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News archive: January - March 2001

Stephanie Chang, 20, of Bakersville, N.C., was crowned Miss Spivey’s Corner 2001 on March 31, 2001. She will compete for the Miss North Carolina (America) title. The first runner-up was Elizabeth Aldrich, 23, of Wilson, and the second runner-up was Christy Warren, 21, of Newton Grove. The third runner-up was Jennifer Johnson, 22, of Dunn. Jessica Burnette, 21, of Raleigh was Miss Congeniality.

Kira Delgado, 24, of Levittown, a former Miss Neshaminy, was crowned Miss Philadelphia on March 31, 2001. She will compete for the Miss Pennsylvania title.

Gun Rumgchao, 25, won Thailand's third annual Miss Tiffany Pageant on March 31, 2001, in Pattaya. The event, for transvestites and transsexuals, was televised nationwide. The first runner-up was Jirasak Sitiyotha, and the second runner-up was Ananthachai Namjan.

Zahra Burton was crowned Miss Jamaica Universe on March 31, 2001, in Kingston. Melissa Roche was first runner-up, and Tricia Ann Bennett was second runner-up. Ms. Bennett also received an award for best legs. Deidre-Ann Chen was honored for best figure, and Simone Scarlett was honored for best smile. Rashida Gopie was named Most Congenial.

Mrs. Vista, Kimberly Kogler, was crowned Mrs. California United States on March 25, 2001, at the Lake San Marcos resort near San Diego. The first runner-up was Cheryl Kalil, and the second runner-up was Kathryn Bergstrom. The third was runner-up was Tamara Auster, and the fourth runner-up was Gina Ray Swenson.

Nancy Dean of Elberta, Ala., was crowned Ms. Senior Alabama on March 31, 2001. She will compete in the Ms. Senior America Pageant in November. The system is for women 60 or older.

Following are the winners of the Ms. U.S. Beauties Pageant held in Tinsley Park, Ill.: 

  • Young Ms. U. S. Beauties - Jennifer McCullagh 
  • Ms. Teen U. S. Beauties - Tatiana Madeline Newcomb 
  • Ms. U. S. Beauties - Mary Sollars
  • Ms. Woman U. S. Beauties - Lauren Grand Matthews
  • Ms. Lady U. S. Beauties - Marie Bayer
  • Elegant Lady Ms. U.S. Beauties - Gladys Sierakowski.

Grace Marie Zabaneh, Miss Santa Ana, was crowned Miss El Salvador 2001 on March 30, 2001. She will compete in the Miss Universe Pageant in May.

Tiffany Walker, 21, of Brooklyn has been crowned Miss Five Boroughs 2001. Her talent is dance performance, and her platform is "Empowering Youth through the Performing Arts." She will compete for the title of Miss New York (America) in June 2001.

Shari Murray, 33, of Sterling, Va., has been crowned Ms. Virginia American States 2001. She competed as Ms. Loudoun County. She will now pursue the national title of Ms. American States 2001.

Juliana Borges, Miss Rio Grande do Sul, 22, won the Miss Brazil crown in Rio de Janeiro on March 26, 2001. She will represent her country in the Miss Universe Pageant in Puerto Rico in May. The first runner-up was Fernanda Tinti, Miss Minas Gerais, 19, who will represent Brazil in the Miss International Pageant in October in Japan. The second runner-up was Joyce Aguiar, 18, Miss São Paulo, and the third runner-up was Débora Daggy, Miss Pernambuco, 18. Raquel Farias, Miss Rio de Janeiro, 18, was the fourth runner-up.

Maja Cecic-Vidos of Rijeka has been crowned Miss Croatia Universe 2001. She is 20 and will represent her country at Miss Universe in Puerto Rico. Jelena Petkovic was the first runner-up.

Mededith Anne Tiede, 22, was crowned Miss Pocatello 2001 on March 24, 2001, in the annual pageant held at the Goranson Theatre auditorium on the campus of Idaho State University. She performed a Latin ballet dance en point during the talent competition. She will compete for the Miss Idaho (America) title in June. Katie Bullington, Miss Pocatello 2000 and fourth runner-up to Miss Idaho 2000, crowned Ms. Tiede, a mass communications junior at ISU.

Lisa Myrie of Cincinnati, competing as Miss Ohio, won the 2001 National Miss Black USA Pageant on March 24, 2001, in Birmingham, Ala. She is 24. Some of the other top ten finalists were Miss Florida, Shawn Petrice Cunningham of Naples, and Miss Arkansas, Roxie Hannah of Arkadelphia. 

Ami Geist, Miss Teen Vacaville, was crowned Miss Teenage California 2001 during ceremonies in Irvine, California, before an audience of more than 1,200. The 18-year-old winner is a high school senior. The first runner-up was Miss Teen Menifee Valley, Sara Zegan, 16. The second runner-up was Miss Teen Santa Barbara County, Emily Huges, 17. The third runner-up was Miss Teen Fontana, Jackie Pickering, 18. The fourth runner-up was Miss Teen Palos Verdes, Monica Taylor, 16. The Miss Teenage California Scholarship Pageant, the largest state teen pageant in the nation, is produced annually by Danfranc Productions of Elk Grove, Calif.

Shawn Petrice Cunningham, a television news anchor/reporter working in southwest Florida, has been crowned Ms. New York America's of the Year 2001-02. She will compete at the national competition in Fort Myers, Florida in summer 2001.

