Danica McKellar Joins Celebrity Judging Panel for the 95th Anniversary …

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Actress and mathematician Danica McKellar joins Miss America judging panel.

Once upon a time she was Winnie Cooper on “The Wonder Years.” Now a mathematician and education advocate, Danica McKellar has joined the Atlantic City judging panel for the 2016 Miss America competition. McKellar, 40, is the author of books aimed at young students and high schoolers including “Math Doesn’t Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math Without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail,” “Hot X: Algebra Exposed” and “Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape.” The pageant itself has been pushing the theme of S.T.E.M. education in recent years. Navy SEAL “American Sniper” Chris Kyle, Taya Kyle, entrepreneur and businessman of ABC’s “Shark Tank,” Kevin O’Leary, 2014 Paralympic snowboarding bronze medalist, Amy Purdy and television and recording star, Zendaya. As an actress, McKellar, who made her “Wonder Years” debut in 1988 and remained on the show through 1993, has also appeared on “How I Met Your Mother,” “The West Wing” and “The Big Bang Theory.” Like some of her fellow Miss America judges, she competed in “Dancing with the Stars.” McKellar joins snowboarder Amy Purdy, author Taya Kyle — wife of the late “American Sniper” Navy SEAL Chris Kyle — “Shark Tank” entrepreneur Kevin O’Leary, actress and singer Zendaya and country singer Brett Eldredge on the judging panel.

Nick Jonas will serve as the official music curator of the evening.The “2016 Miss America Competition” returns to Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 (9:00 – 11:00p.m./ET) on the ABC Television Network. She is breaking the stereotype of the “math nerd” with her highly entertaining and illuminating books, which teach tweens and teens how to master tough mathematical concepts, with the underlying theme that smart is sexy! Her mathematical research has been published in Britain’s esteemed Journal of Physics, and has been featured on the front page of the Science section of The New York Times. Most recently, she starred in the romantic comedy Perfect Match and will appear this holiday season in the romantic TV movie, “Crown for Christmas.” For the latest updates on Danica, including her next series of educational books, please visit her on Twitter @danicamckellar and Instagram @danicamckellar.

Fans can vote on both Facebook and Twitter by posting a status and/or tweet with the name of the state they are voting for and the hashtag #MissAmericaVote. The Miss America Organization, a 501(c) 4 non-profit corporation, provides millions of dollars in annual college scholarship assistance making it the largest scholarship program for women in the United States. MAO contestants contribute tens of thousands of community service hours annually and have raised over $10 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Miss America scholarships since 2007. dick clark productions (dcp) is the world’s largest producer and proprietor of televised live event entertainment programming with the “Academy of Country Music Awards,” “American Country Countdown Awards,” “American Music Awards,” “Billboard Music Awards,” “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Hollywood Film Awards” and the “Streamy Awards.” Weekly television programming includes “So You Think You Can Dance” from 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group and dcp; “World’s Funniest” from Jukin Media and dcp; as well as “BOOM!” from Keshet DCP, the joint venture between Keshet International (KI), the global distribution and production arm of Keshet Media Group and DC Media, the parent company of dcp. dcp also owns one of the world’s most unique and extensive entertainment archive libraries with more than 55 years of award-winning shows, historic programs, specials, performances and legendary programming.

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