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Manitowoc Woman to Represent Wisconsin at 2017 Miss America Pageant

(OSHKOSH, WI) June 25, 2016 – On Saturday evening, June 25, 2016, Courtney Pelot, a 23-year-old woman from Manitowoc, Wis., was chosen as the new Miss Wisconsin 2016.  Representing the Miss Green Bay Area pageant, Pelot receives a $10,100 cash scholarship along with other in-kind scholarships, gifts and awards, and the opportunity to compete for the title of Miss America 2017 at the national pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 11, 2016.

Pelot is a 2016 graduate of the University of Madison with a B.A. in communication arts.  For the talent portion of the competition, Pelot performed a dance routine to “Pretty Hurts” by Beyonce .
During her year as Miss Wisconsin, Pelot will travel throughout the state advocating her platform issue, “Open Books, Open Opportunity:  Promoting Literacy in Our Communities.” She will talk to children, various government representatives, business leaders, community groups and citizens-at-large. Pelot is available for appearances and can be booked through www.misswisconsin.com.
“Courtney is going to make a wonderful representative for Wisconsin.  It was clear to the judges and the audience alike that she is talented, articulate, ambitious and accomplished,” said Jeanne Schmal, executive director of the Miss Wisconsin Organization.  “We believe her platform, which addresses literacy issues, will resonate with children and people of all ages throughout Wisconsin.  We are delighted to have her experience the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City this September.”

Pelot succeeds Miss Wisconsin 2015 Rosalie Smith of Waukesha, whose platform was “Colin’s Crusade:  Breaking the Barriers of Addiction.”  Named in honor of her late brother who lost his battle with addiction at age 27, Smith not only raised awareness of the issue during her year of service but also raised more than $10,000, which enabled her to send four people affected by addiction to rehabilitation facilities.

This year’s Miss Wisconsin program featured 25 talented and accomplished contestants from around the state, who were awarded nearly $30,000 in cash scholarships and additional thousands in in-kind scholarships. A number of contestants received special awards during the final and preliminary competitions. 

The top 11 finalists and semi-finalists included:

The court of honor:

  • 1st Runner up, Miss Great Lakes, Madeline Kumm from Port Edwards, Wis.
  • 2nd Runner up, Miss Madison Capital City, Sarah Newton from Brookfield, Wis.
  • 3rd Runner up, Miss St. Francis, Gina Miliacca from Oak Creek, Wis.
  • 4th Runner up, Miss Harbor Cities, Tianna Vanderhei from Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.

Semi-finalists:

  • Top 11 – Miss La Crosse/Oktoberfest, Zoe Roou from Sparta, Wis.
  • Top 11 – Miss Kenosha, Brynn Weinzirl from Oak Creek, Wis.
  • Top 11 – Miss Fond du Lac, Katrina Mazier from Appleton, Wis.
  • Top 11 – Miss Metropolitan Milwaukee, Mary O’Connell from Trevor, Wis.
  • Top 11 – Miss Wisconsin Central, Tara Pizer from Richland Center, Wis.
  • Top 11 – Miss Oshkosh, Serena Larie from Oshkosh, Wis.

About the Miss Wisconsin Organization/Miss America Organization

Founded in 1936, the Miss Wisconsin Organization is a non-profit scholarship pageant and a preliminary to the Miss America Organization.  Since 1936, Wisconsin has had two national titleholders – Miss America 1973 Terry Anne Meeuwsen and Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler.  The pageant is built on the foundation that the four points of the crown represent – scholarship, service, success and style.   For more information visit www.misswisconsin.com.  
The Miss America Organization was established in 1921 and today is 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 pageants made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance.  Miss America contestants contribute tens of thousands of community service hours annually and have raised over $13 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Miss America scholarships since 2007.  For more information visit www.missamerica.org.

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Photo caption:  On Saturday evening, June 25, 2016, Courtney Pelot, a 23-year-old woman from Manitowoc, Wis., was chosen as the new Miss Wisconsin 2016.  

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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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The 2015 Miss Wisconsin and Miss Wisconsin’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship Pageant competitions will take place June 17-20 at Alberta Kimball Auditorium.

“It’s important for Oshkosh community members to attend because the pageant can be held anywhere in the state, and the fact that it’s hosted in Oshkosh (The Event City) is huge!” said Tosha Herrman, show director of the scholarship pageants. “But the only way it stays that way is if people attend.”

Herrman said this year will include many video elements and a brand new stage set for the “Make Your Mark” theme, which plays off the contestants’ task of leaving a positive mark on the communities they represent.