Warinthorn Paduangwithee has been crowned Miss Thailand Universe 2001. The 24-year-old university student also won Miss Photogenic. She was a semifinalist at Miss Thailand 1998. The first runner-up was Wanwisa Khamdaengyai, 21. The second runner-up was Phansiri Jitrath, 23. Other awards included Best Skin - Ms. Khamdaengyai, Miss Charming - Ms. Jitrath, Miss Thai Style Beauty - Vipavadee Kadsakula; Miss Popular - Wanyuda Saenudom, and Miss Congeniality - Ornat Paladsongkram.

Fatima St. Jago has been crowned Miss Curacao (Universe). She is a cousin of Verna Vasquez, who won the title in 1996, was first runner-up to Jozaine Wall in 1999.

A week after winning the Mrs. Jonquil title, Meredith Boyd won the Ms. Kennesaw 2001 title in Kennesaw, Ga.

Daniela Rockenschaub was crowned Miss Austria World 2001 on March 24, 2001. She will represent her country at Miss World. The first runner-up was crowned Carina Friedl, and the second runner-up was Birgit Feichtinger. The third runner-up was Sabrina Wittmann, and the fourth runner-up was Christine Nagele.

Tung Mai Chin, 20, of Petang was crowned Miss Malaysia Universe 2001 on March 23, 2001. She is well-known in the country for her appearance in shampoo commercials. The first runner-up was Brenda Lam, 19, and the second runner-up was Debbie Yin, 20.

Sharon Kaiser-Carlos has been crowned Mrs. Germany United Nation 2001. She will compete for the title of Mrs. United Nation in July 2001.

Jessica Bermudez, 23, was crowned Miss Ecuador 2001 on March 22, 2001. She will represent Ecuador at Miss Universe 2001. The first runner-up was Carla Revenos, who will represent Ecuador at Miss World 2001. The second runner-up was Gabriela Gresely, and the third runner-up was Gabriella Jaramillo. The fourth runner-up was Claudia Pinargote.

Ilanit Levy, 18, has been crowned Miss Israel in Haifa. She will represent her country in the Miss Universe Pageant.

Tara Jwameer, a 25-year-old pharmacist from Sulymanieh, won the 53rd annual Miss Iraq Pageant on March 21, 2001, in Babylon. She is the fourth Kurdish girl to win the title, and the first since 1986. The first runner-up was Hala Khayatt, 18, of Baghdad, who also won the evening gown award. The second runner-up was Lulu Abdilleh, 17, who is the first African-Iraqi ever to place in the top five, being the daughter of Somali immigrants. The third runner-up was 17-year-old Fadia Nasrallah of Baghdad, and the fourth runner-up was Aure Arnulf, 17, of Nimrod. It has not been determined where the Iraqi winner will compete next. Because of Iraq's diplomatic isolation (at least from the United States and Britain), participation in most international pageants has not been feasible for some time.

Alisa Lenamond has been crowned Miss North Texas USA. She is a student at the University of North Texas and made Top 10 at Miss Texas USA in 2000.

Rani Khetarpal has been crowned Mrs. India United Nation 2001. She will compete for the Mrs. United Nation International title in summer 2001.

Sara Jones, 23, of Indiana was chosen Ms. 2001 International on March 13, 2001.

Kolbrún Helgadóttir was crowned Miss Iceland World in Reykjavik on March 16, 2001. She will represent her country at Miss World 2001 in November. Linda Petursdóttir, who is from Iceland and was Miss World 1988, is the organizer of the national contest.

The 2001 Miss Darlington Pageant, held on March 17, 2001, in DeFuniak Springs, Fla., picked the following winners: Tiny Miss Darlington -Destiny Rogers, Dothan, Ala.; First runner-up - Regina McMillan, Paxton, Fla.; Second runner-up - Cheyenne Morris, Darlington, Fla.; Little Miss Darlington - Caitlyn Thalacker, Crestview, Fla.; First runner-up - Allyson Howell, Leonia, Fla.; Second runner-up - Erin Walker, DeFuniak Springs, Fla.; Young Miss Darlington - Carla Snyder, DeFuniak Springs, Fla.; First runner-up - Kayla Glidewell, Jackson Steel; Second runner-up - Ashton Glidewell, Jackson Steel; Junior Miss Darlington - Leslie Registar, DeFuniak Springs, Fla.; First runner-up - Lucinda Langston, Freeport; Second runner-up - Tahnee Moody, DeFuniak Springs, Fla.; Miss Darlington - Tawanna Coleman, Geneva, Ala.; First runner-up - Kacie Shiver, Graceville, Fla.; Second runner-up - Katy Cook, Dothan, Ala. Ms. Coleman will compete at the 2001 Miss National Peanut Festival in Dothan, Ala., in October.

The second annual international online pageant, Miss 2001, held by Coronation, Inc., chose the following winners from among more than 100 contestants from several continents. International overall winners: Ms. 2001 - Sara Jones; Mrs. 2001 - Diana Santoro; Miss 2001 -Laura Allen; Miss Teen 2001 - Kyleen Krstich; Miss Preteen 2001 - Alynn Piccirillo; Little Miss 2001 - Morgan Reynolds; Mini Miss 2001 - Heidi Alaniz; Tiny Miss 2001 - Samantha Coville. National Winners: Ms. 2001 Australia - Nell Burton; Little Miss 2001 Chile - Dagnie Johnson; Miss Preteen 2001 Chile - Nicole Johnson; Miss Teen 2001 Canada, Melissa Lane; Miss 2001 Canada, Amanda Demidoff; Mrs. 2001 Canada - Caroline Cote; Tiny Miss 2001 U.S. - Jewel Joy Stevens; Mini Miss 2001 U.S. - Cadie Risser; Little Miss 2001 U.S. - Dylaina Ducksworth; Miss Preteen 2001 U.S. - Karissa Andrews; Miss Teen 2001 U.S. - Becca Dahmen; Miss 2001 U.S. - Audra Chun; Mrs. 2001 U.S. - Tiffany Freshwater Shooter; Ms. 2001 U.S. - Karen Hauck. The contestants voted Nikki Murray as Miss Congeniality.

