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News archive: January - March 2000

Nerit Bakshi, 18, was crowned Miss Israel on March 30, 2000.

Norkys Batista, 22, of Caracas, Venezuela, has been chosen Miss Latina International in Houston.

Maame Esi Acquah, 19, a student at the University of Cape Coast, was crowned Miss Ghana Universe on March 25, 2000, in Accra. She will compete in the Miss Universe Pageant in May. The first runner-up was Eleanor Adzaho, and the second runner-up was Sheeba Pabifio. Zynab Ayesha Passah won the Miss Congeniality and Style awards, and Akua Akyere Rockson won the Most Beautiful Skin honor.

Karen Hauck, 35, of West Lawn, Pa., has been crowned Ms. Pennsylvania American Elegance Woman 2000. She will compete for the title of Ms. American Elegance Woman in November 2000.

Nancy Bode, 19, of Weisenheim in Rheinland-Pfalz has been crowned Miss Hawaiian Tropic Germany 2000.

Lori Ann Sundberg has been named Dr. Pennsylvania 2000. She is on target to complete a Ph.D. in German at the University of Pennsylvania in December 2000 or May 2001. She is in contention for the title of Dr. America 2001, to be selected in August 2001.

Brandie Towers of Maryland was crowned America's Brilliant Miss at the first annual pageant, held March 25-26, 2000, in Delmar, Md. The first runner-up was Karen Wenner of Virginia. Tanya Briddell of Westover, Md., was crowned America's Brilliant Teen. The first runner-up was Christine Malacheck of Pennsylvania, and the second runner-up was Amy Panoni of Maryland. Jessica Haden of Maryland was crowned America's Brilliant Pre-Teen. Chosen as America's Brilliant Petite was Lauren Massey of Delaware. Apryl Foster, New York's Brilliant Miss, was chosen Miss Congeniality. Miss Haden won the overall talent and volunteer/community service awards. Ms. Briddell was chosen as overall photogenic.

Evelyn Lissette López Sandoval, 21, was crowned Miss Guatemala Universe on March 20, 2000, and will represent her country at the Miss Universe Pageant. The first runner-up was Cindy Margo Ramirez Lemus, and she will go to Miss Intercontinental and Miss World. The second runner-up was Yazmín Alicia Di Maio Bocca, and she will go to the Miss International Pageant. On March 10, Claudia Gabriela Pérez Paiz was crowned Miss Latina Guatemala, and she will go to the Miss America Latina Pageant. Miss Belleza Guatemala is Evelin Roxana Muñoz Alvarado, and Miss Pacific Guatemala is Soraya Elynor Martínez Valdez.

Daniella Lednicer was crowned Miss Iraq on March 15, 2000. The first runner-up was Pavla Drabkova, and the second runner-up was Rita Dardarian. The third runner-up was Natasha Rebiez, and the fourth runner-up was Aseen Ahmed. Ms. Drabkova won the eveningwear award. The Miss Iraq organization has persisted in selecting beauty queens for international contests for the past decade. Because of Iraq's political isolation (at least vis-à-vis the United States and Western Europe), the effort has often been frustrating, but changing times make it likely that Iraqi beauties will become more and more prominent in global competition.

Daniele Moraes, Miss Minas Gerais, 18, won the Miss Brazil Globe Pageant on March 22, 2000, in Brasilia. She will represent her country at the Miss Globe Pageant in Turkey in June. The first runner-up was Karem Koeller, Miss Rio Grande do Sul, and the second runner-up was Isabela da Rocha, Miss São Paulo. The third runner-up was Ana Claudia de Macedo, Miss Distrito Federal, and the fourth runner-up was Kamila Barbos, Miss Amazonas. Isabela Santiago, Miss Sergipe, was Miss Congeniality.

Diana Santoro has been chosen Dr. Florida 2000 and is the first applicant in the Dr. America 2001 competition. She is a doctoral candidate who will complete her Ed.D. in Higher Education in the summer of 2001.

The father of the reigning Miss USA suffered a heart attack on March 25, 2000. He was hospitalized and underwent surgery, and was reported improving the next day. Lawrence David ‘‘Larry’’ Cole, 59, of Columbia, Tenn., is the father of Lynnette Cole, who was crowned Miss USA in February 2000.

Four days before her 16th birthday, Danielle Meyer of Locust Grove was selected as Georgia's Perfect Teen on March 26, 2000, in Atlanta. She will represent the state in the America's Perfect Teen Pageant. The first runner-up was Russian-born Liza Davydotchkin of Dalton, and the second runner-up was Jennifer Braxton of Fayetteville. Other finalists were Amanda Pasdon of Monroe and Jennifer Bartlett of Mableton.

Coronation, Inc., is starting a DR. AMERICA? pageant. It is an online contest for women with bona fide doctorates (not honorary degrees) as of the date of the competition, set for August 2000. The founder is Dr. Lori Sikorszky, a beauty queen and head of the Miss American Achievement Pageant.

Gilda Jovine, 19, of Costanza was crowned Miss Dominican Republic Universe 2000 on March 25, 2000. Claudia Santaella, 19, of Santo Domingo was crowned Miss Dominican Republic World. The runner-up was Arianna Campusano of Cotui, who will represent the Dominican Republic at Miss Tropical International 2000.

Elva Dogg has been chosen Miss Iceland World. She will represent her country in the Miss World Pageant.

Valerie Aflalo, 23, who represented Malmo, was chosen Miss Sweden 2000 on March 25, 2000, in Stockholm. She will represent the country in the Miss Universe Pageant in May 2000. The first runner-up was Miss Uppland, Ida Manneh, 22. Sofia Sjodia, 23, Miss Medepad, was second runner-up.

Melissa Jeffrey, 21, was crowned Miss Louisiana Tech University 2000 on March 21, 2000, in Ruston, La., on the university campus. She was Miss City of Roses 1999 and a non-finalist talent winner at the Miss Louisiana Pageant. She was crowned by her predecessor as Miss LTU, Shelley Cole, 21, who also was a non-finalist talent winner at the 1999 state pageant. Ms. Jeffrey, a baton twirler, will now advance to the 2000 Miss Louisiana Pageant on June 17, 2000, in Monroe.

Mayu Endo, 23, of Tokyo has been crowned Miss Japan Universe 2000. She will represent her country in the Miss Universe Pageant. The first runner-up was Yuko Ashizawa of Tokyo, and the second runner-up was Saori Takizawa of Nagano.

Terrin McGee, 18, of Antioch, Calif., has been crowned Miss Contra Costa County. At the same event, Deena Dorsey, 21, of Pittsburg was crowned Miss Greater East Bay. Both will compete for the title of Miss California in July 2000.

Constance Gaines, 20, has been crowned Miss Lubbock USA 2000. She is a junior public relations major at Texas Tech University, and was crowned by her predecessor, journalist Lacey Waldrep. The first runner-up was Tracey Bryant, also a student at Texas Tech. Michelle Fennerdy was crowned Miss Lubbock Teen USA. Lubbock was the 1999 site of the Miss Texas USA Pageant.

Sheri Grippo was crowned the first Miss Shenandoah on March 19, 2000, and will compete in the Miss West Virginia (America) Pageant in June. She also was chosen Miss Congeniality by the other contestants, and was the winner of the Gilbert C. Mobley Memorial Award for Interview, and the Kevin G. Johnson Memorial Award for Talent for her monologue. The new Miss Shenandoah's platform is autism awareness. The first runner-up was Rachel Carr, and the second runner-up was Jessica White.

Mallory Loren Malter of Wilmington, N.C., has been crowned the 2000 Spot Festival Princess. She will represent "The Seafood Capital of the Carolinas," the city of Hampstead. She performed a tap dance routine to "The Way That You Do It."

Ashley Smith, 11, niece of Miss Georgia USA Patti Dunn, was crowned Pre-Teen Miss Cobb County (Ga.) on March 18, 2000. Other category winners in the pageant were Tiny Miss Cobb County, Ciandra Calhoun, 3; Petite Miss Cobb County, Summer Cheyenne Price, 4; Little Miss Cobb County, Alexis Danielle Caldwell, 8; Junior Miss Cobb County, Michelle Leigh Brown, 15; Teen Miss Cobb County, Shelli Poole, 18. Cobb's Talented Miss was Jenny Elizabeth Yost, 12, daughter of Ned Yost, third base coach of the Atlanta Braves. Cobb's Talented Teen was Anna Edwards, age 16. The event was a fund-raiser for the Miss Cobb County (America) Scholarship Fund.

Susan Nelson of Slayton, Mrs. Murray County, was crowned Mrs. Minnesota International on March 19, 2000. She also won the Amity and Spirit of Pageantry awards. Her platform is "Developing Assets," based on the Search Institute's research on child development. The first runner-up was Mrs. Scott County, Kimberly Niosi, who was the winner of the preliminary awards for aerobic wear and evening gown, and tied for the preliminary interview award. The second runner-up and winner of the Director's Award was Tammy Coleman, Mrs. Anoka County. The third runner-up was Kelly Jahner-Byrne, Mrs. Woodbury, who tied for the preliminary interview award and won the Community Involvement Award. Jacqueline Herman, Mrs. Kandiyohi County, was fourth runner-up. The winner of the Photogenic Award was Kathy Watt, Mrs. Clay County. The Best Pitchbook Award went to Marcina Lemmer, Mrs. Winona.

Michelle Yapp, 18, of Fond Du Lac, Wis., was crowned Miss Fond Du Lac 2000 on March 18, 2000, by 1999 winner Audrea Kriegl of Florence. Ms.Yapp, a Goodrich High School senior, sang "On My Own" to win the title and advance to the 2000 Miss Wisconsin Pageant set for June 24 in Oshkosh. Ms. Yapp's platform is "The Benefits of Peer Mediation" (teaching children to solve problems in non-violent ways through communication). She will be a first-time contestant at Miss Wisconsin.The first runner-up was Tricia Moody, 18, of Mount Calvary. Lindsay Mae Thomaschefsky, 20, of Argonne, who was Miss North East Wisconsin 1998, was second runner-up. The contestants included Miss Beloit 1997, Maria Luisa Milan Vitor, 23, of Beloit, who was named Miss Congeniality.

