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Subject: It's time to take action.


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Date Posted: 20:05:35 10/10/14 Fri

After reading Kate’s book and following the conversation we had with her last night, I am seriously considering writing letters to government officials and the media. I don’t want to be perceived as someone with an axe to grind. Can anyone tell me where I can find hard information about the role of the MAO board, Sam’s job description, the financial data and non-profit status of the MAO, proof a large percentage of CMN goes to the MAO and not the charity, the salaries of MAO personnel, public record of abuses among state and local organizations, MAO’s manipulation of the state boards, anything we asked about last night. I am considering writing to MSNBC, Vanity Fair, Atlantic Monthly, Huffington Post, the Daily Beast, TMZ, the pop culture writers for the Philadelphia Inquirer, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. Perhaps you can recommend others. Would you also write letters? Here’s my quandary, if we expose all of the problems within the MAO, will public opinion turn against the pageant to the point it is destroyed?

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Subject: Question about Miss America Travel


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Date Posted: 14:08:33 10/12/14 Sun

When Miss America is booked for an event, is it true that MAO charges the person doing the booking for first class travel for Miss America and her traveling companion?

Then, MAO books Miss America on a cheap flight, in coach, and keeps the money saved for themselves?

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Subject: How much of your states budget goes to scholarships?


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Date Posted: 13:13:11 09/22/14 Mon

Let's see what the numbers really are.

>>>What percent of your states total budget goes to cash scholarships? <<<

I'm asking that someone from each state post theirs.

Here’s how to determine it:

Go to Guidestar.org and search for your state’s program. There you will find their IRS form 990s (which they must submit as a non-profit) from the last 3 years. Use the most recent year reported please. Here I’m using Ohio as an example:

Ohio 2011 (for Miss Ohio 2012)

Grants and similar amounts paid (Line 13- Current year). $50,221
Divide that number by:
Find Total Revenue (Line 12- Current year). $328,537

That’s the percent of your state’s budget that goes to scholarship. = 15%

Please post state, year, total revenue, scholarship $, and scholarship %:

Ohio, 2011 (MissOH 2012 ), $328,537, $50,211 = 15%

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Subject: Another SD beauty is crowned


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Date Posted: 04:50:06 10/14/14 Tue



Autumn Simunek, Miss Oahe

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Subject: Has anyone submitted applications for the Miss Nevada franchise?


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Date Posted: 05:51:51 10/14/14 Tue


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Subject: This may be a stupid question but will the Tony gowns that he designed for each MA contestant this year make their way to his website so we can see them?


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Date Posted: 12:54:11 10/13/14 Mon

Also when will the Mon Cheri collection be for sale? Are those designs already being sold in stores because I keep waiting for his website to be updated with the new gowns but it never is.

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Subject: Interesting point made by a complete stranger at an event


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Date Posted: 19:31:54 10/12/14 Sun

This was an interesting point made last night. One of our local title holders was at an event. She and a woman at her table were talking about Miss America. The older woman mentioned that she didn't even watch it this year, but watched it for 50+ years. She talked about sitting by the TV doing their own scores. She had mentioned that the pageant is missing the nostalgia that the old show had. The big production numbers that won Emmy Awards, having the contestants doing all phases of competition. It used to be more of an event, not just a show. Maybe we need to go that rout?

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Subject: Mod, hope this is okay...


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Date Posted: 20:33:22 10/12/14 Sun

Looking to try some of those moisturizing under eye patches...any favorites? I don't have any friends that have tried them. I figured this venue might provide a few answers...

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Subject: Talent selections performed in Atlantic City


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Date Posted: 01:01:20 10/11/14 Sat