The Miss Wisconsin preliminary competition will take place Wednesday and Thursday, June 17-18, followed by the Miss Wisconsin finals and crowning on Saturday, June 20. The Miss Wisconsin’s Outstanding Teen competition will take place Friday, June 19. All events start at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at MissWisTickets.com and range from $15 to $40.

“These are the girls that are going to be advancing into important roles over the next couple years to help shape our communities,” Herrman said. “Many of the title holders will go on to hold political office, become doctors and lawyers; it’s an opportunity for the public to see these young ladies, meet them and see the future of Wisconsin is in good hands.”

The Miss Wisconsin Scholarship Pageant was founded in 1936 as 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 more than $600,000 in cash and scholarship assistance.

For more general information about Miss Wisconsin or Miss Wisconsin’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship Pageant competitions, please email info@misswisconsin.com. For more ticket information, please email tickets@misswisconsin.com


6/22/14

Photo caption – from left: 3rd Runner Up Miss Kenosha Tori Bogren, 2nd Runner Up Miss Southern Wisconsin Tyra McFarland, Miss Wisconsin 2014 Raeanna Johnson, 1st Runner Up Miss West Allis Chelsey Wasielewski, 4th Runner Up Miss Heart of Wisconsin Madeline Anderson. (photo courtesy of Miss Wisconsin Organization.)

RAEANNA JOHNSON NAMED MISS WISCONSIN 2014

OSHKOSH, WIS., June 24, 2014 — On Saturday evening, June 21, 2014, Raeanna Johnson, a 24-year-old from Holmen, Wis., was chosen as the new Miss Wisconsin. Representing the Miss Madison-Capital City pageant, Johnson receives a $10,100 cash scholarship along with other in-kind scholarships, gifts and awards, and the opportunity to compete for the title of Miss America 2015 at the national pageant in Atlantic City on September 16, 2014. Johnson is a 2014 graduate of the University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse with degrees in Organizational & Professional Communication Studies and Women’s Studies. For the talent competition, Johnson performed a lyrical dance en pointe to “Hallelujah.”

Moments after being selected, Johnson shared her excitement about winning the Miss Wisconsin title. “As they announced the finalists, I was trying to keep my mind clear and just relish in the moment. I am excited to step into this role and be a part of the Miss America organization,” said Johnson.

During her year as Miss Wisconsin, Johnson will travel throughout the State advocating her platform issue “Tyler’s Legacy: The Impact of Substance Abuse on the Family.” Johnson’s platform is named for her brother who died from substance abuse in 2005. “I want to remove the stigma of talking about substance abuse and open up those conversations,” says Johnson. She will also talk to various government representatives, business leaders, community groups and citizens-at-large. She is available for appearances and can be booked through www.misswisconsin.com.
Johnson is the first Miss Wisconsin to hold the title twice. She ascended to the title when she was first runner-up in 2011 to Laura Kaeppeler, who became Miss America 2012. Jeanne Schmal, Executive Director of the Miss Wisconsin Organization, explains, “If a woman assumes the role of a state title but has not competed at Miss America, she must take a year off before she can compete again. This is not the first time it’s happened, but it is a first for Wisconsin.” Adds Schmal, “Raeanna is going to make a wonderful representative for Wisconsin. She’s talented, ambitious and accomplished. We’re excited to have her experience Miss America in Atlantic City this September.”

Johnson succeeds Paula Mae Kuiper Miss Wisconsin 2013 who was a Top 12 finalist at Miss America 2014. Since 1936, Wisconsin has two national titleholders – Miss America 1973 Terry Anne Meeuwsen and Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler.

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 awards during the final and preliminary competitions, including:

The court of honor:

  • 1st Runner up, Miss West Allis, Chelsey Wasielewski from Greendale, Wis.
  • 2nd Runner up, Miss Southern Wisconsin, Tyra McFarland from Milwaukee, Wis.
  • 3rd Runner up, Miss Kenosha, Tori Bogren from Kenosha, Wis.
  • 4th Runner up, Miss Heart of Wisconsin, Madeline Anderson from Onalaska, Wis.

Semi-finalists and award winners included:

