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News archive: October - December 2000

Cheryl Grobelny, Ms. Picture Perfect New Jersey 2000, won the title of Ms. Picture Perfect U.S. 2001 on December 31, 2000. The first runner-up was Shelley Seabeck-Marano, Ms. Picture Perfect New York, and the second runner-up was Cara Lisa Fareri, Ms. Picture Perfect Florida. Ms. Fareri was chosen Ms. Internet U.S. 2001 by members of the public who visited the Ms. Picture Perfect US Web site. Liz Ann Miller, a contestant at large, was first runner-up to Ms. Internet U.S. 2001. The side award winners were as follows: 2001 Eloquence Award - Cheryl Grobelny, Ms. Picture Perfect New Jersey; 2001 Fitness Award - Maria Beall, Ms. Picture Perfect Virginia; 2001 Glamour Award - Shelley Marano, Ms. Picture Perfect New York; 2001 Personality Award - Liz Ann Miller, contestant at large; 2001 Elegance Award - Shelley Marano, Ms. Picture Perfect New York; 2001 Vogue Award - Cara Lisa Farei, Ms. Picture Perfect Florida.

Miss Uruguay, Natalia Figueiras, won the title of Panamerican Queen 2000 on Dec. 29, 2000, in Cali, Colombia. The first runner-up was Miss Colombia, Monica Caicedo. Ms. Figueiras had previously won the International Queen of Flowers title in Colombia, and is preparing to represent her country in the International Queen of Coffee competition.

Karen Lang, a 22-year-old nurse from Homburg, was crowned Miss Saarland on Dec. 26, 2000. The first runner-up was Katja Münch, and the second runner-up was Stefanie Langenbach. Katharina Berndt, 18, from Ruegen, Germany's largest island, was crowned Miss Mecklenburg-Vorpommern on the same day. The first runner-up was Julia Ehrke, and the second runner-up was Juliette Rink. Ms. Lang and Ms. Berndt will both compete for the Miss Germany Universe crown.

Rosalie Theuma, 19, was crowned Miss Malta Universe on Nov. 11, 2000, and will represent the island nation in the Miss Universe Pageant. The first runner-up was Sue Ellen Vella, and the second runner-up was Amanda Mallia.

Ramona Ramjit, representing Barbados, was chosen Miss Les Belles Filles 2000 in Grenada on Dec. 17, 2000.

The Resaca Beach Poster Girl Contest, an unconventional swimsuit pageant with a loyal following, is ceasing operation. Pageant founder Dan Bowen told PNB that he is ending the event, held in Dalton, Ga., because it has not proved profitable. He is also shutting down the pageant's Web site (www.resacabeach.com) very soon. The contest began in 1983, and Marla Maples, its first winner, went on to fame and success. It continued to attract top-drawer contestants because of its generous prize money, reliably paid. Bowen himself took a whimsical approach to the event. Its very name "Resaca Beach" was a joke, since Dalton is far from any beach. Bowen previously suspended the contest, from 1995 to 1999, so fans may have some faint hope that he will reconsider. Those interested in making their feelings known can contact him through his site while it remains in operation.

Hidianeth Luisa Cussema, 19, of Bie province was crowned Miss Angola in Sumbe on December 18, 2000. She will compete in the Miss Universe Pageant in Puerto Rico in May 2001. The first runner-up was Adalgisa Da Rocha Goncalves, who was also named Miss Congeniality and Miss Internet. The second runner-up was Suzana Matamba Chaves. The Miss Silky Skin prize was won by Ucilia Mariza Fafala, and the Best African Costume award went to Maria De Fatima Ndentontonha.

Aditi Govitrikar representing India, won the Mrs. World Pageant on Dec. 15, 2000, in Las Vegas. She is the first Indian to win the crown.

Kelly Lloyd, Miss Indiana 1999, is hosting the Indiana Pageant Symposium on Jan. 6, 2001, in Indianapolis. Details are available at: www.inpageantsymposium.bizland.com/myweb2

Jimmy Yu of Singapore has revamped his "Unofficial Miss Universe WebPage to include, among other things, a Miss/Mr. CyberGenic Universe contest. He describes the contest as strictly for fun. Details: http://home1.pacific.net.sg/~jimmyyu/msuni.html  

Calista Ng Poh Li, 22, a TV presenter and model, was crowned Miss Singapore Chinatown 2000 on Dec. 19, 2000. She was the 13th winner of this title. She will represent Singapore in the Miss Chinese International Pageant in January 2001 in Hong Kong. Cassandra Wee Hui Xian, a 19-year-old student, won the Miss Singapore Intercontinental 2001 title, and will represent Singapore in Germany in April 2001. Ice Tan, a 26-year-old flight attendant with Singapore Airlines, won Miss Singapore Globe 2001, and will represent Singapore in the Miss Globe 2001 Pageant in Istanbul, Turkey, in March 2001.

Cissy Wong, 19, won the Miss Chinese Toronto Pageant on Dec. 8, 2000. She will represent the city, Canada's largest, at the Miss Chinese International Pageant on Jan. 20, 2001, in Hong Kong. Toronto is home to two of the pageant's twelve winners, Rosemary Chan from 1992 and Monica Sharon Lo from 1997.

Diana Santoro of Tampa, Fla., was crowned the first Ms. Technology International 2000 on Dec. 10, 2000. Judging involved not only her but also her Web site. She also won the People's Choice Award. She currently holds four other titles. The U.S. winners were Mrs. Technology US, Alice Adams (also professional site winner); Miss Technology US, Gloria Anglon; Little Miss Technology US, Nicole Johnson; and Tiny Miss Technology US, Dagnie Johnson.

Coronation, Inc. has launched a new international pageant for married women, Mrs. Galaxy. The first U.S. and International titleholders will be selected via the internet in early 2001. Plans are under way for a live pageant in early 2002.