Magdalena Licht, 20, of Chippewa Falls, Wis., was crowned Miss Wisconsin Central 2000 on March 18, 2000, by 1999 Miss Wisconsin Central, Mary Lehman of Fond Du Lac, a top ten finalist at the 1999 Miss Wisconsin Pageant. Ms. Licht's platform, "International Adoption Awareness" was inspired by her two younger brothers, who were adopted from Peru. The Liberty University student, who sang an operatic aria, will compete in the 2000 Miss Wisconsin Pageant in Oshkosh in June. The first runner-up was Joanne Jablonski, 21, of Oshkosh. She was Miss Oshkosh 1998.

Kate Wilson was crowned Miss Philadelphia on March 18, 2000, at the Independence Seaport Museum on Penn's Landing. Jamie Montgomery was first runner-up, and Sarah Woodland was second runner-up. Sonja Root was third runner-up, and Elizabeth Zurich was fourth runner-up. It was an evening of excitement, with outgoing titleholder Christina Elena Guzman adding flair with Latin-inspired dance numbers. Susan Spafford, Miss Pennsylvania, was a guest and assisted host Tom Lamain. Miss America 1954, Evelyn Ay, was a very special guest. She recited a poem, showing the talent that won her the fabled crown.

Penny Geiszler of the publication and Web site Turn for the Judges has been chosen the 2000 American Achiever Woman of the Year. She was honored particularly for emphasizing positive elements of the pageant industry. She began in the print medium, was an early contributor to the Pageant News Bureau and launched her own Web site (www.tftj.com) in 1996.

The iLive Network (www.ilive.com) has announced that it has bought the domain name MissBeverlyHills.com and trademark for $100,000. The company, which also owns other pageant names specific to Beverly Hills, plans a series of pageants from March through September 2000.

Jennifer Watkins was crowned Miss Pennsylvania USA 2001 on March 19, 2000, in Monroeville. She is the first contestant picked for the Miss USA Pageant to take place in early 2001 in Gary, Ind.

Tina Tomlins has been crowned Miss Southern Heartland in Jeffersonville, Ind. She is a student at Indiana State University, and will be making her first trip to the Miss Indiana Pageant. She is a baton twirler, and her platform is diabetes awareness. The first runner-up was Heather Winter, a vocalist from Indiana University, and the second runner-up was Cheryl McDowell, a vocalist from Anderson University. The third runner-up was Jennifer Stanley, a dancer/gymnast from DePauw University. The fourth runner-up was Shannon Anderson, a vocalist from Butler University, who also won the Dr. E.T. Uyesugi Memorial Community Service Award. The People's Choice award went to JoAnna Hackney, a vocalist from Indiana University.

Rian Stepp, 18, representing Shiloh Christian School, was chosen Georgia's Homecoming Queen on March 12, 2000. On the same day, Jennifer Lee Reynolds, 18, representing Lebanon High School, was chosen Illinois' Homecoming Queen.

Vien Tetsola, 23, was crowned Miss Nigeria on Feb. 28, 2000, in Lagos.

In a sign of their growing economic importance, people in the pageant and entertainment industries now have a major telecommunications service tailored to their needs. PageantCONNECT, launched online in March 2000, offers individuals and small businesses affordable long distance plus a full array of corporate features. "A basement office, or even an individual with a phone, can do everything you would expect from a large company," said an industry analyst. "There's voice mail for customers, inter-office forwarding, large-scale conference calling, faxing and paging services, complete with an Internet component and a toll-free number. There are a lot of small players with big ambitions in the pageant industry, and this is the thing many of them have been waiting for."
  PageantCONNECT, accessible at www.PageantConnect.com, is marking its debut by offering free long-distance calling online for a limited time. The service is a joint enterprise of I-Link, IP Communications and Pageant News Enterprises, the parent company of Pageant.com and other online pageant addresses.

Janelle Montague, 20, of Kenosha, Wis., was crowned Miss Kenosha 2000 on March 11, 2000, by the 1999 winner, Laura Van Strien. Ms. Montague is a sophomore majoring in political science and communications at Carthage College. She will compete in the 2000 Miss Wisconsin Pageant on June 24, 2000, in Oshkosh. The jazz gymnast plans to attend Marquette University and hopes to be an attorney specializing in family law. The first runner-up was Nakisha Nicole Fletcher, 18, of Kenosha, who was first runner-up to Kenosha's Junior Miss 1998. She is a freshman at Carthage College. Constance Lynn Durden, 21, of Kenosha was the second runner-up, and the third runner-up was Jennifer Tokar, 21, of Kenosha. Tara Kreuscher, 17, of Kenosha was named Miss Congeniality. It was the 29th annual pageant.

Joya Zamora, 22, of Kenosha, Wis., was selected Miss Eastern Shores on March 11, 2000. She was crowned by Kristin R. Tielens, 24, of Oconto, the 1999 winner who was second runner-up to Miss Wisconsin 1999. Ms. Zamora, a graduate of Marquette University who was Miss Kenosha 1998 and third runner-up to Miss Wisconsin 1998, will compete in the 2000 Miss Wisconsin Pageant in Oshkosh in June 2000. Ms. Zamora's mother was Miss Kenosha 1974 and a finalist at the Miss Wisconsin Pageant. The first runner-up was Magdalina Licht, a student at Liberty University in Virginia; and Michelle Kojis of St. Francis was second runner-up. Ms. Kojis was third runner-up at the 1999 Miss Wisconsin Pageant, competing as Miss Milwaukee. This was the second annual Miss Eastern Shores Pageant.

Lisa Arndt, 24, of Appleton, Wis., has been crowned Miss Green Bay Area 2000. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a degree in psychology. She was crowned by the 1999 winner, Kelly Marie Kujava, who was the fourth runner-up at the 1999 Miss Wisconsin Pageant. Ms. Arndt will compete in the 2000 Miss Wisconsin Pageant in Oshkosh in June. Ms. Ardnt, who performed an artistic roller skating routine, was Miss Appleton Area 1998 and a non-finalist talent winner that year at the Miss Wisconsin Pageant. The first runner-up to Miss Green Bay Area 2000 was Lindsay J. Renier, an international business major at St. Norbert College, and the second runner-up was Kristin Ardnt, a graduate of UW-Oshkosh. Michelle Ann Altman, 23, of Green Bay, who was Miss Wisconsin USA 1998, was among the contestants.

Ludi Mei-Ling Lynette, a 25-year-old flight attendant, was crowned Miss Malaysia Universe 2000 on March 11, 2000. She will represent her counry in the Miss Universe Pageant in May 2000 in Cyprus. Alda Stannis Kasun, 22, a customer relations officer, was crowned Miss Malaysia International 2000 and will represent Malaysia in Japan in October 2000. Surita Lim Mei Sinn, a 20-year-old student, was crowned Miss Malaysia Intercontinental 2000 and will represent Malaysia in Duesseldorf, Germany, on April 17, 2000. Jcqlyne Chin Kim Lu, an 18-year-old student, was crowned Miss Malaysia Hawaiian Tropic International 2000 and will represent Malaysia in Las Vegas in April 2000. Geline See Hooi Ching, a 20-year-old student, was crowned Miss Malaysia Model Of The World 2000, and will compete in September 2000 in Istanbul, Turkey. This was the first time five Miss Malaysias were crowned in one evening since Malaysia started to participate in international pageants.

Cristina Bermudez, 20, has been crowned Miss Tampa 2000, winning the right to compete in the Miss Florida Scholarship Pageant. She is a University of South Florida student. She performed a modern dance to a Latin beat, and her platform is alcohol awareness for teens. The first runner-up was Courtney Stangry, and the second runner-up was Suzanne Dani'L Metzler. The third runner-up was 17-year-old newcomer Jennifer Summers, and the fourth runner-up was Landrea Abshire. The Non-Finalist Talent award went to Rosanna Saraceno, who also was selected by the contestants and production staff as the Spirit of Miss Tampa (congeniality) winner. The Non-Finalist Interview award was won by Robin Johnson, with Maricia Sampson taking home the prize for Community Service.

Jessica Furrer, 17, of Conway was named Miss Arkansas United States Teen on March 5, 2000. She will compete in the Miss 2000 United States Teen Pageant in July.

Shanna Lee of Fayetteville was crowned Miss Georgia Teenager on March 12, 2000. She also won the swimsuit award, and will compete for the Miss Teen All American crown in August 2000. The first runner-up was Kathleen Lighthiser of Alpharetta, and the second runner-up was Emily Williams of Grayson. The third runner-up was Meredith Boggs of Hinesville, and the fourth runner-up was Katy Leverett of Lincolnton. The photogenic winner was Delise Taylor of Roswell.

The wrong contestant apparently was crowned Miss Arkansas State University on March 3, 2000. Christie Lackey was crowned at the event, but a judge at the pageant later determined that the tabulation was incorrect. Melissa Parks, another contestant, says she has been notified that she was the actual winner and will be crowned soon. Such mistakes are rare, but they do occur. The standard procedure in most pageants, especially the Miss America system, is to quickly acknowledge and rectify the error. The most famous previous holder of the Miss Arkansas State University crown was Debbye Turner, who did not win the Miss Arkansas title but later was crowned Miss Missouri and went on to become Miss America.

Journalist Kerri Thoreson has become media correspondent for the Pageant News Bureau, reporting and periodically commenting on media issues.

Laura Flinn Baechtel of California has been chosen Mrs. U.S. Southwest Achievement and will be competing for the title of Mrs. Worldwide Achievement 2000 in June. She also holds the title of Mrs. Los Angeles Achievement and will be competing for the title of Mrs. American Achievement 2000 in June.

Tammy Haskell has been crowned Ms. Maine Professional Woman International 2000 and will compete for the Ms. American Woman International 2001 title.

