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News archive: April - June 2000

Jesika Henderson, 18, of Utah was chosen America's Junior Miss on June 28, 2000, in Mobile, Ala. The first runner-up was Katie Boyd of Alabama, and the second runner-up was Allison Lauber of Wisconsin.

Tiffanie Rachelle Story, 19, Miss UNR-Truckee Meadows, was crowned Miss Nevada on June 25, 2000, in Reno. She is a sophomore vocal performance major at the University of Nevada and performed a jazz vocal to "Ain't Misbehavin" in talent competition. Her platform is "Domestic Violence Awareness Among Our Youth." The first runner-up was Miss Gold Country, Jenee Conway, and the second runner-up was Jenny Valdez, Miss Las Vegas, who also won the Community Service Award. Miss NorthEast Nevada, Amy Peterson, was third runner-up, and Megan Glasson, Miss Washoe/Douglas was fourth runner-up. Ms. Story was crowned by her predecessor, Gina Giacinto, 25, of Las Vegas, who was a preliminary winner at the 1999 Miss America Pageant.

Sandra Seiple, Mrs. Maumee, was crowned Mrs. Ohio International on June 24, 2000, in Toledo, Ohio. She also won the fitness and photogenic awards. The first runner-up was Paige Kathleen Woodard, Mrs. Westerville, and the second runner-up was Victoria Lowery, Mrs. Sidney. The third runner-up was Amy Schmalenberger, Mrs. Wapakoneta, and the fourth runner-up was Patty Staker, Mrs. Wheelersburg. The Community Service award went to Dawn Hall, Mrs. Swanton. On the same day at the same venue, the following Beauties of America were selected: 60s - Yvette Gunther, Colorado; 50s - Christy Passoth, California; 40s - Deborah Nelson, California, 30s - Carolyn Duren, Mississippi; 20s - Jeannette Josue, New Jersey (She was also selected as the overall Beauty of America); Teen - Colleen Carstensen, Minnesota.

Samantha L. Miller, Miss Hampton Holly Days Festival, has been kicked out of the Miss Virginia Pageant because she has been charged with embezzlement. Ms. Miller, 23, is accused of taking money from a vending machine fund at her work. Pageant officials indicated that they were not prejudging Ms. Miller's guilt or innocence, and they pointed to rules stating that no one facing criminal charges can take part. Ms. Miller was reached by phone while traveling to the pageant and told she could not compete. The Miss Virginia Pageant is July 1, 2000.

Nicole Nigg, 23, of Sisseton was crowned Miss South Dakota on June 24, 2000, in Hot Springs. She was first runner-up to the title in 1998 and 1999, and now will represent the state in the Miss America Pageant. The first runner-up was Jessica Lawrence, Miss Brookings, and the second runner-up was Alecia Zuelkhe, Miss State Fair. The third runner-up was Rachel Ward, Miss South Dakota State University, and the fourth runner-up was Jamie Eaton, Miss Northern Hills.

Joya Zamora, 23, Miss Eastern Shore, was crowned Miss Wisconsin on June 24, 2000, in Oshkosh. That means that for the seventh consecutive year, the state will be represented at the Miss America Pageant by a vocalist. Ms. Zamora is a Marquette University broadcast journalist and history graduate. She won a preliminary talent award on one night (for singing "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries") and a swimsuit award another night. Her platform is breast cancer awareness. Her interest in this condition was stirred when her mother, who was Miss Kenosha 1975 and a semifinalist at Miss Wisconsin, developed a benign lump in her breast. The first runner-up was Miss Fox River Valley, Joanne G. Jablonski, 22, of Oshkosh. She has the opportunity to compete in the Miss National Sweetheart Pageant. The second runner-up was Miss Kenosha, Jenelle Montague. The third runner-up was Julia Ann Kraschnewski, Miss Racine, a preliminary swimsuit winner. Miss Wisconsin Central, Magdalena Licht, was fourth runner-up. Mary-Louise Kurey, 25, Miss Wisconsin 1999, was a semi-finalist and talent winner at the national pageant in September 1999.

Anamarie Bonafede has been crowned Miss Colorado 2001. She was the interview winner, as well as winning talent. (Her ballet costume was made by pageant luminary Carol Hirata.) The first runner-up was Amy Beth Wiley, and the second runner-up was Jamee Gillen, who also won for academic achievement. Tonja Cronin was Miss Congeniality.

Cyndi-Lee Mack, Mrs. Eden Prairie, led a field of 25 women to win the Mrs. Minnesota America title on June 24, 2000, in Saint Paul. She also won preliminary awards for evening gown, physical fitness and photogenic. She was second runner-up at the 1999 pageant. She enjoys golf, and is a former professional singer in Las Vegas. The first runner-up was Mrs. Mankato, Laura Johnson, and the second runner-up was Mrs. Minneapolis, Charity Kelly. The third runner-up was Mrs. White Bear Lake, Anna Verhoye, who also won the best costume award. The fourth runner-up was Mrs. Westonka, Bobbie Daly. Also among the contestants was PNB's own Pamela Faye, who reported a satisfying experience as a competitor and a correspondent.

Jane Holland of Savannah was crowned Ms. Georgia Senior America on June 24, 2000. She will represent the state in the Ms. Senior America Pageant.

Beth Hood of Cleveland, Tenn., was crowned Miss Tennessee 2001 in Jackson on June 24, 2000. She will represent her state in the Miss America Pageant in October. The first runner-up was Heather Norman, Miss Cumberland County, and the second runner-up was Tracee Roderick, Miss Memphis. The third runner-up was Misty Baker, Miss Kingsport, and the fourth runner-up was Miss Knoxville, Elizabeth Chedester.

Internationally known swimsuit model Jennifer Corliss of Cumming, Ga., won the title of Miss Resaca Beach on June 24, 2000, in Dalton, Ga. Ms. Corliss, who has held such prestigious titles as Miss U.S. Hawaiian Tropic and Ms. Hit the Beach!, had been a "bridesmaid" at Resaca Beach several times, and her victory was an emotional moment. The first runner-up was Alicia Hall of Jonesboro, Ga., a former Atlanta Falcons cheerleader who was first runner-up to Miss Georgia USA in 1998 and 1999. The second runner-up was Kimberly Starr of Huntsville, Ala., and the third runner-up was Capri Hodge of Steele, Ala. The fourth runner-up was Melissa Collins of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and the fifth runner-up was Nicole Gauthier of Brentwood, Tenn. Ms. Gautier and Ms. Hodge were chosen to compete at the Summer Savage finals in Knoxville, Tenn., in August 2000. Ms. Hall and Ms. Hodge were chosen to compete for Ms. Hit the Beach!

Ronna Haskins has been crowned Mrs. Kentucky United Nation 2000. She will compete in Orlando in August 2000 for the title of Mrs. United Nation US.

Anna Layne Moye of Miller/Seminole County was crowned the 61st Miss Georgia Forestry State Queen on June 17, 2000, at the Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts in Tifton, Ga. The first runner-up and photogenic winner was Caroline Benton, and the second runner-up was Ashley Dykes. The third runner-up was Melissa Odum, and the fourth runner-up was Lauren Moncus. Miss Georgia Forestry is the oldest pageant system in the state. Ms. Moye will travel the state promoting Georgia's No. 1 industry, serving as the ambassador for the Georgia Forestry Commission.

Dena Gaylor of Atlanta has been crowned Ms. Wheelchair Georgia 2001 at a pageant in Columbus, Ga. She will compete for the Ms. Wheelchair America title.

Shannon Martin of Madison, Wis., has been chosen Mrs. Wisconsin Globe. She will compete for the national title in July 2000.

Diana K. Santoro of Tampa, Fla., has been selected as Mrs. Outstanding Woman in America 2000. The winner of the Teen Outstanding Woman in America 2000 division was multi-title holder Kristin Hurst.

Sonia Amir, Miss Bethesda, has been crowned Miss Maryland. She was also a preliminary swimsuit winner, and will represent the state in the Miss America Pageant. The first runner-up was Deborah Chien, Miss College Park, a preliminary talent winner. The second runner-up was Felicia Curry, Miss Prince George's County, and the third runner-up was Camielle Lewis, Miss Freestate, who was a preliminary talent winner and the overall talent winner. The fourth runner-up was Courtney Thomas, Miss Howard County, who was tops overall in interview.

Karen Hauck, Mrs. Berks County Achievement 2000, was crowned Mrs. Pennsylvania Achievement 2000 on June 17, 2000. She will compete for the title of Mrs. US Achievement in July 2000.

The following women have been selected to participate in the 2000 All American Pageants. The selection process will continue until September 1, 2000: Miss North Carolina - Monica Only; Miss Utah - Mychole Metcalf; Miss West Virginia - Liane Kucher; Miss Wisconsin - Trisha Stephenson; Ms. California Woman - Lillian Mitchell; Ms. Maine Woman Plus - Jennifer Fortin.

