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Raquel Cecilia Jaramillo Castrillo, 21, representing Colombia, won the title of Reina Panamericana 1999 (Pan-American Queen 1999) on Dec. 30, 1999, in Cali, Colombia. Miss Venezuela, Ana Valentina Montero, and Miss Bolivia, Camila Pacheco were among the five finalists.
Shlomo Uri Noor has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for raping Linor Abargil a few weeks before she was crowned Miss World in 1998. The sentence was handed down Dec. 29, 1999, by an Israeli court. Noor and Ms. Abargil are both Israelis, and the case was tried in their country, but the assault took place in Italy, where she worked as a model. Noor raped Ms. Abargil in October 1998 after offering her a ride from Milan to Rome so she could catch a flight. She was crowned Miss World the month after the attack, and soon began to speak openly about the case. She finished her reign in December 1999.
Debbie Goldstein of New Jersey was crowned Ms. US National Volunteer on Dec. 24, 1999. She was one of the first people to be nominated for the Speakers' Bureau of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The center will be the focus of her platform during her reign.
Laura Baechtel, an early PNB cover girl, has been chosen Mrs. Debutante International 2000 and won the special award of "Woman of the Year."
Betty Fulton-Mills of Fayetteville, N.C., has been named Mrs. Philippine American Worldwide Achievement 2000. She will compete for the Mrs. Universal Achiever title in April 2000.
Karen Mae Hauck, 34, of West Lawn, Pa., has been crowned Mrs. Berks County Achievement 2000. She will be competing for the title of Mrs. Pennsylvania Achievement and Mrs. American Achievement in June and July 2000, respectively.
Christiane Weidlich of Cunnewitz was crowned Miss Ostdeutschland 1999/2000 (Universe) on Dec. 18, 1999. The first runner-up was Sabrina Schepmann, and the second runner-up was Mandy Klein. Ms. Weidlich will compete in the Miss Germany (Universe) Pageant.
Paulina Margarita Gálvez Pineda, Miss Colombia, was crowned Miss International 1999 on Dec. 14, 1999, in Tokyo. She also was named Miss Photogenic. The first runner-up was Miss Spain, Carmen Fernández Ruiz, and the second runner-up was Saija Palin, Miss Finland. Japanese-born Miyuki Hill, competing as Miss Northern Marianas, was chosen Miss Friendship, to the delight of the crowd.
Katharina Beisselt, 20, was crowned Miss Baden-Württemberg 1999/2000 (Universe), on Dec. 11, 1999. The nuclear technology student will represent her state in the Miss Germany (Universe) Pageant.
Windy Leigh was chosen Miss Nude ExoticNites 1999 on Dec. 14, 1999, in Tampa, Fla. Beyonda Doubt was first runner-up, and Alexis St. Cloud was second runner-up. Kristy Karrington was the Petite winner, and Skyler Daze was chosen Most Exotic. Alexandra Quin was honored for Best Show, and Midori got the honors for Best Body.
Miss Bourgogne, Sonia Rolland, 18, was selected Miss France 2000 on Dec. 11, 1999, in Paris. Ms. Rolland was also a top vote recipient in a nationwide voter selection by the TV audience. She will represent France in the 2000 Miss Universe Pageant in May 2000 in Cyprus. The first runner-up was Miss Provence, Tatiana Bouguer, 22, and the second runner-up was Maryline Brun, 20, Miss Pays du Valay. The third runner-up was Ariane Quatrefages, 22, Miss Rhone-Alps, and the fourth runner-up was Miss Reunion, Elodie Suray, 19. Ms. Rolland was born in Kigali, Rwanda, to a Rwandan mother and a French father, and she spent her youth there. She fled the genocide in the Central African nation in 1994.
Miss Kwa Zulu Natal, Heather Hamilton, 22, of Hillcrest, Kwa Zulu Natal, was crowned Miss South Africa 2000 in Sun City on Dec. 11, 1999. She was crowned by Sonia Riciti, who was recently second runner-up to Miss World. Ms. Hamilton, an investment counselor, will compete in the Miss World and Miss Universe pageants. The first runner-up to her was Nadia Wyngaard, 22, of Cape Town, who also won the Miss Photogenic Award. Pulane Moraldi, 21, of Carltonville was second runner-up. The remaining two finalists were Britta van der Hoek, 19, of Uitenhage and Kgomotso Chipane, 23, of Ga-Rankuwa. Lonely Phokane won the Miss Personality Award and Ashley Burke won the Reader's Choice Award.
Jessica Pagel, 21, the daughter of Berrien Springs, Mich., apple growers, was chosen 2000 Michigan Apple Queen on Dec. 7, 1999, in Grand Rapids. She will represent the state's apple industry. Sarah Rosenthal, 18, was first runner-up. Allison Molter, 20, was second runner-up.
Juliana Andrea Arango Londoño of Colombia has been crowned Miss Asia-Pacific. The first runner-up was Anna Tatarintseva of Russia, and the second runner-up was Amy Trott of Australia. The third runner-up was Wan Wang Fei of Taiwan, and Leanne Sorby of New Zealand was fourth runner-up. The new winner is the first Colombian and fifth Latin American to capture the crown. Miss Russia was Best in Swimsuit and winner of the Best Smile award. Miss Philippines, Ritchie Ocampo, was Miss Photogenic and Miss Beautiful Hair. Miss Taiwan was Best in Long Gown and winner of the Most Beautiful Skin award. The delegate from Panama was Miss Friendship and Best in National Costume, and Miss New Caledonia was Miss Talent. If the pageant was a swinging affair, the celebration party afterward was a rocking affair. An earthquake shook the area during the festivities.
Stacie Willis, Mrs. Alabama America 1999 and first runner-up at the Mrs America Pageant, has assumed the title of Mrs. America, owing to the victory of the Mrs. America Pageant winner, Starla Stanley, in the Mrs. World Pageant.