Jessica Lawrence of Brookings, who was first runner-up to Miss South Dakota (America) in 2000, was crowned Miss East River on March 17, 2001. She did a modern ballet performance. The first runner-up to Miss East River was Deb Kurtz of Brookings, a former finalist at Miss South Dakota. On the same night, Vanessa Short Bull, who was Miss South Dakota USA 2000, was crowned Miss Sioux Empire. The first runner-up to Miss Sioux Empire was Jaclyn Boub of Vermillion. Ms. Lawrence and Ms. Short Bull will compete in the Miss South Dakota Pageant.

Monica Allen of Waxhaw was crowned Miss 2001 North Carolina Teen on March 17, 2001. She also won the swimsuit, evening gown and fashion awards. The first runner-up was Vanessa Chetty of Roanoke Rapids, and the second runner-up was Helon Lampe of Granite Falls. The Photogenic award went to Chasity Church. The Spirit Award went to Kelly Queen. On the same night, Danielle Broome of Greer was crowned Miss 2001 South Carolina Teen. She also won the fashion and evening gown awards. The first runner-up was Addy Hoffman of Lexington, and the second runner-up was Brittany Gantt of Cayce. Magen Chabra was winner of the Photogenic and swimsuit awards. The Spirit Award went to Tara Carter. Both winners were crowned in Greenville, S.C., and will represent their respective states at the Miss 2001 United States Teen competition in July 2001.

Following are the winners of the Jonquil Festival Pageant 2001 on March 18, 2001, sponsored by the city of Smyrna, Ga., and the Cobb Galleria Centre: Jacoya Jackson won Little Miss Jonquil, for ages 4-6; Mai Tae Gabrielle won Petite Miss Jonquil, for ages 7-9; Chelsea Thompson won Preteen Miss Jonquil, for ages 10-12; Nicci Faires won Junior Miss Jonquil, for ages 13-15; Donna Carol Miller won Teen Miss Jonquil, for ages 16-17; Lindsey Morgan Palmer won Miss Jonquil, for ages 18-26; Meredith Boyd, a former PNB cover girl, won Mrs. Jonquil.

Thirty-four-year-old Kelly Jahner-Byrne, Mrs. Washington County, was crowned Mrs. Minnesota International 2001 on March 18, 2001, at the Kimberly Ritsche Auditorium at St. Cloud State University. She won the crown on her second bid for the title, and she described it as "a dream come true." Mrs. Jahner-Byrne, from Woodbury, also won the preliminary awards for evening gown and interview. Her platform is "Volunteerism," in which she has ample experience. She will be competing for the national title in August 2001 in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. The first runner-up was Mrs. Anoka County, Cheryl Lynn Dankers, who also won the photogenic award. The second runner-up was Mrs. Apple Valley, Pamela Finley, and the third runner-up was Mrs. Moorhead, Wanda Kapaun. The fourth runner-up was Mrs. Nobles County, Cathy Duin.

Malin Olsson, Miss Dalarna, has been chosen Miss Sweden. The 18-year-old will represent Sweden in Miss Universe 2001. The first runner-up was Miss Dalsland, Camilla Bäck, who is likely to compete at Miss World. The second runner-up was Miss Blekinge, llka Kenyeres.

The Manhunt International 2001 Pageant will be held in Beijing, capital of the People's Republic of China, in 2001. Men from 55 countries will participate. This is the first time that China will host the internationally televised event.

Fox Television reportedly will stage a contest in spring 2001 in which young American women will vie to be the dream date of a European prince. The concept is similar to Fox's controversial "Who Wants to Marry a Multimillionaire" competition in 2000. As in that contest, the man's identity is not being disclosed.

Michele Baskin-Jones was awarded the title of Ms. 2001 Texas on March 13, 2001. She is also the reigning Mrs. Dallas Achievement, Mrs. Northern Hemisphere Universal Achievement and Ms. Texas Pageantstyle.

Sharon Carlos has been crowned Ms. North Carolina US Continental 2001. Paige Huffman has been crowned Miss North Carolina Teen US Continental. They will compete in their respective national pageants in September 2001.

Linda Marshall was crowned Miss Norway Universe 2001 on March 14, 2001. Malin Johansen was crowned Miss Norway World 2001.

Desiree Spada of Kingston, N.Y., a student at Marist College, won the title of Miss Capital Region on March 10, 2001, at Hudson Valley Community College. She will compete for the Miss New York (America) title.

Competing on her 20th birthday, Rosa María Castañeda Aldana was crowned Miss Guatemala Universe on March 12, 2001, in Guatemala City. She also won the Miss Elegance prize, and will represent her country in the Miss Universe Pageant in Puerto Rico on May 11, 2001. The first runner-up was Claudia Sarti Sturge, who also won the Best Photo Model and Best Figure prizes. The second runner-up was Catherine von Ann Scheel, who won the prize for the best legs, and the third runner-up was Dina Marisol Rueda Koosemans.

Precious Agyare, 20, was crowned Miss Ghana Universe 2001 on March 10, 2001. She will represent her country in the Miss Universe Pageant in May 2001. The first runner-up was Emelia Nutifafa Acolaste, who will represent Ghana at the Miss International Pageant in Japan. The second runner-up was Eunice Ahorsu.

