Public and Media Invited for Introduction of all 53 of
2015 Miss America Contestants

WHAT: A chance to meet the 53 incredible young women competing for the coveted crown upon their arrival in Atlantic City – at the birthplace of the nation’s most prestigious pageant for the 2015 Miss America Competition.
WHO: Joining the contestants for this ceremony will be a host of organizational and governmental luminaries, including the honorable Kim Guadagno, New Jersey’s Lt. Governor and Secretary of State; Don Guardian, Honorable Mayor of Atlantic City; John Palmieri, Executive Director of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority; Liza Cartmell, President of the Atlantic City Alliance; David Tilton, President and Chief Executive Officer of AtlantiCare; Sam Haskell, III, Chairman & CEO of the Miss America Organization; Sharon Pearce, President of the Miss America Organization.
Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri will speak as the Ambassador for Atlantic City

WHERE: Kennedy Plaza, The Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ

WHEN: Tuesday, September 3 at 4:30 p.m. ET
*Press should arrive between 3:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m. for placement

About The Miss America Organization
The Miss America Organization is one of the nation’s leading achievement programs and the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local organizations made available more than $45 million in scholarship assistance. The 2015 Miss America Competition will mark its fourth consecutive year on ABC. The final competition will air on September 14 during a live broadcast from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. For more information, visitwww.MissAmerica.org

About the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA)
The only agency of its kind nationwide- the CRDA has used Atlantic City casino reinvestment as a catalyst for meaningful, positive improvement in the lives of New Jersey residents statewide, investing nearly $2 billion in more than 400 projects statewide. Under the 2011 Tourism District legislation, CRDA responsibilities have expanded to include Land Use Regulation, Clean and Safe initiatives, attracting and retaining conventions and meetings at the Atlantic City Convention Center and Boardwalk Hall as well as a partnership with the Atlantic City Alliance to market and attract visitors to Atlantic City. For more information, visit www.njcrda.com

About Atlantic City

From sandals to stilettos and foie gras to funnel cakes, Atlantic City offers something for everyone. Enjoy world-class entertainment, dining, shopping, gaming, relaxing on the beach and strolling the historic Boardwalk in the city created to escape the city. For more information visit www.doatlanticcity.com or:
The Atlantic City Alliance was established in 2011 as a private, not-for-profit corporation whose primary mission is to develop and implement a full-scale, broad-based, multi-year marketing program for Atlantic City.

About AtlantiCare and the CHOP Care Network
AtlantiCare is comprised of AtlantiCare Regional Health Services including AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center with three locations, ambulatory services and AtlantiCare Physician Group; the AtlantiCare Foundation, and AtlantiCare Health Solutions, an accountable care organization. Through the CHOP Newborn & Pediatric Care at AtlantiCare partnership, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia pediatric hospitalists are on-site at the Stanley M. Grossman Pediatric Center at ARMC Atlantic City Campus and CHOP neonatologists staff the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Roger B. Hansen Center for Childbirth at ARMC Mainland Campus, Pomona. CHOP consult with emergency teams at both campuses as needed.  For more information, visit www.atlanticare.org
For information on the Miss America Show Us Your Shoes Parade, please visit www.ShowUsYourShoes.com.
Source: Miss America Organization
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Georgia’s Outstanding Teen Named Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2015

Olivia McMillan was crowned Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2015
Olivia McMillan was crowned Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2015
photo courtesy of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen

Orlando, Florida – August 2, 2014 – Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen, Olivia McMillan was crowned Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2015 tonight at the Linda Chapin Theater in Orlando.

Olivia’s triumphant walk across the stage was just the beginning of a journey that will take her all of the country during her year of service as Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2015.  She will travel speaking to audiences about her platform “The Sibling Support Project” and acting as the official National Teen Goodwill Ambassador for 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.  CMNH is the national platform partner of the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization.

Olivia is a 17-year-old student at Northside High School.  She is the daughter of Greg and Tracy McMillan and resides in Centerville, Georgia.

Along with the title of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2015, Olivia won a $25,000 scholarship provided by the Harris Rosen Foundation and Neutraderm towards her college education.  For the talent portion of the competition, Olivia sang “Nessun Dorma.”

The first runner-up was Miss Tennessee’s Outstanding Teen, Lexie Perry who earned a $10,000 scholarship. Her talent performance was fiddle and her personal platform is “Hear Me Out.”

Second runner-up honors and a $7,500 scholarship were awarded to Miss Alabama’s Outstanding Teen, Morgan Green.  Her talent was a vocal and her personal platform is “Literacy: Pathway to Prosperity.”

