Miss New York Kira Kazantsev was crowned Miss America 2015 tonight at the birthplace of the legendary competition in Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall. The Miss America Finals were broadcast live on ABC.
Kira's acceptance of the highly-prized crown is just the beginning of a journey that will take her to every corner of the nation during her year of service as Miss America 2015. She will embark on her national speaking tour about her platform, Love Shouldn't Hurt: Protecting Women Against Domestic Violence and act as the official National Goodwill Ambassador for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children's hospitals, is the national platform partner of the Miss America Organization.
Kira is a graduate of Hofstra University. During her year as Miss America she will serve as spokesperson for education as she travels to Washington, D.C., to work with the Department of Education. Along with the coveted title of Miss America 2015, Kira won a $50,000 scholarship provided in part by Joseph Ribkoff Inc. and the Miss America Organization to continue her education. For the talent portion of the competition, Kira performed a vocal performance of the song "Happy".
First runner-up in the competition was Miss Virginia Courtney Paige Garrett who earned a $25,000 scholarship. Her talent was a classical vocal performance, and her personal platform is Defying Disabilities. Second runner-up honors and a $20,000 scholarship were awarded to Miss Arkansas Ashton Jo Campbell. Her talent was a vocal performance, and her personal platform is Aim Higher: Setting Our Sights on Higher Education.
Miss Idaho Sierra Sandison was the winner of ABC's America's Choice, an online competition where viewers were given the opportunity to vote for their favorite Miss America contestant. The announcement was made at the beginning of the Miss America broadcast, and Sierra became the 15th finalist to compete in the live finale. Miss North Dakota Jacky Arness was the winner of the Judge's Choice Award, an on-air, surprise opportunity for the judges to jointly select an additional contestant to compete among the finalists. Jacky also won the coveted Miss Congeniality Award, which was awarded live for the first time on national television during the pre-show.
The winners of $5,000 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Scholarships are: Miss New Mexico Jessica Burson, Miss Vermont Lucy Edwards, Miss Ohio Mackenzie Bart, Miss Massachusetts Lauren Kuhn, and Miss Georgia Maggie Bridges.
As the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women and one of the nation's leading achievement programs, the Miss America Organization made available last year more than $45 million in scholarship assistance. The Miss America Organization provides young women with a vehicle to further their personal and professional goals and instills a spirit of community service through a variety of nationwide community-based programs.
The 94th Miss America Competition was hosted by Chris Harrison and Lara Spencer. The 53 contestants, who represented all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, participated in preliminary competitions earlier in the week.
Connecticut – Acacia Courtney
Miss America 2015
Miss Teen USA Pageant
Miss South Carolina K. Lee Graham
Miss Teen USA 2014 was the 32nd Miss Teen USA pageant. Held at the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort in Nassau, Bahamas, Cassidy Wolf crowned her successor, K. Lee Graham of South Carolina.
K. Lee is actually short for Katherine Lee. When she was born, her one-year-old sis had trouble pronouncing the brunette's name, so she simply called her "K." The nickname stuck with her ever since.
K. Lee hopes to encourage other girls to find true beauty on the inside with her blog, Live Beautifully. "[My blog] has become an outlet for me to address and express some of my opinions about issues regarding body image, self-esteem and personal identity that young adults are challenged with every day," she wrote.
Arizona - Savannah Wix
Delaware - Mia Jones
Indiana - Zoe Parker
Massachusetts - Bailey Medeiros
Michigan - Iris Robare
Oklahoma - Brooklynne Bond
Tennessee - Morgan Moseley
Texas - Kellie Stewart
West Virginia - Lexsey Marrara
Wisconsin - Patience Vallier
New Jersey - Valentina Sanchez
California - Bianca Vierra
Pennsylvania - Sydney Robertson
Mississippi - Vaeda Mann
Miss Teen USA 2014
South Carolina - K. Lee Graham
Miss Florida's Outstanding Teen, Olivia McMillan was crowned Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2015 in the Linda Chapin Theater at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.
Olivia’s triumphant walk across the stage was just the beginning of a journey that will take her all of the country during her year of service as Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2015. She will travel speaking to audiences about her platform “The Sibling Support Project” and acting as the official National Teen Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals. CMNH is the national platform partner of the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization.
Olivia is a 17-year-old student at Northside High School. She is the daughter of Greg and Tracy McMillan and resides in Centerville, Georgia.