Maria Beall, Mrs. Chesterfield Achievement 2000, was named Mrs. Virginia Achievement 2000 and Who's Who Among Achievers National Fitness Award Winner on June 17, 2000. Penny Smith, Ms. Richmond Achievement 2000, was named Ms. Virginia Achievement 2000. Brittney Suzanne Salmon, Miss Coastal Virginia Achievement 2000, was named Miss Virginia Achievement 2000 and Who's Who Among Achievers National Leadership and Service Award Winner. (She is also the reigning Miss North Atlantic Universal Achievement 2000.) Divya Singh, Miss Teen Northern Virginia Achievment 2000, was named Miss Teen Virginia Achievement 2000 and Miss Teen Achievement Ambassador 2000. (She is also the reigning Miss Teen Asian American Universal Achievement 2000.) All four will compete in the Miss American Achievement 2000 competition. Ms. Salmon and Ms. Singh will also compete in the Universal Achievement 2000 competition. Mrs. Beall, whose name is pronounced like "Bell," was featured in a PNB profile early in 2000.

Sara Elizabeth Harris of Forrest City, competing as Miss Delta, was crowned Miss Arkansas on June 17, 2000, in Hot Springs. Ms. Harris, 20, a junior at East Arkansas Community College, will represent the state in the Miss America Pageant. Ms. Harris sang "Unchained Melody" (a song rapidly becoming a pageant standard), which won her a preliminary talent award. She was Miss Teen South Arkansas 1997 and was a preliminary talent winner and fourth runner-up in the 1997 Miss Teen Arkansas America Pageant. The first runner-up to Miss Arkansas was Miss Texarkana, Stacy James, 21, of Texarkana, a senior at Baylor University. She placed eleventh in the 1999 Miss Texas Pageant and was a preliminary talent winner at Miss Arkansas for her singing. She has the opportunity to compete in the Miss National Sweetheart Pageant in Hoopeston, Ill., in September. Miss White River, Brandi Watkins, 21, of Brinkley, who was Miss Arkansas Teen USA 1997, was named second runner-up for the second consecutive year and was a preliminary swimsuit winner. She is a student at the University of Central Arkansas. Two-time entrant Whitney Kirk, 19, of Cabot, who competed as Miss Arkansas Valley, was named third runner-up, and Miss Ouachita River, Lauren Davidson, 18, of El Dorado, who was the 1999 Arkansas State Fair Queen, was fourth runner-up.

Betsy M. Bobel, 22, of Peru, Ind., was crowned Miss Indiana 2000 on June 17, 2000, in Terre Haute. She competed as Miss Duneland, and now will represent the state at Miss America. She was crowned by Kelleah Anne Lloyd, 23, of Indianapolis, Miss Indiana 1999. Ms. Lloyd, who was Miss Indiana Teen USA 1993 and first runner-up to Miss Teen USA 1993, was the Non-Finalist Interview winner at the 1999 Miss America Pageant. Ms. Bobel was included in a four-way tie for the Friday talent award with her jazz acrobatic dance routine "In The Mood." She won the Thursday swimsuit award. 
The first runner-up was Miss Northwest Territory, Melissa Jo Cary, 20, of Vincennes. She tied for the preliminary talent award. She has the opportunity to compete in the 2000 Miss National Sweetheart Pageant in Hoopeston, Ill. Miss Hoosier Heartland, Tangra Lea Riggle, 19, of West Lafayette, was second runner-up and was included in Friday's unprecedented four-way tie for the preliminary talent award after a vocal presentation. Sally Ann Scholl, 20, of Rockville, Miss Heart of Indiana, was third runner-up and winner of the Hoosier Spirit Award. She was the Friday preliminary swimsuit winner. Jodi Marie Kurtze, 21, of Elkhart, Miss Elkhart County, was the fourth runner-up and tied for the talent award Thursday night after tap dancing to "Mambo Swing," and also won the John Price Community Service Award.

The 2000 Miss Maryland Achievement winners, announced on June 17, 2000, were: Ms. Maryland Achievement 2000 - Karen Wenner; Miss Maryland Achievment 2000 - Gloria C. Anglón; Miss Teen Maryland Achievement 2000 - Maria Ickes. Ms. Anglón is also the executive director of the Ms. Phenomenal Woman Pageant.

Laura Flinn Baechtel, Mrs. Los Angeles Achievement, was crowned Mrs. California Achievement 2000 on June 17, 2000, and is eligible to compete for the title of Mrs. American Achievement 2000.

Lorna McNeill was crowned Miss North Carolina on June 17, 2000, in Raleigh. She was competing as Miss Topsail Island, and sang "You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman" in the talent competition. She will represent the state in the Miss America Pageant. The first runner-up was Stacey Renee Parker, Miss Lincoln County. The second runner-up was Miranda Chalaine Fowler, Miss Raleigh, and the third runner-up was Kate Marie Hansson, Miss Forsyth County. The fourth runner-up was Adrienne Clarissa Perry, Miss Greensboro.

Faith Jenkins, Miss Louisiana Lagniappe, was crowned Miss Louisiana on June 17, 2000, in Monroe. She will represent the state in the Miss America Pageant. The first runner-up was Shelley Colvin, Miss Shreveport, and the second runner-up was Kati Guyton, Miss Natchitoches City of Lights. The third runner-up was Miss Northwestern State University Lady of the Bracelet, Sabrina Plaisance. The fourth runner-up was Melissa Clark, Miss Crescent City-New Orleans.

Competing for her fourth time, Jana Sanderson, 21, of Gadsden won the Miss Alabama Pageant on June 17, 2000, in Birmingham. She competed as Miss Samford University, and will represent the state in the Miss America Pageant. The first runner-up was Miss Mobile Bay, Tiffany Thronson, 21, and the second runner-up was Tyrenda Williams, 20, Miss Birmingham-Southern College. The third runner-up was Scarlotte Deupree, 20, Miss Homewood, and the fourth runner-up was Haley Spates, 21, Miss Camellia. Ms. Sanderson, who was a preliminary swimsuit winner, was first runner-up to Miss Alabama the previous year.

A "beauty contest" for men and women 90 and older was held June 17, 2000, in Tbilisi, Georgia. It was sponsored by a group for senior citizens. There was a talent competition, but no single winner. Everyone received prizes. The oldest participant was a 106-year-old woman.

The winners of the 2000 Miss Florida Achievement Program, announced Jun. 17, 2000, were:

  •  Miss Preteen Florida Achievement - Jennifer Urbano
  • Miss Teen Florida Achievement - Becca Dahmen
  • Miss Florida Achievement - Ti'esha Daniels
  • Ms. Florida Achievement - Sue Parris
  • Mrs. Florida Achievement - Diana Santoro.

Kristin Steveson, Miss Tulsa State Fair, won the Miss Oklahoma title on June 10, 2000, in Tulsa. She will compete in the Miss America Pageant. She won preliminary awards for swimsuit and talent (for the aria "Sempre Libera"). Her platform is promoting community involvement in the Salvation Army.

The following have been named the first queens in the Global America Pageant: Junior Miss Global America - Shalyte Herbert of Florida; Teen Miss Global America - Aleigha Archie of North Carolina; Teen Miss Plus Global America - Elizabeth Warrick of North Carolina; Miss Global America; Shawn Cunningham of New York; Ms. Global America - Jeannie Lamie of South Carolina; Ms. Plus Global America - Ana Urbano of Florida; Mrs. Global America - Lisa Schutte of Minnesota; Global America Woman - Marian Riopelle of Florida.

Jennifer Race of Brookfield, Wis., has been chosen Ms. Petite International Wisconsin. She will compete for the international title in July 2000.

Diana K. Santoro, a full-time college professor, doctoral student, wife and mother, won the Who's Who Among Achievers 2000 Mrs. Division Academic Award on June 10, 2000. The award was made by Coronation, Inc. Ms. Santoro is currently Ms. American Achiever 2000, Mrs. Outstanding Woman in America 2001 and Ms. American Professional Woman 2000. The other Academic Division winners included Dr. Torri Lilly and Merrilee McDonald (Ms.); Gloria Amador and Barbara Stacy (Miss); Laura Howard, Karissa Bleser, Tammy Stuart and Jamie Lin Collins (Teen). There were ties in the Ms., Miss and Teen divisions.

Meredith Moser Boyd, representing Smyrna, was crowned Georgia's International Ms. 2000 on June 11, 2000, in Columbus, Ga. Sunday, June 11 in Columbus Georgia, two pageants were held. The first runner-up was Deborah Nichols, representing Dalton, and the second runner-up was Amber Everts, representing Buford. The Spirit, Fitness and Community Service awards went to Ms. Moser, and the Photogenic award to Ms. Everts. On the same day, Joanne Brown, representing DeKalb County, was crowned Mrs. Georgia International 2000. Pam Walker was first runner-up, representing Metro Atlanta, and the second runner-up was Trudy Davies, representing North Fulton County.

On June 10, 2000, Tiziana Troianao was chosen the Swiss delegate to Miss Italia nel Mondo, and the first runner-up was Tanja Abbruzzo. Both will participate in Miss Italia nel Mondo 2000 on Sept. 3, 2000.

