Miss America Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
Scholarship Recipients Announced
Five winners will participate in White House virtual “We The Geeks” hangout on STEM careers
Atlantic City – On Sunday, September 14, the Miss America Organization awarded five $5,000 scholarships to contestants pursuing education in STEM-related fields. Today, the Miss America Organization is pleased to announce that tomorrow, Wednesday, September 17 at 3:00pm ET, the White House will host the five STEM scholarship recipients for an episode of We the Geeks: Miss America. During the virtual hangout, all five recipients will share their stories from crowns to classrooms, discuss their own personal role models, and provide advice for the next generation of women in STEM. Viewers can join the conversation by asking questions on Twitter using #WeTheGeeks and can view the hangout by visiting http://ift.tt/1wAHakJ 2009, President Obama launched an “all-hands-on-deck effort” called Educate to Innovate to move American students from the middle to the top of the pack in STEM education of the next decade.”This year, the Miss America Organization is proud to award scholarships to these five talented and accomplished young women who have dedicated their studies to pursuing STEM careers. We are pleased to continue our collaboration with the White House, and the five extraordinary scholars joining tomorrow’s event not only exemplify the next generation of women leaders in this country, but also serve to show young girls across America how bright their futures can be by committing to education. The Miss America Organization inspires leadership, scholarship, and achievement in young women, and we are the leading provider of college scholarships for women in America,” said Sam Haskell, CEO of the Miss America Organization. “Our STEM initiative supports this important mission by encouraging young women to pursue opportunities in STEM fields, which not only help contribute to the greater public good, but also offer meaningful, long-lasting career opportunities.”
This year’s Miss America STEM scholarship winners are:
Miss Georgia Maggie Bridges: Maggie studies at the Georgia Institute of Technology and is working to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a double minor in pre-pharmacy and information technology. She hopes to one day work for a pharmaceutical company in information technology.
Miss Massachusetts Lauren Kuhn: Lauren graduated from Gonzaga University and now attends the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. She plans to graduate from Harvard in 2017 with a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD), with an endodontic specialty.
Miss New Mexico Jessica Burson: Jessica studies at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell and hopes to attend medical school and obtain a degree in dermatology.
Miss Ohio Mackenzie Bart: Mackenzie attends the Ohio State University and hopes to obtain a master’s degree in atmospheric science and one day become a meteorologist.
Miss Vermont Lucy Edwards: Lucy is pursuing undergraduate studies at the University of Vermont and hopes to pursue medical school to become a neurosurgeon.
To be eligible to win a STEM scholarship award, state titleholders must be enrolled with a declared major field of study in science, technology, engineering, or math at a public or private two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school. The five winners were selected from ten finalists who were invited to meet, discuss, and substantiate the importance of their studies to a judges’ panel. The 10 finalists for the award were announced during a visit to Washington, D.C., on September 2, and then met with officials from the office of First Lady Michelle Obama. Later all 53 contestants visited with top STEM officials at the Department of Education.
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Dr. Jo Handelsmen and Dr. Danielle Carnival will moderate the Hangout, focused on encouraging more underrepresented groups such as women to pursue degrees and careers in these critical fields.
This year, the STEM scholarship program was funded by Gray Television and MomsEveryday.
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The Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings Rank Miss America Competition #1!
The 2015 Miss America Competition on Sunday, September 14th, was ranked #8 in all of television for the week and #4 in all NON sports programming in all of television while viewers witnessed the crowning of Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev live on ABC.
The social media results during the Miss America telecast quickly became the #1 trend worldwide on Twitter and held 6 of the top ten trending twitter spots in the US during the live show. The conversation hit the top trend slot on Facebook and was a hot topic of conversation on Instagram which was driven through behind-the-scenes coverage by hosts, Chris Harrison and Lara Spencer and the Miss America contestants. Other social media highlights included the mention of Tony Bowls, Miss America’s official gown provider, who hit the top 10 trend list for the United States on Twitter during the night.
Sam Haskell, Miss America Chairman & CEO stated, “We are so proud of our 2015 Miss America Competition Telecast live from Atlantic City’s famed Boardwalk Hall. Though our numbers were down 15 percent from the prior year due to the San Francisco/ Chicago Football Game on NBC and coming off a 9 year high benchmark the year prior, Miss America still delivered ABC its highest ratings in four months on Sunday night and averaged an incredible 7.6 million viewers throughout the night!”