Zorayda Ruth Andam was crowned Binibining Pilipinas (Miss Philippines) Universe on March 10, 2001. Gilreah Quinzon was crowned Binibining Pilipinas World, and Maricol Tolosa was crowned Binibining Pilipinas International. The first runner-up was Michelle Reyes, and the second runner-up was Maricar Balagtas.

Katy Sulhoff, 16, has won the title of Miss Teen Lake Lanier. She will be competing in the first-ever Miss Teen Georgia-America Pageant in Columbus, Ga., in June 2001.

Ashlee Wilson of Swainsboro was crowned Miss Georgia Teenager on March 11, 2001. She was also the interview winner. She will represent her state in the Miss Teen All American Pageant. The first runner-up was Lauren Stockton of Marietta, who also won the Swimsuit and Photogenic awards. The second runner-up was Julie Dye of Peachtree City, and the third runner-up was Brittany Lovett of Fayetteville. The fourth runner-up was Claudia Garner of Stone Mountain. Gabrielle Dobry of Kennesaw was crowned Miss Georgia Pre-Teen. She also won the interview award. The first runner-up was Catey Babin of Marietta, and the second runner-up was Taylor Holland of Calhoun, who also won Photogenic.

Andrea Brucker, 18, was crowned Miss Vienna 2001 on March 8, 2001. She will represent the Austrian capital in the Miss Austria (World) 2001 Pageant. The first runner-up was Bettina Ausserer, and the second runner-up was Sandra Risska.

Jeannie Grey has won the title of Teen Miss South Florida US. She will compete for the title of Teen Miss US.

Inna Roos, 19, of Tallinn has been crowned Miss Estonia 2001. She will represent Estonia in the Miss Universe Pageant. She was Miss Teen Estonia 1997, Miss Teen Europe 1998, first runner-up in Miss Baltic Sea 1999, Estonian Top Model 2000 and a finalist in Top Model of the World 2000.

Following are the winners of Florida's Hometown USA Pageant for 2001: Tiny Miss - Helen Yousefzadeh, Jacksonville; Little Miss - Ashley Lamendola, Largo; Junior Miss - Krista Thorburn, Coral Springs; Teen Miss - Katie Hill, Leesburg, and Anna Racine Hall, Clearwater. Florida's Hometown USA, an educational youth program since 1986, stresses the importance of youth volunteers in each hometown of Florida.

Lori Yanders of Whitehall has been chosen Mrs. Pennsylvania Globe. She will represent the Keystone State in the national competition.

Vanessa Fertschnig, 16, was crowned Miss Kaernten 2001 (World) on March 3, 2001. She will represent the state of Kaernten at Miss Austria (World) 2001.

Shannon Brown was named Post Falls (Idaho) Junior Miss on March 3, 2001, from a field of 22 participants. She won the Scholastic Achievement and Interview segments of the competition. She will represent Post Falls in the Idaho Junior Miss Program in the fall. The first finalist was Dana Perry, a pianist and singer who won the Creative and Performing Arts category. Alison Gfeller won Poise and Appearance, Michelle Jewsbury won Youth Fitness and Shawnte` Cornett was named Spirit of Junior Miss. The special guest at the Post Falls program was Idaho's Junior Miss, Angie Busch.

Jaime Teo, 24, won the Miss Singapore Universe title on March 3, 2001, in a pageant that was marked by controversy. Juliet Chen, 18, was the first runner-up, and Sharon Lee, 20, was the second runner-up.

Geoff Tucker, CEO of Starshiners! Productions, has announced that he will be holding the Miss Teen Starshiner Pageant in Birmingham, Ala., in 2001.

Because of intense worldwide interest in PNB's coverage of the Miss USA Pageant, our servers have occasionally been overwhelmed and we have been "knocked off the air." As readership continues to surge, we ask for your patience if such problems recur. We remain dedicated to providing the best pageant reporting anywhere.

Kate McCracken has won the Bacardi "Miss Summertime 2001" model search competition in Sydney, Australia. The first runner-up was Sharon King, and the second runner-up was Rebecca Parker.

Lorena Van Heerde Ayala, Miss Alicante, 17, won the title of Miss Spain in Xátiva, Valencia, on Feb. 25, 2001. She also won the Most Beautiful Hair prize. The winner was to represent her country at the Miss Universe Pageant in Puerto Rico, but because she does not meet the minimum age requirement of 18, she will represent Spain at the Miss World Pageant later this year. The first runner-up was Eva Sisó Casals, Miss Lleida, who will represent Spain at Miss Universe in May, and won the Miss Internet and Miss Elegance awards. The second runner-up was Macarena García Naranjo, Miss Sevilla. Among the judges for the contest were María José Besora, Miss Spain 1998, and Lupita Jones of Mexico, Miss Universe 1991.

Jessica Watson won the title of Miss Central Pennsylvania on Feb. 24, 2001, in Lewistown, Pa. At the same pageant, Erika Shay won the Miss Greater Juniata Valley title. Ms. Watson sang "In His Eyes" for her talent, and Ms. Shay performed a baton routine to "In the Mood." Both will compete for the Miss Pennsylvania (America) title. The first runner-up was Dana Maliniak, and the second runner-up was Allison Reh. Ms. Maliniak won the Interview Award, and Leah Benedict won the Swimsuit Award. Kelly Gamble won the Non-Finalist Talent Award. The Special Evening Wear Award went to Anjelique Da Costa, and the Special Encouragement Award went to Amy Lien Pham.

Gurdeep Dhaliwal, 23, has won the title of Miss Calgary 2001. The first runner-up was Donna Sawchyn, who will be going to Miss Oktoberfest. The second runner-up was Christine Birkbeck, who was first runner-up in 1999 and represented Calgary at Miss Oktoberfest that year.