Third runner-up and the winner of a $5,000 scholarship was Miss Virginia’s Outstanding Teen, Casey Shepard. Her talent was a Ballet en Pointe and her personal platform is “E.N.D.D. Embracing Not Defining Disabilities.”

The fourth runner-up and recipient of a $2,500 scholarship was Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen, Morgan Holen. Her talent was a lyrical dance and her platform is “Random Acts of Kindness.”

Miss North Dakota’s Outstanding Teen, Raghen Lucy, and Miss Virgin Island’s Outstanding Teen, Cereyna Bougouneau, were the winners of America’s Choice, an online competition where viewers were given the opportunity to vote for their favorite Miss America’s Outstanding Teen contestant.  The announcement was made at the beginning of the show and they became the 1st and 2nd Semi-Finalists to compete in the finale.

The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization is one of the nation’s leading achievement programs and made available more than $18 million in cash and tuition scholarship assistance to our 2014 national contestants.  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, the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization has raised nearly $100,000 this 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.

Source: Miss America’s Outstanding Teen

Picture: courtesy of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen

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International Pageants Crowning Chamber

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Jacksonville, FL - The International pageants made a huge change this year by moving from their longtime home in Chicago, IL to Jacksonville, FL. From all reports it was great success and special congratulations to our new International titleholders.

Maggi Thorne, Mrs. International 2014
Maggi Thorne, Mrs. International 2014
Courtesy of International Pageants, Photo by Paula Preston

On July 26, Mrs. International 2013 Amy Gregorio crowned her successor, Maggi Thorne, Mrs. International 2014.

Miss International 2014, Samantha Riddle
Miss International 2014, Samantha Riddle
Courtesy of International Pageants, Photo by Paula Preston

On August 2nd, Miss International 2013 Jesse Ladoue and Miss Teen International 2013, Haley Pontius crowned their successors.

Miss International Top 10:
Kansas, Texas, Minnesota, California, Florida, South Carolina, West Coast, Tennessee, Illinois and Ohio
Congratulations to Miss International 2014, Samantha Riddle!
Miss Teen International 2014, Blair Wortsmith
Miss Teen International 2014, Blair Wortsmith
Courtesy of International Pageants, Photo by Paula Preston

Miss Teen International Top 10:

District of Columbia, Australia, Nevada, Arkansas, California, Idaho, South Carolina, North Carolina, Utah, Alabama
Congratulation to Miss Teen International 2014, Blair Wortsmith.
All photos: Courtesy of International Pageants, Photo by Paula Preston
Miss Teen USA 2014 Top 5

Miss Teen USA 2014 Crowning Chamber

Press Release from Miss Universe Organization…
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New York, NY – August 4, 2014 – 17 year old K. Lee Graham of Chapin, South Carolina was crowned Miss Teen USA 2014 this past Saturday at the beautiful Atlantis, Paradise Island resort in The Bahamas on August 2, 2014. The 2014 MISS TEEN USA® Competition streamed live at www.missteenusa.com.

K. Lee (“Kaylee”) is a high school senior and honor student, ranking first in her class at Chapin High School, a highly competitive school that provides challenging curricula for their students. When she is not studying, K. Lee is very involved in theater and has even been her high school’s mascot, an Eagle. Competing in pageants runs in her family as K. Lee’s mother, Jennifer, held the Miss South Carolina Teen USA title in 1985. K. Lee is the second oldest of five children and is an active blogger encouraging girls to find true beauty by embracing themselves, others, and their communities.
K. Lee Graham, Miss Teen USA 2014
K. Lee Graham, Miss Teen USA 2014 photo courtesy of Miss Teen USA/Miss Universe

Hosting this year’s pageant was Miss USA 2013 Erin Brady and Australian television host Karl Schmid. The presentation show, which took place Friday, August 1st, was hosted by Cassidy Wolf, Miss Teen USA 2013 and Nick Teplitz, television writer and comedian.

This year’s distinguished panel of judges included: Fred Nelson, President/Executive Producer of People’s Choice Awards; Mallory Tucker, Theatrical Department talent agent at CESD Talent Agency; Amber Katz, founder of award-winning, pop culture-infused beauty blog rouge18.com; Chriselle Lim, influential fashion blogger, spokesperson for Estee Lauder digital; Joseph Parisi, Vice President for Enrollment Management at Lindenwood University, which provides scholarships for all 51 Miss Teen USA contestants.
Throughout the event, the contestants competed in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview. Cassidy Wolf crowned her successor at the conclusion of the live event.
Miss Teen USA 2014 Top 5
Miss Teen USA Top 5
photo courtesy of Miss Teen USA/Miss Universe

