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Subject: Miss America Interview DVD's only two of the top five are included


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Date Posted: 22:25:04 10/30/14 Thu


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Subject: http://www.pbase.com/nikonbuff/above&page=1


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Thanks Julius!
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Date Posted: 07:32:32 10/25/14 Sat


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Subject: Question about Julius' Photos from Kira's Homecoming


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Date Posted: 23:14:44 10/30/14 Thu

Has the Miss A Unlimited site downloaded all of Julius' photos to their site? I didn't think that was allowed.

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Subject: Miss America takes selfies with students at Atlantic City H.S.


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Date Posted: 19:06:16 10/30/14 Thu

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/miss-america-takes-selfies-with-students-at-atlantic-city-high/article_0cfcefc6-6063-11e4-aa5c-d733faaa2cd0.html

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Subject: 50 Years Ago


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(September 1965)
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Date Posted: 08:05:45 10/29/14 Wed

Kansas - Deborah Irene Bryant – dramatic monologue – “Miserable Miseliness of Midas Moneybags” - PSS
2 Mississippi - Patricia Anne Puckett – vocal – “I Ain’t Down Yet”(Unsinkable Molly Brown) - PSS
3 Indiana - Eileen Mary Smith – vocal - “Sound of Music Medley” - PT
4 Florida - Carol Lynn Blum – operatic vocal – “Il Baccio”
5 Wisconsin - Sharon Mae Singstock – vocal – “Rockabye Your Baby”
Top 10
Alabama - Linda Sue Folsom – operatic vocal – “Caro nome che ‘il mio cor”(Rigoletto) - PT
Louisiana - Lynda Lee Ferguson – “Italian Street Song”(Naughty Marietta)
Oregon - Susan Elizabeth Pack – “Lonely Goatherd”(Sound of Music)
South Carolina - Nancy Janice Moore – piano – “Chopstix in Three Variations” “There She Is” - PT
Utah - Frances Yvonne Vernon – interpretive dance / taped violin – “American Pioneer Woman”/“This is Woman”
Remainder
Alaska - Mary Ruth Nidiffer – vocal – “Typically Engish” (Stop the World)
Arizona - Sandra Montgomery – vocal – “Once in a Lifetome”/ “I Love Being Here with You”
Arkansas - Rhonda Oglesby – vocal -
California - Sandra Becker – vocal – “Make Believe” – NFT(Popular Vocal)
Colorado - Kristina Holm – piano – “More” / “Gigi”
Connecticut - Donna Scott – vocal – “Someone to Watch Over Me”
Delaware - Kathleen Grandell – vocal – “Ave Maria”
Georgia - Mary Jane Yates – vocal – “With a Song in My Heart”
Hawaii - Roberta Rosana Conlan – speech – “Hawaiian History”
Idaho - Rhonda Hammond – fashion designs – NFT(Specialty)
Illinois - Kathleen Oros – “Just You Wait”(My Fair Lady)
Iowa - Marie Mushro – ballet dance – “Dying Swan” – NFT(dance)
Kentucky - Rebecca Snyder – dramatic monologue – “Portrayal of the Sphinx”
Maine - Ellen Fowler – vocal /dance – “Some People”(Gypsy)
Maryland - Barbara Lynn Hamilton – monologue / vocal – “Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man”
Massachusetts - Mabel Bendiksen – monologue / vocal – “Hazard of Nuclear Fallout” – NFT(Specialty)
Michigan - Esther Lynne Smith – operatic vocal - - NFT(Classical vocal)
Minnesota - Jeanne Ruth – dance – “West Side Story” – NFT(dance)
Missouri - Lesley Fleenor – vocal – “Hard Hearted Hannah”
Montana - Dianne Feller – operatic vocal – “Un bel di”(Madam Butterfly) – NFT(Classical vocal)
Nebraska - Karen Hansmeier – operatic vocal – “Love is Where You Find It”
Nevada - Kathryn Blaikie – vocal / dance – “I’m Late”(Alice in Wonderland) - PSS
New Hampshire -Cheryl Leigh Buffum – monologue / dance – “I Ain’t Down Yet”
New Jersey - Kathleen Holmes – vocal / tap dance – “Steppin Out with My Baby”
New Mexico - Ellen Growdon – dramatic monologue – “Relationship of Mother and Daughte”
New York - Marlene Butcher – vocal / dance – “I Ain’t Down Yet”
North Carolina - Penelope Clark – ballet – “Robina”
North Dakota - Onalee Olson – Charleston dance -
Ohio - Valerie Lavin – vocal / dance – “I Ought to Dance”
Oklahoma - Sandra Curtis – dramatic monologue – “Sorry, Wrong Number”
Pennsylvania - Judith Lynn McConnell – dramatic monologue – “Saint Joan” – NFT(drama)
Rhode Island - Maureen Manton – dramatic monologue – “Diary of Anne Frank”
South Dakota Nancy Sandwick – vocal – “wouldn’t It Be Loverly”/”Danced All Night”
Tennessee - Marcia Murray – piano – “Spellbound”
Texas - Mary Lou Butler – vocal -
Vermont - Lois Dodge – vocal – “Climb Every Mountain”
Virginia - Jean Marilyn Inge – speech – “Democracy”
Washington - Kippy Lou Brinkman – harp / tap dance – “Night and Day” - NFT
West Virginia - Lois Ratcliff – dramatic monologue – “Lonesome Train” – NFT*(drama)
Wyoming - Trudy Brower – vocal – “From This Moment On”

