BehindThe Crown
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The 2004
Miss USA Delegates



Alabama
Tara Darby
The craziest thing Tara has ever done was that she went snorkeling with a manatee in high school. Tara graduated from Oak Mountain High School in 2000 and has completed her study in Communication Arts at University of Mississippi and University of North Alabama. Charities that she has supported with her time and/or resources over past two years are Sav-A-Life; Autism Society of Alabama; Allen Cott School; St. Jude Research Hospital. Tara would love to be on the "Today Show." and she said: "My parents have always been very supportive of me. However, in order to help them during this time of financial instability, I am very proud that for the last year I have been able to completely support myself financially."When asked what is the most important thing she want people to know about her, Tara replied "I want them to know that I am a very independent, hard working young woman. Nothing has ever been handed to me that I did not earn." Tara is 22 years old and has blonde hair and green eyes. Her favorite movie is "Little Women" and her favorite song is "Love Me Tender" by  Elvis Presley. She likes to play Basketball and loves Mexican food
 

Alaska
Cari Leyva
"I backpacked across Italy for ten days, seven of which I spent alone." said Cari who has just finished high school from Robert Service High School in 2002. Cari also finished a photography study at Trade School 1: King Career Center; she is currently a student at University of Alaska Anchorage and the Universidad de Granada, Espana; with a degree in Spanish, Photography, Voice; Year Completed: 2007;  and Photography, Hispanic Culture; Year Completed: 2010. Charities that she has supported with he time and/or resources over past two years are Alaska Native Medical Center Breast and Cervical Program; St. Jude’s Radio Telethon; Alaska Hawaiian Cultural Foundation; Special Olympics of Alaska Muscular Dystrophy Association; National Blood Bank of Alaska. Her "dream job" in life is to be a photographer for National Geographic. "I spent my first year of college abroad to learn the language of my family and I have an open mind and heart and a sense of ethics that facilitates my drive to succeed." Cari is 20 years old and has brown hair and brown eyes.
Arizona
Danielle Demski
When asked what is the craziest thing she has ever done, Danielle reply: "Traveling throughout Europe and the Balkans with the USO to perform for and encourage our American soldiers following the September 11th terrorist attacks. I was hesitant to travel overseas during this volatile time, but this trip became an incredible and life-changing experience for me". The 22-year-old beauty who has brown hair and green eyes graduated High School: Chandler High School (Chandler, Arizona) in 1999 and has completed  her college study in Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University in 2003. Charities tht she has supported with her time and/or resources over past two years included: Arizona Literacy and Learning Center; Arizona Literacy Task Force; Ennis Cosby Foundation "Read for Success," a program to promote young reader; Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA); Race for the Cure (1998-2004); Special Olympics Partner; "Our World, Our Children, Our Future" volunteer, an association providing scholarship opportunities for underprivileged students; United Way; AIDS Walk (1999-2004) "My ideal job would be a position that would allow me to interview prominent political figures, athletes and interesting personalities as part of a television news, sports or entertainment program. I am proud to have been selected as a national and international USO tour performer. This allowed me to travel throughout Europe and the Balkans to entertain and encourage our American troops following the September 11 terrorist attacks. It was a great opportunity for me to give back to my country. Having struggled with and overcome dyslexia, it became a goal of mine to promote awareness about learning disabilities. I was able to do this through an educational video that I wrote, hosted and produced that is now in Arizona's school systems." 

Arkansas
Jennifer Sherrill
Jennifer's favorite movie is "The Santa Clause," her avorite song isPachelbel's "Canon in D." The 19-yer-old beauty likes College Football and her favorite food is Chocolate. Reverse Bungee is the craziest thing she has ever done. Jennifer, who has brown hair and hazel eyes, graduated High School from Central Arkansas Christian High School; Year Completed: 2002 and is studying at University of Central Arkansas; Area of Study: Pharmacy/Chemistry. She has supportedcharities over past two years which included; Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Race for the Cure advocate and volunteer work; CARTI (Central Arkansas Radiation Therapy Institute) volunteer, advocate and function hostess; S.A.V.E. (Students Against Violence Everywhere) advocate and program initiator Conway Housing Authority. When asked what would be her "dream job" in life? Jennifer said "To own my own pharmacy." When asked to Name one personal accomplishment (in addition to being a State Titleholder) that makes her especially proud, she said: "Being baptized and being on a fully paid collegiate scholarship. I am very loyal and trustworthy."


California
Ellen Chapman
"I am a pretty even person so you would not expect that I have licked a banana slug. I was on an outdoor education trip with a sixth grade class when we discovered an innocent banana slug. He instantly became the celebrity of our group. I was dared by my students to lick him, and in return, they all promised to complete their math homework that night. Needless to say, they hit the books." Ellen, 22, who has brown hair and brow eyes, graduated from Valley Christian High School in1999 and just finished her Bachelor of Arts at Sonoma State University; Area of Study: American Multicultural Studies in2003. She is now a Post Graduate student at Sonoma State University; Area of Study: Elementary Education,completed in 2004 with a Degree: Elementary School Teaching Credential Her charity/charities that she has supported with her time and/or resources over past two years included: Courageous Kids Day: American Cancer Society; World AIDS Day Fundraiser; MAC Makeup.Muscular Dystrophy Fundraiser: Outback; Steakhouse Annual Golf Tournament.; San Luis Obispo Women's Shelter fashion show (3 days raised $200,000); Elementary school visits for student mentoring.; Christian Education Youth Outreach with my Church. "My dream job would be to be a talk show host. I would love to be like Oprah and really try to help other people improve their lives."An accomplishment of which I am particularly proud is reflected in the success of a struggling math student. While I was tutoring her, she would look at me with such frustration; with my sincere prodding of her to persevere, she learned how to add double digits! When I saw the way her eyes lit up, I knew that if I continued to help struggling students, I could make a difference. I am a well-rounded person who enjoys the outdoors and competitive sports as much as dressing up for a ball. I have spent many hours with grease up to my elbows working on my old 1976 Volkswagon bug and yet in minutes I could be ready for our sorority formal. Whatever life throws me... I am ready!"
 

Colorado
Janel Haw
"I consider myself to be all girl. I would rather polish my finger nails and take a hot bubble bath, but I also believe in broadening my horizons. I therefore slept in a tent, cooked food on an open fire and I went fishing. Camping is an experience that I will never forget." Twenty-six year old, with brown eyes and brown hair, Janel graduated High School from Aurora Hinkley High School in1996. She graduated College from University of Northern Colorado Bachelor of Arts in Human Communication in 2001. "Big Brothers and Big Sister of Colorado has given me the opportunity to help guide an individual's life in a positive direction. My little sister and I see each other on a weekly basis. The Special Olympics of Colorado has a special place in my heart. The staff and, of course, the participants show their passion for life and remind me that winning is not everything, but the attempt is what matters most. "Let me win, but if I can not win, let me be brave in the attempt" - Special Olympics Motto. The D.A.R.E program has allowed me to motivate, encourage, and inspire over one thousand 5th and 6th grade children to stay away from drugs and to choose other alternatives. I believe that through this program children will choose a healthy way of living and to say no to drugs. Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. For the past three years I have participated in the Denver "Race for the Cure" 5k walk. My mother has gone through two surgeries to have lumps removed from her breasts and I am proud to walk in her honor and for other women who are fighting the battle. I would love to become a Food and Travel Critic. Receiving my college education. This is the one asset that no one can ever take away from me. I cherish that accomplishment the most. I enjoy and surround myself with a diverse group of people. I believe in the morals that have been taught to me by my family of staying openminded in order to live a well rounded life. "We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own." - Ben Sweetland"