Ritu Upadhyaya, representing the United States, has been crowned Miss India Worldwide in Tampa, Fla. The first runner-up was Jayalaxmi Appadorai of Malaysia, and the second runner-up was Sheetal Shah of India. The remaining finalists in the top five were Retu Jhelan of Canada and Rovana Shankar of the Netherlands. This year marked the tenth anniversary of the Miss India Worldwide Pageant, and some of the contest's winners have gone on to success in pageants and the glamour industry.

Ashley Buchanan of Caselberry, Florida, has been crowned Miss Florida Teen All American in Daytona Beach. She will compete in August 2001 for the title of Miss Teen All American.

Darcy Norton, 15, of Bradenton, Fla., has been crowned Miss North America Teen 2001. She is the first teenager to wear this crown.

Elodie Gossuin, Miss Picardie, 19, was crowned Miss France 2001 on Dec. 9, 2000, in Monaco. She will advance to the Miss Universe Pageant in May 2001 in Puerto Rico. Stéphanie Faby, Miss Corse (Corsica), 18, was first runner-up. The second runner-up was Marine Clouet, Miss Poitou, and the third runner-up was Nawal Benhlal, Miss Lyon. Elise Duboquet, Miss Flandre, was fourth runner-up.

Janice Velez, 22, of Puerto Rico was crowned Queen of the World 2000 on Dec. 8, 2000. The first runner-up was Maria Greenberg of Norway, and the second runner-up was Sandra Hoffmann of Germany.

Arc Sissoko of Senegal won the male category at Best Model of the World 2000 on Dec. 8, 2000, in Istanbul, Turkey. The first runner-up was Adrian Taletovich of Slovenia, and the second runner-up was Alp Kirsan of Turkey. The third runner-up was Fahmy Yusop of Malaysia, and the fourth runner-up was Michel Bokic of Monaco. Aliyeva Seveda of Azerbaijain won the female category at the same event. The first runner-up was Tatiana Raway of Rwanda, and the second runner-up was Georgana Dinova of Bulgaria. The third runner-up was Janaina Berehauser of Brazil, and the fourth runner-up was Tamar Chickeidze of Georgia. The continental winners were as follows: Asia and the Pacific - (Male) Ali Shabbir of India, (Female) Li Jun of China; The Americas - (Male) Vega Vedemar of Puerto Rico, (Female) Roman Naharia of Puerto Rico; Europe - (Male) Danis Benjamin of Belgium, (Female) Heidi Diov of Finland; Africa - (Male) Arc Sissoko of Senegal, (Female) Hallimata Graille of Nigeria; Most Promising Model ­ Songnarpa Bureesri of Thailand.

Miss Turkey, Yeliz Caliskan, won the Top Model of the World Pageant on Dec. 8, 2000, in Muster, Germany. The first runner-up was Miss Yugoslavia, Nina Kavecevic, and the second runner-up was Miss Venezuela, Jerika Hoffman. The two remaining finalists were Miss Canada, Shani Whittle (who was first runner-up at the Miss Canadian Universe Pageant in November) and Miss Dominican Republic, Scarlet Campusano. Jacqueline Aguilera won this pageant before her Miss World 1995 victory.

Dina Tersago, 21, a student from the city of Puurs in Flanders, was crowned Miss Belgium 2001 on Dec. 8, 2000. She succeeds Joke van de Velde, also of Flanders, who represented Belgium at Miss Universe and Miss World. The first runner-up was Caroline Costermans of Brasschaat, and the second runner-up was Lynn de Merlier of Vilvoorde.

Margarita Babina of Russia won the Supermodel of the World competition on Dec. 5, 2000, in San Juan, Puerto. She won a lucrative contract with the Ford Modeling Agency. The first runner-up was Vanessa Assis of Brazil.

Juliane Colditz, 21, of Leipzig, Germany, was crowned Miss Sachsen (Universe) on Dec. 3, 2000. She will represent the state of Sachsen at Miss Germany (Universe) 2001 on Jan. 9, 2001. Sachsen's representatives have fared well at recent national competitions.

Bridget Bobel, sister of the reigning Miss Indiana, Betsy Bobel, was crowned Miss Southern Heartland 2001 on Dec. 3, 2000 in French Lick, Indiana. It was the first open preliminary of the Miss Indiana (America) season. Bridget Bobel, a journalism major at Ball State University, ended her reign as Miss Indiana State Festival Queen a few weeks before her victory. She played Chopin's "Fantasie Impromptu" on the piano for her talent. Betsy Bobel was a special guest at the pageant. The first runner-up was Sarah Wiley, who sang "Only Love," and the second runner-up was Amy Lotierzo, who performed a ballet en pointe to "Sleeping Beauty." The third runner-up was Heather Winter, who sang the aria "Je Veux Vivre." All three of these women were in the top 10 at Miss Indiana the previous year. The fourth runner-up was JoAnna Hackney, who sang "Shy." The talent awards went to Ms. Wiley and Ms. Hackney. Swimsuit awards were given to Ms. Bobel and Ms. Winter. High interview award honors went to Ms. Lotierzo and Ms. Bobel. The community service winners were Ms. Wiley and Shannon Hawkins, and the "People's Choice" award went to Ms. Hackney. The emcee of the pageant was Miss Indiana 1999, Kelly Lloyd. The 2000 Miss Southern Heartland, Tina Tomlins - recently crowned Miss Allegheny Valley in the Miss Pennsylvania system - returned to crown her successor and to entertain the audience. The pageant's executive directors are Cheryl Lindley and Jolie Lindley.

Olga Flores, representing Colombia, was crowned Miss Caraibes Hibiscus on Dec. 3, 2000, in St. Maarten.

Miss Brazil, Grace Martins, was crowned Miss America Latina 2000 on Dec. 1, 2000, in Montelimar, Nicaragua. The first runner-up was Elizabeth Areas of Colombia, and the second runner-up was Fabiola Rivero of Bolivia. The third runner-up was Katherine Gonzalez of the USA, and the fourth runner-up was Gerardine Acosta of Venezuela.