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Subject: Question pageant fans!


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Date Posted: 21:25:09 10/29/14 Wed

I was asked to judge a local pageant in a state where pageantry is not very big would it be okay for me to wear a nice pair of dark jeans to judge? I know in my state most people get dressed up to go to a local but I don't know if in any smaller states it be okay to dress down just a little. What are your thoughts?

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Subject: ** I do NOT want any Kira related comments to this** Who in the 2015 class belong to sororities? What chapters do they belong to?


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Date Posted: 17:50:41 10/30/14 Thu

I'm going to join a sorority when I transfer and would like to know which Miss States belong to which sororities. I also would like to know which Miss States don't belong to any sorority?

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Subject: Was Shawntel Smith well liked during her reign?


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Date Posted: 19:51:49 10/25/14 Sat


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Subject: What's going on with the Delaware board? 3 board members have resigned: the lawyer, choreographer, and a long time board member. I hope they weren't discouraged with the pending lawsuit from Amanda longacre. (Not sure I spelled that correctly)


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Date Posted: 18:54:46 10/30/14 Thu


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Subject: Nina is at Duke University this weekend


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Date Posted: 19:09:55 10/30/14 Thu

It's a beautiful fall day here! Excited to kick off festivities for the Duke MBA Weekend for Women! #MissAmericaTravels #Education #Scholarship #Ambition

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Subject: Beauty Pageant: Exemption Revoked and Scholarships Taxable


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Date Posted: 07:22:48 10/28/14 Tue

While beauty may be in the eye of the judges, a beauty pageant’s qualification as an Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) charity is in the eye of the Internal Revenue Service.

Although the name of the pageant has been redacted, I smell saltwater taffy—and can hear redacted singing: “There she is, Miss [redacted]. There she is, your ideal. The dream of a million girls who are more than pretty can come true in [redacted] City.”

The IRS paraded these facts down its exemption runway and revoked a pageant’s exemption:

Contract of the winner. “If I am selected as ‘Miss * * *’ at the competition, I will serve as ‘Miss * * *’ during the Year of Service and until my successor is selected or appointed. The duties and obligations of my service as ‘Miss * * *’ have been described to me and I understand and accept them. I agree that I will dedicate my entire time, efforts and energy during my Year of Service to the fulfillment of these duties and obligations, and that I will engage in no other business or other activities that will in any way interfere with the duties and obligations of my Year of Service. However, school academic activities take precedence." [This is just one provision of a much longer contract.]

