Miss Puerto Rico’s Outstanding Teen Organization


San JMiss Puerto Rico’s Outstanding Teen Organizationuan, Puerto Rico - JULY 20, 2014 – The current Miss Puerto Rico’s Outstanding Teen, Victoria Violeta, is set to compete for the title of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2015 from July 29, 2014 through August 2, 2014 at the Linda Chapin Theater located in the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Miss Puerto Rico’s Outstanding Teen Organization

Selected in June, Miss Puerto Rico’s Outstanding Teen is a 17-year-old student at José Julián Acosta School. Throughout her year of service, she will travel the state advocating her platform, “Let’s Help Through Art – Helping Kids with Down Syndrome.” Victoria is the daughter of Jose Ramon Colon and Jhoanna Violeta Trelles and resides in Dorado.

There are two ways you can support Victoria.  First, watch her compete live and see fame crowned as the field of 53 national contestants is narrowed to just one.  Tickets to the event are available at www.ticketmaster.com.  Second, you can help Victoria secure a spot as a Top 12 Semi-Finalist on Saturday, August 2, 2014.   Log on to https://fourpointsmagazine.com/maoteen-americas-choice  to vote for Victoria to become an America’s Choice Semi-Finalist.

The Miss Puerto Rico Scholarship Organization provides opportunities for young women to achieve their personal and educational ambitions.  Contestants also participate in community service activities and develop leadership skills that help them excel in their chosen educational and life goals.  A not-for-profit affiliate of the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization, the Miss Puerto Rico Scholarship Organization continues to make tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships and in-kind funds available to thousands of young women throughout Puerto Rico.

The little sister to Miss America, the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization is one of the nation’s leading achievement programs and will make available more than $18 million in cash and tuition scholarship assistance to the 2014 national contestants.  Based in Clearwater, Florida, the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization organized to encourage positive achievement by helping to nurture and build the scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, healthy living and community involvement of our nation’s youth.  Funds raised by the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization are used to provide educational scholarships for deserving young people and are also being used to establish and develop the organization’s mentoring program 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, the Miss America and Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization have collectively raised nearly $10 million to help improve the lives of children across the country.  For more information about the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization, please visit www.maoteen.org. For more information about the Miss Puerto Rico’s Outstanding Teen Organization, please visit www.MissPR.org.

Miss Puerto Rico’s Outstanding Teen Organization

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Global United 2014 Crowns

Global United Pageants

Global United 2014 Crowns
Global United 2014 Crowns with Tim Kretschmann

Hopkins, MN – Just returned from the Global United pageants and had a great time out there. Activities began on Wednesday, July 16th and culminated in the pageant itself on Saturday, July 19th. There were spa treatments, pajama parties and special time with ailing children at the Children’s Hospital during the week. (Some delegates managed a run to the MALL OF AMERICA as well!) There were delegates from all over the country, Australia, India and Malaysia that made this pageant very special, indeed!

However, you came here for complete results. Here’s the rundown:

Newly inducted Lifetime Ambassadors:

  1. Savanna Ross
  2. Jill Brown
  3. Erin Caroline
  4. Danielle Enberg

Pageantry Magazine Spirit Award:

Jill Brown

Special Awards

  • National Costume: Esther Chinn
  • Personality Wear: Esther Chinn
  • Congeniality: Cora Bojarski
  • Photogenic: Breanna Branson
  • Interview: Sheetal Chail
  • Highest bid raffle item: Tara Steinhorst
  • On Stage Question: Tara Steinhorst
  • Evening Wear: Donnell Rank

Community Service Ambassador Crown

Cora Bojarski

People’s Choice Crown

Breanna Branson

Miss Division

  • Lexie Ozerov, Runner Up
  • Sheetal Chail, Miss Global United 2014-2015

Ms. Division

  • Tracy Philippi, Runner Up
  • Shagoon Bhasin, Ms. Global United 2014-2015

Mrs. Division

  • Trisha Branson, Runner Up
  • Kim Cancellier, Mrs. Global United 2014-2015

Classic Division

  • Esther Chinn, Runner Up
  • Donnell Rank, Global United Classic 2014-2015

Elite Division

  • Pam Berg, Runner Up
  • Tara Steinhorst, Global United Elite 2014-2015

 Special thanks to Wendy Lindberg and Lisa Jacobson, directors of Global United, for their incredible hospitality (and home cooking) at the pageant! I felt like an honored guest and part of the family!