Lisa Gleave, 24, of Australia won the inaugural Swimsuit International Magazine Model Search Finals on March 4, 2000, on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The first runner-up was Katia Corriveau, 20, of Toronto, and the second runner-up was Deanna Merryman, 27, of West Palm Beach, Fla. The third runner-up was Renee Jaquith, 27, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and the fourth runner-up was Lauren Hill, 20, of Columbia, S.C. Ms. Gleave and the other runners-up won an array of lucrative prizes. Individual modeling contracts ranging in value as high as $15,000 were awarded to various contestants. The two photogenic winners were Ms. Corriveau and Amy Hayes, 26, of Southgate, Mich. 
    As a preliminary event leading up to the Grand Final, the organizers staged a semi-final for the U.S. and Canadian finalists. The winner was Danielle Doyle, 25, of Houston, and the first runner-up was Ms. Merryman. The second runner-up was Mary Riley, 24, of West Palm Beach, and the third runner-up was Heather MacIntyre, 28, of Mansfield, Mass. The fourth runner-up was Ms. Jaquith, and the fifth runner-up was Jamie Palazzolo, 23, of Las Vegas. 
    An overall Canadian winner was also crowned at this semi-final. The title of Miss Swimsuit International Canada went to 21-year-old, Toronto-based private investigator/computer programmer Lisa Houser. Jim Lagerstedt of Australia, the founder, publisher and editor in chief of Swimsuit International Magazine, was a judge at the event. His magazine is on the verge of an ambitious expansion into the U.S. and Canadian markets, and he described the contest on St. Croix as a "launching pad" for this effort.

Ansley Smith, 17, of Colquitt, Ga., was crowned Miss Colquitt on March 4, 2000. Joni Cook was first runner-up, and Amanda Calhoun was second runner-up. Ms. Smith will represent the "Mayhaw Capital of the World" in the Miss National Peanut Festival in October 2000.

Sarah Ann Lovell of Pittsburgh has been crowned Ms. Pennsylvania Ambassador 2000 for Image Ventures, Inc. She will now compete for the national title of Ms. American Ambassador.

Helen Lindez Griffith, 18, of Las Palmas in the Canary Islands was crowned Miss Spain on March 5, 2000, in Fuengirola. She was also chosen Miss Internet. She will represent the country in the Miss Universe Pageant in May 2000. The first runner-up was Miss Tarragona, Veronica Garcia Benito, 19. The second runner-up was Miss Teruel, Natalia Robres Almundi, 20. There was a brief moment of confusion about the results, with the winner almost named as a runner-up, but the issue was clarified on the spot without the wrong person being crowned.

Pasqualina Ricciardi, 19, was crowned Miss Greater Watertown on Feb. 26, 2000, winning the right to compete in the Miss Connecticut Pageant. She also received the talent award for singing "No One Does It Like Me" from "See-Saw." Her platform is "Working With the Physically and Mentally Challenged." The first runner-up was Elizabeth Ann Dumas, 17, of Oakville, and the second runner-up was Kimberly Minnock, 20, of Newtown.

Sandi Clay, 17, won the Miss Aquila Pageant in Austell, Ga., on March 4, 2000. The first runner-up was Lea Works, and the second runner-up was Krista Abernathy. The third runner-up was Brittany Hadley, and the fourth runner-up was Lindsay McComas.

Bethany Allison Tosh, who won the Miss Northeast Arkansas title with a platform against drunken driving, surrendered her crown on March 3, 2000, after being convicted of drunken driving. Ms. Tosh, 21, of Jonesboro, was convicted March 2 of the offense, which was committed Dec. 23, 1999. She was fined and ordered to perform community service.

Miss USA officials announced on Feb. 29, 2000, that Gary, Indiana, will be the host city of the pageant in 2001, 2002 and 2003. Pageant co-owner Donald Trump owns a casino and hotel on the resurgent city's Lake Michigan shore. The successful bid for the pageant is part of a massive effort by the blue-collar metropolis to shed its shabby image. Gary rose in the early 1900s as a steel-manufacturing center, and the slow decline of American heavy industry and urban vitality after World War II hit Gary particularly hard. It became known as the quintessential decaying "Rust Belt" city. In recent years, a reduction in crime and an increase in private investment have signaled that Gary could become a showplace again. Its efforts to attract tourism, which once seemed far-fetched, are likely to be boosted considerably by its ties with Miss USA.

On Feb. 27, Melissa Hagan, 32, was crowned Ms Alabama United States Woman in Montgomery. She was also the recipient of the swimsuit award in her age division (20 and up). She will compete in the national pageant in August in Orlando, Fla.

Monica Harden, 18, was crowned Miss Louisville on Feb. 26, 2000, winning the right to compete in the Miss Kentucky Pageant and possibly go on to Miss America. This is no ordinary local title. The reigning Miss America, Heather French, began her march to the national crown as Miss Louisville. To capitalize on the connection, Miss Louisville organizers worked to re-create the propitious conditions of 1999. using the same location, program and judges as in the previous year. Ms. Harden already has a place in Bluegrass pageant history. In 1997, she was selected as the first Miss Kentucky Teen with the Miss Kentucky America system. The first runner-up to Miss Louisville was Amanda Suchy, 20, who was fourth runner-up to Miss Kentucky in 1999. 
  As part of a dual event, Mary Catherine Correll, 19, was crowned Miss Jefferson County. The first runner-up was Jessica Wesley, 21. Other non-finalist award winners were: Interview - Courtney Jones; Evening Gown - Toni Maffett; Talent - Shannon Patterson; Swimsuit - Toni Maffett. The Spirit award went to Courtney Jones. Ms. French could not attend, but her parents and brother did, and her mother performed two songs. The director of the pageant, Robin Allison Mosser, read a letter from Ms. French, which listed her own top 10 secrets to being your best self.

Abbey King of Hueytown was crowned Miss Alabama Teenager on FebFareri 26, 2000. She will represent the state in the Miss Teen All American Pageant. The first runner-up was Hailey Capps, and the second runner-up was Kimberly Busby. The third runner-up was Quenity Likely, and the fourth runner-up was Terra Moody. The winner of the Miss Alabama Pre-teen title was Sarah King, younger sister of Abbey King. Two Kings, two queens.

Emily Foster was crowned Miss Apple Capital on Feb. 26, 2000, in Ellijay, Ga. She also won the swimsuit, talent and interview awards, and will compete in the Miss Georgia Pageant in June 2000. Kelly Wells was first runner-up, and April Dorsey was second runner-up. The third runner-up was Jeni Frost, and the fourth runner-up was Dana Lowery. It was the debut of the pageant. Ellijay is a center of northern Georgia's apple-growing region.

Kristen Gillian, a student at Georgia State University, was crowned Miss Fulton County (Ga.) on Feb. 26, 2000. Jacqueline Jaurequi was first runner-up. Ms. Gillian will compete in the Miss Georgia Pageant. Fulton is the main county of the city of Atlanta.

Melissa Jeffrey, 21, was crowned Miss Louisiana Tech University 2000 on March 21, 2000, in Ruston, La., on the university campus. She was Miss City of Roses 1999 and a non-finalist talent winner at the Miss Louisiana Pageant. She was crowned by her predecessor as Miss LTU, Shelley Cole, 21, who also was a non-finalist talent winner at the 1999 state pageant. Ms. Jeffrey, a baton twirler, will now advance to the 2000 Miss Louisiana Pageant on June 17, 2000, in Monroe.

Mayu Endo, 23, of Tokyo has been crowned Miss Japan Universe 2000. She will represent her country in the Miss Universe Pageant. The first runner-up was Yuko Ashizawa of Tokyo, and the second runner-up was Saori Takizawa of Nagano.

Terrin McGee, 18, of Antioch, Calif., has been crowned Miss Contra Costa County. At the same event, Deena Dorsey, 21, of Pittsburg was crowned Miss Greater East Bay. Both will compete for the title of Miss California in July 2000.

Juan Pablo Pierto Cabrera, Señor Valle, 21, was chosen Señor Colombia on March 19, 2000, in Santa Fe de Bogotá. He is a medical student from Cali and will represent his country in the Mr. International contest in India this year. Alberto Quimaya Forero, Señor Cundinamarca, was the first runner-up, and will compete in the Manhunt International contest in the Philippines later this year. The second runner-up was Sergio Andrés Infante, Señor Santa Fe de Bogotá, who will represent Colombia in the Best Model of the World contest in Turkey this year. The third runner-up was Carlos Enrique Salamanca, Señor Amazonas, who received an exclusive modeling contract from a Mexican modeling agency, and the fourth runner-up was Carlos Alcides, Señor Antioquia, who will compete in the Mr. Juventud (Mr. Youth) contest in Puerto Rico later this year. The prize for the best physique went to Lucio Riascos Ramos, Señor Chocó, and the prize for the best talent went to Javier Rodrigo Ortiz, Señor Putumayo.

Constance Gaines, 20, has been crowned Miss Lubbock USA 2000. She is a junior public relations major at Texas Tech University, and was crowned by her predecessor, journalist Lacey Waldrep. The first runner-up was Tracey Bryant, also a student at Texas Tech. Michelle Fennerdy was crowned Miss Lubbock Teen USA. Lubbock was the 1999 site of the Miss Texas USA Pageant.

Sheri Grippo was crowned the first Miss Shenandoah on March 19, 2000, and will compete in the Miss West Virginia (America) Pageant in June. She also was chosen Miss Congeniality by the other contestants, and was the winner of the Gilbert C. Mobley Memorial Award for Interview, and the Kevin G. Johnson Memorial Award for Talent for her monologue. The new Miss Shenandoah's platform is autism awareness. The first runner-up was Rachel Carr, and the second runner-up was Jessica White.

Mallory Loren Malter of Wilmington, N.C., has been crowned the 2000 Spot Festival Princess. She will represent "The Seafood Capital of the Carolinas," the city of Hampstead. She performed a tap dance routine to "The Way That You Do It."