Along with the title of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2015, Olivia won a $25,000 scholarship provided by the Harris Rosen Foundation and Neutraderm towards her college education. For the talent portion of the competition, Olivia sang “Nessun Dorma.”
The first runner-up was Miss Tennessee’s Outstanding Teen, Lexie Perry who earned a $10,000 scholarship. Her talent performance was fiddle and her personal platform is “Hear Me Out.”
Second runner-up honors and a $7,500 scholarship were awarded to Miss Alabama’s Outstanding Teen, Morgan Green. Her talent was a vocal and her personal platform is “Literacy: Pathway to Prosperity.”
Third runner-up and the winner of a $5,000 scholarship was Miss Virginia’s Outstanding Teen, Casey Shepard. Her talent was a Ballet en Pointe and her personal platform is “E.N.D.D. Embracing Not Defining Disabilities.”
The fourth runner-up and recipient of a $2,500 scholarship was Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen, Morgan Holen. Her talent was a lyrical dance and her platform is “Random Acts of Kindness.”
Miss North Dakota’s Outstanding Teen, Raghen Lucy, and Miss Virgin Island’s Outstanding Teen, Cereyna Bougouneau, were the winners of America’s Choice, an online competition where viewers were given the opportunity to vote for their favorite Miss America’s Outstanding Teen contestant. The announcement was made at the beginning of the show and they became the 1st and 2nd Semi-Finalists to compete in the finale.
The Miss USA 2014 pageant was the system's 63rd event, held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at the Baton Rouge River Center. The stellar broadcast was one hour longer than usual, and gave viewers the opportunity to get to know some of the contestants in their home state in snippets and video vignettes during their introductions.
Outgoing titleholder, Miss USA 2013 Erin Brady of Connecticut, crowned her successor after the 51 state delegates [including the District of Columbia] competed for the prestigious title, televised live on NBC.
Alabama - Jesica Warren Alhberg
Arizona - Jordan Wessel
Indiana - Mekayla Diehl
Minnesota - Haley O'Brien
Nebraska - Amanda Soltero
New Jersey - Emily Shah
Oklahoma - Brooklynne Young
Pennsylvania - Valerie Gatto
Tennessee - Kristy Landers Niedenfuer
Virginia - Arielle Rosmarino
California - Cassandra Kunze [Miss Photogenic]
Maryland - Taylor Burton
South Carolina - Christina Zapolski
Wisconsin - Bishara Dorre
Florida - Brittany Oldehoff
Georgia - Tiana Griggs
Iowa - Carlyn Bradarich
Louisiana - Brittany Guidry
Nevada - Nia Sanchez
North Dakota - Audra Mari
WINNER USA Nevada - Nia Sanchez
1st runner-up North Dakota - Audra Mari
2nd runner-up Georgia - Tiana Griggs
3rd runner-up Louisiana - Brittany Guidry
4th runner-up Florida - Brittany Oldehoff
5th runner-up Iowa - Carlyn Bradarich
Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez is a fourth-degree black belt in the Korean martial art of taekwondo, and will go on to represent the U.S. at the Miss Universe competition later this year.
Allie LaForce Joins as Lead College Football Reporter
CBS Sports has added Adam Zucker and Allie LaForce to its college football broadcast team. Zucker has been named host of COLLEGE FOOTBALL TODAY, the Network’s pre-game, halftime and post-game studio show. LaForce joins as lead college football reporter, teaming with Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson on the "SEC Game of the Week.” The announcement was made today by Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports.
“Both Adam and Allie represent the next, great generation of sports broadcasters,” said McManus. “We are extremely excited about the future of our college football coverage from the studio to the sidelines, and look for both to contribute to its continued and storied success.”
Miss Teen USA 2005, Allie, joins as lead college football reporter working with Lundquist and Danielson calling the "SEC Game of the Week” as well as the Army-Navy game. LaForce joined CBS Sports in 2012. She currently hosts the late night show LEAD OFF on CBS Sports Network and serves as a college basketball sideline reporter, including working the NCAA Tournament the last two years. LaForce also was part of CBS Sports Network’s NFL pre-game studio show, THAT OTHER PREGAME SHOW, last year.
The Miss America Organization and renowned designer Tony Bowls have entered into a partnership to have Tony Bowls/Mon Cheri as the Official Evening Gown Sponsor of Miss America.