Opposite stiff competition from NBC’s Sunday Night Football (Chicago-San Francisco) and CBS’ NFL overrun-inflated lineup, ABC’s Sunday 9-11pm broadcast of The 2015 Miss America Competition jumped over its lead-in and gained 1.7 million viewers and 31% in Adults 18-49 from its first half-hour to its final half-hour. During its final half-hour from 10:30-11pm, as Miss New York Kira Kazantsev was crowned, The Miss America Competition drew 7.6 million viewers and a 1.7 rating, 5 share with young adults. In Total Viewers and Adults 18-49, ABC earned its strongest entertainment numbers in the time slot in 4 months – since the Billboard Music Awards on 5/18/14. ABC’s Miss America topped NBC’s 2014 broadcast of Miss USA by 1.1 million viewers and 7% in Adults 18-49. Please see the attached link published in TV Media Insights:http://ift.tt/1tfwh5v
Miss America Kira Kazantsev Crowned in Atlantic City
In the City Where It All Began, Miss New York is Named Miss America 2015
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (September 14, 2014) – Miss New York Kira Kazantsev was crowned Miss America 2015 tonight at the birthplace of the legendary competition in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. The Miss America Finals were broadcast live on ABC.
Kira’s acceptance of the highly-prized crown is just the beginning of a journey that will take her to every corner of the nation during her year of service as Miss America 2015. She will embark on her national speaking tour about her platform, Love Shouldn’t Hurt: Protecting Women Against Domestic Violence and act as the official National Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals, is the national platform partner of the Miss America Organization. Kira is a graduate of Hofstra University. During her year as Miss America she will serve as spokesperson for education as she travels to Washington, D.C., to work with the Department of Education. Along with the coveted title of Miss America 2015, Kira won a $50,000 scholarship provided in part by Joseph Ribkoff Inc. and the Miss America Organization to continue her education. For the talent portion of the competition, Kira performed a vocal performance of the song “Happy”.
First runner-up in the competition was Miss Virginia Courtney Paige Garrett who earned a $25,000 scholarship. Her talent was a classical vocal performance, and her personal platform is Defying Disabilities. Second runner-up honors and a $20,000 scholarship were awarded to Miss Arkansas Ashton Jo Campbell. Her talent was a vocal performance, and her personal platform is Aim Higher: Setting Our Sights on Higher Education. Miss Idaho Sierra Sandison was the winner of ABC’s America’s Choice, an online competition where viewers were given the opportunity to vote for their favorite Miss America contestant. The announcement was made at the beginning of the Miss America broadcast, and Sierra became the 15th finalist to compete in the live finale. Miss North Dakota Jacky Arness was the winner of the Judge’s Choice Award, an on-air, surprise opportunity for the judges to jointly select an additional contestant to compete among the finalists. Jacky also won the coveted Miss Congeniality Award, which was awarded live for the first time on national television during the pre-show.
The winners of $5,000 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Scholarships are: Miss New Mexico Jessica Burson, Miss Vermont Lucy Edwards, Miss Ohio Mackenzie Bart, Miss Massachusetts Lauren Kuhn, and Miss Georgia Maggie Bridges. As the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women and one of the nation’s leading achievement programs, the Miss America Organization made available last year more than $45 million in scholarship assistance. The Miss America Organization provides young women with a vehicle to further their personal and professional goals and instills a spirit of community service through a variety of nationwide community-based programs. The 94th Miss America Competition was hosted by Chris Harrison and Lara Spencer. The 53 contestants, who represented all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, participated in preliminary competitions earlier in the week.
Amy Robach hosted “Countdown to Miss America” which was a hype machine. Frankly, it is the special they have been doing but they added a live wrap around with “exclusive” back stage footage. Really, it’s not much different than the old “20/20″ themes they had in the past.
Miss Maryland’s Jade Kenny was spotted out for a love of Pixie Sticks. Jade Kenny has been on the show in the past when she competed in the Miss International system.
As expected in these specials, a travelogue section was included. I fully admit this was better, though, than stretching the darn pageant go an extra hour like Miss USA subjected us to earlier this year.
They spotlighted the opera talent by past guest Marisa Buchheit, who has also been on the show in the past.