Ashley Smith, 11, niece of Miss Georgia USA Patti Dunn, was crowned Pre-Teen Miss Cobb County (Ga.) on March 18, 2000. Other category winners in the pageant were Tiny Miss Cobb County, Ciandra Calhoun, 3; Petite Miss Cobb County, Summer Cheyenne Price, 4; Little Miss Cobb County, Alexis Danielle Caldwell, 8; Junior Miss Cobb County, Michelle Leigh Brown, 15; Teen Miss Cobb County, Shelli Poole, 18. Cobb's Talented Miss was Jenny Elizabeth Yost, 12, daughter of Ned Yost, third base coach of the Atlanta Braves. Cobb's Talented Teen was Anna Edwards, age 16. The event was a fund-raiser for the Miss Cobb County (America) Scholarship Fund.

Susan Nelson of Slayton, Mrs. Murray County, was crowned Mrs. Minnesota International on March 19, 2000. She also won the Amity and Spirit of Pageantry awards. Her platform is "Developing Assets," based on the Search Institute's research on child development. The first runner-up was Mrs. Scott County, Kimberly Niosi, who was the winner of the preliminary awards for aerobic wear and evening gown, and tied for the preliminary interview award. The second runner-up and winner of the Director's Award was Tammy Coleman, Mrs. Anoka County. The third runner-up was Kelly Jahner-Byrne, Mrs. Woodbury, who tied for the preliminary interview award and won the Community Involvement Award. Jacqueline Herman, Mrs. Kandiyohi County, was fourth runner-up. The winner of the Photogenic Award was Kathy Watt, Mrs. Clay County. The Best Pitchbook Award went to Marcina Lemmer, Mrs. Winona.

Michelle Yapp, 18, of Fond Du Lac, Wis., was crowned Miss Fond Du Lac 2000 on March 18, 2000, by 1999 winner Audrea Kriegl of Florence. Ms.Yapp, a Goodrich High School senior, sang "On My Own" to win the title and advance to the 2000 Miss Wisconsin Pageant set for June 24 in Oshkosh. Ms. Yapp's platform is "The Benefits of Peer Mediation" (teaching children to solve problems in non-violent ways through communication). She will be a first-time contestant at Miss Wisconsin.The first runner-up was Tricia Moody, 18, of Mount Calvary. Lindsay Mae Thomaschefsky, 20, of Argonne, who was Miss North East Wisconsin 1998, was second runner-up. The contestants included Miss Beloit 1997, Maria Luisa Milan Vitor, 23, of Beloit, who was named Miss Congeniality.

Magdalena Licht, 20, of Chippewa Falls, Wis., was crowned Miss Wisconsin Central 2000 on March 18, 2000, by 1999 Miss Wisconsin Central, Mary Lehman of Fond Du Lac, a top ten finalist at the 1999 Miss Wisconsin Pageant. Ms. Licht's platform, "International Adoption Awareness" was inspired by her two younger brothers, who were adopted from Peru. The Liberty University student, who sang an operatic aria, will compete in the 2000 Miss Wisconsin Pageant in Oshkosh in June. The first runner-up was Joanne Jablonski, 21, of Oshkosh. She was Miss Oshkosh 1998.

Kate Wilson was crowned Miss Philadelphia on March 18, 2000, at the Independence Seaport Museum on Penn's Landing. Jamie Montgomery was first runner-up, and Sarah Woodland was second runner-up. Sonja Root was third runner-up, and Elizabeth Zurich was fourth runner-up. It was an evening of excitement, with outgoing titleholder Christina Elena Guzman adding flair with Latin-inspired dance numbers. Susan Spafford, Miss Pennsylvania, was a guest and assisted host Tom Lamain. Miss America 1954, Evelyn Ay, was a very special guest. She recited a poem, showing the talent that won her the fabled crown.

Penny Geiszler of the publication and Web site Turn for the Judges has been chosen the 2000 American Achiever Woman of the Year. She was honored particularly for emphasizing positive elements of the pageant industry. She began in the print medium, was an early contributor to the Pageant News Bureau and launched her own Web site (www.tftj.com) in 1996.

The iLive Network (www.ilive.com) has announced that it has bought the domain name MissBeverlyHills.com and trademark for $100,000. The company, which also owns other pageant names specific to Beverly Hills, plans a series of pageants from March through September 2000.

Jennifer Watkins was crowned Miss Pennsylvania USA 2001 on March 19, 2000, in Monroeville. She is the first contestant picked for the Miss USA Pageant to take place in early 2001 in Gary, Ind.

Tina Tomlins has been crowned Miss Southern Heartland in Jeffersonville, Ind. She is a student at Indiana State University, and will be making her first trip to the Miss Indiana Pageant. She is a baton twirler, and her platform is diabetes awareness. The first runner-up was Heather Winter, a vocalist from Indiana University, and the second runner-up was Cheryl McDowell, a vocalist from Anderson University. The third runner-up was Jennifer Stanley, a dancer/gymnast from DePauw University. The fourth runner-up was Shannon Anderson, a vocalist from Butler University, who also won the Dr. E.T. Uyesugi Memorial Community Service Award. The People's Choice award went to JoAnna Hackney, a vocalist from Indiana University.

Rian Stepp, 18, representing Shiloh Christian School, was chosen Georgia's Homecoming Queen on March 12, 2000. On the same day, Jennifer Lee Reynolds, 18, representing Lebanon High School, was chosen Illinois' Homecoming Queen.

In a sign of their growing economic importance, people in the pageant and entertainment industries now have a major telecommunications service tailored to their needs. PageantCONNECT, launched online in March 2000, offers individuals and small businesses affordable long distance plus a full array of corporate features. "A basement office, or even an individual with a phone, can do everything you would expect from a large company," said an industry analyst. "There's voice mail for customers, inter-office forwarding, large-scale conference calling, faxing and paging services, complete with an Internet component and a toll-free number. There are a lot of small players with big ambitions in the pageant industry, and this is the thing many of them have been waiting for."
  PageantCONNECT, accessible at www.PageantConnect.com, is marking its debut by offering free long-distance calling online for a limited time. The service is a joint enterprise of I-Link, IP Communications and Pageant News Enterprises, the parent company of Pageant.com and other online pageant addresses.

Janelle Montague, 20, of Kenosha, Wis., was crowned Miss Kenosha 2000 on March 11, 2000, by the 1999 winner, Laura Van Strien. Ms. Montague is a sophomore majoring in political science and communications at Carthage College. She will compete in the 2000 Miss Wisconsin Pageant on June 24, 2000, in Oshkosh. The jazz gymnast plans to attend Marquette University and hopes to be an attorney specializing in family law. The first runner-up was Nakisha Nicole Fletcher, 18, of Kenosha, who was first runner-up to Kenosha's Junior Miss 1998. She is a freshman at Carthage College. Constance Lynn Durden, 21, of Kenosha was the second runner-up, and the third runner-up was Jennifer Tokar, 21, of Kenosha. Tara Kreuscher, 17, of Kenosha was named Miss Congeniality. It was the 29th annual pageant.

Joya Zamora, 22, of Kenosha, Wis., was selected Miss Eastern Shores on March 11, 2000. She was crowned by Kristin R. Tielens, 24, of Oconto, the 1999 winner who was second runner-up to Miss Wisconsin 1999. Ms. Zamora, a graduate of Marquette University who was Miss Kenosha 1998 and third runner-up to Miss Wisconsin 1998, will compete in the 2000 Miss Wisconsin Pageant in Oshkosh in June 2000. Ms. Zamora's mother was Miss Kenosha 1974 and a finalist at the Miss Wisconsin Pageant. The first runner-up was Magdalina Licht, a student at Liberty University in Virginia; and Michelle Kojis of St. Francis was second runner-up. Ms. Kojis was third runner-up at the 1999 Miss Wisconsin Pageant, competing as Miss Milwaukee. This was the second annual Miss Eastern Shores Pageant.

Lisa Arndt, 24, of Appleton, Wis., has been crowned Miss Green Bay Area 2000. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a degree in psychology. She was crowned by the 1999 winner, Kelly Marie Kujava, who was the fourth runner-up at the 1999 Miss Wisconsin Pageant. Ms. Arndt will compete in the 2000 Miss Wisconsin Pageant in Oshkosh in June. Ms. Ardnt, who performed an artistic roller skating routine, was Miss Appleton Area 1998 and a non-finalist talent winner that year at the Miss Wisconsin Pageant. The first runner-up to Miss Green Bay Area 2000 was Lindsay J. Renier, an international business major at St. Norbert College, and the second runner-up was Kristin Ardnt, a graduate of UW-Oshkosh. Michelle Ann Altman, 23, of Green Bay, who was Miss Wisconsin USA 1998, was among the contestants.

Ludi Mei-Ling Lynette, a 25-year-old flight attendant, was crowned Miss Malaysia Universe 2000 on March 11, 2000. She will represent her counry in the Miss Universe Pageant in May 2000 in Cyprus. Alda Stannis Kasun, 22, a customer relations officer, was crowned Miss Malaysia International 2000 and will represent Malaysia in Japan in October 2000. Surita Lim Mei Sinn, a 20-year-old student, was crowned Miss Malaysia Intercontinental 2000 and will represent Malaysia in Duesseldorf, Germany, on April 17, 2000. Jcqlyne Chin Kim Lu, an 18-year-old student, was crowned Miss Malaysia Hawaiian Tropic International 2000 and will represent Malaysia in Las Vegas in April 2000. Geline See Hooi Ching, a 20-year-old student, was crowned Miss Malaysia Model Of The World 2000, and will compete in September 2000 in Istanbul, Turkey. This was the first time five Miss Malaysias were crowned in one evening since Malaysia started to participate in international pageants.