Kim Yee of Edmonton, Alberta, has won the Miss Canadian Universe Pageant and will represent her country in the Miss Universe Pageant in 2000. The first runner-up was Melissa Bhagat, Miss Northwestern Quebec Universe, who is a former Miss India Worldwide. The second runner-up was Danica Quinn, Miss Western Ontario Universe, who is a former Miss Oktoberfest. The third runner-up was Emily MacLennan, Miss Nova Scotia Universe, and the fourth runner-up was Shani Whittle, Miss Central Ontario Universe. Jennefer Jessica Isabel Jenei, Miss Southern Quebec Universe, was Miss Photogenic. Angel Dennis, a semifinalist from Calgary, Alberta, was Miss Congeniality. Ms. Yee was the Fitness winner, and Tasha Taylor of Western New Brunswick was Miss Talent. Ms. Yee is the first Miss Canadian Universe from Edmonton, although the city has a rich pageant history.
Starla Stanley, Mrs. America, was crowned Mrs. World on Dec. 2, 1999, in Jerusalem. She is the second American to win the Mrs. World crown.
Janette Cermeno, 18, of Venezuela was crowned Miss Latina 1999 on Nov. 28, 1999, in Washington, D.C.
Melissa Green, a high school speech and theater teacher from Winchester, Ind., has been chosen Ms. Indiana Professional Woman 2000. She is an educator and coach of the Union City High School Indianettes Dance Team. The pageant is sponsored by Ilva's Talent and Pageant Magazine.
The North American Achievement Pageant has selected the following women to represent their states at the National Pageant in Columbia, S.C., in June 2000. The selection process will continue until May 1, 2000: Teen Miss North Carolina - Elizabeth Warrick; Ms. California - Laura Baechtel; Ms. South Carolina - Jeannie Lamie; Ms. Plus Florida - Ana Urbano; Mrs. Minnesota - Lisa Schutte; Ms. Florida Woman - Marian Riopelle; Ms. North Carolina Woman Plus - Anna Warrick.
Brandy DeJongh was crowned Miss Rodeo America 2000 on Dec. 4, 1999, in Las Vegas, but her joy was marred a few minutes later when an animal rights activist shoved a chocolate pie in her face. Dawn Carr of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals was detained, but it was unclear whether she was charged. PETA contends that the sport of rodeo is cruel to animals. A similar episode occurred in 1991, when an anti-meat activist threw a pie in the face of the Iowa pork queen. "Pieing" prominent people is not new. Politicians, business leaders and cultural figures have been hit with pies by advocates of various causes. But the tactic is controversial, with some activists saying it crosses the line into violence.
Pamela Bolter has been crowned Mrs. Florida 2000 in the Mrs. United Nation Pageant system. She is a longtime pageant competitor, judge and coach, is a former national titleholder and has worked extensively with the Miss America system.
Tanaya Greer was crowned Miss North Central Georgia on Dec. 4, 1999, in Dacula. She also won the swimsuit award. The first runner-up was Natalie Roberts, the talent winner for her harp-playing. The second runner-up was Dana Lowery, the interview winner.
Debbie Goldstein of Keansburg, N.J., has been crowned Ms. Monmouth County US of A 2000. She will be competing for the state title of Ms. New Jersey US of A in June 2000.
Yukta Mookhey, 20, representing India, was crowned Miss World on Dec. 4, 1999, in London. Martina Thorogood, 24, of Venezuela, was first runner-up, and the second runner-up was Sonia Raciti, 21, representing South Africa. Ms. Mookhey, who has a degree in zoology, is the second Indian in the past three years to win Miss World.
Chong Chin Ee, a 21-year-old undergraduate, was crowned Miss Singapore Chinatown 1999 on Dec. 2, 1999. She will represent Singapore in the Miss Chinese International 2000 Pageant on Feb. 5, 2000, in Las Vegas. Gni Lam, 24, was crowned Miss Singapore Charity International 2000, and will represent Singapore in the Miss Charity International 2000 Pageant to be held in Cologne, Germany, in August 2000. Hena Ho, 21, was crowned Queen of the World 2000, and will represent Singapore in the Queen of the Year 2000 in Germany in October 2000. Angeline Chang, 17, was crowned Miss Singapore Millennium 2000, and will represent Singapore in the Miss Millennium 2000 Pageant in January 2000 in Helsinki, Finland. Calista Ng, 21, was crowned Miss Singapore Hawaiian Tropic 2000, and will compete in Las Vegas in April 2000. This was the 12th anniversary of the pageant, which began in 1988. A special highlight was a parade of contestants in the cheongsam (the traditional Chinese dress) as worn by the late first lady of Singapore, Mrs. Ong Teng Cheong, who died July 30, 1999. The cheongsams were auctioned and raised $150,000 for charity.
Kathi Kyle has been selected as Mrs. Ireland United Nation 2000. She will compete for the title of Mrs. United Nation International in August 2000 in Orlando, Fla.
Manuela Homberg, 20, of Hamm, Germany, was crowned Miss Westdeutschland (Universe) 1999/2000 on Dec. 1, 1999. She is an optician and will be a contestant for Miss Germany (Universe) in January 2000.
Doreen Adler, 21, of Weisswasser was crowned Miss Brandenburg (Universe) 1999/2000. She will compete in the Miss Germany (Universe) Pageant on Jan. 11, 2000.
Following are the results of the 2000 Ms. American Elegance Pageant:
Juel Casamayor, a 25-year-old aspiring MBA student, was crowned Miss District of Columbia USA on Nov. 28, 1999, before a large, enthusiastic crowd. She is a member of the Washington Redskinettes, the cheerleading squad for the NFL's Washington Redskins, Ms. Casamayor plans to attend Strayer University to receive her MBA in marketing. This was her second time competing in the Miss D.C. USA Pageant. Last year, she was swimsuit winner and second runner-up. This year, she captured both the swimsuit and evening gown competitions. The first runner up was Michele Wright, a former Miss D.C. Teen USA, and the second runner-up was Liane Angus. Ms. Casamayor, Ms. Wright and Ms. Angus were all Top 5 finishers last year.