Diya Mirza Handrich, 18, Miss India, was crowned Miss Asia-Pacific 2000 on Dec. 2, 2000, in Manila, Philippines. She completes the triple sweep of Femina Miss India winners for the current year, after Lara Dutta and Priyanka Chopra won the Miss Universe and Miss World titles, respectively. The first runner-up was Miss Panama, Marianela Salazar Guillen, and the second runner-up was Miss Australia, Winter Noel Washington. The third runner-up was Miss El Salvador, Alexandra Maria Rivas. The fourth runner-up was Miss Thailand, Kaningnit In-Ong.

The Miss American Rose 2000/2001 National Court was announced on November 20, 2000, and is as follows: The new National Supreme Queen is Erica Peterson. The National Court includes Teeny Queen Megan Gaspard, Tiny Queen McLaren Martin, Little Queen Amanda Buckelew, Pre-Teen Queen Carolyn Peterson, Junior Queen Kylah Barbola, Miss Queen Nicole Putnam, Young Ms. Queen Gloria Amador and Ms. Queen Tamar Fleischman. The National Princesses include Scholar Princess Laura Howard, Career Princess Nelly Amador, Civis Princess Alice Adam, Talent (6-18) Princess Ryan Donahue, Talent (19 and up) Princess Sue Vannasing, Beauty Essay Sonja Hedrick, Photogenic Princess (0-5) Rhiannon Dressel-Beattie, Photogenic Princess (6-18) Dagnie Johnson and Photogenic Princess (19 and up) Nicole Jensen.

Venus Day, the model with the extraordinary but very real name, has been crowned Mrs. Philippines Globe. She will be competing in the Mrs. Globe Pageant in April 2001.

Anne Marie Clausen has been crowned Miss Minnesota USA 2001. The first runner-up was Rasheda Watkins-Greene, who was also first runner-up in 1998. The second runner-up was Rebecca Rowe, Miss Wisconsin Teen USA 1995. The other two finalists were Jeana Jopp and Lanore Van Buren. Ms. Watkins-Greene was Miss Photogenic. Miss Amity was Carmen Lofton. Serene Aandahl of Minneapolis was crowned Miss Minnesota Teen USA. The first runner-up was Nicole Mickelson, and the second runner-up was Katrina Begin. The other finalists were Julie Schiltz and Austin Sponsel. Ms. Photogenic was Ms. Sponsel, and Miss Amity was Mandy Jackson.

Miss India, Priyanka Chopra, was crowned Miss World on Nov. 30, 2000, in London. She succeeds another beauty queen from India, Yukta Mookhey, and is the fourth Indian to win Miss World in the past decade. (The current Miss Universe, Lara Dutta, is also from India.) The first-runner-up to Ms. Chopra was Giorgia Palmas of Italy, and Turkey's Yuksel Ak was second runner-up. This was the 50th Miss World competition, making it the oldest functioning global pageant. This competition came only weeks after the death of Eric Morley, who founded Miss World in 1951.

Broadcast journalist Shawn Cunningham, who is Ms. Black American Achievement, has been crowned Miss Black Florida USA 2001, as well as Miss Southwest Florida for the Florida US of A Continental USA system.

Larkin Florence was crowned Miss Fleur de Lis 2001 on Nov. 25, 2000, in New Orleans. She also won the swimsuit competition and tied for best interview with Michelle Boudreaux. The talent winner was Lindsay Dykes. At the same pageant, Sabrina Plaisance was crowned Miss Crescent City New Orleans 2001. She also won the interview, swimsuit and talent awards. The first runner-up in the combined event was Ms. Dykes, while Ms. Boudreaux was second runner-up. Amber Delino was third runner-up, and Michelle Best was fourth runner-up. Ms. Florence and Ms. Plaisance will compete for the Miss Louisiana (America) crown. Alice (A.J.) Williams was crowned Miss Crescent City New Orleans Princess. She also won the interview competition, while Kerri Millett won the sportswear category. Blair Abene was crowned Miss Crescent City New Orleans Teen. She also won talent and interview and tied with April Dupre in swimsuit.

Bernice Liu was chosen Miss Chinese Vancouver on Nov. 25, 2000. She will represent Canada's third-largest city at Miss Chinese International in January 2001. Canada is the most successful country in the Miss Chinese International contest, having won the international crown three times.

Scarlett Kibby, 4, has been crowned Little Miss Hamilton County 2000, becoming the official "little sister" and escort to Miss Hamilton County (America).

Katharina Kuhlmann, 23, was crowned Miss Sueddeutschland (Southern Germany) Universe on Nov. 24, 2000. She will compete for the Miss Germany Universe title in January 2001.

Katherine Perello, Miss Rice Belt Teen USA, has been crowned Miss Texas Teen USA. The first runner-up was Kelli Wisby, representing Beaumont (and who was third runner-up the previous year). The second runner-up was Ashley Doughtie, representing Harris County, and the third runner-up was Crystal Jamison, representing Dallas-Fort Worth. The fourth runner-up was Jenna Hopper, representing Dallas. Teresa Lowther, representing Katy, and Barbara Bailey, representing Southwest Texas, tied for Miss Congeniality.

Cornelia Nessel, 20, of Hassloch was crowned Miss Rheinland-Pfalz (Universe) 2000 in Trier, Germany, on Nov. 24, 2000. The first runner-up was Tanja Werner of Gerolstein, and the second runner-up was Maja Coniglio of Scheidt. Rheinland-Pfalz has a recent record of success at Miss Germany Universe, having won in 1995, 1997 and 1998.