Audra Smith was crowned Miss Tyler (Texas) USA on Feb. 25, 2001. The first runner-up was Crystal Hardy, and the second runner-up was Whitney Roberts. The third runner-up was MaRanda Batchelor, and the fourth runner-up was Luciana Middlebrooks. Leah Simpson was crowned Miss Tyler Teen USA. Magen Ellis was first runner-up, and Ashlee Sawyer was second runner-up. The third runner-up was Carmen Davis, and the fourth runner-up was Laura Stout.

Kristal David of Boca Raton was crowned Miss Florida United States Teen 2001 on the last weekend in February 2001.

Ashley Huff was crowned Miss Las Vegas on Feb. 24, 2001. The hula dancer will compete for the Miss Nevada (America) title in July 2001 in Reno. Her sister Emily is a former Miss Clark County (Nevada) and a former Miss Hawaii Teen USA.

Christie Smith was crowned Miss North Georgia Mountains on Feb. 24, 2001, in Waleska. She will be competing for the first time at the Miss Georgia (America) Pageant in the summer.

Niko Sofianos, 18, won the title of Mr. Intercontinental Canada on Feb. 22, 2001, in Toronto. He will represent Canada at the international finals in Germany this October. The first runner-up was Brett Atamanyk, 25, and the second runner-up was Michael Sumbler, 28.

Crystal Hunter was crowned the 2001 Miss Tift County Forestry Queen on Feb. 24, 2001. The first runner-up was Delecta Morrison, and the second runner-up was Devan Fleming. The third runner-up was Michelle Bassett, and the fourth runner-up was Ashley Dykes. Teen Miss was Luara Middleton, Junior Miss was Katy Faircloth and Tiny Miss was Hope Goodman. They will represent Tift County at the 62nd Miss Georgia Forestry State Scholarship Pageant in Tifton, Ga., in June 2001.

Ava O'Neal was crowned Miss Heart of Georgia and Yolonda Davis was crowned Miss Cordele at a dual pageant in Cordele, Ga., on Feb. 17, 2001. Both will compete at Miss Georgia.

Tanisha Brito was crowned Miss Fulton County (Ga.) on Feb. 17, 2001. She will compete for the Miss Georgia title in the Miss America system. She is a former second runner-up at Miss Connecticut. The first runner-up to Miss Fulton County was Jakita Owensby, and the second runner-up was Erin Haney. The third runner-up was Alana Sanders, and the fourth runner-up was Antoinette Dunstan. The pageant was celebrating its 10th anniversary, all under the able direction of Andre Prospere.

Jennica L. McCleary, 20, was crowned Miss Portage Lakes on Feb. 10, 2001 in Akron, Ohio. Her talent was a vocal, "When a Man Loves a Woman," and she won the talent and interview awards. She is currently appearing in a production of "Man of La Mancha." She will compete for the Miss Ohio title in the Miss America system.

Katie Elder, a 19-year-old sophomore and marketing major at Seattle University, has been crowned Miss Seattle 2001. She sang "Spread A Little Sunshine" from "Pippin," and her platform is Homelessness Awareness. She is from the little town of Battle Ground, and this was her first pageant. The first runner-up was Allison Bell, 19, of Kirkland, a sophomore at Shoreline Community College. Her talent was jumping rope. She was a Top 10 contestant at the 2000 Miss Washington Pageant as Miss North Seattle. The pageant emcee was Miss Washington 1991 (and also Miss Seattle 1991), SoYoung Kwon, who was a Top 10 contestant at Miss America.

Gesa Kawalek, 19, has been crowned Miss Germany Mitte (World) 2001. She was previously a first runner-up in Miss Germany (Queen of the World).

Erika Valdez won the first annual Miss Jacksonville USA Pageant on Feb. 18, 2001. She will compete for Miss Florida USA 2002 in Miami. She was previously crowned Miss Dream Girl America 1999 in Jacksonville. In this latest success, she follows in the footsteps of two previous Dream Girl America winners. Shawnae Jebbia was Miss Dream Girl America 1993 and later won Miss USA 1998. Angelia Savage was Miss Dream Girl America 1996 and won Miss Florida USA 1997. Ms. Valdez is also a former PNB cover girl.

Michelle Weswaldi, 23, won the title of Miss Intercontinental Canada on Feb. 16, 2001, in Toronto. She will represent her country in the international finals in Germany in late spring. The first runner-up was Melissa Leifer, 19, and the second runner-up was Natasha Semone Vassell, 26. Among the judges was the legendary pageant scholar Jimmy Steele, celebrating his birthday as the pageant wound to a close.

The following winners were named in the 10th annual Little Miss Cobb County Pageant on Feb. 10, 2001, in Cobb County, Ga. The pageant is a special fund-raiser for the Miss Cobb County Scholarship Pageant, the largest cash scholarship program in the Miss Georgia Pageant system: Tiny Miss Cobb - Savanna Houze, 2, of Hiram; Petite Miss Cobb - Kayla Lee Maeger, 4, of Marietta; Little Miss Cobb - Rachel Barnes, 8, of Marietta; PreTeen Miss Cobb - Gabrielle Dobry, 11, of Kennesaw; Teen Miss Cobb - Lacey Minchew, 17, of Marietta; Cobb's Talented Miss - Christie Doss, 11, of Marietta; Junior Miss Cobb - Julianne Stevens, 15, of Marietta; Cobb's Talented Teen - Julianne Stevens. Ms. Stevens is the event's first special winner. Ms. Minchew is the sister of Keith Minchew, who has been crowned Miss Presidential Pathways and will compete in the Miss Georgis Pageant, a preliminary of Miss America.

