Thursday, June 25, 2015

Illinois United States Pageant 2015 part 1


Illinois United States Pageant 2015 part 1

  • Brittany Middlebrooks, Miss Illinois United States 2014

  • Janay Graves (Chicago) makeup

  • Jenna Mills, Miss Chicago Skyline (2 RU for Miss Illinois United States 2015)

  • Ashley Bradarich, Ms. Chicago (Ms. Illinois United States 2015)



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Sunday, June 21, 2015

CROWNING CHAMBER: Congratulations to Rosalie Smith, Miss Wisconsin 2015!

Rosalie Smith, Miss Wisconsin 2015
Rosalie Smith, Miss Wisconsin 2015

A big congratulations to Rosalie Smith, our new Miss Wisconsin 2015. Rosalie was Miss New Berlin, which has had some experience with a Miss Wisconsin in the past.

The rest of the top five includes:

4th runner up: Christa Brehm

3rd runner up: Sarah Newton

2nd runner up; Raquel Bruening

1st runner up:Jessica Johnson

Congratulations to all these young ladies on their achievement!

All this information is from the Miss Wisconsin Facebook page. Their main website should be updated soon at

CROWNING CHAMBER: Congratulations to Rosalie Smith, Miss Wisconsin 2015!

Happy Father"s Day, DAD!

Wishing my Father a GREAT Father’s Day and hope all your Daddies are having a great day, too!

Happy Father"s Day, DAD!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

The Miss America Organization congratulates Miss America 2001 Angela Baraquio Grey on her appointment as Principal of Mainland School 


Miss Hawai’i 2000 and Miss America 2001 brings aloha to St. Anthony of Padua

Los Angeles, Calif. – The spirit of aloha is alive and thriving in Southern California. You may know her as co-host with her sisters on Living Local with the Baraquios, but in Gardena, California, students at St. Anthony of Padua call her Mrs. Grey; teacher and vice-principal. On the eve of celebrating its 75th Anniversary, the top-rated school will have something extra to celebrate – the Hawaiian-born Angela Baraquio Grey will become the new principal when current principal Micah Sumner leaves to follow a new path.

While serving as Miss America in 2001, Grey’s platform was “Character in the Classroom: Teaching Values, Valuing Teachers,” a message she has continued to promote throughout her teaching career. A magna cum laude graduate of Moanalua High School and alumna of University of Hawai’i at Manoa, the beauty queen has never slowed down when it comes to education. After marrying childhood sweetheart Tinifuloa Grey (nick named “Tini” throughout his years at Maryknoll and Holy Family Schools in Hawai’i and when he performed with the popular singing group Reign) and moving to California, Grey served as a Catholic educator at Our Lady Queen of Angels in Newport Beach. She worked with Sumner at Our Lady Queen of Angels before he became principal at St. Anthony of Padua. When he encouraged her to apply at St. Anthony of Padua last April, she said, “… It was like coming home.” In fact, the school reminds her of the Catholic school she attended when she was a little girl growing up in Hawai’i.

Miss America-turned-teacher is not only the vice-principal at St. Anthony of Padua, she is a wife, mother of four, and daughter to parents who emigrated from the Philippines to Hawai’i. This year marks an extraordinary one for Grey – in addition to this appointment, she recently became a published author. Her book, Amazing Win, Amazing Loss, Miss America Living Happily, Even After, chronicles her life as a child with nine siblings and her rise from a local teacher in Hawai’i, challenging and rising above adversity to become a national figure and an American icon. Talk about finding the American dream: at 24, she took a chance at the title of Miss America and won, making history as the first teacher and first Asian American to hold the title.

The role of principal will be a hard act to follow, as Sumner is a respected and endearing figurehead at the school. He heads off to Philadelphia with his wife and five children after being commissioned by Pope Francis to become a mission family. If the school was seeking a sign of who could replace Sumner, they got it; Angela’s name means “messenger” and indeed, throughout her life, she has been sharing God’s message in everything she does. Even after being crowned Miss America she insisted the organization rearrange her very first Sunday TV interview for Good Morning, America so she could attend Mass. Every Sunday after that was reserved for faithful devotion before meeting her obligations of appearances that amounted to traveling 20,000 miles per month.

Ironically, her meaningful name followed her. After being crowned Miss America, it was the St. Anthony Messenger that interviewed her, the first Catholic publication to do so. So what message will she bring to the future of St. Anthony of Padua? “My vision is to extend what the current administration has focused on: Faith, Stewardship, and Excellence” said Grey. “We are a school that prepares our students for learning in the twenty-first century. Our technology surpasses other schools in the area, and our tuition remains more affordable than that of neighboring private schools.”

Grey has proven she has what it takes to continue the path for innovation. As vice-principal she authored a grant that successfully secured a $20,000 technology award, which allowed the school to purchase MacBook Airs for all classroom teachers. Currently, there are iPads in all third through eighth-grade classrooms, Wi-Fi school-wide, a learning lab, top-of-the-line throw projectors, and Apple TVs in every classroom. But she also thinks beyond technology. Her experience with parochial schools has taught her that teaching values in school is entirely possible. She says. “Character education is ingrained in Catholic schools. We’re not talking about it-we’re modeling it.”