Connecticut
Sheila Wiatr
"I went "polar bearing" which means running into a freezing cold pond in the winter. It was quite a rush, but I'm not in a hurry to do it again! The 24-year-old Shelia who has blonde hair and blue eyes, graduated High School from Glastonbury High School; in 1998 and finished College from Rider University; Area of Study: Psychology, Political Science in 2002; Her charity/charities that she has supported with her time and/or resources over past two years included: ANAD - Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders; Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (American Cancer Society); Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure; Light the Night Walk for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society; Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Her"dream job" in life is to be a school psychologist in a high school "After nearly a year of mentorship with my "little sister," I have seen tremendous positive changes in her attitude towards school, family and her future. I am an honest, loyal, caring person and a good friend." said Shelia.
 

Delaware
Courtney Purdy
The craziest thing I have ever done was whitewater rafting down the Snake River in Wyoming. Courtney, who is 21 years old and has blonde hair and green eyes, graduated from Saint Elizabeth's High School in 2001 and is now a student in Business/Communications/Economicsat with a degree in Leadership and Consumer Economicsat the University of Delaware; with the year completed in 2005. The 5 foot 4 has supported Red Cross; Habitat for Humanity; AIDS Delaware; Girl Scouts over the past two years.When asked what would be her "dream job" in life, Courtney replied: "After becoming Miss USA, my dream job would be to become a C.I.A. agent." adding "I am especially proud that I was named Valedictorian of my high school class. The most important thing I want people to know about me is that I have the ability to adapt to any given situation." Courtney's favorite movie is "Sweetest Thing" and her favorite song is "Summer Wind." She likes to play Football and loves to eat Cheesecake.


District Of Columbia
Tiara Dews
"I don't know if this would be considered crazy, but as I look back, it may have been a a bit risky. Four years ago, at the Miss Teen USA Pageant, I made a comment on behalf of myself and the delegates. My comment brought forth a reaction of tears and appreciation from them. From their reactions, I fully understood how pageants can bring about unity among women." Tiara graduated High School from Duke Ellington School of the Arts in 2000. She also went to study Physics, Computers, Mathematics, Aeronautics at Trade School 1 and completed it in 1996; She graduated from Hawaii Pacific University & University of Hawaii (Area of Study: Pre-Med, Cultural Anthropology) in 2002; Charity/charities that Tiara ahs supported with her time and/or resources over past two years included: Silent Unity Prayer Hotline; Martha's Table in Washington, D.C. Spirit Truth Foundation; Girl Scouts of America; The House DC - a place for youth; Fidos for Freedom, Inc. (Hearing, Service and Therapy Dogs); Goodwill Industries International, Inc."My dream job is to become a spokesperson and advocate for cross-generational awareness of holistic wellness with an emphasis on preventive medicine. At the age of 13, my friend and I were accosted and attacked by 2 guys with pitbulls. Despite the fact that her leg was severely mauled, I remained calm to diffuse and help us escape the attack. In addition, I inspired the District Of Columbia City Council to help pass legislation for pitbull muzzle laws.The most important thing that I want people to know about me is that I am evolving into a spiritual being and I have the desire to see an upsurge in global spirituality. My definition of spirituality would be more of a peaceful contentment within one's self." Tiara is 21 years old and has balck hair and brown eyes.
 

Florida
Kristen Berset
When asked what is the craziest thing she has ever done, Kristen said " Going skydiving! For a person who usually has their feet planted firmly on the ground(forgive the pun), jumping out of a plane from 14,000 feet with a stranger strapped to my back was quite a stretch for me. But what a wonderfully exhilarating experience!" Kristen, a blonde hair and hazel eyes graduated High School from St. Petersburg High School in 1999 and has finished her College study and recieves her Bachelor os Science in Telecommunications from the University of Florida in 2003 She has supported Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation - "As a member of Zeta Tau Alpha, I helped plan and participate in an annual Dance Competition that raised over $15,000 a year for the organization. I also passed out breast self examination cards and pink ribbons to raise awareness about the disease; Celma Mastry Ovarian Cancer Foundation - participated in "Couture for a Cure" fundraising gala.; Children's Miracle Network - I have participated in several fundraisers for this organization including dance competitions, scavenger hunts and sporting events; MAC AIDS Fund - I participated in World AIDS day at a nearby MAC store, helping to educate customers and raise money for AIDS research. Lisa Merlin House - I was a guest speaker at their annual fundraising luncheon and helped gather much-needed items for the home. The Lisa Merlin House is a home and treatment center for women addicted to drugs or who are escaping abusive relationships; Boys and Girls Club of Miami - I participated in the club's annual holiday shopping spree for their less fortunate members. Each child was given the opportunity to buy gifts for the holidays; Habitat for Humanity - I worked with the Gainesville, FL chapter. Each week I helped clean their thrift store and inventory new items to be sold to help raise money. YMCA of St. Petersburg - I worked with the kids in the after schoool fitness program "Physical Education for Life." I taught the kids about nutrition and fitness and exercised with each of the children." Her "dream job" in life would be to co-host "The Today Show." "Moving to New York at the age of 18 to pursue a modeling career during my time off from school. I lived in New York by myself while going on auditions and “go sees” and taking classes. My first year was a disappointment, but I did not give up. I went back two more years and was very successful. I learned responsibility, independence, and “stick-to-it-tive-ness.” "I am a determined young woman. I don’t give up until I feel as though I have accomplished what I have set out to accomplish. I see every setback as a learning experience and use those as stepping stones to achieving my goals." Kristin is 22 years old.
Georgia
Caroline Medley
"I drove in excess of 130 mph in a Mercedes-Benz SL500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway." said Caroline when asked what is the craziest thing she has ever done. The 26-year-old statusque with the height of 5 foot 8 graduated High School from North Gwinnett High School in 1996 and is studying College at Georgia Tech where she majored in business management and minored in sales and marketing.. She will completed her Business Management degree in 2004. Her charities that she has supported with her time and/or resources over past two years included: "Lyman Hall Elementary School - I volunteer as a classroom assistant for two second grade classes at Lyman Hall Elementary School, a Georgia Title I school; Hands on Atlanta - I visit a local nursing home where I play BINGO and celebrate birthdays with the elderly.; Children's Healthcare of Atlanta - I visited with children and their families at Egleston and Scottish Rite Children's Hospitals; Salvation Army - I participated in a local food drive to help feed families at Christmas; Women's Cancer Research Fund - I volunteered and assisted in the marketing for a statewide Women's Cancer Research fundraiser. Her "dream job" in life would be to host the show with Regis Philbin and name the show "Live! With Regis and Caroline!" "I am most proud of being able to support and put myself through college at Georgia Tech while working full-time. Despite being a very savvy and driven woman I remain "real" and grounded. I have not forgotten how to laugh at myself." Caoline hsa brown hair and brown eyes.
 