The following have been selected to compete in the 2001 All American Pageants in September. The selection process will continue until Aug. 15, 2001. In addition to selection of "at large" delegates, several state pageants will be held during spring and summer 2001: Miss California - Kaki West; Ms. California - Stacie Short; Ms. Georgia - Jeane Seeman; Ms. Ohio - Roni Morrow; Ms. Indiana Woman - Pamela Muench; Ms. Idaho Woman Plus - Melissa Burnham; Ms. Mississippi Woman Plus - Traci Smith; Ms. Ohio Woman Plus - Holly Campbell-Bradley.

Liz Ann Miller, representing Florida, was crowned Miss USofA on Feb. 9, 2001. Franki Granger of Louisiana was crowned Ms. USofA. Melissa Hooks of South Carolina was crowned Ms. Plus USofA. Autumn Skye Port was crowned Miss Fitness USofA, and Maria Beall, also of Virginia, was crowned Ms. Fitness USofA. Kimmie Roderick of California was crowned Ms. Plus Fitness USofA. (Ms. Beall is a former PNB cover girl.)

Heidi Willman has been crowned Miss Finland 2001. She will represent the country in the Miss Universe Pageant. The first runner-up was Susanna Tervaniemi, and the second runner-up was Hanna Pajulammi. They will compete at Miss International and Miss Europe respectively.

Elzbieta Koziarska was crowned Miss Polonia Germany 2001 on Feb. 3, 2001, in Herne, Germany. The pageant is for woman of Polish heritage who reside in Germany. The first runner-up was Karolina Hoffmann, who is the reigning Miss Nordrhein-Westfalen Universe and recently made the Top 6 at Miss Germany Universe. The second runner-up was Anna Wojcichowicz.

Pamela Lamont, a notoriously outspoken pageant opponent and occasional contributor to PNB, reportedly is at work on a project called "An Outlaw's Guide to the Pageant World." Whether it is to be a magazine article or full-length book is unknown.

Keitha Minchew was crowned Miss Presidential Pathways on Feb. 3, 2001. She will compete in the Miss Georgia Pageant. The first runner-up was Yolanda Davis, and the second runner-up was Katie Freeman. The third runner-up was Ava O'Neal, and the fourth runner-up was Rachel van Nurtwik. The swimsuit winner was Erin Haney.

Pamela Meiling Woon, 22, of Seattle was crowned Miss Chinatown USA on Jan. 27, 2001, in San Francisco. The First Princess/Miss Chinese Chamber of Commerce was Nadia Tsai Ni Chiang, 24, of Honolulu. Miss San Francisco Chinatown was Claudia Ly, 26, of San Francisco. The Second Princess was Yiqi Mimi Chen, 22, of New York, and the Third Princess was Michelle Lum, 20, of San Jose, Calif. The Fourth Princess was Yuan-Kwan Chan, 23, of Chicago. Miss Congeniality was Pamela Jair, 26, of San Francisco.

Charity Hodges won the Miss Super Bowl title in the Hawaiian Tropic competition timed to the annual football classic. The first runner-up was Tami Donaldson, and the second runner-up was Tanya Lamana. The third runner-up was Nina Silvestro, and the fourth runner-up was Cherie Prochnow.

Elisabeth Huber, 21, of Dornbirn was crowned Miss Vorarlberg (World) 2001 on Feb. 3, 2001. She will represent the state of Vorarlberg in the Miss Austria (World) Pageant in March 2001.

Ligia Cristina Argüello Roa was crowned Miss Nicaragua in Managua on Feb. 3, 2001. She will represent her country at Miss Universe in Puerto Rico in May.

Guerin Austin was crowned Miss Metro on Feb. 3, 2001. She will compete at the Miss Nebraska (America) Pageant in June 2001. The first runner-up was Christina Foehlinger, and the second runner-up was Amanda Gaedke. The community service winner was Brandi Holys.

Alyssa Gunderson has been chosen Miss Heart of Illinois, winning the interview, talent and swimsuit events as well as the Community Service Award. She has also served as Miss Twin Cities and placed in the Top 10 at Miss Illinois last year.

Maureen Reidy has been replaced as president of Miss Universe, Inc. "Her contract was not renewed," Miss Universe official Teresa Bayer told PNB. There will now be a co-presidency, consisting of Tony Santamauro and Paula Shugart, both of whom come from within the organization. This development coincides with changes at the state level at Miss USA, which PNB will be discussing in coming days.

Raquel Aque of Ocilla, Ga., was crowned Miss Ben Hill/Irwin Forestry Queen on Jan. 27, 2001. Rachael McCall was crowned Teen Miss. These two beauty queens will represent Ben Hill/Irwin County at the 62nd Miss Georgia Forestry State Pageant in Tifton, Ga., on June 15-16, 2001.

Amy Mulkey was crowned Miss University of Georgia on Jan. 27, 2001. She was also the interview winner. The first runner-up was Jill Munz, and the second runner-up was Cecilia Clark. The third runner-up was Dana Lowery, and the fourth runner-up was Keitha Menchew.

Autumn Guzzardi won the Miss Georgia Agricultural Fairs Pageant on Jan. 27, 2001, in Atlanta. She was also the swimsuit winner. The first runner-up was Beth Brinson, and the second runner-up was Ashley Ledford.