Portia Johnson of Greensboro was crowned Miss North Carolina USA on Nov. 28, 1999, in Asheville. She is a junior at North Carolina A&T University. Stephanie Berck of Huntersville was first runner-up. The second runner-up was Danelle McCullough of Charlotte, who was first runner-up in two previous years. The third runner-up was Dana Stephenson of Garner, a former Miss North Carolina America. The fourth runner-up was Ali Burr of Boone, a former Miss North Carolina Teen USA. Chelsea Cooley of Charlotte was crowned Miss North Carolina Teen USA. The first runner-up was Carrie Stroup of Cashiers, a former Miss United States Teen and first runner-up at Miss International Teen. The second runner-up was Brooke Helton of Fayetteville. The third runner-up was Bridget Bowlen of Gastonia, and the fourth runner-up was Heather Shaw of Elizabethtown. PNB extends special thanks to Dana Rosengard, who recently became a resident of the Tar Heel State and is a master of ceremonies at this and numerous other pageants around the nation.
Paige Swenson, 24, of Fridley, who was Miss Minnesota Teen USA 1994, was crowned Miss Minnesota USA on Nov. 28, 1999, in St. Paul. The first runner-up and Photogenic winner was Jamie Duffney, 20, of Minnetonka, who was Miss Minnesota Teen USA 1995. The second runner-up was Lanore Van Buren, 24, of Minneapolis. The other two finalists were Jeana Jopp, 21, of Maple Grove, who was a finalist the previous year, and Jennifer Vukelich, 20, of Brooklyn Park, a semifinalist the previous year. The Amity winner was Lisa Dulong, 26, of Hibbing.
Jennifer Jones, 17, of Lakeville was crowned Miss Minnesota Teen USA. Ms. Jones, who was also the Photogenic winner, was the first runner-up the previous year. The first runner-up was Shannon Rehbein, 17, of White Bear Lake, and the second runner-up was Jayme Hajek, 18, of Staples. The other two finalists were Nicole Mickelson, 15, of Chisholm, and Leslie Haisley, 17, of Andover. The Amity winner was Rebecca Jensen, 18, of Saint Paul.
Carrie Tucker was crowned Miss New York USA 2000 on Nov. 28, 1999, in Albany. Emily Pollack was crowned Miss New York Teen USA.
Venezuelan Diluvina Hera, who was second runner-up at Miss Teen Model Venezuela 1998, won the title of Miss Caraibes Hibiscus on Nov. 27, 1999, on the island of St. Maarten. This was the first time Venezuela competed at the pageant.
Deidre Hadden, 21, a senior double-majoring in public relations and Spanish at Georgia Southern University, was crowned Miss Magnolia Midlands on Nov. 20, 1999 in Eastman, Ga. She will represent the middle Georgia franchise at the 2000 Miss Georgia Pageant. Dana Lowery was first runner-up. The Magnolia Midlands is a region of middle, south central, and southeast Georgia known for its agriculture.
Constance Renee Stoetzer, 26, of Abingdon was crowned Miss Illinois USA 2000 on Nov. 28, 1999, in Schaumburg, Ill. She also was Miss Photogenic. She succeeds Christina Marie Lam, 20, of Makanda and will compete in the 2000 Miss USA Pageant on Feb. 4, 2000, in Branson, Missouri. As "Renee Charles," Ms. Stoetzer anchors the "Morning Mix" and "Live Noon" shows on WMBD-TV Channel 31 in Peoria, where she has worked for the last year. This was her fourth attempt at the state title. She was the first runner-up in the 1999 Miss Illinois USA Pageant, a semi-finalist in 1998, and a contestant in the 1996 pageant. Ms. Stoetzer, a 1996 graduate of Western Illinois University, has a degree in communications and journalism. She currently serves as a volunteer cheerleading coach for the local Boys & Girls Club and also as a motivation speaker. She was Miss Macomb 1996 and Miss Cross County 1998 and a top ten finalist in the 1998 Miss Illinois America Pageant. The first runner-up was Julie Hyser, 21, of Caledonia. Amanda Reynolds, 21, of Marion was second runner-up. Tanya Crespo, 24, of Portage Park was third runner-up and Rebecca Ambrosi, 23, of Lincoln Park was fourth runner-up for the second consecutive year. The five remaining semi-finalists were Michelle Peterson, 19, of Dekalb, Agnes Zakareta, 21, of Rolling Meadow (who was recently named Miss Polonia in her native Poland), Autumn Waterbury, 21, of Marion (who was Miss Illinois Teen USA 1997), Andrea Chang, 26, of Chicago, and Tanya Suesuntisook, 26, of Deerfield (who was Miss Thailand World in 1997). Miss Suesuntisook was Miss Amity and Outstanding Performer.
Kimberly Sue Williamson, 18, of Goodfield, Ill., was crowned Miss Illinois Teen USA 2000 on Nov. 28, 1999, in Schaumburg, Illinois. She succeeds Amber Elizabeth Dusak, 18, of Antioch. Ms. Williamson is a freshman at Illinois Central College in East Peoria, Ill. She is majoring in public relations and theater. She won the Miss Photogenic Award, for the second consecutive year. This was her third try for the title, and she was first runner-up for 1999 and a semifinalist for 1998. Having lost a grandmother and an aunt to cancer, she is active with the American Cancer Society and used the issue as her platform in the 1999 Miss Heart of Illinois Pageant, where she was first runner-up. The first runner-up was Ashleigh Jones, 17, of Herrin. The second runner-up was Brittany Richmond, 15, of Bristol. Jennifer Maurer, 16, of Effingham was third runner-up, and Shanon Lersch, 17, of North Chicago was fourth runner-up. Miss Amity was Mary Cooper, 16, of Batavia. The Outstanding Performer Award was presented to Ashley Marros, 15, of Chicago. Semifinalists included Amanda Zackery, 16, of Westfield, Lindy Donia, 17, of St. Charles, Jessica Caldwell, 17, of Lebanon, and Natalie Swansen, 18, of Decatur.
Former PNB cover girl and former Miss World competitor Sallie Toussaint won the Miss Connecticut USA pageant on Nov. 28, 1999. Mary Mudry was first runner-up, and Beth Rabinowitz was second runner-up. Lauren Pagani was third runner-up, and Alyssa Noller was fourth runner-up.