Hawaii
Justine Michioka
"Considering the fact that I am afraid of heights, I would have to say jumping off of a cliff into the ocean has been by far the craziest thing that I have done! Justine graduated High School from Kapaa High School in 2000 and has completed her college study in Business Marketing from Hawaii Pacific University. Charities that she has supported with her time and/or resources over past two years included: "American Cancer Society. I have been a volunteer helping with clerical duties in the office for the past 3 years. I helped with the ACS Relay for Life, helping teams develop; Friends of the Missing Child Center of Hawaii. I help with our Keiki I.D. program. We fingerprint children and give them I.D. cards with their pictures on them; Drug Enforcement Agency. I filmed a videotape for elemenatry schools across our state to encourage students to stay drug free. Her "dream job" in life is "Being a supermodel because everyday would be different. You would be able to travel all over the world!" When asked what is the most important thing she  want people to know about her, Justine reply "That I am genuine." Her favorite movie is Keeanu Reeves' "Sweet November" and her favorite song is "Beautiful," by Christina Aguleira Justine likes to play and watch Football. Her favourite dish is nothing but a BBQ Chicken Pizza. The 22 year old Justine has brown hair and brown eyes.


Idaho
Kimberly Glyn
When asked what is the craziest thing that she has ever done, Kimberly said: "I once went wakeboarding in April in freshly melted snow water. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone." She is 22 years old and has blonde hair and and brown eyes. Kimberly graduated High School from Eagle High School in 2000 and is a graduate of Boise State University with an area of Study in Neo-Natal Nursing; "As both Miss Idaho USA and a student at Boise State University, I will be heading up a Boise State walk group for Walk America to help raise money for premature and low birthweight babies. I volunteer my time at benefits and fundraisers to raise money for the American Heart Association. Empowering Youth Esteem is a group comprised of young adults who focus on speaking to young teens about making positive choices in their lives and setting goals for their futures. I have been a member of EYE for six years. I volunteer my time to help organize events in Boise and the surrounding areas as a member of the March of Dimes logistics team. Through my church, The Vineyard Christian Fellowship of Boise, I am able to volunteer my time to various church functions. My love for children led me to volunteer for two years as the Bible School teacher for 2-3 year olds. I have had the opportunity to speak at the Boys and Girls Clubs in my area about goal setting and the rewards for making positive choices in life. Working with Special Olympics has been a very rewarding experience for me. From helping organize events, to handing out awards and encouraging participants, I enjoy every minute of it. Over the past year I have volunteered my time to the Boise Rescue Mission to help raise money to feed the homeless and underprivileged. One event that I enjoy every year is helping raise money for St. Alphonsus Hospital's Life Flight program. These funds ensure the accessibility of Life Flight services throughout Idaho for those unable to afford it. Make A Wish is one foundation that I especially enjoy volunteering for because the impact it has on terminally ill children is immediately seen. I have been working with Make A Wish to raise funds to grant wishes to children for many years." "I have always wanted to be a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model. I am especially proud of my Miss Congeniality award. I think it is wonderful to get a judge's vote, but twice as rewarding to receive a competitor's vote. I am a compassionate and caring person and I try to demonstrate God's love by helping others. I want people who meet me to know that I believe in God and I have faith that my life is in His hands." 


Illinois
Molly Graham
"I recently completed an interview and audition for Couples "Fear Factor." I think the mere thought of having to do some of the things on that show would be a true test of how "crazy" I can really be!" With brown hair and hazel eyes, the 24-year-old Molly graduated High School from Davenport North High School in 1998. The 5 foot 7 graduated Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing from Eastern Iowa Community College in 2000. Charities that she has supported with her time and/or resources over past two years included: "Susan G. Komen Chicago Race for the Cure: Fundraiser, volunteer, and active participant; American Cancer Society: Fundraiser and volunteer; Special Olympics: I recently participated in the "Polar Bear Plunge" in Lake Michigan to help benefit and raise money for Special Olympics; Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as a Fundraiser (recently helped raise over $230,000 in my community) and volunteer Youth Service Bureau: Fundraiser. "My dream job would be to be a flavor tester for Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream! Can you imagine getting paid to eat ice cream all day? Who would turn that down. The one personal accomplishment that makes me especially proud is "stepping out of the box" for my patients. I go above and beyond the norm of nursing care as many are in such critical conditions. I let each one of them know that they are valued, loved and that God will comfort them through the power of faith. People should know that I truly value life. Working in an oncology unit as a Registered Nurse has made me realize how fragile and unexpected life can be. I have extreme value for my life and the lives of those around me. I have learned to make every moment count, no matter how insignificant it may seem at the time. It may be your last moment with someone you love.
Indiana
Steffi Jean Keusch
The 24-year-old with brown hair and brown eyes graduated.High School: from Jasper High School in 1997 Steffi finished College from Indiana State University with the Area of Study in Speech Language Pathology in 2004. "I am presently a senior completing my student teaching. "Working in only seven days' time, I organized a service auction fundraiser at my workplace. I auctioned off all of my co-workers - and myself - to do odd jobs for the highest bidders! We all had a great time and raised over $500 for the American Heart Association.Charities that Steffi has supported with her time and/or resources over past two years are Organizing a fundraiser through my place of employment for the American Heart Association; ISU Team Captain (three years) Wabash Valley Race for the Cure Her "dream job" in life would be an Owner of a private Speech Language Pathology clinic.When asked to name one personal accomplishment (in addition to being a State Titleholder) that makes her especially proud, Steffi replied: "I worked 2 and 3 jobs at a time while attending school full time and maintained a 3.5 average in my speech language pathology classes. I love to have fun and love to laugh! I am a very down-to-earth and gracious woman and I enjoy the company of the most important people in my life - my family and friends". Steffi loves playing basketball and eating Ice Cream. 

Iowa
Brooke Hansen
"Swimming with sting rays is the craziest thing I have ever done. I am deathly afraid of slimy things, fish, and salt water, so this was a worst case scenario. Since I survived, I am glad that I was able to conquer some of my fears." The 5 foot 4 who has blonde hair and blue eyes graduated High School from Fort Dodge Senior High School in 1999. Brook graduated a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from University of Iowa in 2003.  Charities that she has supported with her time and/or resources over past two years included: The Make-A-Wish Foundation to raise money and implement wishes to be granted for children with cancer; The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics -Outpatient Pediatrics; The University of Iowa Dance Marathon to raise money for children with cancer; Annual Aegon toy drive for underprivileged children and families; The Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County, Iowa City, Iowa (pre-school education); Hills Elementary School After School Program to promote extracurricular activities; Kate Wickam Elementary School kindergarten class; Iowa City Montessori Pre-school; Zeta Tau Alpha Breast Cancer Walk to raise money and promote awareness of breast cancer Her "dream job" in life would be to become a 2nd Grade Teacher. "One personal accomplishment which makes me most proud is my strong inner strength throughout some difficult years. Growing up, my family was transferred quite often. In high school, I attended three different schools in a matter of four short years. I remained at the top of my class socially and academically all four years as well as making the cheerleading squad every year - two out of four being a captain. In addition, the summer before my freshman year of college, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. Starting college was difficult, but more so because of my mother's illness. Again I remained superior in academics as well as was an executive board leader for my sorority. My mother went into remission for five years and now the cancer has returned in her bones. I find myself looking death in the face and reaching again for the strength that I know I received from my mother. Every day is a battle, yet again I am proud of myself for continuing to be a leader at work and for the state of Iowa. Thankfully, my accomplishment of inner strength has led me through all of these trying times. How supportive my family is. My mom and dad, my twin sister, my brother and all extended family members will be there for me. Going into the pageant I know that no matter how I do that they will be my number one fans. One of the judges from the Miss Iowa USA competition jokingly said after the pageant that he didn't know what he would have done if I didn't win. I had a huge number of people at the pageant and they were VERY vocal"


