Vanessa Williams is crowned the first African-American Miss America in 1983

11 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Iowa (again), Georgia win 3rd night Miss America prelims.

On Wednesday, Giannini, Miss New Jersey, won a $6,000 Quality of Life scholarship in recognition of her community service efforts to advance her mission.Like Miss Colorado before her — on Wednesday, Kelley Johnson told a story from her experience working as a nurse — Alayna Westcom’s routine was tagged to the pageant’s push for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. “I will be the first to do a science experiment on the Miss America stage,” Westcom told NJ Advance Media before performing the demonstration, one she said was long in the making. “I danced and I took singing lessons and it just wasn’t something I could invest myself into,” said Westcom, whose pageant platform is “Success through STEM.” Westcom, 24, is most at home in the Vermont medical examiner’s office, performing autopsies part-time, and working full full time as a medical technologist, carrying out tests on samples.ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Miss Iowa continued racking up points in her march toward the 2016 Miss America crown on Thursday, adding a swimsuit preliminary title to her talent win two days earlier. “I don’t believe there are a combination of words in the English language to describe what I’m feeling right now,” she said afterward. “I wanted to go onstage and have fun and show the judges that I had worked hard.” Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell won the talent preliminary on Thursday by singing an opera song to loud applause from the crowd at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. “I love to bring the drama,” Cantrell said. “I want to leave people who hear me sing with something to think about.

But on Thursday — the last night of preliminary competition before the pageant final on Sunday — Giannini addressed her volunteer work in an onstage interview. “From the time that we wake up to the time that we go to sleep, 15 people will lose their lives because of distracted driving,” she said, answering a question from Dena Blizzard (Miss New Jersey 1995), the show’s emcee. In her spare time, she tries to get children interested in science. “It’s a really simply decomposition reaction where it breaks down the hydrogen peroxide into oxygen, water, and — with a little bit of soap — it makes a ton of foam,” Westcom said. “It’ll shoot up some feet in the air and it’ll make a mess all over the stage.” That it did. I hope I left the audience with some deep emotions they might not have known they had.” Winners in the swimsuit and talent preliminary competitions accrue points that boost their scores heading into Sunday night’s nationally televised finale. Giannini, 21, began her work with safe driving advocacy when she was 17, asking her hometown of Hammonton to post signs warning drivers of the dangers of texting and driving.

As the ensuing foamy reaction shot straight up in soapy spurts of green and orange and proceeded to expand, members of the production crew scrambled to remove the fallout before the next part of the show. “Don’t try this at home,” Westcom teased, before setting the experiment in motion. Miss America Organization executive chairman Sam Haskell told The Associated Press his group reached a settlement with the estate of songwriter Bernie Wayne that will allow the song to be used again. The aspiring broadcast journalist, a senior at Rowan University, lobbied for Nikki’s Law, New Jersey legislation passed in 2013 named after Nikki Kellenyi, a Washington Township high school student who was killed in a 2012 car crash. Thursday’s talent competition featured an unusual science experiment by Miss Vermont Alayna Westcom, who donned protective goggles, mixed some chemicals and created a foamy eruption she calls “elephant’s toothpaste.” Westcom has immersed herself in science and wants to encourage girls and other young women to do so as well.

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