The first awards came out DURING THE SPECIAL backstage:
Hot Pageant Dad: Rhode Island (seriously)
Miss America Congeniality Winner: North Dakota
For those thinking this is the first time they showed clips of private interview, that is not the case. They generally have shown a few highlights like this year on and off. Usually the MAO makes an interview DVD available as well with some of the top interview contestants. Of course, if you want to see great pageant interviews, you can just tune in to the PageantCast for free each week!
From an inside baseball perspective, it was nice to see the commercials were more mainstream this year. The glorified UHF commercials we’ve had the past 5 years or so was a nice change of pace. Heck, it’s about time I saw a Kohl’s commercial during Miss America…not a garlic supplement.
The Miss America Pageant began with a great opening collage that emphasized the history of the pageant. It definitely skewed toward the older stuff. Chris Harrison and Lara Spencer did a competent job with the Master of Ceremony chores. Chris Harrison may never be a Bert Parks, but he sure isn’t James Denton, either.
Even though they didn’t do introductions on stage, I did like the sequences they shot this year. Once the ladies made it into the Boardwalk Hall, the place was absolute bedlam.
Top 15 was announced early.
America’s Choice: Miss Idaho (NM, MS, KY, and GA also did well in this voting rounding out the Top 5 for America’s Choice)
The Judge’s Choices followed (and in the order announced but not in the order of choice): Massachusetts, Mississippi, Texas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Ohio, Virginia, Florida, Connecticut, New York, Arkansas, Iowa, and Oklahoma.
The judges were allowed to add one more finalist (geez, this is so tiresome lately with the adding a finalist last minute garbage). They chose Miss North Dakota (who was Miss Congeniality earlier in the evening). She was allowed to have 10 seconds and then run like crazy to change into swimsuits.
As usual, they made the cut contestants sit on stage and watch the girls continuing. Can’t they let them go grab a pizza and have a nice cry? That seems really hard on the contestants every year.
Top 12 went on to Evening Gown. These included Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Iowa, New York, Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Massachusetts, and Arkansas.
During gown, the ladies talked about their gown, which was better than the fashion discussion I see on Miss USA. It ran very quickly and it appears to me like the 5000 foot runway doesn’t even get used in this competition. The gowns this year, predominantly white as usual, featured an unusual amount of diving necklines and bare backs than I’ve seen at MAO before. also of note: most of the ladies emphasized this is more “red carpet” than “evening gown” this year.
The STEM Scholarships were announced quickly. They went to Miss New Mexico, Miss Vermont, Miss Ohio, Miss Massachusetts, and Miss Georgia.
Talent competition came next. They have the weird calling them off the bench process again this year. Mississippi started with her pop singing performance. Miss Arkansas followed with her singing a ballad. Miss Oklahoma danced in what I would call a lyrical style. Following that was soon to be Doctor (as she told us many times during the evening) Massachusetts on the piano. Miss Ohio came out next with a ventriloquist performance. (A favorite of the audience from my ear.) Florida danced on the stage next. Tennessee sang a Ben E. King song next, which seemed like a really odd choice. (Wasn’t a show tune at least.) Virginia got her Opera on. New York sang Happy utilizing a cup. (You read that correctly. It actually did get the crowd into it.) Alabama took the last talent slot when she took the stage to dance to a Disney tune.
Arkansas was asked about gun control with children. Florida was asked about the Ray Rice abuse case. New York drew the question regarding woman senator’s should fight for female issues. Miss Virginia was asked about the ISIS threat. Miss Massachusetts got the last question regarding how can we stop rape in college.
This makes the top five Arkansas, Florida, New York, Virginia, and Massachusetts.
The Miss America Organization invited Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2015, Olivia McMillan, and the 2014 Miss America’s Outstanding Teen State Titleholders to perform at the renowned Boardwalk Hall during tonight’s preliminary competition.
Last night, preliminary host, Dena Blizzard, introduced Olivia to the audience in Atlantic City.
This afternoon, State Titleholders joined Olivia at the Pageant Planet/MAOTeen Social Media Event where the public was invited to star in their own Vine video with the reigning MAOTeen and founder of The Pageant Planet, Steven Roddy. Held at the Miss America Trade Show in Trump Plaza Hotel, pageant fans were excited to take part in the event using the hashtag #MeetMAOTeen.