Cristina Bermudez, 20, has been crowned Miss Tampa 2000, winning the right to compete in the Miss Florida Scholarship Pageant. She is a University of South Florida student. She performed a modern dance to a Latin beat, and her platform is alcohol awareness for teens. The first runner-up was Courtney Stangry, and the second runner-up was Suzanne Dani'L Metzler. The third runner-up was 17-year-old newcomer Jennifer Summers, and the fourth runner-up was Landrea Abshire. The Non-Finalist Talent award went to Rosanna Saraceno, who also was selected by the contestants and production staff as the Spirit of Miss Tampa (congeniality) winner. The Non-Finalist Interview award was won by Robin Johnson, with Maricia Sampson taking home the prize for Community Service.

Jessica Furrer, 17, of Conway was named Miss Arkansas United States Teen on March 5, 2000. She will compete in the Miss 2000 United States Teen Pageant in July.

Shanna Lee of Fayetteville was crowned Miss Georgia Teenager on March 12, 2000. She also won the swimsuit award, and will compete for the Miss Teen All American crown in August 2000. The first runner-up was Kathleen Lighthiser of Alpharetta, and the second runner-up was Emily Williams of Grayson. The third runner-up was Meredith Boggs of Hinesville, and the fourth runner-up was Katy Leverett of Lincolnton. The photogenic winner was Delise Taylor of Roswell.

The wrong contestant apparently was crowned Miss Arkansas State University on March 3, 2000. Christie Lackey was crowned at the event, but a judge at the pageant later determined that the tabulation was incorrect. Melissa Parks, another contestant, says she has been notified that she was the actual winner and will be crowned soon. Such mistakes are rare, but they do occur. The standard procedure in most pageants, especially the Miss America system, is to quickly acknowledge and rectify the error. The most famous previous holder of the Miss Arkansas State University crown was Debbye Turner, who did not win the Miss Arkansas title but later was crowned Miss Missouri and went on to become Miss America.

Journalist Kerri Thoreson has become media correspondent for the Pageant News Bureau, reporting and periodically commenting on media issues.

Laura Flinn Baechtel of California has been chosen Mrs. U.S. Southwest Achievement and will be competing for the title of Mrs. Worldwide Achievement 2000 in June. She also holds the title of Mrs. Los Angeles Achievement and will be competing for the title of Mrs. American Achievement 2000 in June.

Tammy Haskell has been crowned Ms. Maine Professional Woman International 2000 and will compete for the Ms. American Woman International 2001 title.

Lisa Gleave, 24, of Australia won the inaugural Swimsuit International Magazine Model Search Finals on March 4, 2000, on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The first runner-up was Katia Corriveau, 20, of Toronto, and the second runner-up was Deanna Merryman, 27, of West Palm Beach, Fla. The third runner-up was Renee Jaquith, 27, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and the fourth runner-up was Lauren Hill, 20, of Columbia, S.C. Ms. Gleave and the other runners-up won an array of lucrative prizes. Individual modeling contracts ranging in value as high as $15,000 were awarded to various contestants. The two photogenic winners were Ms. Corriveau and Amy Hayes, 26, of Southgate, Mich. 
    As a preliminary event leading up to the Grand Final, the organizers staged a semi-final for the U.S. and Canadian finalists. The winner was Danielle Doyle, 25, of Houston, and the first runner-up was Ms. Merryman. The second runner-up was Mary Riley, 24, of West Palm Beach, and the third runner-up was Heather MacIntyre, 28, of Mansfield, Mass. The fourth runner-up was Ms. Jaquith, and the fifth runner-up was Jamie Palazzolo, 23, of Las Vegas. 
    An overall Canadian winner was also crowned at this semi-final. The title of Miss Swimsuit International Canada went to 21-year-old, Toronto-based private investigator/computer programmer Lisa Houser. Jim Lagerstedt of Australia, the founder, publisher and editor in chief of Swimsuit International Magazine, was a judge at the event. His magazine is on the verge of an ambitious expansion into the U.S. and Canadian markets, and he described the contest on St. Croix as a "launching pad" for this effort.

Ansley Smith, 17, of Colquitt, Ga., was crowned Miss Colquitt on March 4, 2000. Joni Cook was first runner-up, and Amanda Calhoun was second runner-up. Ms. Smith will represent the "Mayhaw Capital of the World" in the Miss National Peanut Festival in October 2000.

Sarah Ann Lovell of Pittsburgh has been crowned Ms. Pennsylvania Ambassador 2000 for Image Ventures, Inc. She will now compete for the national title of Ms. American Ambassador.

Helen Lindez Griffith, 18, of Las Palmas in the Canary Islands was crowned Miss Spain on March 5, 2000, in Fuengirola. She was also chosen Miss Internet. She will represent the country in the Miss Universe Pageant in May 2000. The first runner-up was Miss Tarragona, Veronica Garcia Benito, 19. The second runner-up was Miss Teruel, Natalia Robres Almundi, 20. There was a brief moment of confusion about the results, with the winner almost named as a runner-up, but the issue was clarified on the spot without the wrong person being crowned.

Pasqualina Ricciardi, 19, was crowned Miss Greater Watertown on Feb. 26, 2000, winning the right to compete in the Miss Connecticut Pageant. She also received the talent award for singing "No One Does It Like Me" from "See-Saw." Her platform is "Working With the Physically and Mentally Challenged." The first runner-up was Elizabeth Ann Dumas, 17, of Oakville, and the second runner-up was Kimberly Minnock, 20, of Newtown.

Sandi Clay, 17, won the Miss Aquila Pageant in Austell, Ga., on March 4, 2000. The first runner-up was Lea Works, and the second runner-up was Krista Abernathy. The third runner-up was Brittany Hadley, and the fourth runner-up was Lindsay McComas.

Bethany Allison Tosh, who won the Miss Northeast Arkansas title with a platform against drunken driving, surrendered her crown on March 3, 2000, after being convicted of drunken driving. Ms. Tosh, 21, of Jonesboro, was convicted March 2 of the offense, which was committed Dec. 23, 1999. She was fined and ordered to perform community service.

Miss USA officials announced on Feb. 29, 2000, that Gary, Indiana, will be the host city of the pageant in 2001, 2002 and 2003. Pageant co-owner Donald Trump owns a casino and hotel on the resurgent city's Lake Michigan shore. The successful bid for the pageant is part of a massive effort by the blue-collar metropolis to shed its shabby image. Gary rose in the early 1900s as a steel-manufacturing center, and the slow decline of American heavy industry and urban vitality after World War II hit Gary particularly hard. It became known as the quintessential decaying "Rust Belt" city. In recent years, a reduction in crime and an increase in private investment have signaled that Gary could become a showplace again. Its efforts to attract tourism, which once seemed far-fetched, are likely to be boosted considerably by its ties with Miss USA.

On Feb. 27, Melissa Hagan, 32, was crowned Ms Alabama United States Woman in Montgomery. She was also the recipient of the swimsuit award in her age division (20 and up). She will compete in the national pageant in August in Orlando, Fla.

Monica Harden, 18, was crowned Miss Louisville on Feb. 26, 2000, winning the right to compete in the Miss Kentucky Pageant and possibly go on to Miss America. This is no ordinary local title. The reigning Miss America, Heather French, began her march to the national crown as Miss Louisville. To capitalize on the connection, Miss Louisville organizers worked to re-create the propitious conditions of 1999. using the same location, program and judges as in the previous year. Ms. Harden already has a place in Bluegrass pageant history. In 1997, she was selected as the first Miss Kentucky Teen with the Miss Kentucky America system. The first runner-up to Miss Louisville was Amanda Suchy, 20, who was fourth runner-up to Miss Kentucky in 1999. 
  As part of a dual event, Mary Catherine Correll, 19, was crowned Miss Jefferson County. The first runner-up was Jessica Wesley, 21. Other non-finalist award winners were: Interview - Courtney Jones; Evening Gown - Toni Maffett; Talent - Shannon Patterson; Swimsuit - Toni Maffett. The Spirit award went to Courtney Jones. Ms. French could not attend, but her parents and brother did, and her mother performed two songs. The director of the pageant, Robin Allison Mosser, read a letter from Ms. French, which listed her own top 10 secrets to being your best self.

Abbey King of Hueytown was crowned Miss Alabama Teenager on Feb. 26, 2000. She will represent the state in the Miss Teen All American Pageant. The first runner-up was Hailey Capps, and the second runner-up was Kimberly Busby. The third runner-up was Quenity Likely, and the fourth runner-up was Terra Moody. The winner of the Miss Alabama Pre-teen title was Sarah King, younger sister of Abbey King. Two Kings, two queens.

Emily Foster was crowned Miss Apple Capital on Feb. 26, 2000, in Ellijay, Ga. She also won the swimsuit, talent and interview awards, and will compete in the Miss Georgia Pageant in June 2000. Kelly Wells was first runner-up, and April Dorsey was second runner-up. The third runner-up was Jeni Frost, and the fourth runner-up was Dana Lowery. It was the debut of the pageant. Ellijay is a center of northern Georgia's apple-growing region.

Kristen Gillian, a student at Georgia State University, was crowned Miss Fulton County (Ga.) on Feb. 26, 2000. Jacqueline Jaurequi was first runner-up. Ms. Gillian will compete in the Miss Georgia Pageant. Fulton is the main county of the city of Atlanta.

Yonca On, 20, of Coburg, Germany, was crowned Miss Europe Turk on Feb. 25, 2000, in Berlin. The first runner-up was Hulya Karanlik of Berlin, and the second runner-up was Pelin Buruslu of Gottingen, Germany. The pageant featured Turkish women from various European countries.

Nina Ricci C. Alagao, 22, a free-lance makeup artist and model, was crowned Binibining Pilipinas-Universe (Miss Philippines Universe) on Feb. 25, 2000. She will compete for the Miss Universe title in May 2000. Katherine Annwen De Guzman, 21, was crowned Binibining Pilipinas-World and will compete for the Miss World title in London in December 2000. Joanna Maria M. Penaloza, 21, was crowned Binibining Pilipinas-International and will compete for the Miss International title in October 2000 in Japan. Maria Christina S. Tan was first runner-up, and Nicole C. Hofer was second runner-up.