  • Top 11 – Miss Belle City, Tara Pizer from Richland Center, Wis.
  • Top 11 – Miss La Crosse Oktoberfest, Christa Brehm from Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
  • Top 11 – Miss Onalaska, Audra Fuchsel from Onalaska, Wis.
  • Top 11 – Miss St. Francis, Brynn Weinzirl from Oak Creek, Wis.
  • Top 11 – Miss Seven Rivers, Tiana Vanderhei from Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
  • Top 11 – Miss Wisconsin Central, Jessica Johnson from Beloit, Wis.
  • People’s Choice Internet Vote – Miss LaCrosse Oktoberfest, from Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
  • Miss America 2014 National Community Service Award – Miss Sparta, Autumn Freeman from Sparta, Wis.
  • Miss America 2014 National Academic Award – Miss Heart of Wisconsin, Madeline Anderson
  • Non-Finalist Interview award – Miss Fox River Valley, Mary Bonack from Three Lakes, Wis.
  • Overall Interview Award – Miss Madison-Capital City, Raeanna Johnson (Miss Wisconsin 2014)
  • Jean L. Anderson Overall Evening Wear Award – Miss Madison-Capital City, Raeanna Johnson (Miss Wisconsin 2014)
  • Spirit of Miss America (tie) – Miss West Allis Chelsey Wasielewski, and Miss Harbor Cities Michelle Neumann from Nekoosa, Wis.
  • Children’s Miracle Maker Award – Miss Wisconsin Rapids, Morgan Vanderhei from Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
  • Four Points Award - Miss Wisconsin Rapids, Morgan Vanderhei
  • Rookie Talent Awards – Miss Onalaska, Audra Fuchsel and Miss Holmen, Chelsea Dubczak from Holmen, Wis.
  • S.T.E.M. Award – Miss LaCrosse Oktoberfest, Christa Brehm
  • Early Childhood/Elementary/Secondary Education Award (tie) – Miss Kenosha, Tori Bogren and Miss Coulee Region Elizabeth Butler from Holmen, Wis.
  • Health Sciences Award (tie) – Miss Heart of Wisconsin, Madeline Anderson and Miss Sparta, Autumn Freeman
  • Toni Andelman Award for the Performing Arts – Miss Onalaska, Audra Fuchsel
  • Marketing/Communications Award – Miss St. Francis, Brynn Weinzirl

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 of earning either college or postgraduate degrees, and utilize Miss America scholarship grants to further their educations. Visit www.misswisconsin.com for more information.

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06/17/14

CHICO’S HOSTS MISS WISCONSIN FASHION SHOW

OSHKOSH, WIS., June 17, 2014 — On Friday, June 20, 2014, Chico’s will host the Miss Wisconsin Fashion Show at the Fox River Mall in Appleton from 10:00am–11:30am. The show features Miss Wisconsin 2013, Paula Kuiper, along with the 26 contestants vying for the title of Miss Wisconsin 2014, who will model clothing and fashions from Chico’s. Afterwards, there will be a “Meet & Greet” event including an autograph signing. The show is open to the public. For reserved seating, call 920-380-9442.

All donations and proceeds will benefit the Children's Miracle Network Hospital (CMNH). The Miss America and Miss Wisconsin Pageant has partnered with CMNH to raise funds and awareness for children’s hospitals throughout the United States. Following the event, the contestants will tour the CMNH in Neenah and engage in activities with the children.

The 2014 Miss Wisconsin Pageant is June 18-21 at the Alberta Kimball Auditorium in Oshkosh. Tickets can be purchased through www.misswisconsin.com or at the box office during the shows.

About Chico’s

Chico’s FAS, Inc. is a cultivator of brands serving the lifestyle needs of fashion-savvy women 30 years and older. Its brand portfolio currently consists of four brands: Chico's, White House | Black Market, Soma Intimates and Boston Proper. Brands are all specialty retailers of private label women's apparel, accessories and related products. Currently, Chico’s operates 1,450 boutiques and outlets throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as an online presence.

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 of earning either college or postgraduate degrees, and utilize Miss America scholarship grants to further their educations. Visit www.misswisconsin.com for more information.

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Richard R. Lewis, 78, passed away early Thursday evening, May 29, 2014 of complications from treatments for myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare blood disorder.

A wonderful man to know and love. His pageant family will miss him. We are sending prayers to his wife, Mary Lou and other family members.
"I"In 1963 he started volunteering with the Miss Wisconsin Pageant where he served as a State Field Director, a member of the board of directors and a year as Executive Director. At the national pageant in Las Vegas in January 2013, he received an award from the Miss America Organization for his fifty years of dedication to the program."

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Miss Wisconsin: Discovering What Makes Wisconsin Special by travelwisconsin.com

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PAULA MAE KUIPER NAMED MISS WISCONSIN 2013

OSHKOSH, WIS., June 26, 2013 — On Saturday evening, June 22, 2013, Paula Mae Kuiper, a 19-year-old from Racine, Wis., was chosen as the new Miss Wisconsin. Representing the Miss Madison Capital City pageant, Kuiper 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 2014 at the national pageant in Atlantic City on September 15, 2013. Kuiper is a student at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee where she is working toward a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Chemistry and plans to enter the medical field as a Pediatrician or Geriatrician. For the talent competition, Kuiper performed “Hungarian Rapsodie Mignonne” on the piano.