Erin O'Kelley, 14, of Arden was crowned Miss North Carolina Teen USA on Nov. 25, 2000, in Asheville. The first runner-up was Shaharzad McDowell of Fayetteville, and the second runner-up was Fallon Heavner of Lincolnton. The third runner-up was Brooke Helton of Fayetteville, and the fourth runner-up was Kelly Farlow of Albemarle. Monica Palumbo of Charlotte, a sophomore at East Carolina University, was crowned Miss North Carolina USA. The first runner-up was Danelle McCullough of Charlotte, and the second runner-up was Chiniqua Pettaway of Greensboro. The third runner-up was Ali Burr of Stanfield, a former Miss North Carolina Teen USA, and the fourth runner-up was Simi Sistani of Durham. Lucy Parker, another former Miss North Carolina Teen USA, won the Pageantry Spirit award. Presiding over the event with style was the master of ceremonies, Dana Rosengard, to whom PNB is indebted for this report.

Elizabeth Barchas, 20, was crowned Miss Idaho USA 2001 in Nampa on Nov. 25, 2000. She was Miss Idaho Teen USA in 1998. She is a student at Emory University in Atlanta, and in 1999 was a Top 10 finalist at the Miss Georgia USA Pageant. Samantha Felts, who was a finalist at Miss Idaho Teen USA in 1999, was first runner-up for the Miss Idaho USA title. She also won the evening gown and swimsuit preliminary awards. Brandi Baumgartner was second runner-up. In a case of pageantry imitating politics, a recount was sought after the announcement of Ms. Barchas' victory. The recount confirmed her win. Hayley Van Cleve of Boise won the Miss Idaho Teen USA 2000 title. She was first runner-up the previous year. Heidi Phillips was first runner-up to Ms. Van Cleve.

Lisa Paulakis was crowned Miss New York USA 2001 on Nov. 26, 2000, in Albany. Gloria Almonte was crowned Miss New York Teen USA 2001.

Shelly Munoz has just been crowned Mrs. West Coast Achievement 2001 and Mrs. Pacific Coast Universal Achievment 2001. She is the state director for the Miss California Achievment Pageant, Queen for a Day, and Project Pencil Box. She also holds the national title for Ms. Petite US Achievement 2000.

Luis Nery, 22, Mr. Peninsula Goajira, was chosen Mr. Venezuela on Nov. 23, 2000, in Caracas. The first runner-up was Cristobal Lander, Mr. Miranda, who is reported to be the boyfriend of beauty queen Claudia Moreno. Lander also was honored for having the best physique. The second runner-up was Anibal Martignani, Mr. Guarico. Mr.Carabobo, Deive Garces, was Mr. Photogenic, and Mr. Amazonas, Nicolas Invernizzi, won Mr. Elegance.

Cristina Yvonne Remond, 19, Miss Southern Quebec Universe, was crowned Miss Canadian Universe on Nov. 19, 2000, in Edmonton, Alberta. She will represent Canada at the Miss Universe Pageant. She is also the reigning World Miss University Canada. The first runner-up was Shani Whittle, 20, Miss Central Ontario Universe, who will represent Canada at the Top Model of the World Pageant in Duesseldorf, Germany, in December 2000. The second runner-up was Shauna Olechow, 22, Miss Edmonton Universe. The third runner-up was Michelle Weswaldi, 23, Miss Northwest Ontario Universe, and the fourth runner-up was Nancy Habashi, 19, Miss Southwest Quebec Universe. Ms. Whittle was the Photogenic winner. Miss Talent was Lailina Porter, 24, Miss Lethbridge Universe, and Miss Congeniality was Lindsay Arnone, 22, Miss Northern Ontario Universe, 22. On the judging panel was the grand old man of Canadian pageantry (more grand than old), the famous Jimmy Steele.

Tess Street has won the title of Miss Teen American Elegance 2001. The first runner-up was Kimberly Melchior, Miss Teen Mid-US, and the second runner-up was Melissa Newberry, Miss Teen Missouri. The third runner-up was Amber Nunnery, Miss Teen Kansas. Rachel Gorham of Illinois was crowned Ms. American Elegance 2001. The first runner-up was Lori Sundberg, Ms. Connecticut, and the second runner-up was Denae Lofton, Ms. Mid-US. The third runner-up was Geri Johnson, Ms. Kansas, and the fourth runner-up was Chelsey Macias, Ms. Hawaii. Cheryl Cameron, Ms. Eastern US Woman, was crowned Ms. American Elegance Woman. Dawn Frison, Ms. Illinois Woman, was first runner-up, and Laura Giordano, Ms. Georgia Woman, was second runner-up. E-dee Martin, Ms. Colorado Woman, was third runner-up, and Tammy Townsend, Ms. Michigan Woman, was fourth runner-up. Beatriz Gill was crowned Ms. Elegance International.

Kesaraporn Duangsawan, a beauty queen in Thailand's Ratchaburi province, has relinquished her crown and forfeited her prize money after admitting that she is a man. Suspicions were raised by other contestants.

Following are the winners of the Little Miss and Mister Hawaiian Tropic Southern Regional Finals on Nov. 18, 2000, in Atlanta: Tiny Miss (13-23 months) - Makiah Fields; Wee Miss (2-3 years) - Kassi King; Little Miss (4-6 years) - Taylor Head; Junior Miss (11-13 years) - Kristin Meyer; Little Mister (3-6 years) - Gabriel Horzing; Young Mister (7-12 years) - Aaron Fuller. The overall girls' winner in the age category of 1 to 6 years was Maysi Campbell, 4. The overall winner in the age category of 7 and up was Alicia Cauthen, 14. 

Samadhi Pizzorni, 18, won the Miss Panamerican Venezuela competition on Nov. 17, 2000, in Caracas. She will represent Venezuela at the Panamerican Queen Contest in Cali, Colombia, in December 2000. The runners-up were Dulce Torres and Dorangela Rodriguez.

Beth Lovro, a student at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, was crowned Miss South Dakota USA on Nov. 11, 2000. The first runner-up was Lainie Hammer of Mitchell. Jessica Herrgott of Mitchell was crowned Miss South Dakota Teen USA. The first runner-up was Jessica Fjerstad of Madison.

