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Amazing Win, Amazing Loss: Miss America Living Happily, EVEN After by Angela Perez Baraquio
Being Miss America: Behind the Rhinestone Curtain by Kate Shindle


Subject: Kira's talent does not seem so off target compared to these un-entertaining ones. . .


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Date Posted: 21:21:15 10/24/14 Fri

From the post below for Miss America 1964:

Colorado - Sharon Kay Ritchie – 18 - dramatic monologue – “The Murder of Lucrice”
1RU Oregon - Dorothy Mae Johnson – 18 – dramatic monologue – “MacBeth”
2RU Chicago - Florence Gallagher – 21 - vocal - “Love is Where You Find It”
3RU North Carolina - Clara Faye Arnold – 18 – dramatic monologue – “Sabrina Fair” – PSS
4RU Oklahoma - Ann Campbell - 21 – speech / furniture design display - PSS

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Subject: Miss America Homecoming


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Date Posted: 23:30:03 10/23/14 Thu

This weekend, the Empire State welcomes home Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev to celebrate her incredible achievements and the Miss New York Organization's third consecutive win of the Miss America title on September 14th at the legendary Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

Kira's homecoming began today in Brooklyn with her platform work against domestic violence at Safe Horizon's We Are Survivors breakfast. There Kira was featured in panel discussions led by survivors of domestic violence.

Homecoming continues over the weekend with events hosted by the Miss New York Organization. Tomorrow, the celebration moves to Staten Island with a reception at the Above Rooftop in the Hilton Hotel. On Saturday evening, they will head to Manhattan for the New York Harbor Spirit of New York dinner cruise for a night of dining and dancing.

Since Miss America's history-making crowning last month, Kira has been traveling the country advocating her personal platform, Love Shouldn't Hurt: Protecting Women Against Domestic Violence bringing needed awareness to an issue of vital importance to all women.

In support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Kira has launched the #VOWtoEndIt Campaign, and has had her Op Ed piece published in USA Today online. She also appeared on the HuffPost Live's Domestic Violence Awareness: Making Campuses Safe Panel. She will close the month speaking to students at Atlantic City High School about education and will serve as the keynote speaker at Clemson University's Alpha Chi Omega event benefitting Safe Harbor of upstate South Carolina.

Kira has already embarked as the Goodwill Ambassador for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and will soon be traveling to Washington, DC for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Annual Celebration beginning with a White House visit and followed by a trip with the children to Disney World in Orlando.

We congratulate Kira on her wonderful achievements and we extend our special thanks to Debra Cantoni, our State Executive Director and the Miss New York Organization for all of their incredible efforts.

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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: 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: of the miss americas who have won since 1980 who is the most natural looking ( and the least)


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Date Posted: 23:25:41 10/18/14 Sat

I am not too familiar with Mao. this is not intended as a bash fest so do not go there

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Subject: Astonishing Similarities: Miss Alabama 2014 competes in near replica of MIss New Jersey 1980's Evening Gown


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Date Posted: 15:07:57 10/24/14 Fri

Now that a few weeks have elapsed, it's interesting to note that Caitlin Brunnell's evening gown is remarkably similar in design to the one wore by Therese Hanley, Miss New Jersey 1980.

Check out this link: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153220946384816&set=p.10153220946384816&type=1&theater

A side-by-side comparison reveals striking similarities. Just goes to show, everything old is new again!

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Subject: Does anyone know if the tony bowls sponsorship will be repeated for next year?


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Date Posted: 12:34:29 10/24/14 Fri


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


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Date Posted: 07:32:32 10/25/14 Sat


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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: Miss America at Safe Horizons event


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Date Posted: 17:36:03 10/24/14 Fri



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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: Which contestant who DID NOT make it into the Top 15, would you have liked to see on TV. Please give your reasoning.


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Date Posted: 21:13:10 10/06/14 Mon

It seems that the same group of girls makes the top each year. This year after attending prelims and the final show, I have my own list of girls who I thought could have made the Top 15 that I was shocked didn't! Who do you guys think got "politically" taken out of the running?

