Miss Wisconsin Scholarship Pageant


Rosalie shares her insights into the Miss America Pageant experience in this article, which appears in the online news outlet, Waukesha Now.  

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OSHKOSH, WIS., June 20, 2014 – On Saturday evening, June 20, 2014, Rosalie Elizabeth Smith, a 19-year-old woman from Waukesha, Wis., was chosen as the new Miss Wisconsin.  Representing the Miss New Berlin Pageant, Smith receives a $10,000 cash scholarship along with other in-kind scholarships, gifts and awards, and the opportunity to compete for the title of Miss America 2016 at the national pageant in Atlantic City, NJ, on September 13, 2015. 

For the talent competition, Smith performed a lyrical dance to “Heaven” by Beyonce.  Her performance earned her a preliminary talent award during Thursday evening's preliminary competition.

During her year as Miss Wisconsin, Smith will travel throughout the state advocating her platform issue, “Centered on Loving in Need – Substance Abuse Awareness.”  Smith's platform was based on the loss of her brother, Colin, who died from alcohol addiction more than two years ago.  She is available for appearances and can be booked through www.misswisconsin.com.

Smith is a student at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.  She plans to pursue a career in pediatric oncology.  She graduated from Waukesha North High School in 2014.  A first-time contestant in the Miss Wisconsin Pageant, Smith succeeds Raeanna Johnson, Miss Wisconsin 2014. 

There were 26 talented and intelligent contestants in this year's program, who were awarded nearly $30,000 in cash scholarships and additional thousands in in-kind scholarships.  A number of contestants received additional awards and scholarships during the final competition and two nights of preliminary competitions.

Award recipients included the court of honor:
1st runner-up – Miss Harbor Cities, Jessica Johnson from Beloit, Wis.
2nd runner-up and preliminary swimsuit winner – Miss Southern Wisconsin, Raquel Bruening from New Berlin, Wis.
3rd runner-up – Miss Seven Rivers, Sarah Newton from Brookfield, Wis.
4th runner-up and preliminary swimsuit winner – Miss River City, Christa Brehm from Vesper, Wis.

Semi-finalists and award winners included:

  • Top 11 and preliminary talent winner – Miss LaCrosse/Octoberfest, Audra Fuchsel from Onalaska, Wis.
  • Top 11 – Miss Fox River Valley, Tori Bogren from Kenosha, Wis.
  • Top 11 – Miss Madison Capital City, Tianna Vanderhei from Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
  • Top 11 – Miss Eastern Valley, Chelsey Wasielewski from Greendale, Wis.
  • Top 11 – Miss Heart of the Valley, Mary O'Connell from Trevor, Wis.
  • Top 11 – Miss Wisconsin Rapids Area, Madeline Kumm from Port Edwards, Wis.

About the Miss Wisconsin Pageant
Founded in 1936, the Miss Wisconsin Pageant program is a preliminary for the Miss America Organization, one of the nation's leading achievement programs and the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women.  Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local organizations made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance.  The Miss Wisconsin Organization offers cash and scholarship assistance.  Almost all contestants have either received, or are in the process or earning, either college or post-graduate degrees, and utilize Miss America scholarship grants to further their educations.  Visit www.misswisconsin.com for more information.

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Photo caption:  Waukesha resident Rosalie Smith is crowned Miss Wisconsin 2015 by the outgoing Miss Wisconsin 2014 Raeanna Johnson.  Smith competed as Miss New Berlin in the state pageant, held June 20 in Oshkosh, Wis. 

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Miss Wisconsin's Class of 2015

Front Row: Miss Onalaska, April Haldeman – Miss Heart of the Valley, Mary O’Connell – Miss Wisconsin 2015, Raeanna Johnson –  Fox River Valley, Tori Bogren – Miss Milwaukee, Haylee Bande.

Middle row: Miss Sparta, Zoe Roou – Miss Southern Wisconsin, Raquel Bruening – Miss Eastern Valley, Chelsey Wasielewski – Miss Beloit, Kylie Thompson – Miss Madison Capital City, Tianna Vanderhei – Miss Wisconsin Central, Jessica Krueger – Miss Kenosha, Kiersten Gonzales – Miss West Allis, Tyra McFarland – Miss Wisconsin Rapids Area, Madeline Kumm – Miss Seven Rivers, Sarah Newton – Miss Racine, Alyssa Bohm – Miss Door County, Hannah Cole.

Back row: Miss Harbor Cities, Jessica Johnson – Miss La Crosse, Audra Fuchsel – Miss Oshkosh, MeKenzie Lund – Miss Green Bay Area, Jenny Collins – Miss Fond du Lac, McCayla Thoe – Miss Coulee Region, Tara Pizer – Miss New Berlin, Rosalie Smith – Miss Burlington Area Chocolatefest, Alexandria Knight – Miss River City, Christa Brehm – Miss Saint Francis, RachaelObst.

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2015 - 16 Miss Pageants

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October 10, 2015
Fall Meeting

October 24, 2015
Miss Wisconsin Rapids Area

October 25, 2015
Miss River City

January 9, 2016
Miss Racine

January 9, 2016
Miss Coulee Region

January 16, 2016
Miss Northern Lights

January 23, 2016
Miss Seven Rivers

January 23, 2016
Miss Green Bay Area

January 23, 2016
Miss Kenosha

February 6, 2016
Miss Door County

February 21, 2016
Miss Madison-Capital City

March 5, 2016
Miss FdL, Miss Wis Central, Miss Fdl’s Outstanding Teen Pageants

March 12, 2016
Miss Oshkosh

March 12, 2016
Miss St. Francis

April 23, 2016
Prep Day

June 22-23, 25, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Miss Wisconsin Scholarship Pageant Week

June 24, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Miss Wisconsin's Outstanding Teen Pageant