Contract if selected as Runner-Up. “If I am selected at the competition as a runner-up for the title of ‘Miss * * *’, I agree to remain available to assume all of the rights, obligations and commitments of the Year of Service, as described in Section 5 of this Application and Contract, in the event that the Miss * * * Organization appoints me to do so by reason of the inability or ineligibility, during the Year of Service, of any Contestant who was selected as Miss * * * or as another runner-up." [Sort of like rules of U.S. Presidential succession: Vice President; Speaker of the House; President Pro Tempore of the Senate; Secretary of State; Secretary of the Treasury; Secretary of Defense; Attorney General; Secretary of the Interior; Secretary of Commerce. The list goes on, naming other cabinet offices.]

The law according to the IRS:

Exempt purposes qualifying for exemption under Section 501(c)(3) include religious, charitable, scientific, testing for public safety, educational, amateur sports competition or prevention of cruelty to children or animals. Contests or pageants are not described under this section or in the corresponding tax regulations.

In Miss Georgia Scholarship Fund, Inc. v. Commissioner, 72 T.C. 267 (1979) regarding a scholarship granting entity independent of pageant organizations, the organization was found to be not exempt under Section 501(c)(3) due to contractual obligations placed on the scholarship winners. The contractual obligations included performance in the Miss Georgia pageant and CO-1 pageant. These obligations placed upon scholarship recipients were found not to be exclusively 501(c)(3) purposes.

In Bingler v. Johnson, 394 US 741, 751 (1969), the Supreme Court stated that to be excluded from gross income under IRC Section 117, scholarships must be relatively disinterested, "no strings" educational grants, with no requirements of any substantial quid pro quo from the recipients.

Reg 44.4421-1 Defines beauty pageants as "contests." ". . .(3) Contest. -- A contest includes any type of contest involving speed, skill, endurance, popularity, politics, strength, appearances, etc., such as a general or primary election, the outcome of a nominating convention, a dance marathon, a log-rolling, wood-chopping, weight-lifting, corn-husking*, beauty contest, etc."

Reg 1.117-4(c)(1) provides that "any amount paid, or allowed to, or on behalf of an individual to enable him or her to pursue studies shall not be considered to be an amount received as a scholarship if the amount represents either compensation for past, present, or future employment services or represents payment for services that are subject to the direction or supervision of the grantor."

For an organization to qualify for tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3), its activities must be exclusively Section 501(c)(3) activities. The vast majority of the pageant activities involve organizing and conducting beauty pageants and supporting [National Organization], neither of which is a Section 501(c)(3) activity.

While the pageant uses the term "scholarships" for marketing purposes, and used this term on their application for exemption, these monetary awards aren't qualified scholarships per Section 117. In Revenue Ruling 68-20, 1968-1 CB 55, the IRS held that under Section 117 a scholarship is includable in the gross income of a beauty pageant winner as compensation for participating in the contest, playing a leading role in the televised pageant and for performing subsequent services for, or at the direction of, the sponsoring corporation.

For a 501(c)(3) organization to be based on providing scholarships, the awards must be consistent with true scholarships as defined in Section 117. This code section defines scholarships as being free from obligations, as was made clear in the Bingler v. Johnson case. In contrast, the awards provided by the pageant have significant contractual obligations attached. Contestants are required to attend pageant rehearsals, attend and perform in the pageants themselves and agree not to participate in any competing pageant activities.

Contestants must agree to give up all rights to intangible assets associated with the pageant, such as photographs, and copyright claims. They must agree to the pageant using the contestant's name, likeness and/or physical depiction for any purpose in perpetuity. Additionally, contestants are required to meet predefined fundraising goals as defined by the contract. [emphasis supplied.] No contestant may participate in a pageant without first signing the contract, legally binding themselves (sic) to these predetermined contractual obligations. Furthermore, the contract stipulates each contestant is an independent contractor, indicating the monetary awards are in fact payments for services.