Karen Hauck, 34, of West Lawn, Pa., has been crowned Mrs. Berks County International 2000. She will be competing in the Mrs. Pennsylvania International 2000 Pageant in June 2000.
Two executives of the Elite Modeling Agency have resigned over crude comments they were shown making in a BBC hidden-camera documentary about the industry. Gerald Maire and Xavier Moreau apologized for suggestive jokes relating to teenage contestants in the Elite Model Look contest. The men pointed out that the controversy did not involve any improper treatment of contestants, but Elite described the comments as unacceptable.
Miss Honduras, Dania Prince, was crowned Miss America Latina 1999 in Guatemala City on Nov. 25, 1999. She is a former Miss Universe contestant. The first runner-up was Miss Colombia, Adriana Gomez.
Debbie White-Jones has been chosen Ms. Ohio Ambassador. She will represent the Buckeye State in the Ms. American Ambassador Pageant in November 2000.
Christina Keheley of Marietta, Ga., has been crowned Miss Odyssey 1999-2000.
The top photograph on our News page is meant to be far more than an ephemeral snapshot. It is a timeless image, like the profile of a nameless goddess on a coin of antiquity. It expresses the essence of the pageant experience, not simply one isolated event. But this is an impatient age, uneasy with permanence, always lusting after new sensations. Readers have been e-mailing us from around the globe, demanding that the picture change. Some have scolded, some have pleaded, some have promised money or even companionship. We have been tough, as pageant journalists must be tough. We have held out for months against even the most heart-rending entreaties. But something in the desperation of the pleas has finally worn down our resolve. ( Or perhaps it was the ear that arrived in the mail.) We are changing the picture. If you were one of those who crusaded so tirelessly for a new face, be proud. You're a winner. If you want the old picture back, start begging immediately.
Julia Ann Kraschnewski, 18, of Burlington, Wis., was crowned Miss Racine 2000 on Nov. 20, 1999, in Racine, and will compete in the Miss Wisconsin Pageant in Oshkosh in June 2000. She succeeds Catherine M. Apilado, who was Miss Racine 1999 and the first runner-up in the Miss Wisconsin Pageant in June 1999. Ms. Kraschnewski is a classical vocalist and a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, obtaining a double degree in political science and broadcast journalism. She aspires to become a broadcast journalist. She was Miss Burlington Area 1998-99 and a semi-finalist in the 1999 Miss Wisconsin Pageant. The first runner-up to Ms. Kraschnewski was Heidi Kiehbauch, 19, and the second runner-up was Faith Christine Zierten, 22. The third runner-up, and Miss Congeniality, was Molly Mann, 21. The fourth runner-up was Adrianne Wemmert, 17. The pageant is directed by Therese Kaplan Van Ryne, a former Miss Racine and Miss Southeastern who was second runner-up to Miss Wisconsin 1992.
The following women have been selected to represent their states at the 2000 Ms. Petite U. S. Achievement competition: Ms. Oregon Petite 30's - Joan Merrell; Ms. Arizona Petite 30's - Shelly Munoz; Ms. Ohio Petite 20's - Doresa Perry.
Samantha Jo Picha, 20, of Verona was crowned Miss Wisconsin USA 2000 on Nov. 21, 1999, in Middleton. She is a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with ambitions to be a chiropractor. She also won the Miss Amity award, and was fourth runner-up in the 1999 pageant. Ms. Picha, who is half-Filipino, is the second consecutive Miss Wisconsin USA of Asian extraction. (Elyzabeth Lee Pham, the 1999 winner, is a native of Vietnam.) The first runner-up, and Miss Photogenic, was attorney Smith Carlson, 26, of Janesville, who was second runner-up at the previous year's pageant. The second runner-up was Marsha Bingham, 26, of Mineral Point, who was third runner-up for 1999, and the third runner-up was Jennifer Ann Lamp, 21, of Madison, who was first runner-up for 1998. The fourth runner-up was Laurel Ziemienski, 19, of New Berlin, a first-time competitor.
Erica Gustafson, 15, of Bristol was named Miss Wisconsin Teen USA 2000 on Nov. 21, 1999, in Middleton. She is a high school sophomore and won the crown on her first attempt. Ms. Gustafson turns 16 on Nov. 24, 1999, and she got an early "Happy Birthday" wish during the interviews. The first runner-up was Lauren Katz, 16, of Brookfield, and the second runner-up was Shannon Campbell, 16, of Racine. The third runner-up was Elizabeth Brew, 15, of Fitchburg, who was also Miss Photogenic (for the second consecutive year.) The fourth runner-up was Veronica Olszewski, 18, of Stevens Point. Amanda Hansen, 15, of Kenosha was Miss Amity. Karin Adams, 17, of Mequon and Sarah Paluch, 17, of Ashwaubenon were the runners-up for the Miss Photogenic Award.
Katherine Bolton of Colchester has been crowned Miss Vermont USA 2000. She is a senior pre-med student at the University of Vermont, and was the previous year's first runner-up. The first runner-up to Ms. Bolton was Shawna Adams of Essex Junction, a junior at Meredith College. Joanna Vellucci, 15, of Williston was crowned Miss Vermont Teen USA, and the first runner-up was Jessie Guilmette of Enosburg Falls. PNB extends special thanks to Dana Rosengard, the master of ceremonies of the combined pageant and a man well-known to Vermont pageant fans.
Eva Volkmann, 19, was crowned Miss Rheinland-Pfalz on Nov. 19, 1999. She will compete for the Miss Germany (Universe) title in January 2000.
Ana Maria Tudorache, competing as Miss Romania, won the Miss Friendship of the World contest on Nov. 19, 1999, in Hanoi, Vietnam. The runners-up were Miss Turkey, Hulya Mului (who also won Miss Elegance); Miss Greece, Elene Liafous; Miss South Africa, Burgette VonBlerk, and Miss Poland, Mileshka Dominika. On the previous night, Kanjana Jongkol, Miss Thailand, won the Miss ASEAN award (Association of Southeast Asian Nations). The contest was billed as the first international pageant in Vietnamese history.