Kansas
Lisa Forbes
"During my freshman year in college, I worked for a local veterinarian over Christmas break taking care of dogs who were boarded by local residents while they were out of town. Each morning at 7:00 AM, I had to walk each dog, clean and scrub down each kennel on my hands and knees, which, trust me, was not pretty, and then feed each dog. Getting barked at by over 30 dogs and dragged around two-feet-high snow drifts at sub-zero temperatures was not my idea of the perfect Christmas morning! The 22-year-old beauty who has brown hair and blue eyes graduated High School from Blue Valley Northwest High School in 1999 and graduated College and earned Bachelor of Arts Degree from University of Kansas with the area of study: in Communication in: 2003.Charities that she has supported with her time and/or resources over past two years included: Lawrence Humane Society; Heartland Therapeutic Horseback Riding; Therapeutic Horseback Riding in Lawrence Sunflower House; Best Buddies; Wayside Waifs Animal Shelter; Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Kansas City St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital - Affiliation of Philanthropic Events through Delta Delta Delta; Natural Ties Jubilee Cafe - Preparing breakfast for the homeless. "Iff I could have any job I would choose to ride, train, and show horses for a living. Horses are my number one passion in life and to be able to make a career out of my passion would be a "dream come true." "When I was a senior in high school, I had a goal of competing at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio. The Quarter Horse Congress is the largest all-breed horse show in the world. I knew that this goal would be difficult to attain, however, I was determined to achieve it. I worked every single day after school to pay my equestrian instructor or "coach" to prepare myself and my horse for competition. With the help of my mother and traveling companion, we made it to the Congress that Fall where I made the finals (top 30 of over 250 riders) in three different events. Competing at this level against the caliber of riders that I did was an experience I will always be proud of. The most important thing I want people to know about me is that I am real. What you see is what you get!" 


Kentucky
Lauren Stengel
The craziest thing I have ever done is going snorkeling with sharks and sting rays in Belize. I was scared at first, but it turned out to be an unbelievable experience. I got to see and do something new and I had a great time doing it. Lauren graduated High School from Assumption High School; Year Completed: 2000. She has just finished College and earn her Bachelor of Arts degree from: University of Kentucky with the area of study in Broadcast Journalism in 2004. "Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Center has given me the chance to help people in recovery. Their Christmas Brunch with Santa was an amzing opportunity for me to visit with children who were sick and help to brighten their day. This was a very rewarding time for me and I hope I was able to help them feel a little better." Her "dream job" in life would be National news anchor. When asked to name one personal accomplishment (in addition to being a State Titleholder) that makes her especially proud, Lauren said:  "In high school my dance team won the 1999 Universal Dance Association National Championship. I have never worked harder for anything in my life. We won out of 109 teams. It was the most exciting, the most stressful, and the most memorable moment of my life. My team and I practiced two times a day everyday before nationals. This experience helped me realize that hard work and determination really do pay off. The most important thing I want people to know about me is that inside I am a very giving, genuine, and humble person. A lot of people don't see "pageant girls" as being beautiful on the inside. To me this is much more important than having outside beauty, because it's how you treat people that truly matters."
Louisiana
Melissa McConnell
"Once I went skinny dipping with my best friend DeeAnn in her family pool. We were in the first grade. Her older brother came home and surprised us -- we were horrified!! That cured any desire we had to skinny dip!!" The 27-year-old with 5 foot 6 graduated High School from Ruston High School in 1995 and granduated College from Texas A&M University with the Area Study of Journalism. Melissa also earned a Bachelor of Science and Jounalism Degree in 1999. She continues her studies at Post Graduate: Louisiana State University Law Center with Area of Study in Law in 2002 and finished Juris Doctorate & Bachelor Civil Law. "Ten years ago, I established a program called H.E.R.O. (Hope Empowers and Renews Others) to recognize and encourage ordinary people who reach out in love and service in an extraordinary manner. As Miss Louisiana USA, each month I present a H.E.R.O. Humanitarian Award to a Louisiana citizen who exemplifies the spirit and ideals of being a hero." Her other charities tht she has supported thoroughout the years included:  American Cancer Society, World AIDS Day, Tulane Hospital for Children, Children's Hospital of New Orleans, Thirst for Justice, Habitat for Humanity of Baton Rouge; Louisiana Museum Foundation Vetern's of Foreign Wars, Kiwanis Club, HOPE Ranch for Youth; National Football Foundation, College Football Hall of Fame, Louisiana Prison Chapel Foundation, Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial Commission's Thanksgiving Day "Something to be Thankful For"; Children's Village on the grounds of the State Capitol at Louisiana Governor Blanco's Inauguration Queen/King for a Day, Baton Rouge Bar Association, Pro Bono Committee and Holiday Star Program, DART (Domestic Abuse Resistance Team) Volunteer Appreciation Banquet at Angola State Penitentiary, TEAM and HEROES of Louisiana, HIV/AIDS Prevention and Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Festival of Trees Volunteer in Mission to Reynosa, Mexico, Project Angel Tree, St. Vincent dePaul Soup Kitchen. "My dream job would be to establish and direct a nonprofit organization that would empower young women to recognize their value and worth, to identify their dreams and to fulfill their destinies. In a three year time span I obtained a Juris Doctorate and a Bachelor of Civil Law from LSU Law Center, passed the State Bar exam on my first attempt, and was sworn in to practice law before the Supreme Court of the State of Louisiana. I yearn for a life that is valued not for its duration or possessions, but for its character and service. I firmly believe one should esteem a person's heart condition and character, and not his achievements, education, position, or wealth. One's legacy is truly measured by how one metes out grace and compassion." 