Final Results:
First Runner-Up: Miss Mississippi Teen USA, Vaeda Mann will assume the duties of Miss Teen USA 2014 if for some reason the winner cannot fulfill her responsibilities.
Second Runner-Up: Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA, Sydney Robertson
Third Runner-Up: Miss California Teen USA, Bianca Vierra
Fourth Runner-Up: Miss New Jersey Teen USA, Valentina Sanchez

Top Fifteen: Miss Oklahoma Teen USA, Brooklynne Bond
Miss Tennessee Teen USA, Morgan Moseley
Miss Mississippi Teen USA, Vaeda Mann
Miss Indiana Teen USA, Zoe Parker
Miss West Virginia Teen USA, Lexsey Marrara
Miss New Jersey Teen USA, Valentina Sanchez
Miss South Carolina Teen USA, K. Lee Graham
Miss Texas Teen USA, Kellie Stewart
Miss Delaware Teen USA, Mia Jones
Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA, Sydney Robertson
Miss Arizona Teen USA, Savannah Wix
Miss Wisconsin Teen USA, Patience Vallier
Miss Michigan Teen USA, Iris Robare
Miss California Teen USA, Bianca Vierra
Miss Massachusetts Teen USA, Bailey Medeiros
Miss Photogenic Teen USA™ Award: Miss Alabama Teen USA, Baskin Champion was voted the delegate who best connected with her audience through a photograph.
Miss Congeniality Teen USA™ Award: Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA, Sydney Robertson. This award reflects the respect and admiration of the delegate’s peers, who voted for her as the most congenial, charismatic and inspirational participant.
The Miss Teen USA 2014 prize package includes: a year’s worth of hair care products and tools from CHI Haircare; eveningwear wardrobe by Sherri Hill; a swimwear wardrobe by Kandice Pelletier Swimwear; a shoe wardrobe from Chinese Laundry; a year’s supply of make-up from Makeup Designory (MUD); a year’s worth of products from IMAGE Skin Care; two-year scholarship (including housing) from the New York Film Academy; yearlong salary as Miss Teen USA; six-day/five-night vacation for two, including airfare, at Atlantis, Paradise Island Resort in the Bahamas; personal services including membership to Gravity Fitness and hair services from John Barrett Salon; modeling portfolio by leading fashion photographer Fadil Berisha; consultation with Miss Universe Organization’s Fashion Consultant and access to a personal appearance wardrobe; professional media/public relations representation by Rubenstein Public Relations in New York City; professional health and nutrition consultation by Tanya Zuckerbrot, MS, RD; dental services by Dr. Jan Linhart, D.D.S.; casting opportunities and professional representation by the Miss Universe Organization; extensive travel opportunities representing sponsors and charitable partners; access to various New York City events, including movie premieres and screenings, Broadway shows and launch parties.
Source: Miss Universe Organization
photos courtesy of Miss Teen USA/Miss Universe

This is your chance to vote for a finalist in the 2015 Miss America Competition!

Vote for the ONE person you would like to see become America’s Choice live on ABCSunday, September 14, 2014 at 9pm ET (Pre-show starts at 8pm) at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey!

Cast your vote using one of the links below:
Voting closes at 11:59pm EST on Friday, September 12, 2014
There is a limit of one (1) vote per person per contestant, regardless of method of voting.

Let’s get social!
Share with friends and let us know your choice on social media using #MissAmerica
Countdown to the Crown…
Tune-in September 14th @ 8:00pm on ABC!

Source: Miss America Organization

The Miss America Organization Announces the Celebrity Panel of National Judges to Select Miss America 2015

Live on ABC Sunday, September 14 at 9PM (EST) 

LINWOOD, NJ - The Miss America Organization revealed today the star-studded panel of national judges for the 2015 Miss America Competition. The renowned panel that will determine the successor to the crown includes a former Miss America; US Military General; Supermodel/CEO; Entrepreneur Extraordinaire; Executive Producer/Writer; Olympic Gymnast and Football Player/Author.

This diverse group of celebrities will evaluate the contestants during the competition in Atlantic City on September 14. Broadcasting live at 9 p.m. (EST) on ABC from Boardwalk Hall, the judges will assess the contestants prior to the final night of competition. The celebrity panel will score the contestants’ performance in categories such as Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit, Evening Wear, Talent, Interview, and an On-Stage question.

Accomplished in their respective fields, these national judges are experts in areas where today’s young women excel. They exude intelligence, leadership, talent, physical fitness, and dedication to community service.