Dilania Inoa, 22, of Rhode Island has replaced Alexandra Bachelier as Miss Latina USA 1999 and will represent U.S. Hispanics at the international Miss Latin America Pageant in Guatemala in late November 1999. Pageant officials removed the title from Ms. Bachelier, claiming she failed to fulfill her obligations. Ms. Inoa had been first runner-up at the U.S. pageant. Ms. Inoa, originally of the Dominican Republic, is a graduate of Brown University with a degree in Latin American studies.
Jessie Ward, a sophomore at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, was crowned Miss Texarkana 2000-2001 on Nov. 13, 1999. The first runner-up was Danielle Roberson, 23, of Texarkana. Ms. Ward was the interview winner, and Ms. Roberson was the talent winner. For talent, Ms. Ward performed a song and tap dance to "More." In July 2000, Ms. Ward will compete at the Miss Texas Pageant, and in June 2001, she will compete in the Miss Arkansas Pageant as Miss Texarkana. Stacy James, Miss Texarkana 1999-2000, will represent the town at the Miss Arkansas 2000 in June 2000. At the 1999 Miss Texas Pageant, Ms. James placed 11th overall and was named a non-finalist talent winner.
Chabeli Lopez of Miami, who came to the United States as a "boat person" from Cuba in the mid-1990s, was chosen Ms. Hit The Beach! on Nov. 13, 1999, at Hedonism III in Jamaica. The first runner-up was Angela Gomez of Detroit, and the second runner-up was Mary Reilly of West Palm Beach, Fla. Ms. Gomez and Laura Sachs of Stamford, Conn., shared photogenic honors, and Trisha Wilde was the online winner, chosen through a vote of readers at the Hit The Beach! site (www.hitthebeach.com). Maria Elgin of Clearwater Beach, Fla., was picked as Friendliest Girl on the Beach, the equivalent of Miss Congeniality. Keep an eye on PNB (www.pageant.com) for an upcoming feature about Chabeli Lopez and her remarkable journey from refugee to internationally recognized beauty.
Jennifer Tran, a 16-year-old high school junior, won the 1999 Miss Palacios (Texas) Pageant on Nov. 13, 1999. In addition, she was named the talent winner. Ms. Tran was second runner-up to the 1999 Miss Rice Belt Teen USA Pageant and will be going as a contestant-at-large to the upcoming Miss Texas Teen USA Pageant as Miss Matagorda County Teen USA.
Jolene Youngster, 23, Miss Glasgow, was crowned Miss Kentucky USA 2000 on Nov. 14, 1999, in Newport. Ms. Youngster, who won as a first-time participant, will represent the Bluegrass State in the Miss USA Pageant. The first runner-up was Stephanie Roderick, Miss Georgetown, and the second runner-up was Jacqueline Luttrell, Miss South Central Kentucky. The third runner-up was Miss Kentucky County Fair, Jo Pritchard, and the fourth runner-up was Miss Western Kentucky, Heather Howell. Miss Congeniality was Miss Union County, Kathleen Robinson, and Miss Photogenic was Jamie Woo, Miss Louisville. The hostess was Morgan Tandy High, Miss Tennessee USA 1999. The pageant is directed by Melissa Proctor, a former Miss Ohio USA.
Cassidy Shipman was crowned Festival of Lights Teen on Nov. 14, 1999, at the annual Lake Jackson (Texas) Festival of Lights Pageant. The first runner-up was Michelle Gold. Vanessa Molina was crowned Festival of Lights Queen, and the first runner-up was Desiree Andresen. The two winners advance to the Miss Rice Belt Teen USA and Miss Rice Belt USA pageants respectively. By an unusual coincidence, the first runners-up at this pageant were first runners-up in their respective divisions at the Rice Belt pageant last year.
Lisa Rabon of Conway was crowned Miss South Carolina USA 2000 on Nov. 13, 1999, in North Charleston. She was first runner-up the previous year. The first runner-up to Ms. Rabon was Gena Daves of Gaffney. Morgan Smith of Lexington was crowned Miss South Carolina Teen USA, and Ashley Holcombe of Greenville was first runner-up. The combined pageant featured 100 contestants. There were also 20 former Miss South Carolina USA and Miss South Carolina Teen USA winners on hand, honoring Paula Miles for her 20 years as director. PNB extends special thanks to Dana Rosengard, master of ceremonies of this historic pageant in the Palmetto State.
Yolanda Davis, who was second runner-up at the 1999 Miss Georgia Pageant, was crowned Miss Northeast Georgia on Nov. 13, 1999, in Clayton, Ga. Lani (pronounced LAY nee) Hancock was first runner-up, and Katie Freeman was second runner-up, Former PNB cover girl Andrea Phillips was third runner-up, and Kristen Gillian was fourth runner-up.
Laura Baechtel of Arkansas has been chosen Miss United America 2000. The first runner-up was Kesa Thomason of Texas, and the second runner-up was Kimberly Leonard of Florida. The third runner-up was Lori Sikorszky of Ohio, and the fourth runner-up was Chrysti Dunn of Nevada. Lori Ann Sundberg of Oklahoma was named most photogenic. Ms. Baechtel was one of PNB's first online cover girls, in 1996.
The Resaca Beach Poster Girl Contest has been scheduled for June 24, 2000. The contest's Web site (www.resacabeach.com) is displaying photos of the current titleholder, Tenna Reed Cooke, and soliciting readers' views about which should be used on the poster.
Tiani Jones, 23, has been crowned Miss Colorado USA. Shannon Herndon, 15, has been crowned Miss Colorado Teen USA.
The following women have been selected to participate in the 2000 All American Pageants. The selection process continues until Sept. 1, 2000: Miss Virginia - Dawn Kirk; Miss Maryland - Jillian Handrahan; Miss Oregon - Nicole Jensen; Ms. Virginia - Tina Conforti; Ms. California Woman - Gayle Williams
Alisa Sisic, 20, has been stripped of the Miss Bosnia title after appearing nude in a daily newspaper. Samra Begovic, 19, who was first runner-up at the national pageant, will receive the crown and compete at Miss World. Bosnia, more properly known as Bosnia-Herzegovina, is a former Yugoslav republic that is divided between two ethnic ministates and patrolled by large numbers of foreign peacekeeping troops.