Maine
Mackenzie Davis
"To raise money for the Pine Tree Camp (a summer camp for disabled children), I rode a snowmobile with a snowsuit full of over 300 raw eggs! Every $50.00 that gets donated to the camp is another egg in my snowsuit! The ride lasted an hour and a half and keep in mind that the temperature in Maine during the winter does not often get above 15 degrees! Mackenzie graduated High School from Gardiner Area High School in 1998 and she finished College from University of Maine with Area of Study in Business Administration in 2006. Charities that she has supported with her time and/or resources over past two years included: Maine Breast Cancer Coalition ~ "Walk for a Cure";  March of Dimes ~ Annual March of Dimes; Humane Society ~ Annual "March for Mutts," a fundraiser to raise money for the local Humane Society; Fox Teen Idol ~ A program sponsored by Fox23 to encourage young people to go after their dreams. I started out as a judge and have since moved on to recruiting young people for the program.; Call to Protect ~ A program that sets up cellular phones for women in abusive relationships. "I gather the used phones and get them ready to go out to the women who need them. The phones are programmed with the number of their caseworker and a local sheriff deputy;" American Lung Cancer Association ~ Set up free cellular phones for the participants of the Annual "Trek Across Maine." This is a bike ride that goes 180 miles across Maine to raise money for Lung cancer awareness; Pine Tree Camp ~ I was a "Celebrity Rider" in the annual "Snowmobile Egg Ride." This is to raise money for the children's summer camp; Salvation Army ~ Annual "Coats for Kids," coat drive. This is a program that collects over 45,000 winter coats per year for Maine Children. My location collected over 1,500 coats! "I would love to be an actress. I have always had an interest in Government and have been actively involved in my church, all of my life. At the age of 15, I decided to run for a position on my local Episcopal Church government, otherwise known as the church vestry. After a monthlong campaign, I was elected as one of the youngest people in the state to hold office on the Episcopal Church Vestry. It was an honor considering that the average age of the members is around 45 years old. I am a young woman from a small town who has decided to not let the limited resources that I have available to me determine what I am able to do with my life. I have overcome many challenges throughout my life and I believe that I exemplify what a young American woman should aspire to be."


Maryland
Tia Shorts
"I helped my best friend through the beginning stages of labor while we were locked in a friend's bathroom. Finally, when the paramedics came, they had to remove the door in order to free us. Although I was already traumatized, she wanted me to be with her for support in the hospital room while she was delivering her son. I agreed because I wanted to be a good friend, not knowing what my eyes were about to witness. I also assisted her in the delivery of her son. All of the crazy events that happened that evening made this a night that I will never forget." The 24-year-old Tia graduated High School from Washington Academy (private) in 1996. The 5 foot 6 with brown hair and brown eyes also finished Trade School 1: The French Institute; with the Area of Study in Esthetics in 2000. She is studying Marketing at Montgomery College. "I ran a five mile marathon for breast cancer awareness and volunteer at Althea Woodlawn Nursing Home. I made sandwiches for the homeless in my community and recently participated in The Polar Bear Plunge to raise money for The Special Olympics."  Her "dream job" in life would be to own a chain of day spas combined with a wellness center. "I am proud to have started a successful mentoring program for fifth and sixth grade girls called The Girlfriend's Club. My main objective is to focus on self esteem, being positive, achieving goals, and being a friend or a big sister to young girls in the program. I feel very privileged to be a part of their lives. I want people to know that I am dedicated to making a positive difference in this world. I have a caring heart and a beautiful personality that I am more than willing to share with others. 


Massachusetts
Maria Lekkakos
While I was in the Greek Islands, my friend and I decided to go to Italy on a whim. On my way to Italy, I discovered my passport was missing. The craziest moment was when my friend and I managed to get thru visiting Italy and back to Greece without the passport! Maria, 25, graduated High School from Rockport High School in 1996. She also finished Trade School 1: Catherine E. Hinds school of Esthetics with the Area of Study in Medical/Spa Esthetics in 1998. Maria also graduate Trade School 2 from Blaine Hair School with the Area of Study in Nail Art in 1998. Charities that she has supported with her time and/or resources over past two years included Melody Miles Foundation; Christ Parish Church; Wenham Museum; Habitat for Humanity, Greater Boston Chapter; Roxbury Tenants Of Harvard Association; Stoneridge Childrens Montessori School
Various Nursing Homes. "I hope to one day work as a personal Esthetician for celebrities. As a first generation American, I am proud that my Greek heritage plays an important role in my everyday life. My family and I are dedicated, hard- working people who love each other very much. I am a hard-working, genuine and compassionate person." Maria is 5 foot 6 with brown ahir and brown eyes. Her favorite movie is"The Godfather" and her favorite song is "I Only Ask for Your Love." She likes to play basketball and loves Greek food.


Michigan
Stacey Lee
"There was a time that my brother told me I couldn't drive his car. I was so mad that when he went to sleep I took his car and hid it a mile away in another parking lot. Then, when he woke up he thought his vehicle was stolen, so he called the police and he put in a report. They called him an hour later and told him they found his car in the lot up the street. I laughed at him for days, but he didn't speak to me for weeks." Stacey graduated High School from Solon High School in 1995 She finished College from Clark Atlanta University with the Area of Study in Mathematics in 2000 and has completed her study in Post Graduate at Georgia Tech with the Area of Study in Industrial Engineering in 2002; Charities that she has supported with her time and/or resources over past two years included: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Michigan; Barbra Ann Karmanos Cancer; Research - Spokesperson/Volunteer; American Red Crosss; USO; AIDS Walk; UNCF - Feature Story; Toys for Tots; Habitat for Humanity; Focus Hope of Michigan. "I would love to be the owner of a men's NBA Franchise. I am proud that my brother and I started a college scholarship in my parents' names. We were both blessed to have full scholarships for college and this was an opportunity for us to forward the same opportunity to someone else. Steven Covey once said, “Service is the rent we pay in order to live on this earth,” and I agree with him 100%. The most important thing for people to know about me is that I am humble and thankful for this and the many opportunities that I have been given throughout life." 


Minnesota
Jessica Dereschuck
"In the summer of 2003, I managed to break my nose in four places, and thirty days later, I broke my left hand!" Jessica, 20, graduated High School from North Branch High School in 2001. She has finished College: from Century Community College with the Area of Study in Fashion Merchandising & Women's Studies Charities that she has supported with her time and/or resources over past two years included a volunteer at St. John's Hospital; Trinity Missions; Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Walk -- September 10-12, 2004; Woodbury Healthcare Center -Volunteer; International Food & Clothing Drive at Century Community College -- 2002 & 2003 Her "dream job" in life is to become the top producer of runway fashion shows and at the same time owning and overseeing my own magazine for women.One personal accomplishment (in addition to being a State Titleholder) that makes her especially proud was giving the eulogy at my great grandfather's funeral. The most important thing she want people to know about her is that: "I have an extraordinary ability to be able to converse with ease with anyone, no matter their background, age, or stature." Her fvorite movie is the 1990 version of "Pretty Woman." Her favorite song is It all depends on my mood. She loves to play Hockey and her favorite dish is Chicken Cacciatore. Jessica is 5 foot 8 and has blonde hair and green eyes.


Mississippi
Beth Richards
The craziest thing  that she has ever done is that: "I drove alone, on a whim, from Mississippi to California." The 25-year-old with blonde hair and blue eyes Beth graduated High School from Northeast Jones High School in 1997. She is a current student majoring in theater at University of Southern Mississippi. "I have been a part of the Adopt-A-Grandparent Program since age 12 and I am the founder and director of the Miss Pine Belt Nursing Home Pageant. This pageant is open to nursing homes across the state of Mississippi. I have volunteered with community and state Senior Olympics programs and is the official singer for Jones County Veterans Association's patriotic programs. I volunteer at the Adventist Health Center Nursing Home. My dream is to be an accomplished and respected actress. In pursuit of an acting/singing career, I briefly lived in Los Angeles. Even after being exposed to the darker side of the entertainment industry, I never compromised my integrity. I stayed true to myself and my faith in God. I never gave in to the negativity that I encountered on a daily basis. I know who I am and that nothing can change me. I am completely in touch with who I am. Being involved in projects with senior citizens, as well as my relationship with my grandmother, has helped me to appreciate the life I have been given. People consider me an "old soul." I don't need glitz and glamour to be happy. I know where true peace comes from." Her favorite movie is "Office Space" and her favorite song is "The Way You Look Tonight" She likes to play figure skating and she likes Italian Food, specifically lasagna. 