Martha A. Cobb, Miss Las Cruces, was crowned Miss New Mexico 2000 on June 10, 2000, in Alamogordo. She is a student at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, where she is the president of Phi Beta Phi Panhellic Council. She was second runner-up last year, and now will advance to the Miss America Pageant in October. The first runner-up was violinist Erin Griggs, Miss Alamogordo. She has the opportunity to represent the Land of Enchantment in the 2000 Miss National Sweetheart Pageant in Hoopeston, Ill., late in the summer. Miss Albuquerque, Andrea D. Ownens, a ballet dancer, was second runner-up, and Miss Dona Ana County, Carissa Cleverley, a modern dancer, was third runner-up. The fourth runner-up was Robin Delamater, Miss Roswell.

Yvonne Sandoval, 19, of Las Cruces was crowned Miss New Mexico Hispanic Teen at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell's Performing Arts Center on June 10, 2000. Sixteen entrants competed in evening gown, interview, and swimsuit for the chance to represent New Mexico in the 2000 National Hispanic Teen Pageant. Ms. Sandoval won a $1,000.00 U.S. savings bond and various prizes along with the trip to the national pageant. The first runner-up was Amanda Garcia, 17, of Albuquerque, and Tara Archuleta Wade, 18, of Taos was second runner-up. Miss Congeniality was Lisa Chavez, 17, of Socorro, and Margarita Ortiz, 14, of Roswell won the Miss Photogenic Award.

Jill Pennington was crowned Miss Nebraska 2000 on June 10, 2000. The first runner-up was Angie Laudenklos, and the second runner-up was Christina Foehlinger. The third runner-up was Brook Matthews, and the fourth runner-up was Wendy Koch. Ms. Pennington and Ms. Laudenklos tied for the overall interview award, while Ms. Pennington and Ms. Foehlinger won preliminary talent awards. Ms. Pennington also won the evening gown award. Ms. Matthews won the swimsuit award.

Michelle Ann Neves, 22, of New Bedford, was crowned Miss Massachusetts 2000 on June 10, 2000, in Fall River, winning the right to compete in the Miss America Pageant. Ms. Neves, who competed as Miss Pioneer Valley, is a graduate student studying Communications at Suffolk University in Boston. "This has been my dream ever since I can remember," she said after the pageant, referring to the opportunity to represent her state at Miss America. Ms. Neves, who was second runner-up to Miss Massachusetts in 1999, will receive more than $9,000 in scholarship money, including a $200 scholarship as winner of the Preliminary Interview Award. Her platform is the encouragement of volunteerism. The first runner-up was Miss Greater Boston, Tia Dionne Roper, a 22-year old graduate student at Boston University. She will receive a $2,000 scholarship and a $200 Preliminary Talent Award. In addition, she has the opportunity to compete in the National Sweetheart Pageant on Labor Day weekend, in Hoopeston, Illinois. The second runner-up was Miss Commonwealth, Melissa Silva, a 20-year old junior at Rhode Island College. She will receive a $1,500 scholarship and a $150 Preliminary Swimsuit Award. The third runner-up was Miss Southcoast, Abbie Lynn Rabine, a 21-year old senior at Gordon College. She will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Ms. Neves first gained fame in the pageant world as Miss Massachusetts Teen USA 1994, a member of the "Class of '94" of young women who have gone on to excel in many other pageants.

Junnie Cross, 21, of Dover was crowned Miss Delaware 2000 on June 10, 2000, in the historic pageant town of Rehoboth Beach. She competed as Miss Hockessin. She had been second runner-up in the 1999 pageant. She will represent the state in the Miss America Pageant in October. Her platform is awareness of Parkinson's disease. The first runner-up was Miss Eastern Shores, Elise Eckerd, 20, of Dagsboro. Erin Cooper, 21, of Wyoming, who competed as Miss Dover, was second runner-up. Kelly Kuehns, 23, of Newark, who was Miss Diamond Head, was third runner-up. The fourth runner-up was Miss Tri-County, Cheryl Crowe, 21, of Felton.

Theresa J. Uchytil, 24, of Urbandale, competing as Miss Johnson County, was crowned Miss Iowa 2000 on June 10, 2000, in Davenport. She had been first runner-up in the 1999 pageant. She will compete in the Miss America Pageant in October. The first runner-up was Ginger R. Wolfe, 24, of Davenport, Miss Muscatine. The second runner-up was Miss Golden Circle, Christine Marie Shelledy, 22, of Norwalk, and the third runner-up was Miss Heartland, Jennifer Eklof, 18, of Clive. The fourth runner-up was Laura Miller, 22, of Bettendorf, who was Miss Mississippi Valley.

Amy Lea Shaw, 22, Miss Arkansas Valley, was crowned Miss Kansas 2000 on June 10, 2000, in Pratt. She is 22 and from Derby, and is the second consecutive Miss Kansas winner from there. She will compete in the Miss America Pageant. The first runner-up was Miss Derby, Mary Ellen Wurz, 23, of Garden City, who was entering for the third time and was a Non-Finalist Interview winner in 1999. Miss Boot Hill, Jahree' Danielle Thaw, 23, of Newton, a Stevens College graduate, was second runner-up. She also won a preliminary swimsuit award. The third runner-up was Jeanne Anne Shroeder, 21, of Hutchinson, a singer who won a preliminary talent award. Kimberly Anne Brown, 19, of Preston was fourth runner-up, competing as Miss Cheney Lake. She was a preliminary talent winner. In 1999, she was first runner-up.

Arron Racheal Wendel, 23, Miss Ray County, was crowned Miss Missouri on June 10, 2000, in Mexico, Mo. The victory came 25 years after her mother, Naomi Wendel, competed as Miss Ray County in the 1975 Miss Missouri Pageant. Her mother lost to Rebecca Rives, Miss Missouri 1975. Ms. Wendel will represent the state in the Miss America Pageant. The first runner-up was Miss Columbia, Jamie Praechter, 22, of St. Charles, who was a preliminary swimsuit winner in the 1999 Miss Missouri Pageant. The second runner-up was Miss Southwest, Jennifer Ann Hoven, 21, of Springfield, a four-time pageant entrant who won a preliminary talent award this year, her first. She also won a preliminary swimsuit award. The third runner-up was Brandi Harris, Miss North Central, 19, of El Dorado Springs, a preliminary swimsuit winner. The fourth runner-up was Laura Nicole Lea, 22. She won preliminary swimsuit and talent awards.

Joan Carolina Chopite of Venezuela was crowned Miss Globe in Turkey on June 10, 2000. The first runner-up was Danielle Moraes of Brazil.

Renee Belanger, Miss Aroostook County, 22, was crowned Miss Maine on May 27, 2000, in Biddeford. She performed a jazz dance for her talent. She will represent the state in the Miss America Pageant. The first runner-up was Courtney Madden, Miss Casco Bay, 21, who was a preliminary swimsuit winner. Ms. Madden was second runner-up at the pageant in 1999. The second runner-up was Rachel Wadsworth, Miss Kennebec Valley, 18. She was a preliminary talent winner.

Alice Adam, a registered nurse from Waco, Texas, was crowned Ms. American States 2000 on May 27, 2000. Ms. Adam, 27, was one of seven women in the Ms. American States competition, a "mail-in pageant" in which women submit their resumes and essays for review. The contestants were judged on their academic achievements, career accomplishments, community service, personal accomplishments and an essay titled "America the Beautiful." Ms. Adam, who also captured the Ms. Texas title, won the National Community Service Award and was named Most Photogenic. She was also given a Director's Award for Best Presentation, based on the creativity of her entry. Laura Giordano, who won the Ms. Georgia title, was first runner-up. Ms. Giordano also was the national winner in academic achievement, career accomplishments and personal accomplishments. She also received a Director's Award for overall excellence, and her fellow competitors voted her the Contestants' Choice winner. Ms. Alabama, Hanh Chau, was second runner-up. Laura Flinn-Baechtel, Ms. California, received the national award for Best Essay. Other state winners were Leslie Kawamoto, Ms. Hawaii; Tandi Lee, Ms. Ohio; and Penny Olds, Ms. New Mexico. Ms. Olds also won a director's Spirit Award. The Ms. American States Web site is at www.msamericanstates.com.

Renata Fan of Brazil has been crowned World Miss University 2000 in Seoul, South Korea.

Angela Perez Baraquio, 24, was crowned Miss Hawaii (America) on June 9, 2000, in Honolulu. She competed as Miss Leeward. The first runner-up was Liane Nanea Kanani Mark, Miss Oahu, 22. Billie Kiyoka Takaki, 23, Miss Diamond Head, was second runner-up, and Allicia Lopes, 21, was third runner-up. Juliet Lighter, 24, Miss West Oahu, was fourth runner-up.