The second annual Ms. Petite Universal Pageant was held Jan. 26-28, 2001, in Nashville, featuring women 5 feet 6 and under. Jamie Merrick of Indiana was crowned Ms. Teen Petite Universal. Jennifer King of Arkansas was crowned Ms. Petite Universal, and Maria Shircel of Tennessee was crowned Ms. Petite Universal Woman. Ms. Shircel also won Ms. Achievement. Mary Walters of Nebraska was a double winner of special awards, being chosen Ms. Community Involvement and Ms. Congeniality. Alicia Lombardi of Massachusetts was the Photogenic winner, and Sherilyn Burris of Georgia won the Director's Award. The Staff's Award went to Shani Nelson of Louisiana.

Diana K. Santoro, a college dean, doctoral student, wife and mother, was crowned Ms. Sunshine State on Jan. 6, 2001. She will represent her state in the Ms. US States Pageant.

Christopher Reid, Mh. Georgia, has won the Mh. Online title in a pageant conducted at MhOnline2001.tripod.com. The bi-monthly pageant has its unusual name because women and men compete against one another, but Reid is the first man to win it all. Amy Kasi of Maryland was first runner-up, and Alicia Stowell of New York was second runner-up. The third runner-up was Sara Player of South Carolina, and the fourth runner-up was Lauren Hogan of Wisconsin.

There will be a Mrs. Texas United Nation Pageant for the first time in the year 2001. Kathy Carver, the reigning Mrs. United Nation International, is the new director. The pageant is set for May 4-5, 2001, on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station. The winner will compete in the summer at the Mrs. United Nation US 2001 Pageant in California. The pageant Web site is www.tftj.com/TXUNTemp/ind, and the e-mail contact, through Ms. Carver or associate Devon Lee, is dnoellee@yahoo.com.

Nicoletta Ferrarini, Miss Italy, 20, won the title of Miss Atlántico Internacional in Punte del Este, Uruguay, on Jan. 27, 2001. She was crowned by her predecessor, Norkys Batista of Venezuela. The first runner-up in the contest was Ligia Petit, Miss Venezuela, 20, and the second runner-up was Marzia Belloso, Miss San Marino, 23. Silvia Oliveira, Miss Portugal, 21, won the prize for the Best National Costume.

Nina Holloway of Chireno, Texas, won the Hi-Point Award for the 10- year-old-and-up age division on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001, at the Queen of Hearts pageant held in Jasper, Texas. She also won Most Beautiful, Best Hair and Eyes, Photogenic, Portfolio, and Personality in her age group of 16 to 18 years.

Following are the results of the first Miss Classic South Pageant, held Jan. 20, 2001, in Lincolnton, Ga.: Senior Division - Carol Craven won Senior Miss Classic South, with Ashley Cullars as first runner-up and Laura Davis as second runner-up. Junior Division - Lacey Houghton won Junior Miss Classic South, with Macy Moss as first runner-up and Rachel McCall as second runner-up.

CNN employee Brooke Anderson was crowned Miss Atlanta on Jan. 27, 2001. She will compete at the Miss Georgia (America) Pageant, in which she competed as Miss Lake Lanier the previous year. Andrea Bailey, who is a two-time first runner-up to Miss Georgia and a former Miss National Sweetheart, was first runner-up.

Karina Barreto, 18, was crowned Miss Sergipe on Jan. 25, 2001. She will now represent her state in the Miss Brazil Pageant.

Oldeane Ribeiro da Fonseca, representing the city of Santo Antonio de Jesus, 19, won the title of Miss Bahia on Jan. 20, 2001. She will represent the state of Bahia in the Miss Brazil Pageant in March. The first runner-up was Priscila Roberta Viana Cordeiro Nascimento, Miss Paulo Afonso, 17, and the second runner-up was Juliana dos Santos Trindade, Miss Guanambi, 18.

Kameeliah Majied was named Miss Stars and Stripes on Jan. 20, 2001, in Runnemede, New Jersey. Dier Shaw was named Miss Camden County Area on the same night. Both will compete for the title of Miss New Jersey (America). Ms. Majied was a runner-up and preliminary talent winner at last year's Miss New Jersey.

Sara Fragassi, 20, was crowned Miss Penn State 2001 on Jan. 20, 2001, and will compete for the Miss Pennsylvania (America) title on June 2, 2001. She is a junior in the College of Education. Ms. Fragassi entertained the audience with her trumpet and tap dance number, "In The Mood." She will focus on the service area of C.A.R.E. - Concern and Respect for the Elderly. The first runner-up was Liz Baltes, and the second runner-up was Kelly Gamble. The third runner-up was Libby Montiel, and the fourth runner-up was Allison Reh.

Bernice Liu, 22, Miss Vancouver, was crowned Miss Chinese International in Hong Kong on Jan. 20, 2001. The first runner-up was Jennifer Huang I Pai, 18, Miss Montreal, and the second runner-up was Vivian Lau, 22, Miss Hong Kong. Ms. Liu is the first woman from Vancouver to win the international pageant, and is the fourth Canadian to take the international title in the pageant's 13 years of existence. This makes Canada the champion in the pageant's international finals.

Kayann Hayden was crowned Miss Georgia State University on Jan. 20, 2001, in Atlanta. The first runner-up was Jamie Parsons, and the second runner-up was Gail Wheatley. The third runner-up was Lindsay Hallan.

Carrie Colvin was chosen Alabama's Junior Miss on Jan. 20, 2001, in Montgomery. She is a high school senior and represented Jefferson County. The first runner-up was Ashley Arcement of Baldwin County. and the second was Julianne Johnston of Houston County.

Tammie Kay Arnim of Everett, Wash., has been crowned Mrs. Northwest Globe 2001 (a regional title for Washington, Oregon and Idaho). Jennifer Shen Lee of Snohomish has been crowned Mrs. Washington Globe. Both will compete for the national title.