Learn more about Global United at http://www.globalunitedpageant.com/!

Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri on ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss

Tune-In Alert: 
Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri on ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss
Tuesday, July 15th at 8:00 PM EST 
Tune in Tuesday, July 15 at 8 pm EST, for a very special episode of ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss. Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri joins Chris and Heidi Powell, to support this week’s contestant, Brandi on her emotional year-long journey to health and fitness.
*Check your local listings

source: Miss America Organization

ON THE ROAD to Global United

Pageantcast is on the road again!

I’m traveling to Minneapolis, MN during the Global United pageant from JULY 16-19th, 2014. Can’t wait to get this year’s contestants in front of the PageantCast cameras!

While in Minnesota, we want to connect with you, the viewers, of the Pageantcast. Hope to see you in Minneapolis on JULY 19th, 2014 for the Global United Pageants!

Miss America Kicks Off 4th of July Weekend on ABC’s Good Morning America

Tune in Alert
Tune in Friday, July 4th at 8am* for Nina Davuluri Miss America 2014 as she is interviewed live by GMA’s Sara Haines prior to the kick off of the annual “Wawa Welcome America!” Independence Day Parade in Philadelphia, PA.

Miss America will be featured in the parade, riding the route from 6th and Chestnut through the streets of Historic Philadelphia. The parade starts at 11 a.m. and will feature marching musical groups, floats, military branches and special guests marching through the nation’s most historic square mile.

During the month of July, Nina will continue speaking on her platform “Celebrating Diversity through Cultural Competency”continuing her work as the Goodwill Ambassador for the Miss America national sponsor Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Have a very happy and safe 4th of July from the Miss America Organization!

Miss America 2000 Heather French Henry To Head Veterans Affairs In Kentucky


Miss America 2000 Heather French Henry
To Head Veterans Affairs In Kentucky


Linwood, NJ– Governor Steve Beshear of Kentucky announced that Miss America 2000 Heather French Henry will be Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA) starting July 1st. The Governor’s appointment of Heather will support the ongoing commitment to help Kentucky veterans and their families.

Heather has been a longtime advocate for veterans affairs and started the Heather French Foundation for Veterans in December 1999, shortly after being crowned Miss America 2000. Her foundation is partnered with public and private organizations to assist veterans and their families. As Commissioner, she will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the department, as well as the coordination of 18 statewide field office locations, health care outreach, and cemetery services.

“Heather is highly motivated and has vast experience assisting and creating programs for veterans throughout the Commonwealth and the nation,” Gov. Beshear said. “As the department’s new Commissioner, she will continue our mission to raise awareness and offer services to our veterans.”
Our Miss America 2000 has received numerous awards and recognitions for her work and advocacy on behalf of veteran’s issues. These include: the Patriot Award from USA Cares; the Americanism Award from Veterans of Foreign Wars; the Humanitarian Award from AMVETS; the American Patriot Award from NCOA (Non-Commissioned Officers Association) and the Martha Washington Spirit Award from the Military Order of the Purple Heart Ladies Auxiliary.
“I greatly appreciate Gov. Beshear’s confidence in my experience as a national veterans advocate and look forward to continuing my work as the Commissioner to serve the veterans of the Commonwealth and their families,” Heather said. “Honoring our veterans has been and will always be my life’s mission and I am honored that I can serve them in this way.”

On behalf of the Miss America Organization, we are so proud to congratulate Heather on this wonderful appointment and we salute her efforts as she continues her commitment to our heroes at home!


Source: Miss America email

Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez crowned as 63rd Miss USA

Congratulations to Nia Sanchez, Miss USA 2014!