Sally Locey was crowned Mrs. Virginia International 2000 on June 4, 2000, in Bristol. Her platform is education and awareness on crime prevention. The first runner-up was Elizabeth Johnson, Mrs. Middle Peninsula, and the second runner-up was Kristin Tew, Mrs. York County. The third runner-up was Kelly Brickey, Mrs. Saltville, and the fourth runner-up was Tonya Matney, Mrs. Floyd County.

JoAnn Haberkorn was crowned Mrs. New York United Nation 2000 on June 4, 2000, and will represent New York in the Mrs. United Nation Pageant. She is a court reporter and runway model and has held the titles of Mrs. New Jersey America 1997-98 and Mrs. New Jersey United Nation 1999.

Fletcher Sigler, 16, has been chosen Miss San Diego Area Teen USA. She is a high school junior and a competitive surfer, and hopes one day to be an environmental attorney. The first runner-up and swimsuit winner was Taralynn Riveroll, a 16-year-old high school sophomore. Miss Photogenic was Kim Giambruno, and Miss Congeniality was Brigitte Wesselink. Hilary Ball, 21, a junior at San Diego State University, was chosen Miss San Diego Area USA. She is an education major. The first runner-up and Miss Congeniality was Thelma Gibson, an active-duty member of the U.S. Navy who hopes to work for the FBI. The second runner-up and swimsuit winner was Signe Salminen, a graduate of the University of San Diego.

Cara Lisa Fareri has been chosen overall winner in the American States Beauty Pageant. She won Mrs. American Beauty, International Beauty and All-American Beauty along with sweeping all six optionals. She is a third-grade teacher active in animal welfare issues.

Robyn Fina of Oswego, Ill., competing as Mrs. Kendall County, was crowned Mrs. Illinois International on June 3, 2000, St. Charles, Ill. She has a master's degree in fine arts and is a marketing director with PBS Chicago.

Cheryl Faulkner has been chosen Mrs. Indiana Globe 2000 and will compete for the national title.

Candace Lucero has been chosen Ms. Nevada Continental 2001. She will compete for the national title of Ms. US in August 2000 in Las Vegas.

Norieta Stephanos, Mrs. Allamuchy, won the Mrs. New Jersey United Nation crown on June 4, 2000, and will compete in the Mrs. United Nation U.S. Pageant in Orlando in August. She was also the Spirit Award winner. The first runner-up was Ann Adams, Mrs. Somerset, and the second runner-up was Debra Reyes, Mrs. Cherry Hill.

Jackie Wells, Mrs. West Chester, has been chosen Mrs. Pennsylvania International 2000. The first runner-up was Jodi Cessna, Mrs. Blair County, who was also a Community Service Award winner, and the second runner-up was Cheryl Cameron, Mrs. Crawford County, who was also Mrs. Congeniality and Mrs. Photogenic. The third runner-up was Joyce Findley, Mrs. Dauphin County, and the fourth runner-up was Melanie Crockard, Mrs. Pittsburgh. David Inglesby was named most congenial husband, by a vote of other husbands.

Tiara Dews was crowned Miss District of Columbia Teen USA on June 2, 2000. She will represent the District in the Miss Teen USA Pageant. She also won the Swimsuit, Evening Gown and Photogenic awards. The first runner-up was Kashawna Foster, and the second runner-up was Lauren Vanderpool. The third runner-up was Serena Reeder, and the fourth runner-up was Gina Garland. Ria Burgess was Miss Congeniality.

Ten years after first competing for Miss Mississippi Teen USA, speech pathologist Melanie Vaughn, 24, of Olive Branch was crowned Miss Mississippi USA 2001 on June 2, 2000, in Cleveland, Miss. (Overall, she has competed twice for the teen title and three times for the "Miss" title.) The first runner-up was Angel Vesa of Jackson, competing in the same gown that her mother wore in the Miss USA Pageant in 1971. The second runner-up was Melissa Pitts of Clarksdale, and the third runner-up was Pamela Manning of University. The fourth runner-up was Jennifer Sanders of Starkville. Brandee Loving of Southaven, who was Miss Mississippi Teen USA 1996, was Photogenic winner, and Angela Bishop of Hattiesburg was Amity winner. Jennifer Duke, 18, of Pearl was crowned Miss Mississippi Teen USA on June 3, 2000. (She was Mississippi National Teen-Ager in 1998.) The first runner-up was Jenny Replogle of Cormorant, and the second runner-up was Kelly Albritton of Laurel. The third runner-up was Lesli Bacon of Houston, and the fourth runner-up was Leslie Rocconi of Cleveland, who also won Miss Photogenic. Kathleen O'Donoghue of Olive Branch was Miss Amity. PNB extends special thanks to the master of ceremonies at both pageants, the inimitable Dana Rosengard.

Melissa Ann Jeka, 23, of Warminster was crowned Miss Pennsylvania on June 3, 2000. She competed as Miss Allegheny Valley and is a student at Pennsylvania State University. She will represent the Keystone State in the Miss America Pageant in October. The first runner-up was Miss Neshaminy Valley, Kira Delgado, 23, of Levittown. The second runner-up was Miss Penn State, Misty Dawn Clymer, 22, of Hollidaysburg. Autumn Marisa, 20, of Waynesburg, Miss Armstrong County, was third runner-up. Miss Central Pennsylvania, Nikasha Moore, 21, of Derry was fourth runner-up. Ms. Jeka, who won the state title on her fifth try, was a preliminary swimsuit winner. Ms. Delgado was a preliminary talent and swimsuit winner. Susan Spafford, the previous year's Miss Pennsylvania, was second runner-up at Miss America.

Rosalie Michaels, Mrs. Maricopa County, won the Mrs. Arizona America crown on June 3, 2000, and will compete in the Mrs. America Pageant in Hawaii in August. She was also the swimsuit winner. It was her third attempt at Mrs. Arizona. Previously, she had achieved second runner-up and first runner-up. The first runner-up to Mrs. Michaels was Patti Rosenberg, Mrs. Gilbert, who received the Jeannie Schmitz award for Congeniality. The second runner-up was Michele Young, Mrs. Fountain Hills. The third runner-up was Kristi Niu, Mrs. Sierra Vista, who was also Mrs. Photogenic, and the fourth runner-up was Lori Clarke, Mrs. Arcadia. Kathleen Winn, Mrs. Mesa, won the Director's Award.

Tammy Rajendran, 35, a beautician, was chosen Mrs. Singapore Globe at the Mrs. Singapore Pageant on June 3, 2000, at the Orchid Country Club. Caroline Cheng, 38, a finance manager, was crowned Mrs. Singapore United Nation 2000. Raji Punithan, 29, a personal executive assistant, was crowned Mrs. Singapore World 2000, and Millicent Loo, 41, an Internet company director, was crowned Mrs. Singapore International 2000. The first runner-up was Jenny Gomes, 28, a food and beverage executive, and the second runner-up was Nancy Loke, 54, an administration manager. The event was emceed by Tracy Kemble, president of the Mrs. Globe Pageant and an acclaimed beauty in her own right. The event's theme was Millennium Vows, and all 30 contestants renewed their marriage vows.

The following are the 2000 Miss Achievement Ambassadors, chosen from Miss American/Universal Achievement titleholders and now eligible to represent the pageant system for an additional year: Miss Preteen Achievement Ambassador - Danielle Stockham; Miss Teen Achievement Ambassador - Divya Singh; Miss Achievement Ambassador - Jenny Boquet; Ms. Achievement Ambassador - Wendy Sledd; Mrs. Achievement Ambassador - Dantzler Brunswick.

The Miss Georgia Pageant, billed as the oldest continuous state pageant in the Miss America system, has concluded a deal to offer pageant tickets over the Internet at www.tickets.com, in addition to other traditional outlets. Tickets went on sale on May 29, 2000. The finals are July 1, 2000.

Maryanne Kehoe, Ms. Atlanta Achievement, has been chosen Ms. Georgia Achievement 2000. This puts her in the running for Ms. American Achievement 2000.

Laura Flinn Baechtel, Ms. Los Angeles, has been chosen Ms. California American States 2000. She was also the national essay winner in the Ms. American States National contest.

Shelly Munoz, a 32-year-old teacher, was chosen Ms. Petite U.S. Achievement on May 29, 2000, in Dallas. She competed as Ms. Arizona. She also won the best scrapbook award. The first runner-up and state costume winner was Franki Granger, Ms. Texas. The second runner-up was Joan Merrell, Ms. Oregon.

Farah Hussain has been named Miss Delaware Achievement 2000. She is an 18-year-old sophomore in college with a biology major and a medical humanities minor.

Kim Sa-rang, 22, Miss Seoul, was crowned Miss Korea on May 28, 2000. She will represent the Land of the Morning Calm in the Miss Universe Pageant. She was crowned at the Sejong Cultural Center, the site of the 1980 Miss Universe Pageant. Miss Chunbuk, Shin Jeong-seon, 20, was first runner-up and will compete at Miss World. Miss Taegu, Son-Tae-young, 20, was second runner-up and will compete at Miss International. A few days earlier, a feminist magazine staged a "Miss Anti-Korea Contest," spoofing the idea of pageants. It was open to any interested party, regardless of looks, age or even sex.