Paula Taylor, a high school senior from Carlisle, won the Miss Arkansas Teen USA crown on Nov. 6, 1999. She is an all-district basketball player (at 5 feet 11) and an all-American cheerleader. The first runner-up was Rixie Watkins of Brinkley, and the second runner-up was Erin Creech of Batesville. The Photogenic winner was Dagni Boles. PNB extends special thanks to Dana Rosengard, master of ceremonies at the pageant.
Meredith Davis of Lawrenceville, Ga., was crowned Miss Conyers Cherry Blossom on Nov. 6, 1999. The first runner-up was Cecilia Clark, and the second runner-up was Emily Foster. The third runner-up was Jill Roper, and the fourth runner-up was Natalie Roberts. The swimsuit winner was Becky Green.
Joan-Marie Burns, 20, a student majoring in art at Darton College, was crowned Miss Albany 2000 on Nov. 6, 1999, at the Darton College Theater in Albany, Ga. She will represent the "Good Life City" at the Miss Georgia Pageant in June 2000. The first runner-up was Miloy Summerell. Penny Wood was the second runner-up, and Jamie Thurman was the third runner-up.
Amy Mulkey of Gainesville was crowned Miss Chattahoochee 2000 in Cleveland, Ga., on Nov. 6, 1999. Formerly a runner-up to Georgia's Junior Miss, she will compete for the title of Miss Georgia (America) in June 2000. The first runner-up was Area Walton, and the second runner-up was Ashley McElreath. In a jointly held pageant, Lacey White of Murrayville was crowned Teen Miss Chattahoochee 2000.
Yenny Vaca Paz, representing Bolivia, was chosen South American Queen 1999 (Reina Sudamericana) on Nov. 6, 1999, in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. The first runner-up was Maria Laura Lugo of Venezuela, who also won the Best Figure award and placed second in the national costume competition.
Sheila Naidu was selected Best Model of Singapore and Gerald Wong was selected Male Look of the Year Singapore 1999 at the Singapore Model Awards on Nov. 7, 1999. The two of them will represent Singapore in the upcoming Best Model of the World 1999. Hazreen Nisha was selected as Miss Model of Singapore 1999 and will represent the country in the Miss Model of the World contest in Antalya, Turkey. Both world finals will be held Dec. 4, 1999, at the same hour, and will run live on TV in Turkey and parts of Europe. Viewers will be left with a choice of which to watch live.
Jennifer Behm has been crowned Miss Delaware USA 2000. Carrie Aiken has been crowned Miss Delaware Teen USA. Both were first-time competitors at the state finals.
Bridget Bobel, representing the Circus City Festival, was crowned the Miss Indiana Festival State Queen 2000 on Nov. 6, 1999, in Anderson, Ind. She won a $1,500 scholarship. The first runner-up was Michelle Grimes, whose local title was from the Round Barn Festival and who won $1,000. The second runner-up was Ashley Lester, whose local title was from the Wabash Electric City Light Festival and who won $750. Cheryl McDowell of the Harvest Homecoming Festival was third runner-up and won $500. Mary Sue Salsbery of the Tipton County Pork Festival was fourth runner-up and won $250.
Kristal Michelle Wile, 22, of Anderson, a senior at Indiana University, was crowned Miss Indiana USA on Nov. 7, 1999, in Columbus, Ind. The first runner-up was Kara Combs, who is also a former first runner-up to Miss Indiana America. The second runner-up was Nicolette Van Hook, who was Miss Indiana Teen USA 1994. Other finalists were Jenna Somer and Calla Kribs. Kera Boog, 15, of Crown Point was crowned Miss Indiana Teen USA 2000. She was also voted Miss Congeniality. The first runner-up was Lindy Christopher, and the second runner-up was Amber Eash. Other finalists were Shelbie Luna and Ashley Primeau.
Carly Nacmanie, a 17- year-old high school senior, has been crowned Miss Ulster County (N.Y.). The first runner-up was Jennifer Kelly, and the second runner-up was Sarai Howard. All three are newcomers to the Miss America system.
Whitney Moore of Cabot was crowned Miss Arkansas USA on Nov. 5, 1999, in West Memphis. The first runner-up was Jenny Meins of Stuttgart, and the second runner-up was Julie Meins of Stuttgart. Ms. Meins and Ms. Meins are identical twins. PNB extends special thanks to Dana Rosengard, the master of ceremonies of this and numerous other major pageants.
Zoralda I. Fonalladas, 21, Miss Guaynabo, was crowned Miss Puerto Rico on Nov. 4, 1999, and will represent the Commonwealth in the Miss Universe Pageant in May 2000. The first runner-up was Maria Del Mar Rodriguez, 18, Miss Ponce. The second runner-up was Baira Soto Toledo, 18, Miss Utuado.
Alejandro Otero, 25, won the Mr. Venezuela title on Nov. 4, 1999. He will compete in the Mr. World Pageant. In second place was Ezzio Cavallaro, 21, who will represent the country at Manhunt International. Third place went to Jose Gabriel Madonia, who won the award for best physique, and will compete in the Mr. International Pageant.. The Photogenic award was shared by Roy Perez and Raul Salazar, who is the son of the current defense minister.
Jennifer Pitts, a 21-year-old senior at Campbell University studying pre-law and government, was crowned Miss Garner (North Carolina) 2000 on Oct. 30, 1999. She performed a character dance en pointe, and her community platform is SERVE, Students Everywhere Readily Volunteering Everyday. The first runner-up was Michelle Drake, and the second runner-up was Kristin Mercer. The third runner-up was Ericka Lee, and the fourth runner-up was Melissa Cox. Ms. Pitts, twice a Top 10 finisher at Miss North Carolina, will compete again for the title in June 2000.
Tracy Mitchell has been chosen the first annual Ms. Louisiana Sportsman. She will represent the outdoors, an important part of Louisiana business and culture, during her reign. She operates an outdoor-oriented business with her husband, has five teenage children and is an enthusiastic hunter and fisherwoman.