In achievements that span much of the world, Laura Flinn Baechtel of California has been chosen Mrs. Pacific Coast Universal Achievement 2001 and Mrs. Ireland Universal Achievement 2001. She will compete for the title of Mrs. Universal Achievement 2001. She was chosen as a semi-finalist for the 2000 Mrs. Universal Achievement contest and holds the Mrs. California Achievement title. She hopes to use her titles to speak out about anxiety disorders.

Katie Beam, a senior at Oklahoma State University, was crowned Miss Oklahoma City 2001 on Jan. 13, 2001. She will represent the city at the Miss Oklahoma (America) Pageant in June 2001.

Miss Brazil, Francine Eickemberg, won the title of International Queen of Coffee 2001 in Manizales, Colombia, on Jan. 12, 2001. She is the sixth Brazilian to win the crown. She was crowned by her predecessor, Cristine De Mezerville of Costa Rica. The runners-up were Eva Ruiz Torres of Mexico, Yolanda Mencia Garcia of Spain, Magdalena Szarek of Poland and Daniela Alejandra Stucan of Argentina.

Mandy Fenstermacher, 20, was crowned Ms. Motorsports 2001 at the Valley Forge Convention Center in Pennsylvania on Jan. 13, 2001. She is also Ms. Dirt Motorsports 2000.

Jacqueline Tingle of Killeen, Texas, has been selected as Mrs. Texas United States, and will compete for the title of Mrs. United States in July 2001.

Misty McLeod, competing as Ms. Southeast Texas, was crowned Ms. Petite Texas International 2001 on Jan. 7, 2001, in Houston. She is a high school speech teacher. The first runner-up was Kristen Simi, Ms. Harris County, and the second runner-up was Deidre Cannon, Ms. Lewisville. The third runner-up was Gina Ferrer, Ms. College Station, and the fourth runner-up was Jaclyn Smith, Ms. Cedar Creek. Special awards were given as follows: Ms. Photogenic - Catalina Mendoza, Ms. Pegasus City; swimwear winner - Kristen Simi, Ms. Harris County; Ms. Congeniality - Mindy Mitchell, Ms. Lubbock; Director's Award - Krista Barker, Ms. North Texas; People's Choice - Rebecca Rodriguez, Ms. Brazoria County. In the Ms. competition's "little sister" pageant, Meagan Guerra, Miss Temple, was crowned Miss Petite Teen Texas International 2001. The first runner-up was Miss Southeast Texas, Chelsea Bruns, who was also first runner-up the previous year. The second runner-up was Miss Humble, Pam Dallefeld, and the third runner-up was Miss Tyler, Ashlee Sawyer. The fourth runner-up was Miss Austin, Jessica Long, and the fifth runner-up was Miss Galveston County, Stephanie Lee. The sixth runner-up was Miss League City, Ashley Mathena. Special awards were given as follows: Teen Photogenic - Miss Humble, Pam Dallefeld; sportswear winner - Miss Galveston County, Stephanie Lee; Teen Congeniality - Miss Tyler, Ashlee Sawyer; Director's Award and Most Ad Sales - Miss Humble, Pam Dallefeld.

Emily Edwards was crowned Miss Magnolia Midlands on Jan. 6, 2001, in Easton, Ga. This qualifies her to compete in the Miss Georgia Pageant for the third time.

Virginia's Maria Beall, a fitness professional and former PNB cover girl, has won the cover girl contest for Ms. World Elite.

Miss Thüringen, Claudia Beckstein, won the Miss Germany Pageant in Kaiserslautern on Jan. 9, 2001. She will represent her country in the Miss Universe and Miss Intercontinental Pageants. The first runner-up was Miss Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Katharina Berndt, and the second runner-up was Miss Arabella, Aljone Glöckner. Among the judges was Michael Knittel, known to pageant fans throughout the world for his knowledge and good humor. He won a national contest, sponsored by the Bild newspaper, enabling him to be a judge.

Danielle Keenan of Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba, has been named Miss Teen Tourism Canada, and will represent her country at Miss Teen Tourism World. She is a former Miss Teen Manitoba and was a finalist at the 2001 Miss Teen Canada International Pageant. She is currently a model based out of Winnipeg. This was the second year of Miss Teen Tourism Canada. Miss Teen Tourism Canada for 1999-2000 was Darcie Friest.

Beatriz Gill, director of National Achiever Pageants, and the rest of the NAP Board are expanding their pageant operations. They have acquired the rights to Ms World Elite, a system that focuses on personality, beauty and glamour, as well as Ms Petite America, a beauty system that had been defunct since the 1980s. The board will form Pageant Royalty Productions (www.pageantroyalty.homestead.com) and produce these pageants as well as several online systems, such as Ms US of America and Ms Fitness USofA. There are plans to purchase a television production stage, and the board is negotiating with a North Carolina television station for eventual broadcast arrangements.

Making her debut appearance as Miss Rodeo America, Tara Graham, 23, was thrown from a horse at the National Western Stock Show, Rodeo & Horse Show on Jan. 6, 2001, in Denver. Ms. Graham, of Loveland, Colo., was able to walk away on her own power and was found to have suffered only a separated shoulder.

Following are the top 5 finalists selected as cover girls for Ms. World Elite. Members of the public will select the winner:  Debbie Goldstein of New York; Dana Opsincs of South Carolina; Effie Horning of California; Maria Beall of Virginia; Karen Hauck of Pennsylvania. Ms. Beall is a former PNB cover girl. Ms. Horning was recently named the 2000 Woman of the Year by Pilato Productions.

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