Kathleen Shaeffer, Mrs. Chandler, was crowned Mrs. Arizona United States on May 27, 2000. The first runner-up was MaryJo Reeves, Mrs. North Scottsdale, who was recently profiled by PNB.

Mascha Santschi, 19, has been crowned Miss Bern, winning the right to compete in the Miss Switzerland Pageant in autumn 2000. The first runner-up was Jennifer von Daeniken, 19, and the second runner-up was Anita Schumacher, 20.

Debbie Goldstein has won the Title of Mrs. New York Achievement 2000. She will compete for Mrs. American Achievement 2000. Mrs. Goldstein is also Mrs. East Coast U.S. Achievement, competing for the Title of Mrs. Universal Achievement 2000.

Katie Daniel, 17, of Burlington, Wis., was selected Miss Burlington Area ChocolateFest 2000/2001 on May 20, 2000. The pageant took place in Burlington during the annual ChocolateFest. Ms. Daniel, a high school senior who sang a vocal solo ''Somewhere That's Green,'' from the musical ''Little Shop of Horrors,'' will compete in the 2001 Miss Wisconsin Pageant in Oshkosh. She was crowned by Jodi Butler as the 16th Miss Burlington. Ms. Butler will compete in the 2000 Miss Wisconsin Pageant on June 24, 2000. The first runner-up was Caitlin Morrall, 17, of Burlington, who performed a dance.

Jeanne Siegenthaler, 30, of Darlington, a college student and mother, was crowned Mrs. Wisconsin United States on May 13, 2000, in Racine. The first runner-up was Sarah Hendricks, 28, of Janesville, and the second runner-up was Michele Steger, 30, of Sturtevant. Melina Austin, 24, of Brookfield won the Mrs. Congeniality Award, and Amy Cape, 33, of Racine received the Mrs. Photogenic Award. In April, the state pageant gained considerable media coverage after going public with the fact that only six women had applied. The publicity apparently worked, and 24 women eventually participated.

Denise Bannister, Mrs. New York City, won the Mrs. New York United States Pageant on the third weekend of May 2000. She will compete for the Mrs. United States title. The first runner-up was Kathy Kasprack, Mrs. Manhattan, and the second runner-up was Kathleen Whitmore, Mrs. Gerry. Susie Vybiral, Mrs. Port Chester/Rye Brook, and Karen Donaldson, Mrs. Yorktown, were also finalists. Mrs. Vybiral was Mrs. Congeniality.

On May 20, 2000, a few weeks after winning the Miss Marietta title in the same county, Christina Keheley won the Miss Kennesaw (Ga.) title. Brittany Wix won the Ms. Kennesaw crown.

Following are the winners of the Miss Dream Girl America 2000 Pageant: Miss Dream Girl America Superstar - Tiffany Terrell (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.); Miss La Petite Dream Girl America Superstar - Daisy Glasser (Atlantic Beach, Fla.); Miss Dream Girl America - Carolyn Benton (Hinesville, Ga.); Miss Teen Dream Girl America - Alexandra Murillo (Coral Springs, Fla.); Miss Jr. Dream Girl - Tess Wilensky (Jacksonville Beach, Fla.); Miss Petite Dream Girl America - Cathleen Boyd (Miami); Little Miss Dream Girl America ­ Jenny Koch (Ocala, Fla.).

Katherine Baker of West Los Angeles won the Miss Los Angeles County USA 2000 Pageant on May 21, 2000. The first runner-up was Tiffany Kinne, and the second runner-up was Amy Proffitt. Jennifer Hopton of Long Beach won the Miss Los Angeles County Teen USA title. The first runner-up was Michele Spaleta, and the second runner-up was Kristen Bates. Ms. Baker and Ms. Hopton will compete for their respective state titles in September 2000.

Gage Hannah, Taylor Thorpe and Emily Allgood were the Supreme winners in the Little Miss & Mr. Hawaiian Tropic Georgia Pageant on May 19-20, 2000. Gage was the boys' winner, Taylor won for girls 0-3, and Emily won for girls 4 and up. The Mini-Supremes were Jacoyia Jackson and Robbie Allen, and the age division winners were Mason Beck (boys), Ashlyn Markarian, Hope Ankney, Brittany Thruman, Morgan Todd, Lesha Hicks, Amanda Allgood and Lori Smith (Hawaiian Tropic State Ambassador). Zachery Thurman was state winner for boys ages 7 to 12.

Rayeanne Smith has been crowned Mrs. Colorado America 2000. She was also best in interview. She has twice been first runner-up in the pageant, in 1997 and 1999. (In 1998, she took a year off to have a baby.) The first runner-up to Mrs. Smith was Angela Robertson, who was best in gown, and the second runner-up was Christina Cooley. The third runner-up was Sheri Engstrom, and the fourth runner-up was Dana Miller, who was best in swimsuit.

Ali Husaen, 25, a pharmacist from Mosul, has been crowned Mr. Iraq 2000. The first runner-up was Hathal Khazaal of Basra. The winner will compete for the Mr. World title. Haider Hussein was Mr. Elegance, and Faris Al Rifaii of Nejev was Mr. Personality and Mr. Photogenic.

Tiffany Seaman was crowned Miss Utah USA on May 13, 2000. She will represent the state in the Miss USA Pageant. The first runner-up was Holly Beardall, and the second runner-up was Amie Duford. Libby Hanks was awarded Miss Congeniality, and Tisha Bullock was awarded Miss Photogenic. The pageant was telecast Live on Utah's WB30, with Special Guest performances by Air Supply.

Erika Howe, Mrs. Gulf Coast, was crowned Mrs. Texas United States on May 12, 2000. It was the second try at the title for Mrs. Howe, who was recently profiled on PNB. She will compete for the Mrs. United States crown in Las Vegas in the summer. The first runner-up was Victoria Hanson, Mrs. Nacogdoches, and the second runner-up was Jennifer Turner, Mrs. Dallas. Mrs. Howe won the Personal Achievement, Swimsuit and Photogenic awards. Mrs. Hanson won the Community Service Award, and Mrs. Turner was Mrs. Congeniality.

Josephine Canonizado, 25, was crowned Pearl of the Philippines - Asia/Pacific 2000 on May 13,2000. She will represent the country in the Miss Asia/Pacific Quest 2000 to be held in Manila later in he year. Other winners were: Marie Pearl Acas, 23, Pearl of the Philippines-Intercontinental, Christine De Jesus, 19, Pearl of the Philippines-Queen of the Year International, Maria Esperanza Corazon Manzano, 24, Pearl of the Philippines-Tourism International, and MacBeth Abuzo, Pearl of the Philippines-Queen of Clubs International.

Brianna Bailey was chosen Baby Miss Marietta (Ga.) on May 13, 2000, and Kelsey Gravley was chosen Toddler Miss Marietta. Sarah Morton was crowned Teeny Miss Marietta, and Victoria Carroll was Tiny Miss Marietta. Heather Hinsley was named Little Miss Marietta, and the Junior Miss Marietta title went to Aundrea Poole. Katy Sulhoff was picked as Teen Miss Marietta, and Christina Keheley was named Miss Marietta. Kellee Hilliard was crowned Ms. Marietta. The pageant is run by Teresa Harlan.

Jennifer Nohra was crowned International Ms. Petite Florida 2000 on May 7, 2000. The first runner-up was Jaclyn Nesheiwat, and the second runner-up was Chelsea Zedar. The third runner-up was Lynette Gonzalez, and the fourth runner-up was Nicole Shumaro. Ms. Zedar won Miss Photogenic. Andrea Schell was crowned International Miss Petite Teen Florida 2000 on the same day. The first runner-up was Jessika McLaughlin, and the second runner-up was Erica Franz. The third runner-up was Nikki Chinners, and the fourth runner-up was Dacia Ohnmacht. Crystal Leigh Jackson was Miss Photogenic.

Allure magazine reports a contest at the University of Missouri Hospital in which medical professionals judged among 147 photographs of women's navels. There was no winner, but the results may help establish medical guidelines for creating aesthetically appealing navels.

Roselle Augusta has been chosen Miss Curacao International and will represent Curacao in Tokyo in October 2000. Ms. Augusta also won for Best Figure. The runner-up was Thonysha de Sousa, who will go to the International Flower Queen Pageant in Colombia in August 2000. Curacao's delegate to the International Female Model competition will be Verouschka Melfor, who also won Miss Popularity. Ivy Smits was selected as Miss Photogenic. At the combined pageant, Elwin Simon was chosen as Mister Curacao for Manhunt International 2001, as well as Mr. Photogenic and Mr.Popularity. Nestor Zimmerman was the runner-up, winning as well for Best Physique and Male Model.