Denisse Quiñones of Lares has been crowned Miss Puerto Rico (Universe) 2001. The first runner-up was Joanna Treviño of Añasco, and the second runner-up was Katherine González of Guayama.

Cortney Phillips, 20, an Oklahoma City University student, was crowned Miss Oklahoma USA on Nov. 11, 2000. She was second runner-up the previous year.

Courtney Blooding, 20, was crowned Miss Nashville on Oct. 28, 2000. Heather Norman, 23, was crowned Miss Music City. Both will compete in the Miss Tennessee (America) Pageant.

Kristi Conroy of North Hollywood, Calif., has been crowned Miss California Professional Woman 2001. She is a TV public relations coordinator for a major Hollywood studio.

Karolina Hoffmann was crowned Miss Nordrhein-Westfalen (Germany) 2000 on Nov. 8, 2000. She will represent her state in the Miss Germany (Universe) Pageant in January 2001. The first runner-up was Zorica Radoslajevic, and the second runner-up was Mareike Vogl.

Andrea Noccetti was crowned Miss Colombia on Nov. 12, 2000, in Cartagena.

Tara Sales, 23, was crowned Miss Toronto Universe on Nov. 12, 2000. She will go on to compete in the Miss Ontario Universe Pageant. The first runner-up was Brenda Henry, 22, who also won best in interview. The second runner-up was Julie-Lynn Wong, 25. Yasmin Ali, 19, won best in swimsuit, and Rossana Tassone, 23, won the Miss Fitness prize. Diana Berdichesky, 19, was named Miss Congeniality, and Melissa Leifer, 18, was Miss Photogenic.

Morgan Dusch, a freshman at Indiana University, won the 11th annual Miss Indiana State Festivals Association Pageant on Nov. 11, 2000, in Fort Wayne. She was representing the Indian Summer Festival in Paoli. The first runner-up was Ashley Lester, representing the Wabash Canal Days festival, and the second runner-up was the English Reunion Festival queen, Janie Neal. The third runner-up was Alyssa Bott, representing the Kosciusko County Fair, and fourth runner-up was Natasha Schroeder, representing the Swiss Wine Festival in Vevay. Ms. Dusch will travel around Indiana making appearances at various festivals and parades, and will promote the state association at the lieutenant governor's conference on tourism in the Spring of 2001. Judges at the pageant included the current Miss Indiana Betsy Bobel, Fort Wayne attorney and former Miss Indiana fourth runner-up Mweni Ekpo, Miss Indiana state field director Terry Iden, and Miss Indiana prep team member David Welch. The pageant was produced and directed by Cheryl and Jolie Lindley.

Lindsey Camp, 17, of Edmond was crowned Miss Oklahoma Teen USA on Nov. 11, 2000. She also won the swimwear competition.

Brea Vaughan was crowned Miss Apple Capital 2001 on Nov. 11, 2000, and will represent Gilmer County/Ellijay, Ga. at the Miss Georgia Pageant. She was the interview winner as well.

Rebecca Schlappich, 17, of Sinking Spring was crowned Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA in Monroeville on Nov. 12, 2000. The first runner-up was Carolyn Jennings of Fairview, and the second runner-up was Tanya Lehman of York. The two other finalists were Brittany Border of Greencastle and Lauren Pollick of Cheswick. There were 143 contestants, and it was billed as the largest state preliminary to Miss Teen USA. Jillian Parry, the reigning Miss Teen USA, who is from Pennsylvania, was a special guest.

Sarah Medley, a home-schooled 14-year-old, has been crowned Miss South Carolina Teen USA. The first runner-up was Shae Rodgers, and the second runner-up was Lindsay Smalls. The third runner-up was Heather Stevens. The fourth runner-up was Nikki Flanigan. Candace Richards was crowned Miss South Carolina USA. The first runner-up was Ashley Williams, and the second runner-up was Anna Hanks. The third runner-up was Laura Leigh Hall, and the fourth runner-up was Brooke Woodell.

Eric Morley, who founded the Miss World Pageant in 1951 and had recently been preparing for the 2000 competition, died in London on Nov. 8, 2000. He was 82. Morley started Miss World as part of the Festival of Britain, a 1951 extravaganza celebrating the nation's postwar comeback. In its first year, it was a bikini contest, but it became a mainstream pageant that raised huge sums of money for charity. It is the longest-running active international pageant. "Morley was absolutely the dean of pageant directors," said journalist Gerdeen Dyer, founding editor of PNB. "He was an innovator who weathered every change that this business has experienced."

Iris Garcia has been chosen Miss Texas Teen Latina 2000. She is a professional cheerleader for the El Paso Buzzards hockey team.

Karla Farnham has been selected as Wyoming's representative at the American Dream Festival/Swimsuit Calendar Model Search.

Michelle Chavez, 24, has been named Miss Texas Latina 2000. She is an intern with KVIA Channel 7 and a student at El Paso Community College. She will represent Texas in the Miss Latina USA Pageant in Nicaragua. Runners-up were Letecia Torres, Cynthia Montanez, Terry Montez and Shantay Garcia.

Katee Doland, 20, of Arvada has been crowned Miss Colorado USA 2001. She was Miss Colorado Teen USA 1998 and at one time was the youngest member of the Denver Broncos cheerleaders. The first runner-up was Erin MacGregor, a former Miss Colorado (America). Krystal Spur was crowned Miss Colorado Teen USA. The first runner-up was Lindsey Dowling. Both Ms. Doland and Ms. Spur were Photogenic winners. Miss Congeniality was Jessica Tover, and Miss Teen Congeniality was Ann Chong.

Laura Flinn Baechtel of California has been chosen Ms. Professional Woman International Queen 2000-2001 for the 30s division.