Nia Sanchez, Miss USA 2014
Nia Sanchez, Miss USA 2014; photo courtesy Miss USA


In the new three hour format for Miss USA (a decision that was fairly highly derided across the Twitterverse…bring back the 2 hour format!), the pageant came from a gorgeous new set in Baton Rouge, LA. We got to see a lot of Baton Rouge….more than I think we ever saw of Vegas for the decade or so it resided there.

After the traditional introduction of the contestants (which is primarily the contestants shouting their name into a microphone–some were already losing their voice) it was time to waste more time by bringing the judges on stage to be introduced as well. How can you go wrong with a star from Sharknado on the panel with Bruce Willis’s daughter and the UFC fighter?

There were video clips a plenty and backstories from each contestant in the Top 20.

The top 20 were (in random order):

  • Virginia
  • North Dakota
  • Georgia
  • Indiana
  • Tennessee
  • Florida
  • California
  • Alabama
  • Nevada
  • Arizona
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • Oklahoma
  • New Jersey
  • Louisiana
  • Iowa
  • Nebraska
  • Wisconsin
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina

75 minutes into the program, top 20 was finally all called (most graduation ceremonies move at a less glacial pace and are more entertaining) and they began the actual pageant. After this lengthy calling out name process, they made the ladies stand out on stage in uncomfortable shoes with even less comfortable smiles plastered on their faces. In a classless move, after they excused the girls that stood there during silly preproduced packages paraded on the screen, they announced Miss Photogenic and Miss Congeniality OFF STAGE while the girls changed. C’mon. We’re better than that. That was shameful.

They were:

Photogenic: California
Congeniality: Rhode Island
Cassandra Kunze, Miss California USA 2014
Miss Photogenic: Cassandra Kunze, Miss California USA 2014; photo courtesy of Miss USA
When Jeanne Mai was not irritating America with goofy comments backstage and having girls practice their crowning moment face (which I’m sure will be given sexual overtones all over the place very soon), she found ways to irritate us by have costume changes during the Top 20 announcements (yes, they took long enough for that) and making precanned commentary during the competitions. At one point, she was talking about the grace of Cassandra Kunze, Miss California USA 2014 as a ballet dancer at the very moment she was visibly stumbling a bit on stage. I am not criticizing Cassandra here. It’s a well waxed floor and those heels are not fun…but it was obvious the comments were based on prewritten cards and Jeanne wasn’t even looking on stage. So why not, oh I don’t know, shut up instead?
After some incredible swimsuit competition, Top 10 was announced (again in random order):
  • Florida
  • North Dakota
  • Georgia
  • Maryland
  • California
  • South Carolina
  • Iowa
  • Wisconsin
  • Nevada
  • Louisiana

After Evening Gown, where I think Nevada really started to pull away as a leader, the Top 5 from the Judges were announced:

  • Georgia
  • Louisiana
  • Nevada
  • Florida
  • North Dakota

Then, using the latest Twitter hashtag nonsense #SaveTheQueen which had UK pundits wondering if the Queen Mother was having medical issues overnight, the home TV audience named Miss Iowa as the last member of the Top 6.

I’m so over all this “audience participation” stuff at these pageants I can’t even tell you. So I won’t.

All I know is that a three hour Miss USA with nearly 45 minutes carved up for Final Question (which they built up with even more preproduced packages promising prodigious problems with pronouncements), I would rather they return Miss Teen USA to the airwaves…even if it was an one hour format!

The Final Question was quite uneventful with what was a pretty good final group. I did chuckle when Miss Georgia USA took a stab at grabbing the microphone but it was held fast by Ms. Rancic.

  • 5th RU: Iowa
  • 4th RU: Florida
  • 3rd RU: Louisiana
  • 2nd RU: Georgia
  • 1st RU: North Dakota
  • Miss USA 2014: Nevada
Again, congratulations from the PageantCast to Nia Sanchez, the 63rd Miss USA! Come on the show sometime….we won’t make you stand in high heels and I promise we’ll take far less than three hours of your time.
As much as I kid, I still love the show!
All photos courtesy of Miss USA


Molly Woehl, Miss All Star United States 2013

Molly Woehl, Miss All Star United States 2013


Molly Woehl, Miss All Star United States 2013

  • Interview with Molly Woehl, Miss All Star United States 2013



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