Tony Bowls’ groundbreaking designs will showcase the 53 beautiful Miss America contestants and captivate the attention of millions of viewers. The Tony Bowls Collection will make its debut on the Miss America stage during this year’s competition at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. The Miss America Pageant will be broadcast live on ABC Sunday, September 14th at 9 pm.
The Miss USA competition is headed to the birthplace of pageants and Pageantry magazine this year.
As revealed on the Today Show by Donald Trump, the owner of the Miss Universe Organization, this year's contest will be held in Baton Rouge, La., on June 8th. The contest will air on NBC from 8-11 p.m. ET.
“We developed strong ties with Mayor Holden and everyone in the Baton Rouge community when they hosted the Miss Teen USA pageant in 2005, and we anticipated coming back the following year,'' Trump said in a news release.
But the pageant couldn't return in 2006 due to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina, "when the population doubled overnight due to people in damaged areas seeking safety and shelter,” Miss Universe Organization president Paula Shugart said in the release. “The sense of community that Baton Rouge has is incredibly inspiring and the hospitality shown to us while we were there was second to none. I am looking forward to bringing an event back to Baton Rouge to experience the charm of the Capital City.”
The competition will feature contestants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, who will be judged in the categories of swimsuit, evening gown and interview.
"It is an honor to host the Miss USA pageant in Louisiana," Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne said in a statement. "It is an incredible opportunity for Baton Rouge to shine on a national stage and I expect the delegates will enjoy our unique culture and joie de vivre."
Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri joined Sam Haskell, CEO of the Miss America Organization, newly-elected Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian, Casino Reinvestment Development Authority Executive Director John Palmieri, Atlantic City Alliance President Liza Cartmell, and Miss America Organization President Sharon Pearce at the Atlantic City Sheraton to announce the date for the Miss America pageant and events leading up to the crowning later this year.
The Miss America Pageant will be broadcast live on ABC Sunday, September 14th at 9 pm. The iconic "Show Us Your Shoes Parade" will be held on the Atlantic City Boardwalk on Saturday, September 13th. Miss America week will begin with preliminary competitions will be held Tuesday, September 9th through Thursday September 11th at Boardwalk Hall.
Tickets will go on sale this spring. Visit www.missamerica.org for more information.
The winner of the Miss Universe 2013 Pageant was Miss Venezuela Gabriela Isler. Gabriela was crowned by her predecessor Olivia Culpo at the finale of the 62nd Miss Universe pageant, televised on NBC from Crocus City Hall in Moscow. The 25-year old is the 7th contestant representing Venezuela to win the Miss Universe title since its inception.
Puerto Rico - MONIC PEREZ
Indonesia - WHULANDARY
Nicaragua - NASTASSJA BOLIVAR
Costa Rica - FABIANA GRANADOS
Switzerland - DOMINIQUE RINDERKNECHT
China - JIN YE
Spain - PATRICIA YURENA RODRIGUEZ
Philippines - ARIELLA ARIDA
Great Britain - AMY WILLERTON
India - MANASI MOGHE
Brazil - JAKELYNE OLIVEIRA
USA - ERIN BRADY
Ukraine - OLGA STOROZHENKO
Ecuador - CONSTANZA BAEZ
Venezuela - GABRIELA ISLER
Dominican Republic - YARITZA REYES
WINNER - Miss Venezuela Gabriela Isler
1st runner-up - Miss Spain Patricia Yurena Rodriguez
2nd runner-up - Miss Ecuador Costanza Baez
3rd runner-up - Miss Philippines Ariella Arida
4th runner-up - Miss Brazil Jakelyne Oliveira
For more information, visit: www.missuniverse.com.
NBC, Donald J. Trump, and Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization, announced that Thomas Roberts and Mel B will host the 62nd Annual Miss Universe® Competition airing Saturday, Nov. 9 (9-11 p.m. ET/PT) from Crocus City Hall in Moscow. The global event will also air with a Spanish simulcast on Telemundo.
Veteran MISS UNIVERSE commentator, Jeannie Mai, also returns to take viewers behind-the-scenes toengage with contestants, talent and fans throughout the telecast. Mai is best known as the host of StyleNetwork’s two-time Emmy Award-nominated makeover series “How Do I Look?” and is also recognized for her fashion segments on NBC’s “Today.”