Miss Philippines, Maria Christina-Sanchez Guerrero, 16, of San Francisco won the first-ever title of MISS A.S.E.A.N.O. 2000 on May 4, 2000, in Los Angeles. She also won the Photogenic, Swimsuit and Friendship awards. The event was staged by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and Oceania youth group. The first runner-up was Vaiherela Vaikung of Tahiti. The third runner-up was Shaira Wellstone of Australia, and the fourth runner-up was Saimai Pandrayunch of Myanmar (formerly Burma). Jenny Boratte, representing Western Samoa, was fourth runner-up. The Evening Gown Award went to Wang Bee Lai of Singapore, the Talent Award went to Miss New Caledonia, and the Community Involvement Award went to Aek Pandrawumb of Cambodia.

The Miss Massachusetts (America) Pageant has launched its Web site, accessible at www.missmass.org, an easy-to-remember address.

Three new queens were crowned at the first Ms. Virginia American United States Pageant on April 29, 2000, in Richmond. Sarah Hoyer, competing as Miss Newport News Teen, was crowned Miss Virginia Teen 2000. Shana Hinton, Miss Chesapeake Teen, was first runner-up, and Ann Marie Reifel, Miss Ashburn Teen, was second runner-up. Kimberly Grigsby, competing as Ms. Lynchburg, was crowned Ms. Virginia 2000. Kelly Farmer, Ms. Caroline County, was first runner-up, and Autumn Skye Port, Ms. Richmond, was second runner-up. Shirley Davis Manuel, competing as Ms. Richmond Woman, was crowned Ms. Virginia Woman 2000. Tonya Matney, Ms. Montgomery County Woman, was first runner-up, and Cynthia Manley, Ms. Fredericksburg Woman, was second runner-up. They will advance to the Ms. American United States Pageant in August 2000 in Orlando, Fla.

The first annual Miss Cinco de Mayo contest was held in Knoxville, Tenn., on May 5, 2000. Jamie McGhee was crowned the winner, and she will preside over various festivities in the city. Cinco de Mayo (Fifth of May) is a Mexican national holiday, commemorating a famous military victory.

Jaclyn E. Whitsett, 19, of Onalaska, Wis., was crowned Miss Onalaska 2000/2001 on April 29, 2000, by Anne Jolivette, the 1999 winner. The first-time entrant will now compete in the 2001 Miss Wisconsin Pageant in Oshkosh. Ms. Jolivette will compete for the 2000 Miss Wisconsin crown on June 24, 2000. The first runner-up was Jessica Bray, 18, of Onalaska, and the second runner-up was Emily Geyer, 17, of Onalaska. The third runner-up was Michelle Powell, 18, of Onalaska, and the fourth runner-up was Melissa Hirsbrunner, 17, of Onalaska. Miss Wisconsin 1999 (and top ten Miss America finalist) Mary-Louise Kurey, 25, of Brookfield was special guest performer.

Julie Dilorenzo of Elkhart has been crowned Mrs. Indiana America 2000. The first runner-up was Susan Henthorn of Zionsville, and the second runner-up was Melissa Miles of Indianapolis. Mrs. Miles, 50, won the physical fitness award as well as the Amity award. The third runner-up was Shannon Martin of Indianapolis, who won the Photogenic award and is the sister of Mrs. Indiana America 1999. The fourth runner-up was Colleen Bartel of Indianapolis.

Megan Clinton, 21, was crowned Miss Emerald Valley on the last week of April 2000. She will compete for the Miss Oregon (America) crown, and was second runner-up to the state title in 1998. Stephanie Kustura, 23, also a previous Miss Oregon competitor, was crowned Miss Tri-Valley on the same weekend. Katie Byers, 18, was crowned Miss Mid-Valley. Michelle Rice, 19, was crowned Miss Lane County. Alexis Clark was crowned Miss Marion County. Sarah Howell, 18, was crowned Miss Willamette, and Jacqueline Wirz, 20, was crowned Miss Linn-Benton.

Brandy Lynn Barker of DeFuniak Springs was crowned Miss Walton County (Fla.) 2000 on April 21, 2000, in DeFuniak Springs. The first runner-up was Amanda Davis of Paxton, and the second runner-up was BJ Cotton of DeFuniak Springs. Ms. Barker will compete in the Miss National Peanut Festival Pageant held annually in Dothan, Ala., in October. Lucinda Langston of Freeport was crowned Teen Miss Walton County 2000. The first runner-up was Lacey Bigger of Mossy Head, and the second runner-up was Kricia Close of DeFuniak Springs.

On April 22, 2000, in DeFuniak Springs, Fla., Karley McDonald of DeFuniak Springs was chosen Little Miss Walton County 2000. The first runner-up was Liza Ingram of DeFuniak Springs, and the second runner-up was Courtney Brown of DeFuniak Springs. Karley will compete in the Little Miss National Peanut Festival Pageant held annually in Dothan, Ala., during the month of October.

Jennifer St. Laurent, 24, has been crowned Miss Rhode Island 2000. She will represent the historic maritime state in the Miss America Pageant. She was also the preliminary interview and talent winner. She is a second-year law student at Roger Williams University. She is a vocalist, and performed "Cry" for her talent. Her platform is "Organ and Tissue Donation." Dana Damiani was first runner-up, and Roslyn Menon was second runner-up. The third runner-up was Jennifer Bessette, and the fourth runner-up and community service award winner was Jocelyn Chong. The academic achievement award winner was Camille Gerwin.

Lauren Jennifer Meehan, 19, of Nashua, competing as Miss Lakes Region, was crowned Miss New Hampshire 2000 on April 28, 2000, in Manchester. Her platform is "Attachment/Adjustment Disorder Break the Cycle and Form the Bond." The first runner-up was Miss Deerfield Fair, Jennifer Nolet, 22, of Hooksett. The second runner-up was Miss Stratham Fair, Audra Paquette, 19, of Merrimack. The third runner-up was Miss Goffstown, Amy Grace Slattum, 23, of Weare. The fourth runner-up was Miss Kingston, Candace K. Glickman, 18, of Manchester. Miss Congeniality was Miss Seacoast, Melissa Amy Grise, 21, of Bristol, Conn., a junior at the University of New Hampshire.

The Little Miss DeKalb County Pageant was held on April 30, 2000, to raise money for the Miss DeKalb County (Georgia) Pageant, a local preliminary in the Miss America system. The winners were: Toddler Miss DeKalb - Kayla Elexis-Dawn Williams; Wee Miss DeKalb - Taylor Mount; Tiny Miss DeKalb - Jacoyia Jackson; Petite Miss DeKalb -Abigail Mauragas; Young Miss DeKalb - Brittany Parks; Junior Miss DeKalb - Amanda Daniels; Teen Miss DeKalb - Amanda Leigh Griffin; Talented Tiny Miss DeKalb - Abigail Mauragas; Talented Little Miss DeKalb - Stacey Reyna; Talented Junior Miss DeKalb - Meshea Reyna; Spirit of DeKalb - Kadijah Moore.

Brittany Hartle has been named Miss Teen Virginia Ambassador 2000. She plans to devote her reign to community service and volunteer work.

Jennifer Patterson Myrick has been crowned Mrs. Tennessee United States. She will represent her state at the Mrs. United States Pageant in July 2000.

Lisa DeLeo was crowned Miss Connecticut Teen USA on April 22, 2000, in Greenwich. She will represent the state in the Miss Teen USA Pageant. The first runner-up was Christina Loomis, and the second runner-up was Joyce Cassie Kennedy.

Jennifer Schooler, a high school junior, has been crowned Teen Miss Barstow (Calif.) 2000. Betsy Dillingham has been crowned Miss Barstow 2000.

Mary Walters of Nebraska has been named Ms. American Elegance Woman. She was first runner-up to the title, but the winner of the title had to give it up to attend to personal matters. Ms. Walters joins Miss Teen American Elegance 2000 Melissa Payne and Ms. American Elegance 2000 Beatriz Gill representing the American Elegance pageant system.

Katie Harmon, 20, has been crowned Miss Multnomah and will compete for the Miss Oregon (America) crown. Kristi Wolkoski, 22, has been crowned Miss Clackamas and also will compete for the Miss Oregon title. Emily Bartha, 18, has been crowned Miss Mount Hood, and Angela Brink has been crowned Miss Douglas County. They, too, will vie for the Miss Oregon title.

Robin Mosser, Mrs. Derby City, captured the Mrs. Kentucky Globe title on April 15, 2000. She will represent Kentucky in this summer's Mrs. US Globe Pageant in Palm Springs, California. The first runner-up was Mrs. Whitley County, Rhonda Arena followed by Jeri Benzel, Mrs. Louisville, as the second runner-up. Mrs. Mosser also received the most votes over the Internet in the virtual voting and was awarded the People's Choice Award. She also received the honor of being selected Mrs. of the Year and The Best Appearance Award. Ms. Mosser is no stranger to pageantry, and was the director who took Miss America, Heather French, from Miss Louisville to Miss Kentucky. Saying farewell was Kerri Long, Mrs. Kentucky Globe 1999. J. Scot Reid, the state director, hosted the event.