Missouri
Shandi Finnessey
"I conquered a fear of heights and water by bungee jumping from a crane over a lake. And if that's not crazy enough, I also wrestled a greased pig in a mud pit." Shandi, 25, who has blond hair and blue eyes graduated High School from Incarnate Word Academy in 1996. She also finished College and earned a Bachelor of Science from Lindenwood University; with the Area of Study: in Psychology in 1999. The statusque f5 foot 11 Shandi is now a Post Graduate at Lindenwood University;  with the Area of Study in Counseling. Charities that she has supported with her time and/or resources over past two years included: Variety Club Telethon; St. Louis Cardinal's Winter Warm Up for local charities; AIDS Foundation; Special Olympics in St. Louis; Gilda's Club. "I would love to use my counseling degree on television. I have two works that have been published: a children's educational book entitled "The Furrtails" and a study on androgyny which proved significant and was published in the SEPA journal. I am a strong self-motivator. Even in high school this was prevalent, as I made the decision to transfer from a public school to a private school leaving behind my friends and extracurricular activities. Her favorite movie is Russell Crow's "A Beautiful Mind" and her favorite song is "Eye of the Tiger" She loves Kickball and her favorite food is A #2 Extra Value Meal from McDonald's...Supersized!
Montana
Molly Flynn
I moved by myself to Caracas, Venezeula when I was 17. I did not speak a word of Spanish when I moved there, but spent a year traveling and learning the language and the culture." Molly graduated High School from Broadwater County High School; in 2000. She also went to College at Montana State University with the area of study in Political Science. Carities that she has supported with her time and/or resources over past two years includedc Special Olympics; The Friendship Center, an organization that works with women who are victims of domestic abuse; and The Food Center, a local food pantry. Her "dream job" in life would be Owning and running her own bakery. "I survived in a foreign country for a year. I learned to speak the language and to understand another culture. I was thousands of miles away from my family and from anyone who cared about me. Yet, I learned about myself and other people and how to have fun and enjoy life no matter where I was or what the circumstances were. The most important thing she wants people to know about her is that: "I represent the last best place. Montana is my heart and soul. No matter how many times I leave her to explore the rest of the world, I will always come back to be healed by the beauty here. The people and this place are unlike anything to be experienced anywhere else." Molly is 20 years old and has black hair and blue eyes. Her favourite dish is Chicken and Tofu Pad Thai with Spicy Peanut Sauce and Chocolate covered strawberries for dessert. 

Nebraska
Guerin Austin
"I convinced my family to wear costumes to the airport to pick up my friend. We brought props and music and caused a scene when she got off of the plane." Guerin, who is 24, graduated High School from Central Kitsap High School in 1998. She has finished College and recieved Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with the Area of Study in Broadcasting in 2004. Charities that she has supported with her time and/or resources over past two years included: American Cancer Society; All Our Kids; Rebuilding Together; Young Survival Coalition; Lee National Denim Day; Komen Race for the Cure; Children's Hospital; Relay for Life; Breast Cancer Action & Awareness Team; Boys & Girls Club. Her "dream job" in life would to become a United States Senator and author of books for adolescents."One of my biggest accomplishments was working for my congressman in Washington and personally helping constituents in the district solve problems.Having a breast cancer scare and surgery at 21 changed my life. It made me realize how precious life is and that you have to be an advocate for your own health. Guerin's favorite movie is the classic "Gone with The Wind", her favorite song: "I Want You Back" - Jackson 5. Her favorite spor is: Figure Skating and her favorite food is just Peanut Butter. Guerin is 5 foot 10 and has brown hair and brown eyes.


Nevada
Victoria Franklin
"Knowing my fear of heights, my friends dared me to ride the “Big Shot,” which is a ride that sits on top of the Stratosphere Hotel, a building that stands 1,149 feet tall. The 23-year-old beauty who is 5 foot 7 and has brown hair and brown eyes graduated High School from Eldorado High School in 1999. She has finished College and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arizona;  with the area of study in Communication/Sociology in 2003.Charities that she has supported with her time and/or resources over past two years included: Positively Kids - a Nevada-based nonprofit organization that raises funds to assist families of medically dependant children. I have assisted with fundraising events to encourage Nevada residents to support this outstanding cause; Ronald McDonald House - I prepared meals for the families of seriously ill children who have moved into the House for 24-hour care; Children Coping with Divorce - I participated for a year while in collegge as a support group leader helping children ages 7 - 9 deal with the changes that occur in a family as a result of divorce. Those Who Care group homes - As a volunteer I cared for and counseled young children who had been removed from their homes due to severe abuse and neglect; 12 Days of Christmas Toy Drive - In conjunction with a local radio station we collected over 98,000 toys for underprivileged children; Martin Luther King Jr. committee - Continuing a 23-year tradition of my family’s, I have been involved with this committee and in every parade. Her "dream job" in life would be a Proprietor of a national nonprofit organization benefiting youth. "The teen girls' enrichment program that I assisted in establishing while in junior high school is still working in the community and inspiring young girls to greatness after 11 years. That makes me exceptionally proud." The most important thing she wants people to know about her is that "I am a genuine person who strives to reach and inspire as many youth as possible." 


New Hampshire
Vanessa Bissanti
"After playing slow pitch softball since I was 5, I became bored with it, so I decided to try out for an all-boys baseball team! I ended up making the team and practiced with them everyday. The craziest thing is that not only did I get to play, but I became their starting first base-woman! Even though I was the only girl in the entire league, I was greatly respected by all the other players and coaches, and it's something that I will always look back on and smile about!" Vanessa graduated High School from Johnston High School in 2001. The 21-year-old who has brown hair and hazel eyes is also a College student at Southern New Hampshire University with the area of study in Advertising. Vanessa will Completed her degree in 2005. Charities that she has supported with her time and/or resources over past two years included: "CHAD (Children's Hospital at Dartmouth) - participated in radio-a-thons to help raise money for the hospital and the children. I was also able to visit the hospital as a state titleholder and spend time with the children; Big Sisters - Through the local division of the program we visited elementary schools and were paired up with "little sisters." Each week we spent time with her doing fun activities that at the same time taught important lessons; St. Robert Bellarmine - Volunteered on several occasions preparing Thanksgiving baskets, wrapping presents and delivering them to the less fortunate and teaching education classes; March of Dimes Charity Appeal - Collected donations from numerous members of the community to help support the Foundation. "My dream job in life is a job that flat out excites me. A job that drives me to make an honest difference in the world. Whatever I choose to do, I will utilize what God has given me and do it the best it has ever been done. Going to college has been a personal accomplishment that I am especially proud of. Growing up I have always excelled in school and because of that I was able to earn scholarships that made it possible for me to attend the university of my dreams. There was always a possibility the expense would be too great for my mother to afford, but I was able to help her out and that makes me especially proud! I come from a non-traditional but loving family and have had to work extremely hard to get where I am today. I am not the typical pageant girl, and I have never had everything handed to me on a silver platter. My state pageant was the first pageant I have ever competed in and my motivation, dedication and compassion for others is what won me that title. In my life I have experienced both triumph and tragedy and because of this I have realized that every day I live, each experience I encounter and every person I meet are truly gifts."