Fundraising Activities: In addition to pageant ticket sales, funding for the organization is provided by corporate sponsors and through various fundraising events held throughout the year. Fundraising events include—bingo and poker tournaments, concession stands, an annual golf tournament and an annual ball. These fundraising events are staffed by volunteers.

To qualify for monetary awards, applicants must first establish themselves as contestants in beauty pageants, and perform all duties associated with the pageants by means of a signed contract. The contract places substantial and ongoing obligations and services upon each pageant contestant. As such, the monetary awards are inextricably linked with services performed in conjunction with pageant operations; the monetary awards are, therefore, compensatory in nature. As compensatory payments aren't scholarships, no basis for tax exemption under IRC 501(c)(3) exists.

Not a pretty picture for the scholarship winners. In revoking the organization’s tax-exemption, the IRS also held that the monetary awards to contestants weren’t qualified scholarships; thus, they weren't excludable from the income of the recipients.

The monetary awards provided to pageant contestants, referred to as "scholarships" by the taxpayer, are compensatory in nature and are not qualified scholarships per IRC 117. As such, they serve no valid basis for any form of tax exemption, and are not excludable from recipients' taxable income under Section 117. These service related payments represent compensation in accordance with Treasury Regulation 1.117-4(c)(1), and Revenue Ruling 68-20, 1968-1 CB 55.

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Subject: Contestant recruiting strategies for local programs? Anyone have any tried and true suggestions? Those who are past contestants, how did you hear about the pageant to begin competing?


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Date Posted: 18:45:20 10/29/14 Wed


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Subject: Miss Texas Gown


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Date Posted: 21:00:57 10/17/14 Fri

My favorite gown at Miss America! Does anyone know if these gowns will be brought into Tony Bowls gown line this year?

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Subject: Any news on Ms. Senior America?


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Although there is no connection to Miss America, this national competition was held this week in AC. The finals were supposed to have been held this afternoon. So does anyone have any results? I am curious because I judged the state pageant and I was interested to find out how well our lady did.
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Subject: Interesting NY Times article on the sorority system. ...


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Date Posted: 11:07:58 10/30/14 Thu

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/02/education/edlife/greek-letters-at-a-price.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0

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Subject: Miss America is almost 100 years old, with a huge imprint on America's cultural history. As I was researching topics relating to Atlantic City Tourism/Casinos. I was shocked that there is not a really comprehensive year by year history of the MA pageant. Though some of the history was addressed by Kate Shindle in her very good book, it was really its focus... Frank Deford's book is great ...but it was published in 71/72. My question is 1) Why??? And 2) Would there be a market if someone tried? It seems that an in depth oral history should have been done years ago, There are so many great stories that are going to be lost over time...it would be a shame not to collect and publish them.


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Date Posted: 14:40:26 10/25/14 Sat


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Subject: What state would you say promotes their girl the most? Which ones have the most appearances throughout their reign?


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Date Posted: 23:58:59 10/26/14 Sun


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Subject: PRSSA at Salem State University


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Date Posted: 05:59:19 10/30/14 Thu

Bridging the Gap

October 15, 2013 · by SSU PRSSA

Brown. The shade of skin hardly inked in American history books. The shade of skin that brands people as “towel heads” and “dot heads.” The shade of skin mostly known in positive media spotlighted as “that girl from Slumdog Millionaire.” The shade of skin equated to terrorism, 9/11, and Islam. The shade of skin I have been ashamed of – until Nina Davuluri.

On September 15, 2013, my Twitter, Facebook, and every news source I read exploded over the controversialmiss-america issue of the newly crowned Miss America. For those of you who do not know what I am talking about, an American-born Indian woman (yes, American-born meaning born in America meaning she’s American) named Nina Davuluri of Syracuse, New York, won Miss America.

But the 24-year-old beauty’s success was marred by endless controversy, racial slurs, and ignorance by bountiful “social media mosquitoes.” Yes, tiny, hating, annoying mosquitoes you want to smack because they are sucking the happiness out of the world.