Moments after being selected, Kuiper shared her excitement about winning the Miss Wisconsin title. “I never really dreamed this would happen, but I am looking forward to my duties as Miss Wisconsin. I want to get the word out about my platform on intergenerational activities, called “Breaking the Age Barrier,” said Kuiper. “I am excited to step into this role of Miss Wisconsin and be a part of the Miss America organization.”

During her year as Miss Wisconsin, Kuiper will travel throughout the State advocating her platform issue. She will also talk to various government representatives, business leaders, community groups and citizens-at-large. She is available for appearances and can be booked through www.misswisconsin.com. Kuiper succeeds Kate Gorman, Miss Wisconsin 2012. Since 1936, Wisconsin has two national titleholders – Miss America 1973 Terry Anne Meeuwsen and Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler.

Jeanne Schmal, Executive Director of the Miss Wisconsin Organization, commented on the new Miss Wisconsin. “Paula Mae is a wonderful personality and we think she exhibits the qualities a role model for young women and girls should have. She’s talented, ambitious and accomplished and she’s excited to be part of the tradition of Miss America as it returns to Atlantic City this September,” said Schmal. “All 23 of our contestants were talented and intelligent young women who represented their communities very well. We are thrilled our scholarship program offered nearly $30,000 in cash scholarships and additional thousands in in-kind scholarships to our contestants.”

A number of other contestants received awards during the final and preliminary competition(s), including:

The court of honor:

  • 1st Runner up, Miss Kenosha, Caitlin Schober from Beloit., Wis.
  • 2nd Runner up, Miss St. Francis, Cecilia Margraff from South Milwaukee, Wis.
  • 3rd Runner up, Miss Onalaska, Madeline Anderson from Onalaska, Wis.
  • 4th Runner up, Miss Fox River Valley, Raquel Bruening from New Berlin, Wis.

Semi-finalists and award winners included:

  • Top 10 – Miss Beloit, Paige Frendahl from Beloit, Wis.
  • Top 10 – Miss Heart of the Valley, Amanda Garrity from Reedsville, Wis.
  • Top 10 – Miss La Crosse Oktoberfest, Tianna Vanderhei from Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
  • Top 10 – Miss Oshkosh, Chelsey Wasielewski from Greendale, Wis.
  • Top 10 – Southern Lakes, Tara Pizer from Richland Center, Wis.
  • Top 10 – Wisconsin Central, Michelle Neumann from Nekoosa, Wis.
  • Top 11 People’s Choice Internet Vote – Miss St. Francis, Cecilia Margraff from South Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Non-Finalist Interview award – Miss Green Bay, Allyson Binversie from Manitowoc, Wis.
  • Non-Finalist Talent award – Miss Racine, Elise Elmblad from Kenosha, Wis.
  • Spirit of Miss America – Miss Coulee Region, Trudy Eide from Viroqua, Wis.
  • Miss America 2013 National Community Service Award – Miss Heart of the Valley, Amanda Garrity
  • Miss America 2013 National Academic Award – Miss Fox River Valley, Raquel Bruening

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 of earning either college or postgraduate degrees, and utilize Miss America scholarship grants to further their educations. Visit www.misswisconsin.com for more information.

Photo caption – from left: 3rd Runner Up Miss Onalaska Madeline Anderson, 1st Runner Up Miss Kenosha Caitlin Schober, Miss Wisconsin 2013 Paula Mae Kuiper, 2nd Runner Up Miss St. Francis Cecilia Margraff, 4th Runner Up Miss Fox River Valley Raquel Bruening. (photo courtesy of Miss Wisconsin Organization.)


Big Announcement!

The Acting Governor of New Jersey, Kim Guadagno Announced Miss America will Return to Atlantic City

America's most beloved tradition will return home to Boardwalk Hall in September of 2013 and will air live on ABC!

Today, New Jersey's Acting Governor, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, along with the Miss America Organization's Chairman of the Board, Sam Haskell, III and President & CEO, Art McMaster joined Atlantic City officials from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, the Atlantic City Alliance and the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority announced that the Miss America organization, the world’s largest provider of scholarships to women, will  bring the pageant back to its home where it first began on the beaches of Atlantic City in 1921. Simultaneously, the Miss Organization announced a new three year deal with their network partner, ABC.

In 1921, no one could have imagined that a contest in Atlantic City created to extend the summer season for tourists, would become one of America's most beloved and recognized traditions for over  ninety years. The Miss America Organization has evolved into the world's largest scholarship program offering over $45 million each year to young women across the country to help them realize their educational dreams.

