to recognize contestants who excel in their commitment to community service. In order to be considered for the Quality of Life Award, contestants must submit an application describing their involvement with Children's Miracle Network, the national platform of the Miss America Organization, and their own personal platform issue.
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