Miss Puerto Rico


Yarelis Y. Salgado, a 20 year old from Rio Grande, was chosen as the new Miss Puerto Rico. Moments after being selected, Salgado shared her excitement about winning the Miss Puerto Rico title. “I am already looking forward to my duties this year, traveling, meeting new people and getting the word out about my platform, which is “Giving a Smile to a Child with Cancer,” said Salgado. As Miss Puerto Rico, Salgado receives a total of $5,000 in scholarship and the opportunity to compete for even more scholarship dollars as she seeks the Miss America title in Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 14, 2014. Currently a student at the University of Puerto Rico – Bayamon Campus, Salgado is majoring in Biology and hopes to pursue a career as pediatric oncologist. During her year as Miss Puerto Rico, Salgado will travel throughout the island advocating her platform issue. “

As a future medical student, I understand the complications of cancer and have spent countless hours as a volunteer for various organizations, including Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in Puerto Rico. I have spent time sharing, caring and comforting phenomenal children and their parents; as well as created, developed and participated in toy drives, marathons and fundraisers,” said Salgado. She will talk to various government representatives, business leaders, community groups and citizens-at-large, urging them to get involved in the fight for cancer. Giancarla Sambo, president of the Miss Puerto Rico Scholarship Organization commented on the new Miss Puerto Rico. “Yarelis embodies qualities a role model for young women and girls should have,” said Sambo. “She’s talented, ambitious and accomplished. We are excited about working with her this year.”

A number of other contestants received awards during the Miss Puerto Rico competition, including: Miss Bayamon, Stephanie Ramos who placed as 1stRunner-Up and won the Community Service Scholarship Award; Miss Guaynabo, Rubhi Garcia who placed 2nd Runner-Up; Miss Interameican University of San German, Beverly Alvarez who placed 3rd Runner-Up and was chosen as Miss Congeniality; and Miss Toa Alta Yelienid Cintron who placed 4thRunner-Up and won the International Air & Hospitality Academy Scholarship Award. Salgado also won the Scholar Award Scholarship. The Miss Puerto Rico Scholarship Organization provides opportunities for young women to achieve their personal and professional ambitions. Contestants also participate in community service activities and develop leadership skills that help them excel in their chosen career and life goals. The Miss Puerto Rico Scholarship Organization is a not-for-profit affiliate of the Miss America Organization. Winners of the annual Miss Puerto Rico Competition are eligible to compete in the Miss America Competition, held every year in Atlantic City in September.

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. Each year, the Miss America Organization makes available more than $45 million in cash and tuition scholarship assistance. Based in Linwood, New Jersey, 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 unique nationwide community-based programs. On an annual basis, Miss America state and local titleholders, along with the Organization’s network of volunteers, participate in more than 12,000 community-service projects, providing in excess of 500,000 service hours to worthy causes. For more information about the Miss America Organization please visit www.missamerica.org. For more information about the Miss Puerto Rico Scholarship Organization please visit www.missPR.org

Source: MissPR.org

MAO Nina Davuluri

Miss America Pushes for STEM Diversity in Our Nation’s Capital

Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri was in Washington, D.C. this week to speak with teachers and legislators on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) to help build the Miss America Foundation’s STEM education platform. On Monday, Nina spoke at a roundtable with this year’s class of Einstein Fellows, which is comprised of teachers who spend a year in our nation’s capital working at the National Science Foundation or other agencies and offices. She addressed the growing interest of STEM education, while illustrating the array of opportunities that can be achieved from pursuing a career in a STEM field.
Photos from the US Department of Education
As a student who received a Bachelor of Science degree in Brain Behavior and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Michigan, Nina is proud to use the title of Miss America as well as her own first hand experiences in STEM to inspire and encourage young women to study and to pursue careers in STEM related fields.

Wednesday, Nina joined the Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Attorney General Eric Holder, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Chief Curator of the National Air and Space Museum Peter L. Jakab, and Chef Carla Hall co-host of ABC’s “The Chew” and Miss America 2014 Judge for the fourth annual “Let’s Read! Let’s Move!” event held at the National Air and Space Museum (NASM). Nina read to the children and engaged children in a conversation about what astronauts wear in space. She also assisted children in making their very own space helmets for the “go to space” activity with David Messick and the Rainbow Productions puppets.

The Miss America Organization and its Board of Directors are committed to building and strengthening Miss America efforts in education. For more information, visit www.MissAmerica.org.

Source: Miss America Organization

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

SourceMiss Puerto Rico’s Outstanding Teen Organization

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

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