Ashley McKinney was crowned Miss Pride of Fayette County on Feb. 26, 2000, in Fayetteville, Ga. She was crowned by outgoing winner Julie Dye. The first runner-up was Lindsay Hill, and the second runner-up was Bridgette Farley. Stevie Rae Hoskins was crowned Junior Miss Pride of Fayette County.

Claudia Moreno, 22, was crowned Miss Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on Feb. 26, 2000, and will represent the country in the Miss Universe Pageant. She was Miss Federal District 1999. The first runner-up was Maria Laura Lugo, 19, and the second runner-up was Karelys Ollarves, 21.

The following women have been chosen to compete in the All American National Finals in September 2000: Miss Indiana - Katy Allen; Mrs. California - Victoria Mallow; Mrs. Maine - Flora Ingles; Ms. Texas - Cara Fareri; Ms. Tennessee Woman - Cheri Greene; Ms. New Jersey Woman Plus - Danielle Clark.

Danielle Fyfe has been crowned Miss Hawaiian Tropic Australia. See a special feature coming soon to Pageant.com.

Veteran entertainers Donny and Marie Osmond have signed to host the Miss America Pageant for a second consecutive year. The brother and sister from Utah, who have been top performers since their teenage years in the 1970s, hosted the pageant in September 1999. They received generally favorable reviews.

Annie Howe, 17, of West Deptford, N.J., was crowned Miss Camden County Area on Feb. 13, 2000. She will compete for the title of Miss New Jersey (America) in June 2000 in Ocean City. The first runner-up was Stefany Briante, and the second runner-up was Karrissa Hitchner.

In the 12th annual Best Model of the World competition in Istanbul, Turkey, held on Feb. 12, 2000, the winner of Female Best Model of the World was Mar Kewe of Senegal. The first runner-up was Alina Selesnyova of Ukraine, and the second runner-up was Stoica Gabriela of Romania. The Best Photomodel was Tatiana Charlot of Gabon. The Best Catwalk Model was Ding Sihan of China. The winner of Male Best of the World was Faik Ergin of Turkey. The first runner-up was Yohann Berndt of Belgium, and the second runner-up was Vishal Yadav of India. The Best Photomodel was Jurij Braddac of Slovenia, and the man named Most Charming Male Model was Ooi Han Boon of Malaysia. The pageant was originally scheduled for December 1999, but was postponed because of the deadly earthquakes. In the end, the competition helped raise money for quake victims.

The offbeat TV beauty pageant called "Who Wants to Marry a Multimillionaire?" continues to leave controversy in its wake. Now, Darva Conger of California, who was chosen by Rick Rockwell and became his bride during the Fox Television program in February 2000, says she wants out. She was picked from among 50 women who competed in swimsuit, evening gown and interview categories. Fox TV has backed away from rebroadcasting the program after questions about whether Rockwell misrepresented his past.

Mari Wilensky, 15, was crowned Miss Jacksonville Teen on Feb. 20, 2000. She will compete for the title of Miss Florida Teen USA.

Heather McDonald was crowned Miss Greater Akron (Ohio) on Feb. 19, 2000. She also was the recipient of the Talent, Swimsuit and Interview awards. This victory entitles her to compete in the Miss Ohio Scholarship Pageant, a preliminary to Miss America. It will be her third time to compete in the state pageant. Meghan Markovich was first runner-up, and Jennica McCleary was second runner-up.

Tee Sumner has won the title of Tift County Forestry Queen. She will represent her county in the 61st Miss Georgia Forestry Scholarship Pageant to be held in Tifton, Ga., in June 2000.

Leila Tarleton was crowned Miss University of Alabama on Feb. 21, 2000, at the school's Tuscaloosa campus. Ms. Tarleton, a sophomore majoring in interior design, won the talent competition singing "Reflections" from the Disney movie "Mulan." The firist runner-up was Amanda Smith, and the second runner-up was Ashley Cornelius. She will be competing for the Miss Alabama title in Birmingham in June. It will be her first try for the state title. She was crowned by Bari Watson, Miss University of Alabama 1999, who was a top ten finalist at Miss Alabama in 1999 as well as a swimsuit preliminary winner. Ms. Watson will return in 2000 as Miss Painted Rock.

Reagan Hughes, 17, of Carrollton, Miss., won the Miss Grenada County Pageant on Feb. 19, 2000. She will compete for the Miss Mississippi title in July 2000.

A dancer identified only as "Kitty" won the Miss Nude Oregon title on Feb. 19, 2000, at Wildcats in Beaverton.

Amanda "Mandi" Feder has been crowned Ms. Illinois Ambassador 2000.

Robin Long of Tampa won the Miss Palm Beach County title on Feb. 19, 2000. The first runner-up was Shannon Kelley, and the second runner-up was Rua Gordon. Ms. Long will compete in the Miss Florida Pageant in June.

Nikesha Moore was crowned Miss Central Pennsylvania on Feb. 19, 2000, in Lewistown, Pa. At the same event, Allison Mattner was crowned Miss Greater Juniata Valley. Both will compete in the Miss Pennsylvania Pageant. The first runner-up was Kelly Gamble, and the second runner-up was Jessica Watson. The swimsuit award winner was Christina Mellott, and the interview award went to Ms. Mattner.

Krisda Duangphung of Fulda was chosen Mr. Germany on Feb. 15, 2000, in Trier. He is of Thai origin and competed as Mr. Arabella, named for a popular talk show. The first runner-up was Markus Esser, Mr. Nordrhein-Westfalen, and the second runner-up was Guido Kreisel, Mr. Ostdeutschland.

Jamie McGhee has been chosen Miss Valentine 2000 of Knoxville, Tennessee. The first runner-up was Candy Russell.

Sarah Hoyer, an 18-year-old freshman at Thomas Nelson Community College, has been selected as Miss Virginia in the Ms. American Ambassador Pageant. She has also been selected to represent Newport News, Va., in the state finals of the Ms.Virginia American United States Teen Pageant in April 2000. She is a former third runner-up in Miss Virginia Teen USA Pageant.

In one of the more unusual pageants in TV history, a California millionaire married a woman on Feb. 15, 2000, after choosing her from among 50 contestants. 
    Rick Rockwell married Darva Conger
after picking her in a contest in which eligible women paraded in swimsuits and bridal gowns. The program, on Fox Television, was titled "Who Wants to Marry a Multimillionaire," after the quiz show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." The wildly popular quiz show also provided the theme for the 2000 Miss USA Pageant. 
    One of the contestants in the bridal contest was Susan Dale Prince, 26, of Kansas, who was Miss Southern Kansas 1998 and the second runner-up to Miss Kansas 1998, Jennifer Vanatta.

Valerie Childers won the Miss Heart of Dixie Pageant in Trussville, Ala., on Feb. 12, 2000. She is a senior at Samford University, majoring in journalism. She will compete for the Miss Alabama title in June 2000.

Dawn Felkel won the Miss Bulloch County title on Feb. 12, 2000, in Statesboro, Ga. She will compete in the Miss Georgia Pageant in June 2000.

Dawn Theige has been named Ms. Madison Ambassador 2000 by Image Ventures. She is the event's second delegate from Wisconsin and has competed in pageants for the past eight years.

Karen Nicholas has been crowned Mrs. Tallahassee America 2000. She is a full-time doctoral student in Education at Florida State University. She is also a research assistant and adjunct college professor. She will compete for the Mrs. Florida America title.

Layne Moye of Donalsonville, Ga., won the title of Miss Miller-Seminole Forestry on Feb. 12, 2000. The first runner-up was Rachel Shingler, and the second runner-up was Ansley Smith. Ms. Moye will compete for the title of Miss Georgia Forestry in June 2000.

Lauralee Jacks was crowned Junior Miss Lincoln County Sweetheart 2000 on Feb. 12, 2000, in Fayetteville, Tennessee.

The first ever Miss Year 2000 international online pageant has announced its winners. They are as follows: Mini Miss Year 2000, Rheagan Carroll, Texas; Little Miss Year 2000, Brianna Ramo, Louisiana; Miss Preteen Year 2000, Brooke Milner, Georgia; Miss Teen Year 2000, Krystle McMurry, Texas; Miss Year 2000, Hysha Robinson, New York; Mrs. Year 2000, Shani Nelson, Louisiana; Ms. Year 2000, Justina Rowan, Alabama. Controversy surrounded the first competition. Kime Emery of Massachusetts, the judges' choice for Miss Year 2000, was disqualified after it was discovered that her photo submissions did not comply with the guidelines. But due to her sportsmanship in the face of this setback, Ms. Emery was awarded the honorary title of Outstanding Miss 2000, and her first runner-up, Hysha Robinson, assumed the Miss Year 2000 title.

Debbie Tyler-Miller of Blue Springs, Mo., has been selected as Ms. Plus Missouri American Achiever. Ms. Miller, who is learning sign language in order to work with hearing-impaired people, is also the reigning Missouri All American Family Ambassador and the Ms. 2000 Missouri.

Souphaphorn Vannasing, 20, has been named Ms. Laos Ambassador 2000, becoming the first non-U.S. titleholder in the Ms. Ambassador Pageant held by Image Ventures. She is currently starring as one of the lead characters in an independent film project about youth violence.

A contestant at the recent Miss USA Pageant tells PNB that she is the victim of a cyber-hoax. A rambling e-mail, purporting to be from her, and containing bizarre allegations about the fairness of the pageant, has been sent to an unknown number of people. She says the statements made in the mailing don't represent her feelings at all, and she is fearful that other contestants may have been victimized in the same way. "I had a good time at the pageant," she says, "I made friends, I made some good contacts. I don't know why anybody would want to do this to me."

Debbie White-Jones has been chosen Ms. Ohio Queen of Queens. She will represent the Buckeye State in the Ms. Queen of Queens International Pageant in September 2000.

Soumida Vannasing, a 16-year-old Californian, has been crowned Miss Teen Alameda County Ambassador in the Miss Teen Ambassador Pageant. She is a high school junior.