Sarah McClary, 21, of Evansville was crowned Miss Indiana USA 2001 on Nov. 5, 2000. Jillian Dornbush of Georgetown was crowned Miss Indiana Teen USA.

Lani Hancock, a graduate of Georgia Southern University, was crowned Miss DeKalb County (Ga.) 2001 and was also the recipient of both the talent and interview awards. She will represent the county at Miss Georgia. The first runner-up was Stephanie Bledsoe, who was also the swimsuit winner. The second runner-up was Area Walton, and the third runner-up was Kayann Hayden. The fourth runner-up was Carrie Beth Spivey, and the "People's Choice" winner was Celentria Adams.

The following young women were crowned as Miss Georgia Southern Sweetheart Queens on Nov. 3-4, 2000. The event was sponsored by the Georgia Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Miss - Delecta Morrison of Tifton; Teen Miss - Jana Donalson of Bainbridge; Junior Miss - Taylor Beth Young of Sylvester; Tiny Miss - Shelby Dedge of Leesburg; Teeny Miss - Carely Douglas of Nashville (Ga.); Miss Caring Friend - Kristin Davis of Fitzgerald.

Gina Delabbio of Rockford, Mich., was crowned Miss Kalamazoo County 2001 at Kalamazoo Valley Community College on Nov. 4, 2000. She will go on to compete at Miss Michigan in June as part of the Miss America Scholarship Program. The first runner-up to Ms. Delabbio was Pam Terry, and the second runner-up was Kelli Taliska. The third runner-up was Kelly Nelson.

Rebecca Carr, a 20-year-old student at Darton College, was crowned Miss Albany on Nov. 4, 2000, in Albany, Ga. On the same night, Jennifer Ford, who was Miss Gwinnett County 1997, as well as a Top 10 contestant at the 1997 Miss Georgia Pageant, was crowned Miss Conyers Cherry Blossom. Both women have earned spots in the 2001 Miss Georgia Pageant.

Lauren Arnold of Arkadelphia was crowned Miss Arkansas Teen USA on Nov. 4, 2000, in West Memphis, Ark. The first runner-up was Kattie Laster of Little Rock, and the second runner-up was Dagni Bowls. The third runner-up was Rebekah Davis, and the fourth runner-up was Jessica Furrer. The master of ceremonies, Dana Rosengard, showed his customary generosity by providing PNB with this report.

Ligia Fernanda Petit Vargas of Venezuela was crowned Reina Sudamericana 2000 (Queen of South America 2000) on Nov. 3, 2000, in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. The first runner-up was Natalia Figueras Cabezas of Uruguay, and the second runner-up was Lissette Sierra of Chile. The third runner-up was Claudia Andrea Arano Antelo of Bolivia. Carolina Ramirez Franco of Paraguay was Miss Photogenic, and Sandra Urbina of Peru was Miss Friendship.

Jessie Davis of Harrison was crowned Miss Arkansas USA on Nov. 3, 2000, in West Memphis, Ark. She was also named Miss Photogenic. The first runner-up was Aimee Delatte of Stuttgart, and the second runner-up was Julie Meins, also of Stuttgart. The third runner-up was Trina Kyzer of Jacksonville, and the fourth runner-up was Rixie Watkins of Brinkley. PNB is grateful to Dana Rosengard, the master of ceremonies at this and many other pageants, for his report.

Patricia Kaiser has been chosen to represent Austria in Miss World 2000. The teenager was previously crowned Miss Austria in March 2000.

Sujoing Drakeford, 23, of Bellevue has been crowned Miss Nebraska USA. Heidi Lammli, 16, of Stanton has been crowned Miss Nebraska Teen USA.

Sasha Hills, 16, has been chosen as a delegate to represent New York City in the Miss New York Teen USA Pageant.

Vanessa Rose, 15, of the Bronx, and Taccara Barrier of Brooklyn have been chosen to represent New York at the Miss American Coed Pageant.

Martin Fritz, 20, of Voralberg was chosen Mr. Austria on Oct. 28, 2000. The first runner-up was Clemens Wissiak of Graz, and the second runner-up was Philip Hofer of Graz.

Heather Hayden, a 6-foot-tall beauty from Amite, was crowned Miss Louisiana USA on Oct. 28, 2000, in Lafayette. She is a junior at Southeastern University. The first runner-up was Jennifer McLain, and the second runner-up was Christina Cuenca. The third runner-up was Heather Dupree, and the fourth runner-up was former PNB cover girl Elizabeth Nicholson of New Orleans. Paige Egan of Covington, a high school senior, was crowned Miss Louisiana Teen USA. The first runner-up was Anne Angelle, and the second runner-up was Brittney Rogers. The third runner-up was Lydia McKnight, and the fourth runner-up was Anna Gordon-Stuart. Acting as master of ceremonies at the event was the esteemed Dana Rosengard, to whom PNB owes an immense debt of thanks.

Kathleen Lighthiser, 15, of Lynchburg was crowned Miss Virginia Teen USA on Oct. 21, 2000, in Bristol. The first runner-up was Tara Higgerson, 16, of Chesapeake. Kristel Jenkins, 23, of Vinton was crowned Miss Virginia USA, and Kimberly Yeager, 24, of Lynchburg was first runner-up. The pageant's master of ceremonies was that well-traveled maestro of the microphone, Dana Rosengard, and PNB is grateful to him for this report.

Sherrayne Phillip, 20, a student at Florida Memorial College, was crowned Miss Caribbean USA on Oct. 15, 2000, in Coral Springs, Fla., emerging a winner from a field of delegates from various Caribbean islands. Miss Haiti, Claire Jean-Gilles, 23, was first runner-up. Donna Theophille, 19, Miss Dominica, was second runner-up.

On Oct. 13, 2000, Raja Messoui, Miss Limburg, was crowned Miss Nederland in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Ms. Messoui, 24, is of Moroccan origin, and is the first Arab woman ever to become Miss Nederland. The first runner-up was Miss South Holland, Reshma Roopram. She is of Hindustani origin, with roots in Suriname and India.