Sabrina Schepmann, 18, of Germany was crowned Miss Intercontinental 2000 on April 17, 2000, in Kaiserslautern, Germany. She also is preparing to represent her country in the Miss Universe Pageant. The first runner-up to Miss Intercontinental was Jerrinfa Alberto of Curacao, and the second runner-up was Fabiola Borges of Venezuela.

Yamila Gil, 18, of Anzoategui, Venezuela, won the Miss Expo International 2000 Pageant in Salinas, Ecuador, on April 16, 2000.

Nombulelo Mazibuko, 17, of Guguletu, South Africa, won the Face of Africa pageant at the Good Hope Center in Cape Town, South Africa, on April 15, 2000. The aspiring lawyer won a three-year modeling contract from Elite Models and will soon begin assignments in Europe and North America. Sixteen contestants, each of whom was a finalist in one of four regional preliminaries, vied for the title. The contest's previous winners, Patricia Oluchi Onweagba from Nigeria in 1998 and Benvinda Mundenge from Namibia in 1999, have gone on to international success in modeling.

Jamie Montgomery, 22, was crowned Miss Northern Valley on April 15, 2000. Mandy Decker won the title of Miss Glen Rock Area at a joint event that same night. Both will compete in the Miss New Jersey (America) contest in the summer. Ms. Montgomery is a clogger who is a student at Temple University, and Ms. Decker is a singer who attends Stockton State College. The first runner-up for the combined event was Trisha Hernandez, and the second runner-up was Bernadette Piane. The third runner-up was Erica Scanlon, and the fourth runner-up was Robyn Krieser. The Community Service prize went to Stefany Briante, and Karissa Hitchner won the People's Choice Award. Mandy Decker was the overall talent winner, and the swimsuit award was a tie between Bernadette Piane and Melanie Picou.

Irina Smirnoff won the title of Miss Richmond on April 14, 2000, and will compete for the title of Miss Virginia (America) in the summer. She also won the swimsuit award. She is a native of Russia and a naturalized U.S. citizen, and her platform is English as a Second Language Education. The first runner-up was Mariah Rice, and the second runner-up was Lazette Woolridge. The third runner-up was Lauren Carroll, and the fourth runner-up was Sara Werner. The non-finalist talent prize went to Shola Walker.

Erika Harold was crowned Miss Kishwauskee Valley on April 13, 2000. She will compete at the Miss Illinois (America) Pageant in June, where she finished as fourth runner-up last year. Her talent is a classical vocal, and her platform is Sexual Abstinence Awareness. Maggie Johnson was first runner-up, and Shannen Schutte was second runner-up.

Mr. Singapore, Zulkiflee Dawood, has won the 2000 Hombre Internacional Pageant in Toa Alta, Puerto Rico. He was also chosen Mr. Elegance. His pageant director and trainer, Alan Sim (Mr. Joven Singapore 1996), was first runner-up in the 1997 Mr. Joven Internacional Pageant (also held in Toa Alta). The first runner-up to Hombre Internacional 2000 was Mr. Puerto Rico, Nestor Santiago, who also won for Best Skin, and the second runner-up was Mr. Aruba, Anthony Sanchez. The other two finalists were Mr. Colombia, Andres Ubiles, who won Mr. Amity, and Mr. USA, Jose Miguel, who won for Best Hair. Mr. Culture was Mr. Dominican Republic, Jasol Cabral, and Mr. Personality was Mr. Cuba, Samuel Hernandez. Mr. Photogenic was Mr. Honduras, Angel Molina.

Verónica Rüeckner, 21, a graphic design student, was crowned Miss Peru Universe on April 15, 2000, and will represent her country at the Miss Universe Pageant in Cyprus in May. The first runner-up was María Inés Cerdeña, and the second runner-up was Laura Huaracayo.

Audrey Solomon, Miss University Center, 20, was crowned Miss Alaska on April 14, 2000, and will represent her state at the Miss America Pageant in the fall. The senior at the Cleveland School of Music, whose platform is Musical Outreach, performed a violin solo for her talent. The first runner-up was Eugenia Premis, Miss Anchorage, who was first runner-up in the contest the previous year, and the second runner-up was Kristina Bellamy, Miss Alyeska, who was Miss Alaska Teen USA 1994.

Zondra Brandon of Duluth was crowned Mrs. Georgia United States on April 16, 2000. She will represent the Peach State in the Mrs. United States Pageant. The first runner-up was Sheila Reed, and the second runner-up was Bridget Melton. The third runner-up was Trudy Davies, and the fourth runner-up was Kinnik Marshall.

Natalie Tabbara has been chosen Miss Ottawa in the Miss Canadian International system. She will compete in the national pageant in August 2000.

Jane Kim, who lost her chance to compete in the Miss Teen USA Pageant in 1999 because she turned out to be still a citizen of South Korea, has won the right to compete in the Miss Korea Pageant. She was among three women selected on April 14, 2000, in the New York area.

Kimberley Hart of Adelaide was the winner of the Australian National Final of the QC Girl 2000 International Model Search, held April 14, 2000, at the Discovery Entertainment Complex in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. Ana Andre of Melbourne was first runner-up and Miss Photogenic. Darwin's own Jody Greenoff was chosen by the finalists as Miss Personality. Ms. Hart will represent Australia in the International Finals.

Aimee Parker, 18, of Georgetown has been chosen Miss Delaware National Teenager 2000. She is a freshman at Salisbury State University. She was Delaware's Junior Miss 1999 and Miss Delaware Jr. National Teenager 1997. She also won first runner-up in Talent, Congeniality and the Community Service Award. The first runner-up was Danielle Ameen of Newark, and the second runner-up was Jessica Ford of Wilmington. The third runner-up was Rachel Wilford of Millsboro, who was also the Essay winner, and the fourth runner-up was Megan Kuhn of Milton, who was also second runner-up in Talent.

Following are the Woman of the Century 2000 winners: 

  • Alyssa Duke - Future Woman of the Century
  • Lauralee Jacks - Future Duchess of the Century
  • Jessica Ralph - Teen Woman of the Century
  • Kimberlee Ratliff - Miss Woman of the Century
  • Amanda Feder - Miss Duchess of the Century
  • Pauwilo Look - Ms. Woman of the Century
  • Laura Baechtel -Ms. Duchess of the Century. 
  • 2000 state titleholders are Brittanie Ramo in Louisiana, Penny Olds in New Mexico, Hanh Chau in Santa Clara County, and Darlene Gordon in Michigan.

Diana Santoro of Florida was chosen Ms. American Achiever 2000 in Manhattan, Kan., on April 8-9, 2000. Holly Campbell of Ohio was chosen Ms. Plus American Achiever 2000, and Kris Scherer of Ohio was chosen Mrs. American Achiever 2000. Sabrina Walton of Oklahoma was chosen Miss American Achiever 2000, and Julie Neal of Georgia was chosen Teen American Achiever 2000.

Mary Walters of Nebraska was crowned on April 11, 2000, as the national Ms. American Elegance US Woman 2000. She was the first runner-up in the previous year's Ms. American Elegance Pageant.

Carmella Papaleo of Rancho Palos Verdes, Miss Teen Los Angeles County, has been crowned the 21st Miss Teenage California. The pageant took place before an overflow crowd of 1,300. Ms. Papaleo, a 15-year-old high school sophomore, is the youngest winner in a number of years. She is planning a career in the performing arts. The four runners-up, in order, were: Miss Teen Yucaipa, Audra Wiley; Miss Teen Hayward, Frances Cosico; Miss Teen San Bernardino County, Tara Duncan; and Miss Teen Norco Valley, Heather Collins. The new Miss Teenage California also won the Miss Photo Teen Award, and a total of $9,000 in college scholarships. The pageant is produced by Danfranc Productions of Elk Grove, Calif.

Kimberlee Walker, 18, a vocalist who attends Oral Roberts University, was crowned Miss Klamath County on April 9, 2000. Her platform is called "What's Next" and is based on a support group for the children of cancer patients. At the same pageant, Laurie North, 20, was crowned Miss City of Sunshine. She is a pianist and a student at Oregon Institute of Technology. Her platform is Literacy. Both winners proceed to the Miss Oregon (America) Pageant. The first runner-up was Holly Floyd, and the second runner-up was Michelle Lopez. The third runner-up was Christine Richardson.

Jennifer Plaine was crowned Miss Annapolis (Maryland) on April 9, 2000, and will compete in the Miss Maryland (America) contest in the summer. Her talent is a country vocal, and her platform is anti-smoking awareness.

Melissa Jo Cary won the title of Miss Northwest Territory on April 8, 2000, and will compete in the Miss Indiana (America) Pageant in June. She is a vocalist who was Miss Vincennes University last year.

Catherine Kutson, 22, a law student at the University of Baltimore, was crowned Miss Baltimore City on April 8, 2000. Her talent is violin. At a joint event, Talia Legette, 17, a high school senior who will attend Baltimore City College, was chosen Miss Baltimore County. Her talent is an operatic solo. Both are pageant newcomers and will compete in the Miss Maryland (America) Pageant in the summer.