Legal and financial issues in Branson, Mo., have raised questions about the future of major pageants there. The nonprofit organization that hosted the 1999 Miss USA Pageant in Branson has sued the hotel where the contestants stayed, in a lingering dispute over the costs of their lodging. The same organization says the 2000 Miss USA Pageant was a money loser for it, and other arrangements will have to be made if the pageant is to return to the resort city. None of the parties in Branson is blaming the Miss Universe organization, and there remains a strong desire to bring the high-profile pageant back. There is even talk of wooing the Miss Teen USA Pageant after 2000.

Jenny-Lynn Azarian of Charlotte has been named "North Carolina Ambassador" by Image Ventures Productions. At 31, she has been involved in pageants for 20 years. She has organized many community charitable projects and is national director of the American Royalty scholarship pageant.

Francesca Sovino Parra, 21, was crowned Miss Chile (Universe) on Feb. 8, 2000. She will represent her country in the Miss Universe Pageant in May 2000.

The nationwide U.S. premiere of the thriller "Trois," starring former Miss USA Kenya Moore, is Feb. 11, 2000. A special screening was held two weeks earlier in Atlanta, where much of the action takes place.

Sonja Kwok, 25, a flight attendant from Hong Kong, was crowned Miss Chinese International on Feb. 5, 2000, in Las Vegas. She also won the Miss Vegas Gorgeous Award and the Miss Internet Popularity Award. The first runner-up was Tiffany Yang of Los Angeles, and the second runner-up was Crystal Pan of Vancouver. This was the 12th year for the competition, which features Chinese women from around the world. It was the first year the pageant was held outside Hong Kong.

Misty Dawn Clymer of Hollidaysburg, Pa., won the title of Miss Penn State 2000 on Feb. 5, 2000. She will compete in the Miss Pennsylvania Pageant, a preliminary to Miss America, in June. The first runner-up was Amy Wills, and the second runner-up was Candace Wright. The third runner-up was Sara Fragassi, and the fourth runner-up was Allison Reh.

Katrina Pappel won the Georgia Watermelon Queen title on Feb. 5, 2000. She is a speech communications major at the University of Georgia and will be the public relations representative for the Georgia Watermelon Association for 2000. The first runner-up was Shannon Faulk of Americus, and the second runner-up was Caroline Benton of Hinesville.

Ana Urbano, 32, of Hialeah, Fla., was crowned Ms. Sensation International 2000 on February 7, 2000. Ms. Urbano is married, has four children and is working on her Master's Degree in Human Resources and Organizational Development. Among other activities, she is a competitive salsa and merengue dancer with her husband. She has held numerous titles, including Mrs. Cuban-American Worldwide Achievement. The first runner-up to Ms. Sensation International was Diana Santoro, and the second runner-up was Effie Horning. The third runner-up was Veronica Varela, and the fourth runner-up was Janelle Burton.

Sherie Jacks of Fayetteville, Tenn., has been named Ms. Tennessee Ambassador 2000.

Chen Fanghong, 24, has been chosen China's first Miss Internet at a contest in Shanghai. She is disabled and uses a wheelchair, and at one point there was a low-level attempt to keep her out of the finals. But she lobbied for her rightful place by means of the World Wide Web, and officials assured that she would be able to compete. Her success, and the contest itself, are evidence of the growing importance of the Internet and pageantry in China.

Jamee Gillen of Aurora, Colo., has been crowned the first-ever Miss Queen City, winning the right to compete in the Miss Colorado Pageant. She graduated from Metropolitan State College in 1999 and is currently a high school teacher. Her talent was a tap dance to "Footloose," and her platform is "Safe and Smart, the Importance of After School Programs." The new Miss Denver is Katee Doland of Arvada, Colo. She is currently a sophomore at Regis College, majoring in Communications and Education. Her talent was a character dance to "When you Wish Upon a Star," and her platform is DARE to Be. She also will compete at the Miss Colorado Pageant, a preliminary to Miss America. Pageant fans will remember Ms. Doland as a former Miss Colorado Teen USA. The first runner-up to Miss Denver and Miss Queen City was Kelly McKee. The Congeniality award went to Tessa Kay Heimer. Miss Denver 1999, Marit Alexis Nordin, and Miss Colorado, Erin MacGregor, were on hand to crown the two new winners.

Rachel Burnett was crowned Miss Georgia Southern University on Feb. 5, 2000, in Statesboro, Ga. Kathryn Peacock was the first runner-up. Dawn Felkel was second runner-up, and Brooke Riner was third runner-up. The fourth runner-up was Tiffany Minniss. On the same night, Sabrina Brooks was crowned Miss South Central Georgia in Vidalia, Ga. Amanda Morris was named the first runner-up. Both Ms. Burnett and Ms. Brooks will compete in the Miss Georgia Pageant.

Helen Breen has been selected to represent Michigan at the 2000 Mrs. United Nation Pageant in August 2000.

Cecilia Clark was crowned Miss Presidential Pathways on Feb. 5, 2000. She will compete in the Miss Georgia Pageant. Dana Lowery was first runner-up, and Kristen Gillian was second runner-up, as well as winning the swimsuit award. The third runner-up was Kandice Pelletier, and the fourth runner-up was Rebecca Carr.

Ryan Stewart, 20, representing the Coosa Valley Fair, won the Miss Georgia Agricultural Fairs Pageant on Feb. 5, 2000, in Atlanta. She also won talent. Heather Toliver, 17, representing the Georgia National Fair, was first runner-up and the swimsuit winner. The second runner-up was Emillie Edwards, 21, representing the Georgia State Fair.

Competitive kinship: Bailey Alexis Doyle, 5, of New Jersey has won the New York State Classic Miss Pageant for 2000. Annette Doyle has been named Ms. New Jersey Ambassador 2000.

Laura Giordano has been selected to represent Georgia in the 2000 All American Woman pageant. Elaine Thomas has been selected to represent New York in the same event.

Kelly Sabrsula of Wharton, Texas, and Katherine Perello of Lake Jackson, Texas, won the Miss Rice Belt USA and Miss Rice Belt Teen USA titles, respectively, on Jan. 30, 2000. The pageant is an official preliminary to Miss Texas USA 2001 and Miss Texas Teen USA 2001. The Internet People's Choice awards went to Chandra Bauer (Miss) and Katherine Perello (Teen). During the past year, the Rice Belt pageant produced semi-finalists for both state pageants: Stephanie Guerrero made the Top 12 at Miss Texas USA. and Crystal Schultz made the Top 16 at Miss Texas Teen USA. Ms. Guerrero will be returning to Miss Texas USA in summer 2000 as a contestant-at-large as Miss Gulf Coast USA, under the directorship of the Miss Rice Belt USA Pageant. The pageant's Web site 
(www.missricebeltusa.com) contains photos of all the contestants.

Jennifer Sledd has been chosen Miss Teen Bexar County America. She was crowned in San Antonio. Ms. Sledd, 17, will compete in the Miss Teen Texas America Pageant in July 2000. She was Miss Teen Texas Achievement 1998.

Jennifer McKeough has been crowned Miss Fulton County in New York state. She was also the interview winner. The first runner-up, and tied for talent, was Caitlin Perna, and the second runner-up, also tied for talent, was Amber Dalmata. The third runner-up was Jennifer Bacon, and the fourth runner-up was Salina Spraker. Miss Congeniality was Rebecca Mae Smith.

Andrea Maxwell, a junior majoring in education from Cairo, Ga., was crowned Miss Valdosta State University on Jan 29, 2000, in Valdosta, Ga. She will compete for the Miss Georgia title.

Rochelle Marapao Beard, 32, representing San Francisco, has been crowned Mrs. Philippines International 2000 in a ceremony sponsored by Roaming Keys Productions and held at Sacramento's Liberty Towers Auditorium. She will represent the Philippines in the Mrs. International beauty pageant to be held in Tennessee in August 2000. Elizabeth Notestine was named Mrs. Luzon-International, with Claudinne Adlawan as Mrs. Visayas-International. Marivic Rodriguez and Editha Layug were Mrs. Mindanao-International and Mrs. Metro Manila-International, respectively. In another pageant category, 13-year-old Dane San Pedro of Sacramento, Calif., was chosen Little Mr. Philippines of Northern California. He will represent the Philippine-American community of Sacramento in the Little Mr. Asia Pacific Islander on March 2000. His runners-up include Joshua Abelido, Remar Pasalo and Jeffrey Medina, who won Mr. Talent, Best in Barong and the Congeniality awards respectively.

Diana K. Santoro has been selected as Ms. American Professional Woman 2000. She will compete in October 2000 for the Ms. Professional Woman International title. The winner is selected based on personal achievements and community/charity interaction and development.

Pam Kennedy won the Miss Atlanta title on Jan. 29, 2000. She advances to the Miss Georgia Pageant, in which she formerly competed as Miss Troup County. The first runner-up was Kelly Wells, and the second runner-up was Jeni Frost, who was also the talent winner. The third runner-up was Kristen Gillian, and the fourth runner-up was Jackie Jauregui. The swimsuit winner was Marisa Merliss.

Miloy Summerell, a Mercer University student, was crowned Miss Macon (Georgia) on Jan. 29, 2000. The first runner-up was Leah Tacker, who was also swimsuit winner. The second runner-up was Danielle Kittrell. The talent winner was Rachel Howell. Ms. Summerell will compete in the Miss Georgia Pageant. Sabrina Sokora, a model preparing for an assignment in Europe, was crowned Miss Teen Macon.

Jana Thompson was crowned Miss Altamaha on Jan. 29, 2000, in Claxton, Ga. She also won the talent and swimsuit awards. She will compete in the Miss Georgia Pageant.

Norkys Yelitza Batista Villarroel, representing Venezuela, was crowned Miss Atlantico Internacional 2000 on Jan. 29, 2000. in Punta del Este, Uruguay. María Desiree Fernández of Uruguay was first runner-up, and Karen Larrea Kohler of Brazil was second runner-up.