Heather McDonald was crowned Miss Clayland 2001 on Oct. 21, 2000, winning the right to compete at Miss Ohio. She was also the interview winner. This will be her fourth time at Miss Ohio. She was a swimsuit preliminary winner in 1999, and placed in the top 10 this past year.

Paola Calderon Hütt, 19, was crowned Miss Costa Rica on Oct. 21, 2000. She will represent Costa Rica at Miss Universe 2001. The first runner-up was Piarella Peralta, and she will represent Costa Rica at Miss World 2001.

Ignacio Kliche of Uruguay was crowned Mr. World on Oct. 13, 2000, in Scotland. Marcello Barkowski of Germany was first runner-up. The second runner-up was Dante Spencer of the United States.

Caroline Benton, 21, a senior at Valdosta State University, was crowned Miss Valdosta (Ga.) on Oct. 21, 2000. She also won the swimsuit award. She was the first Miss Valdosta to be crowned in more than a decade. The first runner-up and interview winner was Allison Colson. The second runner-up and talent winner was Candice Crapps. On the same night, April Dorsey, 22, a senior at Georgia Southern University, was crowned Miss Central Georgia in Thomaston, Ga. Both Ms. Benton and Ms. Dorsey will compete in the Miss Georgia Pageant in June 2001.

Donna Hein was crowned Ms. Hit the Beach! 2001 on Oct. 7, 2000, at SuperClubs Breezes Resort in the Bahamas. The first runner-up was Desiree Wynn, representing Summer Savage. Regina Falgoust was second runner-up, representing Kenny's Key West in Louisiana. Ms. Wynn also tied for Ms. Photogenic with Dulce Gomez, representing Yankee Doodles. Jackie Rudd, of the Terrace Club in Connecticut, was the online People's Choice, and Rachel Newman, representing Hubbard Lake Tavern, was named Friendliest Beach Girl.

Following are the winners of the third annual America's Royal Miss National Pagent, held Oct. 6-8, 2000, in Illinois. A special guest and judge for the pageant was Miss America 1988, Kaye Lani Rae Rafko-Wilson of Michigan: America's Royal Baby Miss - Emily Barber of Indiana; America's Royal Tiny Miss - Sarah Holliday of Missouri; America's Royal Petite Miss - Abigail Craig of Illinois; America's Royal Little Miss - Melissa Riedel of Illinois; America's Royal Junior Miss - Chelsea Reardon of Illinois; America's Royal Pre-Teen -Megan Riedel of Illinois; America's Royal Teen - Lizabeth Michalak of Wisconsin; America's Royal Miss - Melise Smith of Illinois; America's Royal Ms. - Amber Mayfield of Illinois. 0-4 Supreme Queen - Kylee Sizemore of Illinois; 5-9 Supreme Queen - Ellen Wilkie of Illinois; 10-up Supreme Queen - Lindsey Vermis of Wisconsin; Hi-Point Champion -Heather Kiesewetter of Ohio; Overall Talent - Jennifer Robinson of Illinois; Overall Photogenic - Chelsea Reardon of Illinois.

Amanda Canary was crowned Miss Ohio USA on Oct. 14, 2000. She was first runner-up to the title the previous year. The first runner-up to Ms. Canary was Rachel Altiere, a recent PNB cover girl. Angela Wilson was named Miss Ohio Teen USA on Oct. 13, 2000.

Sarah Hoyer, 19, of Newport News, Va., has been chosen Miss Virginia for Perfect Productions Pageant and will compete for the national title in Alabama in November. She is the current Ms. Virginia American United States Teen 2000 and Ms. Virginia Ambassador, Image Ventures.

Sara Yankus was crowned Miss Lake Lanier on Oct. 7, 2000, in Dawsonville, Ga. Dana Lowery was first runner-up, and Leslie Pruett was second runner-up. Stephanie Tyson was third runner-up, and April Brooks was fourth runner-up.

Stacey Smith, 25, of Bethany Beach, Del., was crowned Miss Delaware USA on Oct. 14, 2000. She was a semi-finalist in the previous year's Miss Maryland USA Pageant. Christie Aiken, 17, of Wilmington won the title of Miss Delaware Teen USA. She succeeds her sister, Carrie, who held the title the previous year.

Edgar Rodriguez of Venezuela was crowned Mr. Intercontinental on Oct. 15, 2000, in Germany. The first runner-up was Mr. Puerto Rico, Johnatan Rojas, and Ruben Chico of Spain was second runner-up.

Aryan Vaid of India was chosen Mr. International on Oct. 3, 2000, in Jodhpur, India. The first runner-up was Jorge Pascual of Mexico, and the second runner-up was China's Xu Chong, who also won the "Mr. Physique" title. Reberto Harrigan of the British Virgin Islands won two titles, "Best Talent" and "Mr. Popular."    

Lisa Tollet has been crowned Miss Tennessee USA 2001. Jessica Myers has been crowned Miss Tennessee Teen USA 2001.

Brandy Drake, 17, of Danielsville was crowned Miss Georgia Teen USA on Oct. 15, 2000, in Dalton, Ga. The first runner-up was Clark Sarullo, 18, of Marietta, and the second runner-up was Kimberly Harlan, 16, also of Marietta. The third runner-up was Cassady Lance, 15, of Savannah, and the fourth runner-up was Summer Haygood, 16, of Fayetteville. Tiffany Fallon, 26, of Duluth was crowned Miss Georgia USA. Ginger Morris, 24, of Atlanta was first runner-up, and Christene Perry, 25, of Alpharetta was second runner-up. Kelly Taylor, 20, of Woodstock was third runner-up, and Farah Fallowfield, 22, of Snellville was fourth runner-up.