Elizabeth McLure has been chosen Mrs. Arcadia 2000, and Victoria Mallow has been chosen Mrs. Weston Hills 2000. Both will compete in the Mrs. Florida America Pageant in May 2000.
The following women have been selected to represent their states in the 2000 All American Pageants. The selection process will continue until Sept. 1, 2000:
Agnieszka Zakreta of Poland won the 1999 Miss Tourism International title on Nov. 1, 1999, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Raquel Uy of the Philippines was awarded the title of Queen of the Year and was first runner-up. Ruut Kangas of Finland was awarded the title of Miss Intercontinental and was second runner-up.
The top 5 finalists for Miss United America, an Internet title, have been chosen. They are: Kimberly Leonard of Florida, Chrysti Dunn of Nevada, Laura Baechtel of Arkansas, Kesa Thomason of Texas and Lori Sikorszky of Ohio.
Jennifer DuPont of Bossier City was crowned Miss Louisiana USA on Oct. 30, 1999. She is a freshman at Louisiana State University and is a former Miss Louisiana Teen USA. Heather Dupree, a former Miss Louisiana Teen USA and a former Miss Louisiana (America), was first runner-up. Nina Moch of Shreveport was crowned Miss Teen Louisiana USA. Candice Stewart of Metairie was first runner-up. PNB extends special thanks to Dana Rosengard, master of ceremonies of this and many other major pageants.
Nadir Nery Perraggon of Venezuela was chosen Mr. International 1999 on Oct. 30, 1999, in New Delhi, India. The first runner-up was James Ghoril of Lebanon, and the second runner-up was Arbijit S. of India. Perraggon was the winner of the best national costume award. Mr. Photogenic was Antonio Manuel Pacheco Roman of Mexico. Mr. Talent was Chen Chee Keong of Malaysia. Mr. Congeniality was Kyle McConnoach of South Africa. Mr. Physique was Duminola de Silva of Sri Lanka. Portions of the contest were held in the cities of Agra, Jaipur and New Delhi.
Sri Rajini, a 21-year-old student of business administration, was crowned Miss India Singapore 1999 on Oct. 26, 1999. She will represent Singapore in the Miss India Worldwide 1999 Pageant in Newark, New Jersey, in November 1999. The first runner-up was Prittipal Kaur, and the second runner-up was Sharlene Tan, a young woman of Indian-Chinese heritage.
Kentucky Lt. Gov. Steve Henry and the current Miss America, Heather Renee French, have acknowledged being very close friends, but they have not confirmed rumors that they are dating. Ms. French is from the Kentucky city of Maysville, and after her crowning in Atlantic City, she hinted to reporters that she has a boyfriend considerably older than herself. Several Miss Americas of the 1990s have been closely linked to politicians, either professionally, socially or romantically.
Robin Mosser, local pageant director for the reigning Miss America, Heather French, has gained a pageant title of her own. Mrs. Mosser has been chosen Mrs. Derby City, and will compete in the Mrs. Kentucky Globe 2000 Pageant in April 2000. Other women recently picked to compete at Mrs. Kentucky Globe are Jeri Benzel, Mrs. Louisville, and Rachel Perkins, Mrs. River City.
Kazue Takagi-Moo of Tokyo has been selected Mrs. Japan World 1999. She has been married for eight years, has one son and is an administrative executive and part-time teacher of the Japanese language. She will represent Japan in the Mrs. World Pageant.
Malaysia is returning to Miss International competition for the first time in 20 years. Andrea Franklin Gomez, a 21-year-old sociology student, has been chosen to represent Malaysia in the Miss International 1999 Pageant in Tokyo in December 1999.
Narcha Domronghad Tabwang, 29, of Bangkok has been chosen Mrs. Thailand World 1999. She is a mother and a commercial TV model and will represent Thailand in the Mrs. World Pageant late in 1999.
Monica Gressani has been crowned Mrs. Brevard County, Diana Santoro has been crowned Mrs. Tampa, and Lynn Poor has been crowned Mrs. Central Florida. All will compete for the Mrs. Florida America title.
Elizabeth Heitmanek was crowned Miss Oregon USA on Oct. 24, 1999, in Portland. She formerly represented the state in the Miss Teen All American Pageant. Karie Verding was crowned Miss Oregon Teen USA.
Heather Goodwin of Palm Harbor was crowned Mrs. Pinellas County America on Oct. 24, 1999, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Stacy Rummage of Tampa was crowned Mrs. Hillsborough County America, and Evelyn Morel of Orlando was crowned Mrs. Orange County America. Kim Fisher of Grand Island was crowned Mrs. Lake County America, and Melinda Prevatt of New Port Richey was crowned Mrs. Pasco County America. They were competing in the third of four regional county pageants to determine contestants for the Mrs. Florida America Pageant in May 2000.
Linda Okwar of St. Louis Park, Minn., was chosen Ms. Fitness America Minnesota on Oct. 23, 1999, in Minneapolis. She is a former Minnesota Vikings cheerleader, is currently a Minnesota Timberwolves cheerleader and works in marketing for Carlson Companies. Second place went to Krisiti Alvarado of Costa Mesa, Calif., and third place went to Tiffani Keefer of Burnsville, Minn. Fourth place went to Lori Insisiengmay of Minneapolis, and fifth place went to Michele Lindquist of Wayzata, Minn. All finalists qualified to go to the national Ms. Fitness America pageant to be held on November 20 in Redondo Beach, CA, and to be broadcast on ESPN2 on Jan. 2, 2000. This was the first-ever Ms. Fitness America Minnesota Pageant, and was emceed by Jason Young, Mr. Minnesota drug-free 1998, and by fitness model Melissa Hall, a former Miss Minnesota USA.
Norma Naoum, 22, was crowned Miss Lebanon on Oct. 23, 1999. The first runner-up was Sahar Ghazzawi, and the second runner-up was Nicole-Rita Ghazal. Other finalists were Diana Khoufry and Karine Medawar.