Jennifer Corliss of Atlanta won the Miss Super Bowl Atlanta title for Hawaiian Tropic International on Jan. 29, 2000, at Deux Plex in Atlanta. The event was held the night before the city hosted the Super Bowl.

It was announced on Jan. 25, 2000, that Martina Thorogood, who represented Venezuela at Miss World 1999 (and finished as first runner-up), will not be allowed to represent the country at Miss Universe 2000 as previously planned. A special contest, with a few previous Miss Venezuela contestants, will be held Feb. 26, 2000, to select the country's delegate to Miss Universe. The pageant will be called the Miss Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela contest. (The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is the name for the country favored by the current government.) Controversy had swirled around Ms. Thorogood for some weeks.

Melissa Rogers Hagan of Panama City, Fla., was crowned Ms. Millennium USA 2000 at the national pageant in Columbia, S.C., on Jan. 22, 2000. She was the recipient of the preliminary swimsuit award as well as her age division (20 & up) winner. She is a winner of numerous titles, including Mrs. Alaska United States 1995.

Diana Santoro was crowned Mrs. Florida American Achiever on Jan. 12, 2000. The college professor and administrator will compete for the title of Mrs. American Achiever 2000 in April in Manhattan, Kan.

The Miss Southeast Texas Scholarship Pageant has crowned Ashley Golden as Miss Southeast Texas 2000. She is 19 and attends Angelina College. She is a vocalist and her platform is preventing child abuse. She will compete for the Miss Texas title (in the Miss America system) in July 2000. In addition, the title of Miss Teen Southeast Texas America 2000 has gone to Grace White, 16, of of Houston. Her platform is self-esteem for children. She will compete for the Miss Teen Texas America title in July.

Lauralee Leilani Jacks has been selected American Royalty Tennessee I.Q. Queen 2000. She is currently the Junior Miss Tennessee Emerald Gem 2000, Young Miss Royalty Scholarship Tennessee 2000 and the World International Little Miss 2000.

Andrea Phillips of Austell, Ga., a former PNB cover girl, was crowned Miss Georgia State University on Jan. 22, 2000, in Atlanta.

Veronica Le' Browning has been chosen as Ms. California Petite U.S. Achievement. She will represent California in the 20's division at the Ms. Petite U.S. Achievement competition in May 2000.

Effie Horning has been selected as Mrs. US Achievement and will be competing for the Mrs. Worldwide Achievement title in June 2000. She was chosen as the first Ms. American Achievement in 1999. She also holds the title of Mrs. National-International 2000.

Lara Dutta, 21, a former Miss Intercontinental, was chosen Miss India Universe on Jan. 15, 2000. She also won Miss Photogenic and will represent the country in the Miss Universe Pageant. Priyanka Chopra, 18, was crowned Miss India World and will compete in the Miss World Pageant.

The following are the winners of the All-Star Contest 2000, All-Stars of the Millennium: 

  • All-Star Ms. 2000 - Laura Giordano
  • All-Star Miss 2000 - Denise Basore
  • All-Star Teen 2000 - Kylah Barbola
  • All-Star Pre-teen 2000 - Alyssa Duke
  • All-Star Child 2000 - Allison Jean Comstock
  • All-Star Supreme 2000 - Alyssa Duke.

Tessa Matthews, 21, was crowned Miss Troup County in La Grange, Ga., on Jan. 22, 2000. She will emphasize "Mental Health Advocacy for Adolescents and Teens" for her platform. On the same night, Trysha Stephens, who performed a vocal for her talent, was crowned Miss Mercer University in Macon. She will represent the Baptist-affiliated institution at the 2000 Miss Georgia Pageant.

An ice storm that struck Atlanta on Jan. 22, 2000, knocked out power in some of the central offices of the Pageant News Bureau. Not all operations were affected, but many were. We are working to correct the problem, and we apologize for any inconvenience to readers.

Zulkiflee Dawood, a 23-year-old chemical engineer and part-time model, won the Hombre Singapore (International Man Singapore) 2000 title on Jan. 19, 2000. He will represent Singapore at the 2000 Hombre Internacional (International Man) Pageant in Puerto Rico in March 2000. This year is the first for Singapore to participate in the 4-year-old international event. The first runner-up to Hombre Singapore was Teo Hui, a 22-year-old computer science student and part-time photographer. The second runner-up was Danni Udin, 27, a customer service manager and part-time model. The other two finalists were Denis Koh, 29, and John Tee, 20. Dawood won the Best in Evening Wear awrd, and Udin won the Best in Swimwear award. The Singapore pageant was organized by Alan Sim, Mr. Joven Sinapore 1996 and first runner-up to Mr. Joven Internacional 1997.

Melissa Nonnenmacher of Washington state has been named Best Model of the USA and will represent the United States in the International Best Model of the World competition in Istanbul, Turkey. She has held the dual title of Miss Model of Washington and Teen Washington Globe. She will crown her successor at the Washington Globe Pageant in June 2000.

Kimberlee Ratliff of Fayetteville, N.C., has been chosen Ms. Plus International. She competed as Ms. North Carolina. Jillian Stoler of Princeton Junction, N.J., has been chosen Ms. Plus U.S. International. She competed as Ms. New Jersey.

Debbie Goldstein of New Jersey has been selected as Mrs. East Coast US Achievement 2000 and will be competing for the title of Mrs. Achievement Worldwide in June 2000.

Danyele Browder of West Columbia, South Carolina, has been crowned Miss Southern 500-2000. She also won both the talent and swimsuit preliminaries She will compete at the 2000 Miss South Carolina Pageant. She plans to become a pediatric dentist, and oral health care is the centerpiece of her platform.

Sarah Irle, 19, the 1999 Miss Champaign County Fair, was crowned 2000 Miss Illinois County Fair Queen on Jan. 17, 2000, at the Crowne Plaza Convention Center in Springfield, Ill. She is a sophomore at the University of Illinois, where she is an Animal Sciences major. She would someday like to work with large exotic animals. Seventy queens chosen in summer 1999 at county fairs across the state competed for the title. In addition to other duties, Ms. Irle will travel more than 10,000 miles in the summer of 2000 promoting county fairs and the Illinois State Fair.

Katie Freeman, 20, of Smyrna, Ga., was crowned Miss University of Georgia on Jan. 15, 2000. She was a Top 10 finisher in the Miss Georgia Pageant in 1999, and now will be returning.

Haley Carswell, 17, was crowned Miss Wayne County on Jan. 15, 2000, in Jesup, Ga. She will compete for the Miss Georgia title. It was the first Miss Wayne County Pageant ever held. Jesup is located 40 miles northwest of the coastal city of Brunswick.

Shannon Ford, 23, has been crowned Miss South Florida Fair 2000. Her platform was Depression Awareness, and she performed a tap dance for her talent. The first runner-up was April Sigman, 20, and the second runner-up was Kelly Wagner, 24. The third runner-up was Geniveve Jahn, 20.

Sabrina Schepmann, 18, of Falkensee, near Berlin, was crowned Miss Germany (Universe) 2000 on Jan. 11, 2000. The first runner-up was Nadja Haussmann, 22, of Nordrhein-Westfalen, and the second runner-up was Katja Brunner, 18, of Sachsen.

Vanessa Fanessi of Venezuela was chosen Miss Millennium on Jan. 5, 2000, in Helsinki, Finland. The first runner-up was Gulsara Rzaeva, representing Azerbaijan, and the second runner-up was Angeline Chang of Singapore.

Cristine de Meserville Ferreto, Miss Costa Rica, won the title of Reina Internacional del Café (International Queen of Coffee) in Manizales, Colombia, on Jan. 9, 2000. The first runner-up was Marianella Salazar Guillen, Miss Panama, and the second runner-up was Renata Piotrowska Tukacz, Miss Poland. The four finalists were Natalia Jaramillo Mejia of Colombia (also winner for Best Costume), Liane Hampal of Germany, Sarybel Velilla Cabeza of Puerto Rico (who competed at Miss Universe in 1996) and Norkys Yelitza Batista Villarroel of Venezuela. Ms. Ferreto was also chosen Miss Press. Miss Congeniality went to the USA's competitor, Ashley Kristin Lincoln. The pageant, founded as a semi-annual event in 1957, has been held annually since 1972.

Dana Robinson, 18, was crowned Miss Cordele in Cordele, Ga., on Jan. 8, 2000. She will represent the "Watermelon Capital of the World" at the 2000 Miss Georgia Pageant. Danielle Blankenship was first runner-up, and Linsey Echols was second runner-up.

Brea Vaughn was crowned Miss Heart of Georgia on Jan. 8, 2000, in Cordele. She was also talent winner. The first runner-up was Rebecca Crisp, and the second runner-up was Cecilia Clark. The third runner-up was Jennie Frost, and the fourth runner-up was April Dorsey.

Lauren Ashley Harr of Northeast Tennessee has been crowned 2000 Young Miss Royalty Scholarship USA. She is a 7-year-old aspiring animator, and competed in the 0-12 category.

Tommie Lynn Albright of Ormond Beach was crowned Miss Florida Teen USA 2000 in Charlotte Harbor. She will represent the Sunshine State in the Miss Teen USA Pageant. She is an aspiring physician.

The following women have been selected as delegates in the 2000 All American Pageants. The selection process will continue until September 1, 2000: 

  • Miss Iowa - Megan Linke
  • Mrs. Illinois - Lauri Rottmayer
  • Mrs. Tennessee - Sherie Jacks
  • Mrs. Texas - Jane McAllister
  • Mrs. South Carolina - Robyn Martin
  • Ms. Hawaii Woman Plus - Delores Mark-Chambers.

Kathi Kyle has been selected as Mrs. Ireland United Nation 2000. She has been involved in pageantry for more than 15 years, has held numerous titles and judged many pageants, and she has recently begun coaching. She is employed in hotel management and is an aspiring actress.

 
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