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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: 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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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: Miss Tennessee and Miss South Dakota on final night of Miss America competition


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Subject: Does anyone have more info about the new MAO State Advisory Council?


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Date Posted: 10:07:16 10/17/14 Fri


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Subject: Just a thought


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Date Posted: 03:39:36 10/25/14 Sat

MAO keeps saying, "we're looking for the most well-rounded contestant, not the most talented."

Well wouldn't well-rounded mean what the scoring was years ago? %25 everything?

That makes more sense than saying you're looking for someone who's well-rounded in all areas, with scoring being %25 interview, %35 talent, %20 EG, %15 SS, %5 OSQ. Sounds like a pretty all over the place kind of girl other than well-rounded to me.

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Subject: what's going on in DE? heard most of the board resigned? did they not get their license?


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Date Posted: 19:11:13 10/23/14 Thu


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Subject: 60 Years Ago


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Date Posted: 07:43:22 10/22/14 Wed

Colorado - Sharon Kay Ritchie – 18 - dramatic monologue – “The Murder of Lucrice”
1RU Oregon - Dorothy Mae Johnson – 18 – dramatic monologue – “MacBeth”
2RU Chicago - Florence Gallagher – 21 - vocal - “Love is Where You Find It”
3RU North Carolina - Clara Faye Arnold – 18 – dramatic monologue – “Sabrina Fair” – PSS
4RU Oklahoma - Ann Campbell - 21 – speech / furniture design display - PSS
Top 10
Alabama - Patricia Byrd Huddleston – 21 - operatic vocal – “Pace pace mio dio”(La Forza del Forstino) - PT
Arizona - Beth Andre – 18 - comedy monologue – “What Do I Do Now, Mr. McLeod?”
Florida - Sandra Wirth – 19 – fire baton twirling – “St. Louis Blues” - PT
Hawaii - Barbara Mamo Vieira – 22 - Hawaiian Hula dance / vocal – “Blue Hawaii” - PSS
Massachusetts - Virginia E. Maffucci – dramatic monologue – “The Button” - PT
Remainder
Arkansas - Charlene "Cherie" Marie Bowers – 18 - vocal – “I Want to Be Evil”
California - Barbara Jane Harris – 20 - vocal – “Over the Rainbow”
Canada - Dalyce Gail Smith – 23 - dramatic monologue – “The Yukon”
Connecticut - Audrey Vivian Figlar - 20- Charleston dance
Delaware - Joanne Loraine Sakowski – 19 – vocal
District of Columbia - Judith Anne Dunkle – 19 - vocal
Georgia - Jeanine Aleatrice Parris – 22 - dramatic monologue
Idaho - Judy Lynn Voiten – 19 - vocal / guitar – “Western Folk Song Medley”
Illinois - Marian Elizabeth Cox – 20 - vocal – “If I Loved You”(Carousel)
Indiana - Carolyn Sue Turner – 19 - chalk talk
Iowa - Kay Taylor – 20 - tap dance – “French Maids Dreaming of Marriage”
Kansas - Gail White -19 - piano
Kentucky - Ann Shirley Gillock - 20 - organ
Louisiana - Jan Aline Johnston – 18 - dramatic monologue
Maine - Janice Elaine Vaughan – 18 - dramatic monologue
Maryland - Carol Jennette – 20 - fashion display / speech – “How to Pack a Suitcase”
Michigan - Margaret Ellen Devereaux -20 - piano
Minnesota - Marlyse Lee Reed – 20 - dramatic monologue – “L’Aiglon (The Eaglet King of Rome)”
Mississippi - Carolyn Cochran –19 - dramatic monologue
Missouri - Sharon Frances Knickmeyer –20 - filmed synchronized swimming - NFT
Montana - Berta Mae Huebl – 21 - vocal
Nebraska - Sandra Elizabeth Speicher – 20 - speech – “Teaching Handicapped Students”
Nevada - Vivienne Mae Potter –21 - dramatic monologue – “An Address to the Jury”
New Hampshire - Margaret Aldred Johnson – 18 - dramatic monologue
New Jersey - Patricia Elmira Campbell – 18 - dance
New York City - Diana Deutsch – 18 - art sketching
North Dakota - Mary Ann Gibbs – 18 - vocal
Ohio - Marguerite Elizabeth Garr – 18 - vocal / autoharp – “Old Black Joe”
Pennsylvania - Pam Ulrich – 23 - dramatic monologue – “Prayer Recitation”
Puerto Rico - Gladys Rodriguez –18 - withdrew due to illness
Rhode Island - Claire May Emerson – 23 - dramatic monologue
South Carolina - Martha Dean Chestnut – 19 - piano
South Dakota - Connie Darlene White -20 - piano
Tennessee - Patricia Anne Williams – 19 - operatic vocal – “The Student Prince”
Texas - June Prichard – 23 - filmed rodeo horseback riding
Utah - Suzanne Poulton – 21 - dramatic reading
Vermont - Phyllis R. Reich – 18 - vocal / dance
Virginia - Betty Sue Mathews – 19 - vocal – “There’s No Business Like Show Business”
West Virginia - Mary Lou Fryman – 21 - operatic vocal – “Italian Street Song”
Wisconsin - Margaret Carolynne Walls – 18 - toe tap dance
PPS - North Carolina - Clara Faye Arnold – 18, 5’3, 107#, 35-24-35, blonde, blue
PSS - Oklahoma – Ann Campbell – 21, 5’6, 117#, 36-24-36, brown, brown
PSS - Hawaii – Barbara Vieira – 22, 5’8, 130#, 36-24-36, brown, brown
Florida - Sandra Wirth won preliminary talent even though she dropped her baton twice. The newspaper report said she received overwhelming applause from the audience because her twirling was so exciting.
Miss Idaho's talent may have included yodeling, but not certain
If anyone has more information or knows of missing talent song/play/etc. selections please let us know.
Thank you.