Someone in the archive asked for the talent selection so they could update Wikipedia. Here you go:
AL -Caitlin Brunell – Dance en pointe -“Let It Go”
AK -Amalia Delgado -Vocal -“Mercy on Me”
AZ -Alexa Rogers – Lyrical Dance - “Human”
AR -Ashton Campbell -Vocal -“Via Dolorosa”
CA -Marina Inserra -Vocal -“Bring Him Home”
CO -Stacey Cook - Tahitian Dance -“Runaway Baby’”
CT -Acacia Courtney -Ballet en pointe – “Don Quixote” (Kitri Variation)
DE -Brittany Lewis - Jazz Dance – “Let There Be Love”
DC -Teresa Davis -Piano -“Malaguena”
FL -Victoria Cowen – Lyrical Dance -“Note to God”
GA -Maggie Bridges -Vocal -“Bridge Over Troubled Water”
HI -Stephanie Steuri -Hula - “The Prayer”
ID – Sierra Sandison – Vocal -“Forget About the Boy”
IL -Marisa Buchheit –Operatic vocal -“Je Veux Vivre” (Romeo & Juliet)
IN -Audra Casterline -Vocal -“Over the Rainbow”
IA -Alysa Olson -Vocal -“ How Could I Ever Know?”
KS -Amanda Sasek –Vocal “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength”
KY - Ramsey Carpenter – Violin – “Sally Goodin” & “Orange Blossom Special”
LA -Lacey Sanchez -Vocal -“Not for the Life of Me”
ME -Audrey Thames - Comedic Monologue “Yma Dream”
MD -Jade Kenny -Ballet en pointe – “Everybody Dance Now”
MA -Lauren Kuhn -Piano -“Valse Dramatico”
MI -Kaitlyn Maviglia –Theatrical Jazz Dance -“Be Italian”
MN -Savannah Cole -Vocal -“House of the Rising Sun”
MS – Jasmine Murray – Vocal – “Something’s Got a Hold on Me”
MO -Jessica Hartman - Jazz Dance – “Steppin’ Out with My Baby”
MT -Victoria Valentine –Vocal / Harp -“I Won’t Give Up”
NE -Megan Swanson -Vocal -“You Raise Me Up”
NV -Ellie Smith –Vocal -“Somebody to Love”
NH -Megan Cooley -Vocal -“On My Way”
NJ -Cierra Kaler-Jones – Contemporary Dance -“Listen”
NM -Jessica Burson – Jazz Dance -“Steam Heat”
NY -Kira Kazantsev -Vocal -“Happy”
NC -Beth Stovall - Operatic vocal –”Chi Il Bel Sogno di Doretta”
ND -Jacky Arness –Jazz Vocal -“Feeling Good”
OH -Mackenzie Bart -Ventriloquism -"Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”
OK -Alexandra Eppler – Contemporary Dance -“Titanium”
OR -Rebecca Anderson -Vocal -“For Good”
PA -Amanda Smith -Vocal -“Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again”
PR -Yarelis Salgado –- Flamenco Fusion Dance “We Will Rock You”
RI -Ivy Depew –Flute & Piccolo -“The Devil Went Down to Georgia
SC -Lanie Hudson -Clogging -“Think”
SD -Meridith Gould – Lyrical Dance “You Raise Me Up”
TN -Hayley Lewis -Vocal -“I Who Have Nothing”
TX – Monique Evans - Ballet en pointe - “Requiem for a Tower”
UT -Karlie Major -Dance -“Forget About the Boy”
VT -Lucy Edwards -Vocal -“You’ll Never Walk Alone”
VI - Ashley Gabriel -Vocal -“Rolling in the Deep”
VA -Courtney Garrett -Operatic vocal -“Parla Piu Piano” (Speak Softly Love from The Godfather)
WA – Kailee Dunn – Vocal - “Someone Like You” (Jekyll & Hyde)
WV - Paige Madden -Vocal -“Gravity”
WI - Raeanna Johnson –Lyrical Ballet -“Hallelujah”
WY -Jessie Allen –Contemporary Dance – “Feeling Good”

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Subject: Will there be other invitations to formers for Q & A's ? I think Caressa would be another good one to hear from.


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Date Posted: 11:19:14 10/12/14 Sun


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Subject: Ok, this is the time. Put your money where your mouth is....


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Date Posted: 07:51:23 10/07/14 Tue

I agree with the poster who suggests we contact the New Jersey Attorney General's Office. We cannot simply sit back and complain. We have to be part of the change.

The MAO is in shambles. They are no longer credible and I personally consider the organization a laughing stock. I withdrew my monetary support after Kiragate and will continue to do so until changes are made.

People do not seem to realize that Sam is no fool. The MAO owing him a back salary is his leverage. They owe him a lot of money so you dare not fire him.

It is time we ask for an investigation. The CMN involvement has to be fixed. This money should be going to the children that need the help. This money should not be going to MAO staff member salaries.

The negativity after Kira's crowning has to be fixed. A PR program has to be put in place that restores the image of Miss America.

Enough is enough..lets save this sinking ship.

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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: Miss America prep


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Date Posted: 16:34:26 10/10/14 Fri

So what diets do the girls go on before MA? Is there a secret or do they mostly count calories? Maybe something like the paleo diet or Jenny Craig? It always interest me to find out the prep for MA.

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Subject: What were your favorite parts of Kate Shindle's book?


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Date Posted: 15:45:04 10/10/14 Fri


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Subject: The best local fundraiser this year would be selling copies of Being Miss America at every local and state pageant.


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Date Posted: 19:02:25 10/10/14 Fri


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Subject: about blackballing


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Date Posted: 17:03:16 10/10/14 Fri

is this done because of a contestants platform? what local she is from, people she knows? Something else? What?

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Subject: Laura was at the White House yesterday discussing Children of Incarcerated Parents


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

So proud of all the formers.

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Subject: Kate has been answer our questions for more than the agreed-upon hour. Maybe she will join us again at a later date. We appreciate all the time Kate has devoted to this effort.


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Date Posted: 20:41:16 10/09/14 Thu


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