Bigoted tweets such as “Miss America? You mean Miss 7-11” and “Miss America, footlong buffalo chicken on whole wheat. Please and thank you” made it to BuzzFeed’s list of top racist tweets towards Davuluri. Many jumped on Twitter to describe her as “un-American,” “a terrorist,” and “Miss Al Qaeda.” Is this high school again where we anonymously write nasty thoughtless words on the bathroom stalls? In the words of Lilly Singh, a YouTube sensation, comedian, and entertainer, “I don’t get how you can tweet this and the little Twitter bird from your screen didn’t just pop out and take several craps all over you.”

Forgive me for misunderstanding that “Miss America” needs to be a tall, blonde, Caucasian woman.

PAUSE.

Ignorance, in this situation, is anything but bliss.

Now before I go on, I just want to clarify that I do not believe all whites or other non-Indian people, are racist bigots. Actually, the majority of Americans overwhelmingly responded positively – Tyra Banks, Stephen Colbert, Mindy Kaling, Sophia Bush, and Pitbull just to name a few. Alas, not all hope for humanity is lost.

When I first had this idea to write about Nina Davuluri, I wanted to join the bandwagon of all the other heated writers focusing on defending Nina Davuluri. I mean, I’m Indian, Nina’s Indian; she dances Bollywood style, I watch Bollywood movies. We’ve got a connection, so naturally I wanted to write this post to call out the haters. But in researching the ideologies surrounding Nina’s success I realized this Miss America controversy is part of a bigger storyline in America and internationally. Nina Davuluri’s historic win is affective in three powerful ways:

1) She bridges the gap between two cultures. Nina is an Indian American. As a Desi (a Paskistani, Indian, or Bangladeshi living outside their country), it is difficult balancing both being Indian and American. We do not fit in completely with American culture, nor do we fit in completely with rich Indian culture, rather we are a product of vastly worlds. This is true for many ethnicities. Indian immigrants in general are still fairly new to American soil in comparison to white and black people. Nina’s win gives a different and deeper meaning to the phrase “the world isn’t just black and white.” Often in American history books we only learn about white and black people, but what about the other immigrants that make up the backbone of America?

2) She challenges India’s beauty standards. When I first saw what Nina Davuluri looked like, I was ecstatic because she is a beautiful dark brown color. But my next thought was, “Had this been Miss India, Nina would not even be considered a candidate.” India’s age old definition of beauty is defined almost entirely by skin color. Every Indian family has a girl they are trying to lighten otherwise she will not get married. Every A-lister in Bollywood is fair skinned and almost all of them endorse skin lightening products. According to the article “Can Advertising Chance India’s Obsession with Fair Skin” published by The Atlantic, India’s skin lightening creams generate over $400 million per year. India has an unfair obsession with fair skin to say the least. The irony of Nina’s American win speaks volumes and will perhaps crack the ice cold beauty standards of India as well as redefine them.

3) She challenges the idea that race and religion is no longer an issue in America. As Americans, we are constantly boasting that we are in the age of modernity, tolerance, and open mindedness. Sadly that seemed far from the truth when the winner of Miss America 2014 was revealed. Just one month before the controversy surrounding Miss America, did we not as proud Americans celebrate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s stirring “I Have A Dream” speech? Racism does not follow the timeline of history books. The backlash surrounding Nina shows just how uneducated Americans can be in regards to other races and religions. On the flip side, it showed that the decision to give Nina Davuluri that title was truly appropriate because America needs someone like Nina who can use her platform to cultivate new perceptions of racial and religious stereotyping.

America was built on the backs of immigrants. We find our strength in diversity. To the world we are known as the “melting pot.” The face of America is ever changing- from an African American president to an Indian Miss America. India’s people are brown; China’s people are yellow, Africa’s people are black; but the color of the American people is every shade of every color, and that is a beautiful thing. With open minds and hearts, we must now rediscover what this New America is all about.