New Jersey
Janaye Ingram
"The craziest thing I’ve done was going parasailing in the Bahamas for my 25th birthday. The reason why it was the craziest thing I’ve done is because I am afraid of heights, but I was able to conquer my fears and I had an amazing experience." The 25-year-old Janayne who both eyes and hair are bown graduated High School from Cherry Hill High School West in 1996. She also has finished and earned her B.A.of Psychology from Clark Atlanta University in 2000.Charities that she has supported with her time and/or resources over past two years included: Boys and Girls Club; Girl Scouts of America; Northern Home for Boys; United Way; American Red Cross; Gifts of Mercy; Angel Tree Gifts of Giving; Arthritis Foundation; Big Brothers Big Sisters; Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure "My dream job is to run a nonprofit organization aimed toward developing the self-esteem, self-image and goals of young women. As part of that, I would like to own a magazine targeting the issues and reflections of young minority women. Outside of becoming a state titleholder, I list graduating with honors as an accomplishment. Coming out of my freshman year, I had a 2.1 grade point average. I decided that it was important to me to graduate with honors. The first semester of sophomore year, I earned a 3.0 GPA and every semester following I earned a 3.8 GPA on a 4.0 scale. My senior year, I managed to raise my 2.1 GPA to a 3.29 GPA, earning graduating honors and proving that hard work and dedication can pay off. The most important thing that people can know about me is that I am sincere in my desire to affect the lives of today’s youth in a positive manner. I take my responsibilities as a role model seriously and I am truly grateful for this opportunity." Her favorite movie is "Imitation of Life" 1959 version and her favorite song is "Hero" by Mariah Carey. The 5 foot 7 beauty loves football and Spanish food. 


New Mexico
Jenna Hardin
"The craziest thing I have ever done was flying in a stunt plane. I even had to wear a parachute just in case something went wrong! Barrel rolls... hammerheads... loops...I experienced it all. It was such a rush!" Jenna whose hair is blonde and eyes are blue graduated  High School from Lovington High School in 2001. She is purisuing a College degree at New Mexico State University with the Area of Study in Animal Science (Pre-Vet) which will be complete 2005. Charities that she has supported with her time and/or resources over past two years included: Texas Lions Camp; March of Dimes; Special Rodeo; Coats for Kids; Children's Miracle Network; Boys and Girls Club of Las Cruces; Jardin De Los Ninos; Mesilla Valley Youth Foundation Her "dream job" in life is to become a Chiropractor. "I love the art and passion behind photography. A photograph I took was selected to be on permanent display in the Friendship Museum in Sochi, Russia as part of the ongoing peace treaty between the United States and Russia. The most important thing I'd like for people to know about me is that I am blessed to call Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior. Her favorite movie is "Seabiscuit" and her favorite song: "I Can Only Imagine" by Mercy Me. She loves to Rodeo and her favorite food is just Steak (medium-rare). Jenna is 21 years old.


New York
Jaclyn Neshciwat
The craziest thing that she has ever done is performing a stunt while hanging from a helicopter in midair over a lake. Jaclyn, who is 23 years old, graduated High School from Umatilla High School in 1998. The 5 foot 7 with balck hair and brown eyes has completed her Bachelor's Degree from Stetson University with the area of study in Marketing and Communication in 2002. Charities that she has supported with her time and/or resources over past two years included: St. Clements Catholic Charities; American Heart Association; United Way and Cottage Education Literacy Program. Her "dream job" in life is to become CEO of my own marketing firm. When asked to name one personal accomplishment (in addition to being a State Titleholder) that makes her especially proud, Jaclyn said: "Graduating four years of college, As Miss New York, visiting my sister and troops in Iraq." When asked what is the most important thing she wants people to know about her, she replied: "I am one of five children, raised in single parent home,family oriented, hard working, and determined." Her favorite movie is Tom Hank's "The Green Mile." Her favorite song is Beyonce and Jay-Z's "Crazy in Love." She likes to play Basketball and her favourite dish is Baklava 


North Carolina
Ashley Pulco
"For as long as I can remember I have always loved sports, adventure, and a challenge. So while on a trip with my Mom I decided to learn to scuba dive." Ashley graduated High School from The O'Neal School in 1997. She went to College at Emory University and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with the area of study in Sociology in 2001. Ashley is now a Post Graduate student at Rollins School of Public Health & University of North Carolina School of Dentistry with the area of study in Environmental and Occupational Health & Dental Surgery where she will complete Master's in Public Health & Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 2008.Charities that she has supported with her time and/or resources over past two years included: "Habitat for Humanity: I was initially exposed to Habitat for Humanity while I was the President of Key Club in high school. I continued my volunteer services in college under the Emory University Habitat Chapter. I thoroughly enjoyed working side by side with those in need of decent and affordable housing. I have also had the opportunity to work with Jimmy Carter on the Emory Habitat House; Special Olympics: As Miss North Carolina USA, I have been able to volunteer at both the NC Winter and Summer Games. I have even been asked to sing the National Anthem at the Equestrian Competition. Emory University is the proud host of the Georgia Special Olympics. I was a two time volunteer with the Summer Games; Red Cross: I have donated blood on numerous occasions while I was in college, graduate school, and while working at the CDC. I see it as an easy way to make a huge impact in someone’s life. I have obtained “hero” status in the southern region based on my number of blood donations; March of Dimes Walk America: I was able to raise money for the March of Dimes by participating in their 10K run/walk event; Georgia Folic Acid Campaign: This program targets physicians and implores them to emphasize the importance of folic acid in their encounters with patients. As a research assistant for the Georgia Folic Acid Campaign, I traveled to numerous OBGYN offices and interviewed staff about their practices. I advised them as to the ways in which they could incorporate the Campaign’s message into their routine; “Smiles for Kids”: Since starting UNC Dental School, I have been going to local elementary schools to help educate the children on basic oral health care; Volunteer at Children's Hospital: While a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority, I made many visits to the Children’s Health Care of Atlanta at Egleston Hospital. We were able to meet with many of the children and spend time with them and their parents. We helped them deal with their lives as they addressed their disease processes. Ashley wants to be both a national health and entertainment correspondent."Attaining my Master’s degree in Public Health from Emory University was quite difficult and time consuming, but thoroughly rewarding. My next challenge is completing my Doctorate degree at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry. The most important thing that she wants people to know about her is that: "I never give up. To me, it is not how you start the race, but how you finish it."


