Miss America 2014
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In the final moments of the Miss America 2014 pageant, Miss California Crystal Lee and Miss New York Nina Davuluri were the last contestants left on the stage. They were approached by co-host Lara Spencer who asked how they were feeling at that moment. Davuluri stated that she and Lee were “both so proud. We’re making history right here, standing here as Asian-Americans.” In a later interview with NPR’s Michel Martin, Davulri described the moment as a, “very surreal, out-of-body experience, being there in the final two. I was holding hands with Miss California, Crystal Lee, and we were both standing there at such a historic moment – two Asian-Americans who were going to take the title and to be a new symbol of hope and encouragement.”
Tuesday Preliminary Winners
Miss Mississippi wowed in a black Catalina swimsuit and managed to capture the first Lifestyle and Fitness award for the Miss America 2014 competition. She receives a $1,000 scholarship and my jealously for those abs.
Miss New Hampshire garnered the first Talent award of the Miss America preliminaries with her rendition of “Don’t Rain On My Parade” from the musical Funny Girl. Her voice was phenomenal and she acted the song superbly, which won her a $2,000 scholarship.
Wednesday Preliminary Winners
Miss Oklahoma also competed in a black Catalina swimsuit in order to win her preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness award. She was the appropriate level of bubbly for the stage and she managed to take home a $1,000 scholarship in a difficult group.
Miss Minnesota performed her rendition of Wieniawski’s “Scherzo and Tarantella” on the violin on the second night of preliminary competition. She played the highly technical piece flawlessly, winning a $2,000 scholarship for her talent performance.
Thursday Preliminary Winners
Miss Georgia, whose platform focuses on heart health, showed off her healthy body to win a $1,000 scholarship on the final night of the preliminary competition. She was completely confident showing off her quads and obliques, earning her the award.
Miss Florida won her talent group (probably the strongest of the three groups) with her twirling routine to “Big Noise From Winnetka,” after having torn her ACL earlier in the day. Some might think this was a pity vote (haters gonna hate), but no one who watched the performance doubts that this girl earned every single cent of the $2,000 scholarship and truly wowed the audience.
Miss California Crystal Lee and Miss Mississippi Chelsea Rick both won $5,000 STEM Scholarships, which were introduced this year as a part of Miss America’s new STEM platform. These scholarships are for contestants who are pursuing a career in STEM and also make promoting women in STEM a priority. Miss California’s platform is about women in STEM and was inspired by her mother, who was the only female programmer in her department for nearly twenty years. Miss Mississippi hopes to become a neurologist for her career.
Quality of Life Award
The Quality of Life Award is given to contestants who excel in their community service. The nominees are announced at the arrival ceremony, with the winners announced later in the week. The 2nd Runner-Up was Miss Rhode Island Jessica Marfeo, for her platform B.F.F: Be Friends First- Promoting Health Relationship Education and Mentoring, which promotes the importance of providing our youth with a strong health education system facilitated with mentors to teach future generations how to maintain healthy relationships. She won a $2,000 scholarship as recognition. The 1st Runner-Up was Miss South Carolina Brooke Mosteller, for her platform GO HIGHER! College Application Day, which sheds light on the difficulties of the college application process and attempts to help high school students with that process. She won a $4,000 scholarship for her work with her platform. And the winner of the Quality of Life Award was Miss Michigan Haley Williams, for her platform Through a Child’s Eyes: Conquering Childhood Grief. Miss Michigan has used her platform to be a champion for children faced with the loss of a family member and how to overcome the grief of their loss. She won a $6,000 scholarship in recognition of her work with her platform.
Miss Idaho Sarah Downs won the Fourpoints Award, which goes to the girl who best represents the four points of the crown (service, style, scholarship, success) through her platform. Sarah’s platform is Promoting Nutrition: Taking Back Our Health.
And your judges are:
Lance Bass, singer from ‘N Sync.
Amar’e Stoudemire, starting forward from the New York Knicks.
Joshua Bell, Grammy Award-winning violinist.
Mario Cantone, comedian and performer.
Barbara Corcoran, real estate mogul, business consultant and one of the investors from ABC’s new competition show “Shark Tank.”
Carla Hall, co-host from ABC’s food-and-talk show “The Chew” and former contestant on “Top Chef.”
Deidre Downs Gunn, obstetrician and gynecologist, who was also the last Miss America to be crowned in Atlantic City.