St. Anthony of Padua’s 75th Diamond Anniversary Reunion Celebration Gala befits the soon-to-be principal’s mantra with the theme, “Faith, Family & Friends: Coming Home” to be held June 13 at Doubletree by Hilton in Torrance. Like the glass slipper in a fairytale that transformed an ordinary girl into a princess, in this case, the shoe not only fits, but Grey will be up and running – the messenger that she is – ready to enhance the school’s legacy and history of faith-based education.

For more information about Angela, visit her website at

 Click here to view Gardena Valley News article, New Principal Brings A Lesson In Beauty.

Source: Miss America Organization

The Miss America Organization congratulates Miss America 2001 Angela Baraquio Grey on her appointment as Principal of Mainland School 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Sherrie Gearheart, American Image National Miss 2010

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Amy Gregorio tells us about CASA

You can learn about CASA from Mrs. International 2013, Amy Gregorio. Hear about Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children in this video.

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Amy Gregorio tells us about CASA

Tuesday, June 16, 2015


NEW YORK — June 15, 2015 — NBC, Trump Pageants and Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization, announced today the hosts of the 2015 MISS USA® Pageant and the preliminary list of celebrities who will judge the competition. The 64th Annual MISS USA® Pageant will air LIVE Sunday, July 12 (8-11 p.m. ET) on NBC from The Baton Rouge River Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The pageant will also simulcast in Spanish for the first time on Univision’s UniMás Network.

2015 Miss USA Judges
2015 Miss USA Judges

The first group of judges to join the MISS USA panel includes:

  • Jessie James Decker: Multi-talented country singer, songwriter and fashion designer.

  • Terrence Jenkins: Co-anchor of “E! News” and author of “The Wealth of My Mother’s Wisdom.”

  • Jonathan Scott: Star of HGTV’s hit “Property Brothers,” designer and co-founder of Scott Brothers Entertainment.

  • Emmitt Smith: Three-time Super Bowl champion and the NFL’s all-time rushing leader.

  • Zuleyka Rivera: Miss Universe 2006 and fifth winner from Puerto Rico, actress and TV host.

Veteran of the MISS USA and MISS UNIVERSE pageants, Thomas Roberts, host of “MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts,” returns to host the competition. For the first time, Roberts teams up with Emmy nominated Cheryl Burke of NBC’s “I Can Do That,” to host the annual competition.

Behind-the-scenes commentator Jeannie Mai will return to take viewers backstage to engage with contestants and talent throughout the telecast. Mai is currently a co-host on the nationally syndicated daytime talk show “The Real” and is a fashion correspondent for NBC’s “TODAY.”

The Miss Universe Organization will return to Baton Rouge to produce the 2015 MISS USA® Pageant after the tremendous success last summer. The pageant will feature contestants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Contestants will be judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview. Nia Sanchez, Miss USA 2014, will crown her successor at the conclusion of the three-hour telecast.

SOURCE: Miss USA Organization


Sunday, June 14, 2015

Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev, Kyra Sedgwick, Alan Cumming and Tamron Hall officially launch Safe Horizon"s #PutTheNailinit PSA to end domestic violence

Today, Safe Horizon, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence, officially launched the public service announcement (PSA) for its groundbreaking “#PutTheNailinIt” campaign to end domestic violence. #PutTheNailinItencourages men and women to show support for victims of abuse and pledge to take a stand against domestic violence. They are encouraged to do this by painting their left ring fingernail purple, the color of the anti-domestic violence movement, and by donating to help victims become survivors.

Safe Horizon, along with Arnold Worldwide in New York, produced a powerful 30-second PSA that features Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev, actress Kyra Sedgwick, actorAlan Cumming, bestselling author and legal expert Linda Fairstein, NBC News correspondent Tamron Hall, and New York Jets linebacker Quinton Coples, encouraging Americans to take a vow to end domestic violence.

“We all agree that domestic violence must end. Next, we must address how we can all work together to effectively put a stop to domestic violence,” said Safe Horizon CEO Ariel Zwang. “At Safe Horizon, we know what is working to stop violence in victims’ lives, and the generous donations that we receive from this campaign will enable us to deepen effective services for thousands.”

Every day women, children, and families arrive at Safe Horizon’s doors during their most critical time of need. After leaving a domestic violence situation, victims look to Safe Horizon for life’s most basic essentials: food, clothing, and a safe place to lay their head at night. Additionally, there are solutions that help end violence in people’s lives. As seen onThe Huffington Post, Safe Horizon has identified seven proven ways to end domestic violence. Along with shelter, other proven methods include orders of protection, advocacy, legal representation, hotline services, counseling and economic empowerment that all make a difference.

“We are deeply grateful to those individuals and institutions who have and will lend their voices to this campaign,” Zwang continued.

Safe Horizon encourages everyone to engage with the campaign in three simple ways. First, donate at, then paint your left ring fingernail purple to show your support, and finally, use the #PutTheNailinIt to show your vow to end domestic violence.