Welcoming the organization back home, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno said, "For decades, the Miss America Organization has awarded scholarships to thousands of young women to help further their goals of higher education and achieve their dreams. New Jersey is proud to once again host the Miss America Pageant here in Atlantic City. We are confident that Atlantic City's famous boardwalk and variety of restaurants, shops and entertainment venues will showcase the city's vibrancy and attraction to the participants and many visitors that will attend the Miss America Pageant every year."

Sam Haskell, III, Miss America Organization’s Chairman of the Board stated, "We are so very proud to bring Miss America back to her birthplace in Atlantic City. We are grateful to Governor Christie and his staff for helping make this possible. Throughout the decades, Miss America has evolved into an organization that enables over 12,000 young women to enter and participate in our scholarship program each and every year. Today, Miss America remains an iconic symbol, and our roots have always stayed connected to Atlantic City. Our proud heritage is rich in history, having been named by USA Today as one of the Top Ten pieces of Americana remaining in our great country today. We now look to the future as we prepare for our most exciting television event ever for Miss America with the support of our network partner ABC. The return to Atlantic City will allow us to showcase our Miss America events where it all began almost 93 years ago."

The Miss America Organization's President, CEO Art McMaster stated, "We are grateful to the Governor of New Jersey, and the Lt. Governor who along with the agencies in Atlantic City came together to create a mutually beneficial partnership to welcome back Miss America.  This is a monumental milestone for our organization to return to the Jersey shores where MISS AMERICA began.  As we depart Las Vegas, we sincerely thank our friends at Planet Hollywood who have hosted us for the last eight years and the City of Las Vegas, who helped us to achieve OUR best television ratings last January.  We will now build on that success and begin a new era by returning the tradition to Atlantic City."

CRDA, AC Alliance, and ACCVA have jointly assisted in paving the way for the return of Miss America which will bring tourists from around the country to the East Coast’s premiere gaming and vacation destination.

Details of the 2014 Miss America Competition will be announced shortly, and plans are now underway for the September event live in the famed Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall.  Award winning television producer, Anthony Eaton and his company, Tall Pony Productions who have produced the live event in Las Vegas for the last six years, will produce Miss America 2014 in Atlantic City live on ABC.

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06-17-12

OSHKOSH, WIS., June 16, 2012 — On Saturday evening, June 16, 2012, Kate Gorman, a 23-year-old from Onalaska, Wis., was chosen as the new Miss Wisconsin. Representing the Miss La Crosse Oktoberfest pageant, Gorman 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 2013 at the national pageant in Las Vegas on January 12, 2013. Gorman is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse where she graduated with a B.S. in Communication Studies. For the talent competition, Gorman performed a tap dance to Adele’s “Rumor Has It.”

Moments after being selected, Gorman shared her excitement about winning the Miss Wisconsin title. “I am already looking forward to my duties this year - traveling, meeting new people and getting the word out about my platform, which is “Take a Healthy Bite out of Childhood Hunger,” said Gorman. “I worked very hard in preparing for this and am excited to step into this role of Miss Wisconsin, as well as compete at Miss America.” For her career, Gorman hopes to establish and direct a culinary university for children, teaching them the basics of proper nutrition and best practices in the kitchen.

During her year as Miss Wisconsin, Gorman will travel throughout the State advocating her platform issue. She has already been coordinating Healthy Food Drives benefiting local charities through food and cash donations. She will also talk to various government representatives, business leaders, community groups and citizens-at-large, urging them to get involved in reversing the trend of the amount of children who depend on emergency food assistance.

Gorman succeeds Raeanna Johnson, Miss Wisconsin 2011. Johnson assumed the role of Miss Wisconsin after Laura Kaeppeler, Miss Wisconsin 2011, won the title of Miss America 2012 in January.

Jeanne Schmal, Executive Director of the Miss Wisconsin Organization, commented on the new Miss Wisconsin. “Kate embodies the qualities a role model for young women and girls should have. She’s talented, ambitious and accomplished. We are excited about working with her this year,” said Schmal. “All 23 of our contestants were talented and intelligent young women who represented their communities very well. We are thrilled that this year through our scholarship program we offered nearly $30,000 in cash scholarships and more than $600,000 thousand in in-kind scholarships.”

A number of other contestants received awards during the final and preliminary competition(s), including:

The court of honor included:

  • 1st Runner up, Miss Heart of Wisconsin, Katie Williams from Wisconsin Rapids., Wis.
  • 2nd Runner up, Miss Seven Rivers, Elizabeth Kramer from Holmen, Wis.
  • 3rd Runner up, Miss New Berlin, Raquel Bruening from New Berlin, Wis.
  • 4th Runner up, Miss Heart of the Valley, Desiree Geffers from Oshkosh, Wis.