Jennifer Powers, a student at Northwestern University, was crowned Miss Northern Illinois on April 8. That same evening, Melissa Hendriks was chosen Miss Lake Cook. Both women will compete in the Miss Illinois (America) Pageant in June. The first runner-up in the joint event was Emily Brennan, who won the Audience Choice Award. The second runner-up was Michelle LaGroue, a semi-finalist at last year's Miss Illinois Pageant. The third runner-up was Candace Otto, and the fourth runner-up was Sarah Van Nattan. Miss Lake Cook is the local that launched Kate Shindle to the Miss America crown.

Katie Elizabeth Boyd, 19, was crowned Miss Fall River (Mass.) on April 7, 2000. She is a freshman at Bristol Community College, and will now compete in the Miss Massachusetts (America) Pageant this summer. Her platform issue is Awareness of Teen Dating Violence and Domestic Abuse. A vocalist, she was the overall talent winner. The first runner-up and Overall Interview Winner was Melissa Silva, while the second runner-up was Vanessa Raposa, and the third runner-up was Michaela Gagne. Melissa Barbosa was awarded the Non-Finalist Talent Award.

Kristina Kruse, 24, of La Crosse, Wis., was crowned Miss Western Wisconsin 2000 on April 9, 2000, in La Crosse. She succeeds Joanne Jablonski of Oshkosh, who recently became Miss Fox River Valley 2000. Both women were top ten finalists in the 1999 Miss Wisconsin Pageant. Ms. Kruse, who was Miss La Crosse/Oktoberfest 1998-99, has a degree in International Business Marketing from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and is a graduate student at the University of Minnesota. The fiddle player with a platform of "helping children deal with grief" will now advance to the 2000 Miss Wisconsin Pageant on June 24 in Oshkosh. Other contestants in the "at large" pageant were Jordan Dannelle Izzard, 20, of Superior, Nicole Jennerman, 18, of Ladysmith, Molly M. Mann, 21, of Racine and Nancy Ziegewied, 24, of Arcadia. This was the fourth year of the Miss Western Wisconsin Pageant. The first two winners, Nicole Locy and Jill Marie Patzner, became Miss Wisconsin. Last year's winner, Ms. Jablonski, was a semi-finalist, making this one of the most successful local pageants in recent Miss Wisconsin history.

Eunice Olsen, 22, an undergraduate at the National University of Singapore, was crowned Miss Singapore 2000 on April 10, 2000. She will represent her country in the Miss Universe Pageant in May.

Sarah Hunt was crowned Miss Northern New Mexico 2000 on April 8, 2000. Andrea Owens was crowned Miss Albuquerque 2000 on April 9, and Susan Yara was crowned Miss Central New Mexico 2000, also on April 9. All will vie for the Miss New Mexico title in June in Alamagordo, with a chance of representing the Land of Enchantment in the Miss America Pageant.

Mandy Smith, crowned Miss Santa Fe 2000 on April 8, 2000, has determined that she will turn 25 before the Miss America age eligibility date permits. She will turn over her crown to Amanda Lujan, first runner-up to Miss Santa Fe 2000, in a special ceremony on April 14.

Mariela Candia Ramos, Miss Paraguay, was crowned Miss Mesoamerica in Houston, Texas, on April 8, 2000. The first runner-up was Norkys Yelitza Batista Villaroel, Miss Venezuela, and the second runner-up was Marianela Salazar, Miss Panama. The remaining finalists were Aidee Vaquerano, Miss El Salvador; Denelza Lopez, Miss Spain; and Chris Thomasek, Miss Brazil. Michelle Crisostemo, Miss Philippines, was Miss Friendship, and the winner, from Paraguay, was chosen Miss Culture. This contest was the third in a series of three which were held in Houston over a two-week period. Alicia Machado, Miss Universe 1996, was among the judges.

Annalisa Guadalupi, 18, a student from Rome, won the Miss Italy Universe Pageant on April 8, 2000. She will represent her country in the Miss Universe Pageant in Cyprus on May 12.

Chantal van Roessel was crowned Miss Netherlands Universe on April 7, 2000. The first runner-up was Carolien Heijboer, 23, and the second runner-up was Maya Havelaer, 21.

Deborah Lammon has been chosen Kansas' Perfect Teen. Billie Harris has been chosen Missouri's Perfect Teen. Both will compete for the title of America's Perfect Teen.

The following women have been selected to compete in the 2000 All American Pageants national finals: 

  • Miss Wisconsin - Heather Lorenz
  • Mrs. New Jersey - Lynn Inglesby
  • Ms. Massachusetts - Maria Langlois
  • Ms. Connecticut Woman - Sue McMasters
  • Ms. Wisconsin Woman Plus - Debra Cowell
  • Ms. New York Woman Plus - Elaine Thomas.

Laura Flinn Baechtel, a frequent pageant competitor, has been chosen Ilva's Mother of the Year 2000 by Ilva's Pageant and Talent Magazine.

Josiane Kruliskoski, 19, Miss Mato Grosso, was crowned Miss Brazil in Rio de Janeiro on April 7, 2000. She will represent Brazil at the Miss Universe Pageant in Cyprus in May. Francine Eickemberg, 18, Miss Santa Catarina, was named Miss Brazil World and will represent her country at the Miss World Pageant in London late in the year. Maria Fernanda Schneider Schiavo, 18, Miss Rio Grande do Sul, was chosen Miss Brazil International and will compete in Tokyo at the Miss International contest in October. The first runner-up was Keithy Gripp, 18, Miss Rio de Janeiro, and the second runner-up was Fernanda Santos, 19, Miss Minas Gerais. Halina Francisca Santos, 21, Miss Bahia, was elected Miss Internet, and Darlyane Santos, 19, Miss Piauí, was Miss Congeniality.

Dr. Lystra Richardson, Ph.D., has been named Dr. Connecticut 2000. Dr. Janet England, J.D., has been chosen Dr. Minnesota. Both will compete for the Dr. America 2001 title.

Devon Jennings, a 20-year-old communications major from Spartanburg, S.C., has been crowned Miss Duncan Lyman Wellford 2000. She will compete in July 2000 for the title of Miss South Carolina. Her platform is promoting self-esteem in children and young adults.

Gabriela Cadena was crowned Miss Ecuador on April 6, 2000. She will compete for the Miss Universe title in May 2000.

Sasha Price, Miss Teen Dover, has been chosen Teen Delaware International Elite, and will compete for the national title in autumn 2000. She replaces Alisha Langerak, who relinquished her crown on March 26, 2000.

Laura Flinn Baechtel has been selected Mrs. California outstanding Woman in America 2000.

Torri Lilly, Ed.D., has been named Dr. West Virginia 2000. Dr. Lilly holds a doctorate in Higher Education Administration and is the Assistant Provost at West Virginia State University College of Technology. Julie Chang has been named Dr. Nebraska 2000. Ms. Chang will be graduating in May 2000 with an M.D. Both women are now in contention for the national title of Dr. America 2001, to be named in August 2001. Women with doctorates are eligible to apply, along with doctoral candidates who are to complete their degrees by the time of the national selection.

Kelly Gaudet was crowned Miss Sunshine 2000 and Landrea Abshire was crowned Miss Orange Blossom 2000 on the first weekend of April 2000 in Tampa, Fla. The two winners will compete in the Miss Florida (America) Pageant. The first runner-up ws Rebecca Wilson, and the second runner-up was Suzanne Metzler. The third runner-up was Jennifer Summers, and the fourth runner-up was April Sigman. Marlana Abounader won the Spirit Award, Jillian Reid won the People's Choice Award, and Ms. Wilson won the Community Service Award. Kelly Wagner was non-finalist swimwear winner, Sasha Platt was non-finalist talent winner, and Rosanna Sraceno was non-finalist interview winner. Ms. Gaudet was Miss Florida Teen USA 1996.

Cristela D'Elia of Edmonton was crowned Miss Alberta in Edmonton on April 2, 2000. Raven Buffalo of Hobbema was crowned Miss Teen Alberta the same evening. Both will represent their province as goodwill ambassadors.

Sapphire Longmore, 24, a physician, won the Miss Jamaica Universe crown on April 1, 2000, in Kingston. She will represent her country in the Miss Universe Pageant in May. The first runner-up was Ayesha Singh, 23, and the second runner-up was Terri-Kaye James, 21.

Alexis Dollar of Rehoboth, Ala., was crowned Miss Alabama Teen USA 2000 on April 1, 2000, in Birmingham. It was her third try for the title. She will represent the state in the Miss Teen USA Pageant in August 2000.

Laura Hoffman was crowned Miss Alabama USA 2000 on April 2, 2000, in Birmingham. She will compete for the Miss USA title in 2001. Ms. Hoffman was second runner-up to Miss Alabama Teen USA 1999. Alexis Dollar, just crowned Miss Alabama Teen USA 2000, was first runner-up to the teen title in 1999.

Lori Ann Sundberg was crowned Mrs. Pennsylvania United States on April 2, 2000, in Greensburg. The first runner-up was Melanie Crockard, and the second runner-up was Nicole Marshall.

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