To view photos of Olivia and the 2014 MAOTeen State Titleholders during Miss America week, follow MAOTeen on Facebook and Twitter.
Tune-in Alert! MAOTeen on LIVE Telecast of the 2015 Miss America Competition
Watch the LIVE telecast of the 2015 Miss America Competition on ABC this Sunday from 8 PM to 11 PM EST
to see Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Olivia McMillan get introduced on national television!
Miss Pennsylvania and Miss Maryland Win Preliminary Awards on Thursday, September 11th, in Patriotic Tribute at
The 2015 Miss America Competition
Miss America Katie Harman and Mary Donnelly-Haskell Perform
a Patriotic Tribute to Honor the Victims of September 11th
The final night of the 2015 Miss America Preliminary Competitions began with a special patriotic tribute in honor of the 13th Anniversary of September 11th. Miss America 2002 Katie Harman, who was crowned in September, 2001 in Atlantic City, and Mary Haskell, former Miss Mississippi, performed an emotional tribute in remembrance of those who lost their lives. This captivating performance reminded all of the importance of unity and compassion.
Miss Pennsylvania Amanda Fallon Smith was named Thursday night’s preliminary talent winner for her vocal performance to the song “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again” from the musical Phantom of the Opera in Boardwalk Hall. Amanda will receive a $2,000 scholarship. Also capturing the spotlight was Miss Maryland Jade Kenny who was the preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness winner in a two-piece, pink Catalina swimsuit. Jade will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
Miss Kentucky and Miss Oklahoma Win Preliminary Awards on Wednesday, September 10th, the Second Night of the
2015 Miss America Competition
The Academy of Honor, The Children’s Miracle Maker Awards and
The 2015 Miss America Quality of Life Award Winners Announced
The enthusiasm and excitement continued on the second night of the 2015 Miss America Competition as two contestants were presented with preliminary awards. Miss Kentucky Ramsey Carpenter was named Wednesday night’s preliminary talent winner for her fiddle performance to “Sally Goodin” and “Orange Blossom Special” in Boardwalk Hall. Ramsey will receive a $2,000 scholarship. Also capturing the spotlight was Miss Oklahoma Alex Eppler, who won the preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness in a two-piece, pink Catalina swimsuit. Alex will receive a $1,000 Scholarship.
During the evening, the Miss America Organization proudly presented the Academy of Honor Award to Mansfield Bias, President and State Executive Director of the Miss Georgia Organization. Mansfield has been a dedicated volunteer for over 20 years with a commitment to outstanding service to our program and will receive a $5,000 Scholarship Award.
The Children’s Miracle Maker Award was another special highlight of the evening. This year’s Miracle Maker Awards were presented to the Miss South Carolina OrganizationandThe Miss District of Columbia Organization. The contestants who raised the most funds were Miss South Carolina Lanie Hudson, Miss Georgia Maggie Bridges andMiss Louisiana Lacey Sanchez. We applaud their outstanding efforts and thank them for their wonderful contributions.
The special announcement of the 2015 Quality of Life award winners provided more wonderful reasons to celebrate. Among the 53 contestants, three were chosen as recipients of this year’s Quality of Life Awards. This year’s winner of the $6,000 Quality of Life Award is Miss Alabama Caitlin Brunell.
Miss Alabama Caitlin Brunell has helped to improve the quality of life for individuals through her platform, Caitlin’s Closet: One Stop Shopping for Life. Miss Alabama has used her platform to empower others to realize that even though they are faced with a difficult situation. After her family lost everything in a house fire, Caitlin felt inspired by all of those who helped her. Her platform has enabled her to go above and beyond in her efforts to help others faced with similar situations in their own lives.
The first-runner up for the Quality of Life Award and winner of a $4,000 scholarship wasMiss Delaware Brittany Lewis. Brittany’s personal platform Domestic Violence Awareness, sheds light on the issue of domestic violence in the nation. Brittany has made a lifelong commitment to support domestic violence victims and their families.
The second runner-up and winner of a $2,000 scholarship was Miss Maryland Jade Kenny for her work supporting The Rainbows Organization, which promotes the importance of gaining access to an outlet for grief after losing a loved one. Jade hopes to spread the message of healing and hope after suffering from any loss.