Semi-finalists and award winners included:

Top 10 – Miss Onalaska, Miranda Rosenthal from Onalaska, Wis.
Top 10 – Miss Racine, Paula Kuiper from Racine, Wis.
Top 10 – Miss St. Francis, Coleen Mrotek from Milwaukee, Wis.
Top 10 – Miss Southern Wisconsin, Tonya Popowski from Cudahy, Wis.
Top 10 – Wisconsin Central, Mariah Haberman from Evansville, Wis.
Top 11 People’s Choice Internet Vote – Miss Green Bay, Elizabeth Butler from Holmen, Wis.
Non-Finalist Interview award – Miss Southern Lakes, Maggie Hill from Oshkosh, Wis.
Non-Finalist Talent award – Miss Burlington Area Chocolatefest Stephanie Kok from Franklin, Wis.
Spirit of Miss America –Miss Racine. Paula Kuiper from Racine, Wis.
  
At the final night of competition, Miss California 2012, Noelle Freeman served as Mistress of Ceremonies along with Gus Klett, and Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler, Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2012 Elizabeth Fechtel and Miss Wisconsin’s Outstanding Teen 2012 Madeline Morgan performed.


06-14-12

ONALASKA AND SOUTHERN WISCONSIN WIN PRELIMINARY AWARDS THURSDAY AT MISS WISCONSIN PAGEANT

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OSHKOSH, WIS., June 14, 2012 — On Thursday evening, June 14, 2012 Miranda Rosenthal, Miss Onalaska from Onalaska, Wis., won the preliminary talent award and Tonya Popowski, Miss Southern Wisconsin from Cudahy, Wis., won the preliminary swimsuit award during the second night of preliminary competition at the 2012 Miss Wisconsin pageant. Held at the Alberta Kimball Auditorium in Oshkosh, Wis., the Miss Wisconsin competition features 23 contestants from around the State vying for the title of Miss Wisconsin 2012, cash and in-kind scholarships and prizes upwards of $600,000.

Rosenthal received a $500 cash scholarship for her talent presentation of a vocal song to “I Don’t Care” by Judy Garland. Popowski received a $250 cash scholarship for receiving the highest scores in physical fitness in swimsuit.

The final night of competition where the Top 11 is announced to compete for the title of Miss Wisconsin 2012 is Saturday, June 16 at 7:30 pm at the Alberta Kimball Auditorium. Tickets are still available. The winner will go on to compete at the national Miss America 2013 pageant program. Also, the Miss Wisconsin’s Outstanding Teen program will be held Friday, June 15 at 7:30 pm.
Laura Kaeppeler, Miss Wisconsin 2011, won the national title of Miss America 2012 in January and Raeanna Johnson assumed the role of Miss Wisconsin 2011. Johnson will crown her successor Saturday evening.


06-13-12

BURLINGTON AND HEART OF WISCONSIN WIN PRELIMINARY AWARDS WEDNESDAY AT MISS WISCONSIN PAGEANT PRELIMINARY

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OSHKOSH, WIS., June 13, 2012 On Wednesday evening, June 13, 2012 Stephanie Kok, Miss Burlington Area Chocolatefest from Franklin, Wis., won the preliminary talent award and Katie Williams, Miss Heart of Wisconsin from Wisconsin Rapids., Wis., won the preliminary swimsuit award during the first night of preliminary competition at the 2012 Miss Wisconsin pageant. Kok received a $500 cash scholarship for her talent presentation of a violin instrumental to “Czardas” composed by Vittorio Monti. Williams received a $250 cash scholarship for receiving the highest scores in physical fitness in swimsuit.
Held at the Alberta Kimball Auditorium in Oshkosh, Wis., the Miss Wisconsin pageant program features 23 contestants from around the State vying for the title of Miss Wisconsin 2012, cash and in-kind scholarships and prizes upwards of $600,000.
Tickets are still available for the second night of preliminary competition, Thursday, June 14 before the Top 11 is announced to compete for the title of Miss Wisconsin 2012 on Saturday, June 16. The winner will go on to compete at the national Miss America 2013 pageant program. Also, the Miss Wisconsin’s Outstanding Teen program will be held Friday, June 15 at 7:30 pm.
Laura Kaeppeler who won the national title of Miss America 2012 as Miss Wisconsin in January 2012 gave a special performance. Raeanna Johnson, Miss Wisconsin 2011, also performed and will crown her successor Saturday evening.


