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people watching ● competition clips 2013 USA N ATIONAL M ISS PRIDE OF THE NATION: The winners of the USA National Miss pageant enjoyed a spectacular event in front of more than 600 people. PHOTO BY A.J. DAY H eld at the “World’s Most Famous Beach” in Daytona Beach, Florida, the USA National Miss national finals was by far the biggest and best yet for the 3-year old national pageant system. Nearly 100 delegates from throughout the country competed in evening gown, interview and the organization’s signature event—the national runway competition. Six national queens were crowned during the finals show held at the historic Peabody Auditorium, where legends such as Elvis and Liberace have performed. UNM made a little history of its own that night, crowning the new national winners in front of a live audience of nearly 600 people and many online viewers. Claiming the titles were: Angelina Diamond, USA National Jr. Princess (NJ); Carson Veal, USA National Princess (GA); Laurel Stiekes, USA National Pre-Teen (FL); Lauren Boswell, USA National Jr. Teen (IN); Cortlyn Watson, USA National Teen (AL), and Brittany Vaughn, USA National Miss (NJ). To add to the excitement of nationals week, UNM brought in teen heart throb and performing artist P. Sanders to per- form during the runway competition and finals night. P. Sanders took a break from his nationwide tour to perform at UNM and did a special meet-and-greet with the delegates and took the time to sign auto- graphs and take photos with each one. The national runway competition was one of the highlights of the week. This fun and fast-paced runway show took place on a 48-foot-long runway encircled in colored lights. Adding to the fun, the Pink Party was an elaborate event where everyone wore pink, feasted on an Italian dinner, ate pink cake, danced, exchanged gifts, and promoted their favorite charities from across the country. More than 200 blankets were collected from the dele- gates for UNM’s official national charity, Project Night-Night. The newly crowned national royalty have already begun their exciting reigns, filled with travel opportunities, photo shoots, tickets to Miss America, a 3-year modeling contract, appearances and char- ity opportunities, and an extensive prize package that includes scholarship money to further their educations. □ USA National Miss Winners USA National Miss___________Brittany Vaughn USA National Jr. Princess ___Angelina Diamond USA National Princess___________Carson Veal USA National Pre-Teen ________Laurel Stiekes USA National Jr. Teen_________Lauren Boswell USA National Teen ___________Cortlyn Watson 2013 A MERICA ’ S T ROPICAL B EAUTIES P AGEANT TROPICAL TREATS: The America’s Tropical Beauties newest Supreme and Ultimate Grand Queens were rec- ognized by their peers for their stunning excellence. PHOTOS BY PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIOS T he Second Annual ATB Pageant re- turned to the lovely Bahia Mar Re- sort in sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida. On the first day, the contestants registered and took an evening dinner cruise on the famous Jungle Queen Cruise, as they en- joyed all-you-can-eat barbeque ribs, chicken, shrimp and all the extras. On Saturday, they rehearsed and pre- pared for the 4 PM pageant, which began with contestants ages 4 through 78 danc- 116 PAGEANTRY ing to Pitbull’s “Don’t Stop the Party!” while dressed in tropical-colored dresses and floral designs. The competitions in- cluded Self Introductions, Tropical Wear and Party or Evening Gowns. The con- testants vying for the Ultimate Grand and Supreme Queen titles had to add two op- tional competitions, which included Pho- togenic and another such as Outfit of Choice, Talent, Super Model, Costume or Ethnic Costume. This year, the 2012 Golden Ms., Carol Tuohy, performed a very special rib- bon dance to the music of ABBA’s “Danc- ing Queen.” With the 4th of July just a few days away, a special tribute to our mil- itary and veterans was also performed by the audience, as everyone in attendance sang along with Lee Greenwood’s “Proud to Be an American.” After an intermission, awards were presented for the optional competitions, including the coveted Pageantry Spirit Award, given to Carol Tuohy of the Vir- gin Islands. People’s Choice was awarded to Natalie Dubuc and the Director’s Award to Gina Spicer and Angelica Spicer. The top awards were won by the following queens: Little Miss, Taylor Salter; Petite Miss, Shamaria Brown; Pre-Teen Miss, Kenieshia Lewis; Teen Miss, Lexz Al- varez; Elegant Ms., Molly Waech; Mag- nificent Ms., Francia Lamus; Senior Silver Ms., Toya Andrew; and Classic Woman, Joyce Gropper. Finally, the Ultimate Grand Supreme Queens were announced as Amanda Ng, Ultimate Grand Supreme (ages 2-12); Natalie Dubuc, Ultimate Grand Supreme, and Alexis Maltese, Grand Supreme (ages 13-19); Melissa Conrad, Ultimate Grand Supreme (ages 20-39); Jennifer Etter, Grand Supreme; and Bren- da Picirillo, Supreme. □ America’s Tropical Beauties Classic Woman _____________Joyce Gropper Little Miss___________________Taylor Salter Petite Miss _______________Shamaria Brown Pre-Teen Miss _____________Kenieshia Lewis Teen Miss ___________________Lexz Alvarez Elegant Ms.__________________Molly Waech Magnificent Ms. ____________Francia Lamus Senior Silver Ms. _____________Toya Andrew