Miss America Scholarship Organization
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The Miss America Pageant is a competition which awards scholarships for college and graduate school to American women between the ages of 17 to 24. Miss America travels about 20,000 miles a month, changing her location every 24 to 48 hours. She tours the nation promoting her particular platform of interest. Miss America also spends her year fundraising and working with the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals around the country.
The Miss America Pageant is run by the Miss America Organization, a non-profit corporation based in Linwood, New Jersey. According to the Miss America Organization, the Miss America Pageant’s purpose is “to provide young women with a vehicle to further their personal and professional goals and instills a spirit of community service through a variety of unique nationwide community-based programs.”
The Miss America Pageant’s origins lie in a 1920 event entitled The Fall Frolic. Held on September 25 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the event was designed to bring business to the Boardwalk: “three hundred and fifty gaily decorated rolling wicker chairs were pushed along the parade route. Three hundred and fifty men pushed the chairs. However, the main attractions were the young ‘maidens’ who sat in the rolling chairs, headed by a Miss Ernestine Cremona, who was dressed in a flowing white robe and represented “Peace.”
Over the years, the Miss America pageant has continued to grow from its roots, first developing into a beauty pageant and then into the world renowned scholarship pageant it is today. Miss America contestants compete in 5 areas of competition. For preliminary competition, Miss America contestants compete in interview (35%), talent (35%), swimsuit (15%), evening gown (20%) and on-stage question (5%). For the final competition, the top 16 move on to compete in swimsuit again. From there, the competition is narrowed down to a top 10, who compete again in evening gown competition. The contestants are narrowed down once more to 8, who compete in talent and on stage question. From there, judges rank the top 5 contestants in the order they believe they should finish.
States That Have Not Won Miss America
- Miss Alaska
- Miss Delaware
- Miss Idaho
- Miss Iowa
- Miss Louisiana
- Miss Maine
- Miss Maryland
- Miss Massachusetts
- Miss Montana
- Miss Nevada
- Miss New Hampshire
- Miss New Mexico
- Miss Puerto Rico
- Miss Rhode Island
- Miss South Dakota
- Miss Vermont
- Miss Virgin Island
- Miss Washington
- Miss West Virginia
- Miss Wyoming
- This week, the Miss America Organization had its annual meeting in Washington, D.C., and announced some big news. The organization announced a new president and vice president. (Check out: 10 Tips for Your First Miss America Organization Interview)
The New President
This week, the Miss America Organization named Josh Randle as President and Chief Operating Officer (COO). At 29 years old, he is the youngest ever to be named the president of the organization. Randle has served for two years at the organization’s COO.
Before his role with the Miss America Organization, he served as the National Executive Director for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Foundation in the United States. This foundation was set up as a charity program from the British royal family.
Randle is looking forward to his new role.
“[I am] incredibly honored and humbled to serve in this capacity,” Randle said. “Miss America is a movement of empowering young women to pursue an education and achieve their dreams, and I am excited to help expand and further that important legacy as we approach our 100th anniversary.” (Read: Get the Look of Miss America 2017)
The New Vice President
At its annual meeting, the Miss America Organization also named a new vice president, Eli Popicg. Eli has previously served with the Miss America Organization for two years as the finance manager. He has now been promoted and will act as vice president and chief financial officer.
Eli wrote, “I am truly honored and grateful for the opportunity to work for this iconic organization. I very much look forward to working with Lynn, Sam and Josh to promote and enhance the Miss America brand for many years to come.”
It seems as though both men will work closely with Sam Haskel III, who is the current chief executive officer, and Lynn H. Weidner, who serves as the chairman of the board of directors for the Miss America Organization.
We’re excited to see what direction these four go in with the 100th anniversary of the Miss America Organization approaching in 2021. Congratulations, Josh and Eli!