06-08-2012

VOTE FOR THE NEXT MISS WISCONSIN

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Contestant With Most Internet Votes Earns a Scholarship/Spot in the Top 11 Oshkosh, Wis., June 7, 2012 — The Miss Wisconsin Organization announces you can now vote for a contestant to become Miss Wisconsin 2012 at http://www.misswisconsin.com/vote/. On the website, click the "VOTE" button below your contestant of choice. Voting is unlimited. Each vote costs $1.00. The internet vote will NOT influence the judges' scoring. There are 23 representatives competing for the title of Miss Wisconsin 2012. The contestant receiving the most internet votes by 11:59 pm Friday, June 15 will become a "Top 11" finalist at the 2012 Miss Wisconsin pageant on June 16 and earn a $600 “People’s Choice” cash scholarship.

The 2012 Miss Wisconsin pageant is held June 13-14 and 16, 2012 at the Alberta Kimball Auditorium in Oshkosh, Wis., where 23 young women representing cities and areas from across the State will compete for more than $600,000 in cash and in-kind scholarships and prizes, and the opportunity to become Miss Wisconsin 2012 and compete at the 2013 Miss America pageant. Last year’s Miss Wisconsin, Laura Kaeppeler from Kenosha, Wis., became Miss America 2012 in January. Raeanna Johnson succeeded her and as Miss Wisconsin 2011 will crown her successor this month.

“The Internet vote is a great way for local communities and people throughout the state to show support for their representative and provide her with an additional scholarship at Miss Wisconsin,” said Jeanne Schmal, Executive Director of the Miss Wisconsin Organization. “We hope many will cast their votes, come to Oshkosh to see the pageant live and support the contestants, and also see our Miss America, Laura Kaeppeler.”


06-07-2012

MISS WISCONSIN ORGANIZATION SPONSORS BLOOD DRIVE JUNE 16

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OSHKOSH, WIS., June 6, 2012 — The Miss Wisconsin Organization announces that it will sponsor a local blood drive on Saturday, June 16, 2012 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the Oshkosh Farmer’s Market, located at the 400 and 500 Blocks of North Main Street in Oshkosh. Miss Wisconsin 2011, Raeanna Johnson and the 23 contestants will be on hand to assist and promote at the
blood drive. You can sign up that morning or appointments can be made through The Community Blood Center, Inc.’s web site at

https://www.save3lives.org/index.cfm?group=op&expand=18953&zc=54901

The Miss Wisconsin pageant preliminary and final competitions are held June 13, 14 and 16 at 7:30 pm in the Alberta Kimball Auditorium at Oshkosh West High School, Oshkosh, Wis. More than $600,000 in cash and in-kind scholarships are offered.
Tickets are still available.


06-06-2012

MISS WISCONSIN ANNOUNCES 23 CONTESTANTS VYING FOR 2012 TITLE

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OSHKOSH, WIS., June 5, 2012 — The Miss Wisconsin Organization announces that from June 13-16, 2012 there are 23 young women representing cities and areas from across the State will compete for more than $600,000 in cash and in-kind scholarships and prizes, and the opportunity to become Miss Wisconsin 2012. All shows begin at 7:30 pm in the Alberta Kimball Auditorium at Oshkosh West High School, Oshkosh, Wis. Tickets are still available.

All contestants compete in five areas of competition: Talent, Interview, Evening Wear, On-stage Question and Lifestyle and Fitness (Swimsuit). The winner will go on to compete at the 2013 Miss America pageant. Miss Wisconsin 2011 Raeanna Johnson, from Holmen, Wis., has been promoting the Children’s Miracle Network during her reign. Johnson succeeds Laura Kaeppeler who competed at the 2012 Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas in January and is currently Miss America 2012.

Contestants will participate in activities throughout the week. On June 10, they arrive in Oshkosh to begin rehearsals and activities. On Monday, June 11, there is a ticketed Merchant’s Dinner event at The Waters. Two nights of preliminary competition are held on Wednesday and Thursday, June 13 and 14. The Miss Wisconsin’s Outstanding Teen program is on Friday, June 15. An autograph session and blood drive will take place Saturday morning at the Oshkosh Farmer’s Market, located at the 400 and 500 Blocks of North Main Street in Oshkosh. The final night of competition and the crowning of Miss Wisconsin 2012 will take place on Saturday, June 16.

“We have an outstanding field of young woman vying for the title and scholarships of Miss Wisconsin 2012 as we celebrate 50 years in Oshkosh,” said Jeanne Schmal, Executive Director of the Miss Wisconsin Organization. “We hope many will come to Oshkosh to support these representatives as well as see our Miss America, Laura Kaeppeler.”

