The preliminary competitions have begun in Atlantic City on the final road to crowning a new Miss America. The Miss America pageant is a tradition I look forward to each year. Some people have "watch parties" but I prefer to watch the pageant alone...'cause I'm commentating more than the hosts...
The Miss America pageant started in 1921, a talent competition was added in 1935, and scholarship money given in 1945. Vocal talent has proven to be the number one talent to win the crown...can't wait to see the talent the girls bring this year.
The crown, sash, and the sceptor (a miniature of the crown) are all keys to unlocking doors for the future. Miss Americas use their scholarship money to earn law degrees, etc. and the Miss America Organization is the largest provider of scholarships for women in the world!
The winner also receives this fabulous brooch! Wouldn't you love to wear this Miss America pin (brooch)? (shown here worn by Miss America 2012, Laura Kaeppeler).
Lee Meriweather was the first Miss America to be crowned on television in 1955 and this year she will be one the distinguished judges. I have always loved Lee Meriweather, especially on Barnaby Jones!
So I'm watching the preliminaries to see the standout girls and choosing my favorites, meanwhile...these are some of the contestants in the news...
~Caitlin Brunell, Miss Alabama, is the daughter of former NFL quarterback Mark Brunell and she was Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2008. She is one of the contestants favored to take home the crown.
~Teresa Davis, Miss District of Columbia, was born in South Korea.
~Victoria Cowen, Miss Florida, was 1st runner up in the Miss Florida pageant and assumed the title one week later due to a miscount. She won the swimsuit preliminary last night...wearing a hot pink bikini and looking fabulous!
~Sierra Sandison, Miss Idaho, is a Type 1 diabetic and made news when she wore an insulin pump attached to her bikini bottom during the swimsuit competition of the Miss Idaho pageant.
~Ramsey Carpenter, Miss Kentucky, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2012.
~KT Maviglia, Miss Michigan, was diagnosed with sensorineural hearing loss at age 9.
While Southern girls historically do well in pageants, California, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Michigan have won the Miss America title 6 times!
Which states have never taken home the crown? New Mexico, Alaska, West Virginia, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Wyoming, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Maryland, Maine, and Montana.
I'll be back tomorrow to talk about "The Gown, The Swimsuit, and the Talent."