Nora Figueroa of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., won the The Miss Heritage Festival Pageant on Oct. 7, 2000, in Paxton, Fla. The first runner-up was Erica Macon of DeFuniak Springs, and the second runner-up was Heather Johnson of Paxton. Nina Parker of Paxton won Junior Miss Heritage Festival. The first runner-up was Kaylen Pridgen of Liberty, and the second runner-up was Lyndsey Johnson of Paxton. Carri Day of Paxton won the Young Miss Heritage Festival title. Taylor Johnson of Paxton was first runner-up, and Haley Hurst of Paxton was second runner-up. Magen Adams of Paxton won the Little Miss Heritage Festival title. Erin Walker of DeFuniak Springs was the first runner-up, and Stevie Davidson of Jackson Steele was second runner-up. Destiny Rogers of Cottonwood won the Tiny Miss Heritage Festival title. Kallie Rogers of Paxton was first runner-up, and Katlyn Hataway of Kinston was second runner-up.

Karine Meier of Lorraine was crowned Miss France World 2000 on Oct. 5, 2000, and will represent the country in the Miss World Pageant.

Kayann Elizabeth Hayden, 20, of Ellijay, Ga., was selected Coosa Valley Fair Queen in Rome, Ga., on Oct. 7, 2000. She will compete in January 2001 for the title of Georgia Agriculture Fair Pageant Queen, a preliminary to the Miss Georgia Pageant, in the Miss America system. The first runner-up and talent winner was Lisa Wilson of Rome. The second runner-up and swimsuit winner was Miranda McGill of Rome, and the third runner-up was Beth Williams of Shannon.

Yekaterina Izmail of Moscow had been crowned Russian Beauty 2000 and will represent Russia at Miss World 2000.

Anita Neufeld, 19, of Hechingen was crowned Miss Baden-Wuerttemberg (Universe) 2000 on Oct. 9, 2000. The first runner-up was Katharina Kuhlmann, 23, of Ulm, and the second runner-up was Melanie Woehl, 16, of Wildberg.

Gina Giacinto won the Miss Nevada USA Pageant on Oct. 8, 2000. She represented Nevada in the Miss America Pageant the previous year and was a preliminary swimsuit winner.

Phire Dawson was crowned Ms. Petite Georgia on Oct. 8, 2000, in Duluth. She is from a well-known pageant family and is the sister of Alita Dawson, a former Miss Teen All American. The first runner-up was Gloria Morehead, and the second runner-up was Meredith Boyd. The third runner-up was Britney Varner, and the fourth runner-up was Jil Jordan. Meredith Boggs was crowned Miss Petite Teen Georgia. Ashley McKinney was first runner-up, and Britney Lovett was second runner-up. Lauren Lovett, no relation, was third runner-up. Malea Mashburn was fourth runner-up.

Alice Adam of Texas was chosen Ms. US National Volunteer on Oct. 7, 2000. Nicole St. Hilaire of New Jersey was first runner-up, and Franki Granger of Louisiana was second runner-up. Debbie White-Jones of Ohio was third runner-up, and Milandria King of Tennessee was fourth runner-up. All five finalists won other awards. Non-finalist award winners included Penny Olds of New Mexico, who won the Volunteer Spirit Award, and Laura Baechtel of California, who won the Lori Sikorszky Award for Academic Excellence.

Jenna Edwards of Mississippi, a former Miss Teen All American, was chosen Miss Oktoberfest on Oct. 5, 2000, in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. Ms. Edwards, once dubbed by PNB as the storybook princess," also received the swimsuit award. She is currently working as a production assistant at a TV station while pursuing her college degree. Her immediate goals are to finish college and model and act professionally in New York while pursuing a career in broadcast journalism. She will make more than 100 public appearances over the nine days of the Oktoberfest celebration. The first runner-up was Jennifer Glover of California, the reigning Miss California USA, who also won the talent award. The second runner-up was Sandrine Mahler, representing Kitchener-Waterloo. Shandi Finnessey of Missouri was the third runner-up, and Corbi Wells of Oklahoma was fourth runner-up. The Gemütlichkeit Award (Miss Congeniality in the Bavarian style of Oktoberfest), as voted by the contestants, went to the memorable Sarah O'Hara of Idaho, who was Miss Idaho Teen USA 1994.

Vivian Urdaneta, 21, representing Venezuela, has been crowned Miss International in Japan. She is the third Venezuelan to win the crown. The first runner-up was Miss Korea, Tae-young Shon, 21, who was also Miss Photogenic. Miss Russia, Svetlana Goreva, 18, was second runner-up.

Natascha Berg, 20, of Viernheim, competing as Miss Hessen World, was crowned Miss Germany World 2000 on Oct. 2, 2000. The first runner-up was Stefanie Harms, who competed as Miss Norddeutschland World, and the second runner-up was Sabrina Rupp, who competed as Miss Mitteldeutschland World.

Ester Eden, Miss Utila, 17, won the Miss Honduras Universe Pageant in San Pedro Sula on Oct. 1, 2000. She also won the awards for best legs and most photogenic. The first runner-up was Miss El Progreso, Olenka Fuschich, who won the Miss Culture title. The second runner-up was Keyla Medina, Miss Comayagua, who won the Best Figure and Best Hair prizes. Among the judges of the contest were Julieta Urrutia, Miss International 1984 from Guatemala, Venezuela's Jacqueline Aguilera, Miss World 1995, and the reigning Miss America Latina, Dania Prince from Honduras.

Tom Gill, competing as Mr. Virginia, won the Sexiest Bachelor in America Pageant in Las Vegas on Oct. 2, 2000. Mr. Illinois, Matt Thomas, was first runner-up, and Matt Funk, Mr. North Dakota, was second runner-up. The third runner-up was Reed Randoy, Mr. Arizona, and the fourth runner-up was Mr. Louisiana, Blair Dickens. Former Miss Universe Brook Lee was on the all-female panel of judges. The pageant, which was making its debut, was shown on Fox Television.

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