MISS WISCONSIN 2012 LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES

# Local Title..............................Name ..............................Hometown.............................Talent
1 Southern Lakes......................Maggie Hill......................Oshkosh, Wis. .......................Piano
2 Southern Wisconsin...............Tonya Popowski.............Cudahy, Wis. .........................Dance/Twirl
3 Door County ...........................Zephyr Ciesar.................Fish Creek, Wis. ....................Vocal
4 West Allis................................Amanda Garrity ..............Milwaukee, Wis. ....................Opera
5 Wisconsin Rapids ..................Michelle Neumann .........Nekoosa, Wis. .......................Vocal
6 Burlington Chocolate Fest .....Stephanie Kok ................Franklin, Wis. ........................Violin
7 Milwaukee ..............................Stephanie Obst...............St. Francis, Wis. ....................Dance
8 Fox River Valley.....................Mary O’Connell...............Bristol, Wis. ...........................Opera
9 Madison..................................Chelsea Hammett ..........Oshkosh, Wis. .......................Irish Dance
10 Kenosha ...........................Rebecca Gaertner..........Kenosha, Wis. .....................Contemporary Ballet
11 New Berlin ..............................Raquel Bruening.............New Berlin, Wis. ....................Clarinet
12 Racine.....................................Paula Kuiper ...................Racine, Wis. ..........................Clarinet
13 Heart of Wisconsin.................Katie Williams .................Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. ........Opera
14 Beloit.......................................Melissa Gile ....................Beloit, Wis. ............................Flugel Horn
15 LaCrosse/Oktoberfest............Kate Gorman ..................Onalaska, Wis. ......................Tap Dance
16 Oshkosh .................................Samantha Philip .............Oshkosh, Wis. .......................Vocal
17 Seven Rivers..........................Elizabeth Kramer............Holmen, Wis. .........................Opera
18 Heart of the Valley .................Desiree Geffers ..............Oshkosh, Wis. .......................Lyrical Dance
19 Fond du Lac ...........................Heather Klewicki.............Fond du Lac, Wis. .................Ballet
20 Onalaska ................................Miranda Rosenthal .........Onalaska, Wis. ......................Vocal
21 Wisconsin Central..................Mariah Haberman ..........Evansville, Wis. .................Jazz-Funk Dance
22 Green Bay ..............................Elizabeth Butler ..............Holmen, Wis. .........................Alto Sax
23 St. Francis ..............................Colleen Mrotek ...............Milwaukee, Wis. ....................Cello

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 more than $600 thousand in cash and scholarship assistance. Almost all contestants have either received, or are in the process of earning either college or postgraduate degrees, and utilize Miss America scholarship grants to further their educations. Visit www.misswisconsin.com for more information.


Dr. Karin has given us permission to use the article "The Spirit of Miss America". 

Click here to view the article. Written by Dr. Karin Flodstrom, Psy.D.


Raeanna Johnson is our new Miss Wisconsin. We are so happy that she accepted. Congratulations Raeanna!

There she is...your Miss America 2012 is Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler!!!

 

MISS WISCONSIN AND MISS UTAH  WIN PRELIMINARY AWARDS AT
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Jeanne Schmal, Miss Wisconsin Scholarship Pageant


June 18, 2011 - Laura Kaeppeler crowned Miss Wisconsin 2011


The 2011 Miss America Pageant Presented by DSW Increases Ratings by 49% on ABC!

Linwood, NJ - Jan. 20,2011 - The Miss America Organization announced today that the 2011 Miss America Pageant presented by DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse had a new reach of 14.6 million viewers on ABC, based on an average viewership of 6.7 million people, up 49 percent from last year.

The pageant, which aired from 9 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 15, drew ABC's biggest non-sports audience in the timeslot since April 2009 and easily placed second to Fox for the night. The announcement of the 90th Anniversary Miss America, Teresa Scanlan, a 17-year-old from Nebraska and one of the youngest winners in the history of Miss America, kept ratings growing through the night despite the gridiron competition of two NFL Divisional Playoff games.
In the first half-hour of the telecast, Miss America was in third place with 5.25 million viewers, but for the remainder of the 2-hour live telecast (tape delayed on the West Coast), the pageant held onto second place for the night, with the audience growing to 7.85 million viewers.
MAO Chairman of the Board, Sam Haskell announced, “The Miss America Pageant’s return to ABC after six years on cable television was a nearly 50% audience increase over last year’s broadcast.  This was an outstanding performance in terms of audience growth with the help of our wonderful partners ABC, Tony Eaton with Tall Pony Productions, and our presenting sponsor DSW.  We thank them for their support of this 90th anniversary show that will now mark a new era for our organization.”
In addition, the 2011 Miss America Pageant was ranked 2nd in women aged 18-34!
"Miss America is back and stronger than ever as witnessed by over 14 million viewers this year," said President and CEO, Art McMaster. "We're so happy that everyone tuned into see the pageant back on ABC, and we are confident that Miss America’s audience will continue to grow with our network partner, ABC!"

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