The national judges are…


Marc Cherry

Donald Driver

Kathy Ireland

Shawn Johnson
Anne Macdonald
Lee Meriwether
Gary Vaynerchuk


As these successful individuals come together, they will bring their expertise and knowledge of their respective fields to the judges table to help crown our new Miss America. Tune-in to ABC on Sunday, September 14th to watch our esteemed panel of judges evaluate our 53 amazing contestants as they compete to be Miss America 2015.

To view photos or read the full biographies of this year’s national judges, or for more information on the 2015 Miss America Competition, please visit www.MissAmerica.org.

Source: Miss America

Chris Harrison and Co-Host Lara Spencer return for The 2015 Miss America Competition

Live on ABC Sunday, September 14 at 9PM (EST)

Linwood, NJ - The Miss America Organization is excited to announce the return of final night Host Chris Harrison and Co-Host Lara Spencer for the 2015 Miss America Competition! Both hosts have helped to create a memorable event in the past and we are excited to have them back.

Chris Harrison has had quite an extraordinary career in television. From covering local sports in Oklahoma City to venturing into the field of entertainment television, Chris has brought his charm, charisma, and experience to the screen when hosting many of television’s top series and events. Chris hosted HGTV’s Designer’s Challenge, ABC’s The BachelorThe Bachelorette and also The Bachelor in Paradise. He has also had the opportunity to host and co-host several national events on ABC, including The 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee, the 2008 American Music Awards Red Carpet Live!, andRoad to the 60th Primetime Emmy® Awards.

Lara Spencer, co-anchor of ABC News’ Emmy® Award-winning morning program Good Morning America, is returning to the Miss America competition as co-host for the second consecutive year. Spencer has been the co-host for ABC’s award-winning Good Morning America since April 2014.  In addition to her esteemed career as a journalist, Spencer is a New York Times bestselling author of I Brake for Yard Sales and forthcoming Flea Market Fabulous (Sept. 16 2014) and the creator and executive producer of Flea Market Flip on HGTV.  Spencer graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Pennsylvania State University where she attended on a full athletic scholarship for springboard and platform diving and was named an All-American athlete her senior year.  She is married and has two children, Duff and Kate.

On Sunday, September 14, these two remarkable hosts will continue to make Miss America history as they present the 2015 Miss America Competition Live on ABC. The Miss America Organization is thrilled to have such a talented and charmed team return for this grand event.




Source: Miss America Organization

Florida welcomed the 2015 Miss America Contestants

Last week, the Sunshine State welcomed the Miss America Class of 2015!  Just weeks before making their grand arrival in Atlantic City to compete at the 2015 Miss America Competition, the fifty-three amazing young women created many lasting memories and life-long friendships!  While enjoying the sunshine, they showed their love and support for the teens at the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Competition, as well as making final preparations for their Miss America journey!

Our newly crowned state titleholders met with national sponsors, including Tony Bowls for an amazing formal gown photo shoot, and met with representatives from Joseph Ribkoff Inc., who hosted an elegant luncheon by the pool with a Joseph Ribkoff fashion show.

Mary Sullivan, our State Executive Director for the Miss Florida Organization, along with David Lang and Carry O’Neal of Regalia Magnificent Apparel, hosted a wonderful dinner at Maggiano’s where our contestants were also serenaded by the country’s newest performing sensation, Far Young.

The schedule was filled with exciting events to highlight their extraordinary moments in Orlando, including the warm welcome by our friends at Disney World, who invited the Miss America Class of 2015 to experience the excitement of the Walt Disney World Resort! The contestants were treated like royalty as they visited the park and experienced the wonderful attractions while shooting personal videos, making their own Disney magic and showing their #DisneySide.

The Miss America Organization sincerely thanks our sponsors, our generous hosts, our State Executive Directors and the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization for helping to create such a memorable experience for the Miss America Class of 2015!

Special congratulations to
Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2015 
Olivia McMillan!

Special congratulations to Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2015  Olivia McMillan crowned in Orlando.
Source: Miss America Organization

Show Us Your Shoes Parade in New Jersey

A tradition that began in 1921 on the famous Atlantic City boardwalk is back and will be bigger and better than ever!


Get your tickets today!  The Miss America Show Us Your Shoes Parade will showcase floats, bands, dignitaries, military heroes, celebrities, youth groups, special units, our Forever Miss Americas, and, of course, our 53 contestants showing off those fabulously festive shoes and costumes!


Bring the whole family! It’s definitely a celebration that you do not want to miss!

Tickets are also available at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office (Cash only.  Hours: Monday - Friday from 11am to 5pm and Saturday 10am – 2pm).


SOURCE: Miss America Organization

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