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Subject: Miss America 2015 at Clemson


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Date Posted: 00:36:22 10/29/14 Wed



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Subject: I love this group photo from MA Homecoming Weekend!


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Subject: Lovely Photo from Kira's Trip to Long Beach


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Subject: Miss USA state pageants in progress. This is how it is looking now.


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Date Posted: 06:51:44 10/29/14 Wed



ROW 1: ARKANSAS, COLORADO, FLORIDA
ROW 2: IDAHO, ILLINOIS, IOWA, LOUISIANA
ROW 3: MICHIGAN, MONTANA, NEW JERSEY, NORTH CAROLINA, RHODE ISLAND, SOUTH DAKOTA
ROW 4: TENNESSEE, TEXAS, WASHINGTON, WEST VIRGINIA, WISCONSIN, WYOMING

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Subject: Any suggestions on good but inexpensive clip in hair extensions?


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A friend is getting married and wants her hair to stay full all day
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Date Posted: 14:58:49 10/27/14 Mon


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Subject: Has anyone read "The most beautiful girl in the world"? A book about the Miss America Pageant by Sarah Banet-Waiser. Came out in 1999


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Date Posted: 20:40:04 10/23/14 Thu


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Subject: Miss California - Tony Bowls EG


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Date Posted: 16:48:43 10/29/14 Wed

Does anyone have a photo of Miss CA in her TB EG that they could post?

Thank you.

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Date Posted: 23:00:17 10/25/14 Sat

Candice Bennatt, former MissNM is Miss LAUSA! Beautiful!

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Subject: Please explain the Children's Miracle Network partnership with Miss America


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Date Posted: 20:22:02 10/28/14 Tue

I have always supported CMN for personal reasons, but as a new director I do not understand why the state and locals get a percentage back? I would rather it all goes to the children? What are the percentages? I have asked my local field director she was vague? Maybe she does not know herself. New as a director and this paperwork is ridiculous.

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Subject: Stats: in the last six years (2010-2015), NY & OK have been in the top five 4 times; CA 3 times; VA, FL & AR 2 times; MA, MN, WI, KY, WA, TN, LA, WY, IA, SC, AZ, HI, each 1 time. I thought y'all might enjoy this.


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Date Posted: 17:13:27 10/28/14 Tue


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Subject: Can someone tell me.....


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Date Posted: 09:57:21 10/28/14 Tue

Where you can buy a crown broach (pin) to be worn when a crown on your head might not be quite the thing to do? Thanks!!

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Subject: We Love Miss Hawaii


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Date Posted: 18:00:12 10/24/14 Fri


Miss Hawaii Organization

#tbt to planting 53 Koa trees with Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods on the Big Island! Their amazing sponsorship allowed me to gift a Koa tree to each of the 53 contestants at #MissAmerica, which also carbon neutralized their trips, and the trips of 3 supporters, to #AtlanticCity for 2 weeks!! This also happens to be the tree of my fabulous roomie Miss South Dakota see ladies, they are real!!! #misshawaii #misshawaii2014 #koa #ecotour #hawaiianlegacyhardwoods #bigisland

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Subject: Kira is featured in the latest issue of Russian Chicago Magazine


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Date Posted: 04:27:14 10/28/14 Tue

http://russianchicagomag.com/kira_kazantsev/

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Subject: How To Effectively Complain About An MAO Issue On Any Level


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Date Posted: 14:20:11 10/24/14 Fri

Speaking from experience I want to share with you that in order to stand any chance whatsoever of any complaint being given any consideration by the MAO national office the following tedious process MUST be adhered to - once you read this you'll understand why only very committed people ever bother to carry through. For better or worse for the most part we will always choose what is easiest for us rather than what is best for someone else.

#1 All initial letters of complaint must be sent directly to the specific person involved. This may not be done anonymously. The letter should contain only the facts (not feelings or hunches) that you are aware of and why you believe an explanation is in order. Also include a requested time period for a response (14-21 days is appropriate.) This letter should be mailed with signature receipt required.