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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: Beautiful Photo of Miss Iowa


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Date Posted: 18:16:21 10/24/14 Fri


Pleased to share the evening with the men of #AlphaPhiAlpha at #MarchOfDimes #ChefsAuction. Always gentlemen. #MissIowa

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Subject: Is it appropriate for a State Board Member emcee a local in their state?


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Date Posted: 11:48:43 10/12/14 Sun


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Date Posted: 19:36:03 10/22/14 Wed


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Subject: Can anyone tell me who designed this dress? I am in love!


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Date Posted: 19:34:27 10/20/14 Mon

http://instagram.com/p/uV3-uxKqs4/?modal=true

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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: 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: This is for Mallory Hagan or any other pageant girl who can relate


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Date Posted: 20:25:15 10/22/14 Wed

When you first moved to new York what did you do to make new friends? I'm about to move from a very small town to Atlanta and I don't know anyone. I've never had to "make friends" because my friends have been the same people since first grade. The reason why I'm asking on this platform is because I trust former title holders and value their opinions and strive to be just like all of you. So any advice for me? Also if it helps I'm 21 and just got my associate degree and will be transferring to a bigger college.

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Subject: How do you sign up to get a Christmas card from your miss state and miss america herself ??


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Date Posted: 18:56:01 10/23/14 Thu


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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: https://archive.org/details/MissTelevision1950Contest


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Date Posted: 11:59:44 10/23/14 Thu


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Subject: Miss Wisconsin 2003- Tina Sauerhammer MD became Northeast Wisconsin's first fellowship-trained pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgeon


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Date Posted: 22:03:14 10/22/14 Wed

Great article in the Green Bay newspaper about Tina, sorry you may need to cut and paste to read it.

http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/life/style/you/2014/10/22/tina-sauerhammer-returns-to-green-bay/17710143/

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Subject: Can anyone suggest a pageant gown store in Charlotte, North Carolina or Charleston, South Carolina?


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Date Posted: 21:08:42 10/19/14 Sun


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