Denise Ann Basore, 18, was crowned queen of the Sunburst Pageant in Austin, Texas, on Oct. 22, 1999. The Austin resident also won the photogenic award. The first runner-up was Cama Maynard, also of Austin.
Amy Lynne Desrosiers, a 17-year-old high school senior at Taunton High School, was crowned Miss Taunton 2000 on Oct. 23, 1999, at the first local preliminary pageant of the year in the Miss Massachusetts system. Ms. Desrosiers, who performed a jazz dance to Frank Sinatra's "All of Me," will represent the Silver City in June 2000 at the Miss Massachusetts Pageant in Fall River, competing for the right to be a Miss America contestant. After graduation, she plans to pursue a BFA in Dance. Her platform issue is "Preventing the Use of Tobacco in Teenagers." The first runner-up was Christina Perella, and the second runner-up and interview co-winner was Leslie Comperchio. The third runner-up, and Miss Congeniality, was Jennifer Kalnicki. The other co-winner in interview was Chakara White, and the Most Talented Non-Finalist Award went to Lianne Haywood. This was the 45th anniversary of the Miss Taunton Scholarship Pageant, which is the second-oldest local pageant in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The awards were presented by the outgoing Miss Taunton 1999, Katie Boyd.
Ashley Puleo, a Pinehurst, N.C., resident pursuing her studies at Emory University in Atlanta, was crowned Miss DeKalb County (Georgia) on Oct. 23, 1999. She also won the swimsuit award. The first runner-up was Leslie Wilson, and the second runner-up was Kristen Gillian. The third runner-up was Jackie Jaurequi, and the fourth runner-up was Tamyra Gray.
Bridgett Jordan, 19, of Tennessee was crowned Miss Oktoberfest 1999, on Oct. 7, 1999, in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. The first runner-up at the Canadian extravaganza was Christy Sheffield of Florida, and the second runner-up was Misty Moore of Missouri. The third runner-up was Jennifer Vannatta of Kansas, and the fourth runner-up was Jennifer Shannon of Mid-Western Ontario. Ms. Jordan has previously held the titles of Miss Teen All American 1996 and Miss Tennessee Teen USA 1998. She was first runner-up to Miss Teen USA 1998 and first runner-up to Miss United States Teen 1999. As Miss Oktoberfest, she made more than 100 appearances during the 10 days of Oktoberfest, including at schools, festhalls and official meetings.
Tamera Waite, Ms. Northern Utah US, was crowned Ms. US Continental on the middle weekend of October 1999 in Las Vegas. The first runner-up was Shannon Fiorino, Ms. Washington. The winner of the physical fitness award was Melody Mihevc, Ms. Oregon US. Melinda Read, Ms. Idaho US, was a non-finalist interview award winner.
The gravestone of JonBenet Ramsey in suburban Atlanta was found vandalized with graffiti on Oct. 18, 1999. The markings were removed two days later. The markings, which read "No Justice in U.S.A," apparently referred to a recent decision by a Colorado grand jury to file no charges in the 1996 slaying of the child beauty queen. The vandal's means of making this point shows the often obsessive and unhealthy quality of public interest in the case. JonBenet was found dead in her Boulder, Colo., home on Dec. 26, 1996. The crime remains unsolved. Her parents, who have strong ties to the Atlanta area, buried her in the nearby town of Marietta. They have since moved to Atlanta.
Katherine See, 26, has been chosen Mrs. Singapore World 1999. She is a business development manager, married for seven years and the mother of two children. She will represent her country in the Mrs. World Pageant in Jerusalem in late 1999.
Kavita Jeyesh Chachcha, a 27-year-old architect from Mumbai (Bombay), has been chosen Mrs. India World 1999. She has been married for five years and is the mother of one daughter. She will represent India in the Mrs. World Pageant late in 1999 in Jerusalem.
Cara Lisa Fareri has been crowned Mrs. Ft. Lauderdale 2000. She will represent the city in the Mrs. Florida America 2000 Pageant in May 2000.
Canada is sending a representative to the Miss International Pageant for the first time since 1992. She is Jennefer Jenei, 20, of Chambly, Quebec, a licensed massage therapist and actress who is fluent in French, Hungarian and English. Her national directors are Caroline Frolic and the redoubtable Jimmy Steele, pageant authority, founder of "Jimmy's Pageant Page" and a force for revitalization of the industry in Canada and much of the world.
Heather Keckler, 25, of Scottsdale has been crowned Miss Arizona USA. She was Miss Arizona Teen USA in 1992, and won the Miss Arizona USA title on her sixth attempt. She also won the swimsuit and evening gown awards. The first runner-up was Courtney Crowley, and the second runner-up was Kristen Vatt. Sarah Wilkens, 17, of Gilbert was crowned Miss Arizona Teen USA. She also was chosen Miss Congeniality. The first runner-up was Crystal Millican, and the second runner-up was Kimberly Suciu. The emcee was Gina Salazar, who was Miss Wisconsin USA 1994 and is now a reporter for Fox News in Phoenix.
Marmel Entertainment, which produces the Mrs. World Pageant, has signed a three-year deal for the broadcast of the pageant on PAX-TV. The pageant will take place in Jerusalem in late 1999 and will air on PAX on a tape-delayed basis. PAX has broadcast the Mrs. America Pageant, a Mrs. World preliminary, for the past two years, with extraordinary success in the ratings.
Patti Dunn of Duluth was crowned Miss Georgia USA on Oct. 17, 1999, in Dalton. The first runner-up was Alicia Hall of Alpharetta, who was also first runner-up the previous year. The second runner-up was Phire Dawson of Atlanta, and the third runner-up was Shana Teel of Columbus. The fourth runner-up was Deidre Hadden of Statesboro. Abby Vaillancourt of Fayetteville, a former runner-up at Miss Teen All American, was crowned Miss Georgia Teen USA. The first runner-up was Shanna Lee, also of Fayetteville. The second runner-up was Katy Leverett of Lincolnton, and the third runner-up was Haylee Folk of Lawrenceville. The fourth runner-up was Lacey Minchew of Marietta.
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