The #PutTheNailinIt PSA will make its broadcast debut on Sunday, June 14 from 3-6PM ET during a special programming marathon on Investigation Discovery’s (ID) multi-platform public affairs campaign, INSPIRE A DIFFERENCE. It features encores of the most inspiring episodes of ID’s hit news magazine series DEADLINE: CRIME, featuring Tamron Hall, co-host of the third hour of NBC News’ TODAY and anchor of MSNBC’s NewsNation, who is lending her voice to the #PutTheNailinIt campaign.

Additionally, viewers can show their support for #PutTheNailinIt by participating in a live Twitter chat with Hall and Safe Horizon’s domestic violence expert and Deputy CEO Liz Roberts from 4-5PM ET. Join the conversation by following @SafeHorizon and @DiscoveryID and use the hashtags #InspireADifference and #PutTheNailinIt.

To donate and learn more, visit or

About Safe Horizon

Safe Horizon empowers victims of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault and human trafficking to move from crisis to confidence – touching the lives of 250,000 New Yorkers every year.

Contact: Safe Horizon Communications Department

t. 212.577.7709 | c. 646.306.1136

Source: Miss America Organization

Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev, Kyra Sedgwick, Alan Cumming and Tamron Hall officially launch Safe Horizon"s #PutTheNailinit PSA to end domestic violence

"The 2016 Miss America Competition" To Broadcast Live from Atlantic City"s Boardwalk Hall


Santa Monica, CA (June 2, 2015) – ABC, Miss America Organization and dick clark productions announced today that Miss America will celebrate their 95th anniversary with “The 2016 Miss America Competition” returning to Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 (9:00 – 11:00p.m./ET) on the ABC Television Network. The evening will be filled with glitz and glam when 52 women representing their home states and territories compete to bring home the crown.

“The 2016 Miss America Competition” is the culmination of a 13 day event following Labor Day weekend that includes three nights of Preliminary Competitions and a week of events including the much anticipated “Show Us Your Shoes Parade” that will be held on the famed Atlantic City Boardwalk on Saturday, September 12.

Tickets for “The 2016 Miss America Competition” go on sale Friday, June 5 and can be purchased at For more information on “The 2016 Miss America Competition,” please visit Miss America Organization’s website

dick clark productions and the Miss America Organization will collaborate on all creative, marketing, sponsorship, licensing, ticketing and distribution elements of this year’s show. Tony Eaton and Tall Pony Productions will produce “The 2016 Miss America Competition.”


The Miss America Organization, a 501(c) 4 non-profit corporation, provides millions of dollars in annual college scholarship assistance making it the largest scholarship program for women in the United States. MAO is comprised of 52 licensed organizations which includes all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. MAO contestants contribute over 500,000 hours of community service annually and have raised over $10 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 2007.


dick clark productions (dcp) is the world’s largest producer and proprietor of televised live event entertainment programming with the “Academy of Country Music Awards,” “American Country Countdown Awards,” “American Music Awards,” “Billboard Music Awards,” “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Hollywood Film Awards” and “The PEOPLE Magazine Awards.” Weekly television programming includes SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE from 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group, and dcp; WORLD’S FUNNIEST from Jukin Media and dcp; as well as BOOM! (FOX) from Keshet DCP, the joint venture between Keshet International (KI), the global distribution and production arm of Keshet Media Group, and DC Media, the parent company of dcp. dcp also owns one of the world’s most unique and extensive entertainment archive libraries with more than 55 years of award-winning shows, historic programs, specials, performances and legendary programming. For additional information, visit

Source: Miss America Organization

"The 2016 Miss America Competition" To Broadcast Live from Atlantic City"s Boardwalk Hall

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Former Outstanding Teens Shine


This weekend was a time to shine for several former Outstanding Teen Contestants.

On Saturday, June 6, both the Miss Alabama and Miss Oklahoma Organizations crowned former Outstanding Teen titleholders to represent their state at the 2016 Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City this September.

Meg McGuffin, Miss Alabama’s Outstanding Teen 2007, was crowned Miss Alabama 2015 at the Wright Center at Samford University.

Jessica Proctor, Miss Alabama’s Outstanding Teen 2013, was named Third Runner-Up.  Miss Alabama’s Outstanding Teen 2011, Mi’a Callens and Miss Alabama’s Outstanding Teen 2012, Callie Walker were named Semi-Finalists. Ten of the Top 12 Semi-Finalists for the title of Miss Alabama were former Miss Alabama’s Outstanding Teen contestants.

Georgia Frazier, Miss Oklahoma’s Outstanding Teen 2009, was named Miss Oklahoma 2015 at Oral Roberts University’s Mabee Center Saturday night.

Miss Oklahoma’s Outstanding Teen 2013, Ashten Vincent was named Third Runner-Up. Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2011, Lacey Russ; Miss Oklahoma’s Outstanding Teen 2010, Heather Rasmussen, and; Miss Oklahoma’s Outstanding Teen 2011, Clytee Burchett were named Semi-Finalists.

SOURCE: Miss America’s Outstanding Teen

Former Outstanding Teens Shine