Panic! At The Disco is set to perform during the MISS UNIVERSE broadcast. They recently released their fourth studio album, “Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!” which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200album chart. The album features the single “Miss Jackson (feat. LOLO),” which debuted at #9 on the iTunesTop Singles Chart. Since its release, the official video has reached over 5.5 million YouTube views. TheGrammy-nominated group’s 2005 double-platinum “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out“ featured the global smash “I Write Sins Not Tragedies.” Panic! At The Disco is set to tour Europe in November and will embark on a national US headline tour in January.
International recording artist EMIN will also take the stage during the pageant. EMIN spent much of thisyear traveling the globe promoting his hit single “Amor,” which has already been released in Russia, GreatBritain, his native Azerbaijan and is set for wide release this year. The reigning Miss Universe Olivia Culpo is also featured in the popular music video that has had more than 4.5 million views on YouTube since its release. EMIN will debut “In Another Life,” the new single from his upcoming CD, for worldwide release in early 2014.
This will be the first time in the pageant’s 62-year history that the competition will be held in Russia. Barry Adelman of dick clark productions (dcp) will be returning as executive producer of the pageant, which marks his third year producing the show. The MISS UNIVERSE telecast is broadcast in approximately 190 countries and an estimated 1 billion viewers worldwide are expected to tune in. Contestants will be judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview as they vie for the coveted title of Miss Universe 2013. Culpo will crown her successor at the conclusion of the two-hour telecast.
Directly preceding our interview with Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf, authorities made the case against her cyberstalker. Great news for everyone!
A college student was arrested Thursday for allegedly hijacking the webcams of young women -- among them reigning Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf -- taking nude images, then blackmailing his victims to send him more explicit material or else be exposed.
Jared James Abrahams, a 19-year-old computer science student from Temecula, California, surrendered on Thursday to the FBI on federal extortion charges, the agency announced. Authorities say he victimized young women surreptitiously, by taking control of their computers then photographing them as they changed out of their clothes.
Abrahams appeared in court later in the day, then was released "on intensive pretrial supervision and home detention with electronic monitoring" after his parents signed bond agreements totaling $50,000, FBI spokeswoman Lourdes Arocho said. U.S. District Judge Jean Rosenbluth ruled that he could use a single desktop computer at his parents' home for school only, albeit only after monitoring software is applied.
When he admitted what he'd done in June, Abrahams said he had 30 to 40 "slave computers" -- or other people's electronic devices he controlled -- and has had as many as 150 total, according to a criminal complaint.
His arrest came six months after a teenager identified in court documents as C.W. alerted authorities. She has since publicly identified herself as Cassidy Wolf, the recently crowned Miss Teen USA. She touted news reports of her alleged tormenter's arrest on her Twitter feed.
Miss New York, Nina Davuluri was crowned Miss America 2014 tonight at the birthplace of the legendary competition in Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall, broadcast live on ABC. The 24-year old became the second consecutive contestant from New York and the first contestant of Indian descent to win the Miss America Competition.
Nina's acceptance of the highly-prized crown is just the beginning of a journey that will take her to every corner of the nation during her year of service as Miss America 2014. She will travel approximately 20,000 miles each month speaking to audiences about her platform, Celebrating Diversity through Cultural Competency and acting as the official National Goodwill Ambassador for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children's hospitals, is the national platform partner of the Miss America Organization. In addition, Miss America 2014 will be the official spokesperson for R.E.I.G.N. Cosmetics, Joseph Ribkoff Inc. and Catalina Swimwear.
Nina is a graduate of University of Michigan. During her year as Miss America she will serve as spokesperson for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) this year as she travels to Washington, DC to work with the Department of Education. Along with the coveted title of Miss America 2014, Nina won a $50,000 scholarship provided in part by Joseph Ribkoff Inc. and the Miss America Organization to continue her education. For the talent portion of the competition, Nina performed a Classical Bollywood Fusion dance.
Nina is the first Miss America to be crowned in Atlantic City, the competition's birthplace, since 2005.
First runner-up in the competition was Miss California, Crystal Lee who earned a $25,000 scholarship. Her talent performance was Ballet en pointe to Swan Lake and her personal platform is Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Second runner-up honors and a $20,000 scholarship were awarded to Miss Oklahoma, Kelsey Griswold. Her talent was a vocal performance and her personal platform is A.R.T.- Artists Reaching Together.
Miss Kansas, Teressa Vail was the winner of ABC's America's Choice, an online competition where viewers were given the opportunity to vote for their favorite Miss America contestant. The announcement was made at the beginning of the Miss America broadcast and Teressa became the 15th Finalist to compete in the live finale.
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