#2 Note cc: on this letter and send to the appropriate local ED, state ED and Marc. All these copies should also be sent with signature receipts required.

#3 When the original recipient responds the issue may be resolved at that point. If not (or if they do not respond) then a letter similar to the 1st letter should be sent to the local ED (or next person up the ladder) again requesting a time frame for response with copies sent to original person, the state ED and Marc. Enclose a copy of the response if you received one or the signature card if you did not & mail all requiring signature receipt.

#4 When the next recipient responds the issue may be resolved at that point. If not (or if they do not respond) then a letter similar to the 1st & 2nd letter should be sent to the State ED (or next person up the ladder) again requesting a time frame for response with copies sent to original person, the state ED and Marc. Enclose a copy of the response if you received one or the signature card if you did not & mail all requiring signature receipt.

#5 When the next recipient responds the issue may be resolved at that point. If not (or if they do not respond) then a letter similar to the 1st, 2nd & 3rd letter should be sent to the Marc again requesting a time frame for response with copies sent to original person, the local ED and state ED. Enclose a copy of the response if you received one or the signature card if you did not & mail all requiring signature receipt.

#6 If the issue is not yet resolved to your satisfaction after all those steps have been taken, copies of everything you have gathered - your letters, responses, signature receipts should be copied & sent as many MAO Board members (including Sam) as you choose with a cover letter requesting that the non-action on the issue be discussed at the next board meeting. Again these all should be sent with signature receipt required.

#7 is optional. If after contacting board members the issue is still not resolved this may be the time to go "public" with all the information you have gathered (or lack there of) by mailing similar packets as sent to the BOD to local, state and national sponsors asking them to take note & question the issue themselves. If the MAO won't pay attention to you, they may pay attention to the money.

At this point you have done all that you can through the legitimate chain of command and whether you effected a change or not you can be proud of doing the right thing. Your choices then become to resign yourself to the fact that you volunteer or compete in a program that is less than perfect or resign from every aspect of a program you can no longer in good conscience be part of.

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Subject: Important Message from Kate to remember and to pass on to others.


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Date Posted: 08:30:10 10/12/14 Sun

"Oh--and stop sending letters and complaints to the national office and expecting change. Most of the time, they send it right back to the person who's causing the problem. If it's a real problem, call the attorney general, or the media. Or call the Department of Labor and ask if Miss America volunteers can be prohibited from unionizing (which is basically what NAMASP was) by the contract they sign. In most quarters, that is simply illegal."

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Subject: For the person who asked how it is right after you win Miss America. Great view of how it all goes


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Date Posted: 18:21:27 10/15/14 Wed



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Subject: Pageant hair question!


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Date Posted: 19:28:58 10/26/14 Sun

How do you avoid static in your hair after you curl it? I have so much static in my hair every time I curl or straighten it so I figured what better place to ask this question that a pageant board!

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Subject: A question about the judging in certain years.


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Date Posted: 12:09:02 10/23/14 Thu

The string about the Miss America result for 2001, raises this question. Are there certain years where the judging is heavily influenced by the narrative of certain contestants. Obviously one could look at 1995 as an example, and perhaps 1984 as well... Thoughts??

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Subject: Please support my YouTube Channel!


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Date Posted: 12:30:40 10/17/14 Fri



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4iTbJlcr2o

Hey guys! I don't know if I did this right, but I would enjoy all of your support. Check out my video and let me know what you think.

-Leah Sykes
MAOTeen 2014

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Subject: I know it is rude to wear a sash and crown from another organization to a Miss State pageant but is it rude to just wear the sash? Also how old is too old to do that? I know a little girl can get away with it a lot quicker than a 20 year old.


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Date Posted: 18:52:28 10/25/14 Sat


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Subject: 2015 State Pageants


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Date Posted: 22:39:07 10/18/14 Sat

Alabama - June 3-6 at Samford University in Birmingham

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