North Dakota
Jennifer Smith
The craziest thing she has ever done is Bull riding! The 27-year-old Jennifer graduated High School from Minnewaska Area High School in 1995. She has finished College and earned her Bachelor of Science Degree at North Dakota State University with the area of study in Mass & Speech Communication in 1999.Charities that she has supported with her time and/or resources over past two years included: American Cancer Society: Spokesperson, Volunteer Initiative, Relay for Life Committee, Daffodil Days Volunteer, Pageantry for Cancer.; Roger Maris Cancer Center: 61 for 61; Boy's & Girl's Club of America: Board of Directors, Public Relations Chairperson, Special Events Chairperson.; United Way: "Day of Caring;" Volunteer,Business/Residential Drive; American Heart Association: Heart Walk Volunteer.; Rape & Abuse Crisis Center; Special Events; Toys for Tots: Christmas Toy Drive. Her "dream job" in life is to become a Sports & Entertainment Agent. When asked to name one personal accomplishment (in addition to being a State Titleholder) that makes her especially proud, the 5 foot 8 with blonde hair and blue eyes, Jennifer said "I was the first reporter on the scene of a nationally televised news story." When asked what is the most important thing she wants people to know about her, Jennifer replied: "I carry a special item with me at all times." Her favorite movie is "Legally Blonde" and her favorite song is the Nat King Cole's classic "Unforgettable." She likes to play football and loves Peanut Butter and Heath Blizzards or Red Vines! 


Ohio
Lauren Kelsey
"The craziest thing I have ever done was applying for the Miss USA "Fear Factor." I would be competitive with the physically-demanding tasks required, but eating bugs and swimming in animal parts are not things I would generally consider doing. Yuck! What was I thinking?" Lauren graduated High School from Wellston High School in 2002 She went to College at Ohio University and recieves  E.W. Scripps School of Journalism with the Area of Study in Broadcast Journalism and Sociology. Charities tht she has supported with her time and/or resources over past two years included: "Ohio Division of the American Cancer Society - Working with the ACS has definitely been a learning experience for me. The ACS has new rates of cancer incidence for the Appalachian region in which I live. This information was relevant to me because this is the area I live in. I have learned about the disease and hope to educate others about ways to prevent and battle cancer; Verizon Literacy Campaign Spokesperson - Through working in partnership with the Verizon Campaign, I have had the opportunity to work with local schools and help create a network of information to strengthen the battle against illiteracy in Ohio; Southern Hills Arts Council Artist Assistant for Summer Art Program and Host/Emcee of Markay Annual Fundraiser. As a community member interested in the Arts, I am pleased to help in renovating and refurbishing the old Markay Theater. The goal is to return the theater to its original 1940's splendor and provide a much-needed cultural venue for the county; March of Dimes - Ben's Team - This is a worthy charity I have become involved in. I was touched by Ben's father's story and wanted to help in any way I could. I am learning more and more everyday about what an impact the March of Dimes has on the children it helps, and I consider myself lucky to be a part of such an organization; Ronald McDonald House - As a member of my sorority, I help with oour annual "Swing-A-Thon" fundraiser for those families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. Also, each Fall we bake over 500 cookies for donation to the Ronald McDonald House; Secret Santa - I enjoyed being the Guest of Honor at The Funny Bone Comedy Club for their Secret Santa Charity event. This event helped raise funding for two local schools and the Secret Santa Organization of Columbus; Right to Read Week and "Read Across America" - Throughout the year I read to elementary and middle school children to promote good reading habits. It was very rewarding for me to be recognized this year by my hometown for the impact I have made in fighting illiteracy in Southeastern Ohio; Bundy Elementary Pre-school Classroom volunteer - I volunteer in my mom's preschool classes every Friday to work and play with the children. To see the world through the eyes of a child and receive the unconditional love they have to share lifts my spirits and touches my heart. How could anyone not feel blessed after spending time with these children? Project SAFE, 21st Century Grant - When I am able, I visit Project SAFE to tutor and play with the children who are part of the after-school program. I enjoy having the opportunity to help children with their homework or teach them how to play games. Usually, they teach me more than I teach them!" Lauren's "dream job" in life is to become a wedding planner. "I am most proud of being able to represent my hometown of Wellston. This small community has played a large part in who I am today. I have been blessed with a quality education, dedicated friends and supportive neighbors who have helped me fulfill my dreams. I like the quote, "You can't know where you're going if you don't know where you're from." I know who I am and where I come from. I will always represent Wellston proudly with or without a crown. I am a small town girl who was raised with big dreams. I have been able to prove to the young people of Southeastern Ohio that there are endless possibilities awaiting them and that you CAN accomplish great things and still be from a small community. If you set your goals and work hard for them, dreams can come true". Lauren is 20 years old nd has blonde hair and green eyes.


Oklahoma
Lindsay Hill
My hometown has a population of 250 people. There just aren't a lot of activities for young people. One Halloween my friends and I went around town and gathered up about 70 pumpkins. We then scattered these pumpkins all over our basketball coach's yard. When his four-year-old son woke up the next morning, he thought it had actually rained pumpkins! (No, we didn't steal the pumpkins! With only at the age of 19 years old, Lindsay graduated High School from Cashion High School in 2003. She is now a student in College at the University Of Central Oklahoma with the area of study in Art Therapy. Charities she has supported with her time and/or resources over past two years included; Winter Special Olympics; Toys For Tots; Community Food Drive; Community Toy Collections at Christmas Her "dream job" in life is to work as a V.J. on MTV. When asked to name one personal accomplishment (in addition to being a State Titleholder) that makes her especially proud, The statusque 6 foot with blonde hair and blue eyes Lindsay said: "Last Year I received a chance to compete in an art contest featuring schools from all over the state. I participated in the painting part of the contest and received 3rd place." The most important thing she wants people to know about her is that: "I am a very down-to-earth person who firmly believes you should treat others the way you want to be treated." Her favorite movie is "Sabrina" with Audrdey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, and William Holden and her favorite song is "Iris" by the GooGoo Dolls. She likes to play Football and her favorite dish is Bananas Foster.

Oregon
Jennifer Murphy
The craziest thing that she has ever done is to Climbe to the tip of a 75-ft.-high pine tree. Jennifer, 25, graduated High School from Seton High School n 1996. She went to College and is attending: Southern Oregon University with the area of study in Business Management/Marketing. Charities that she has supported with her time and/or resources over past two years included: "Junior Achievement: As a Classroom Consultant with Junior Achievement, I teach children K-12 to value our free enterprise system, understand business and economics and be workforce ready. I also sit on the Junior Achievement Advisory Board and support the organization by contributing my time and resources. As the Chairperson for Junior Achievement's annual fundraiser, I raised $34,000 that will be used to fund JA classes. I also obtained over $10,000 in advertising sponsorships and continue to promote Junior Achievement as a spokesperson throughout the state of Oregon; Youth Motivational Speaker: I am passionate about preparing young people for the future and am a motivational speaker for schools and youth groups. Internship Program: I began a high school internship program at my place of business that gives young people a hands-one xperience of the work world; Special Beauties Pageant: The Special Beauties pageant gives women with disabilities an opportunity to challenge themselves and shine. Volunteering with this organization is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. As MC of last years pageant, it brought tears my eyes when every one of the contestants, ages 5 to 75, was crowned; Special Olympics Volunteer: Working with disabled children in the gym is not just rewarding, it's a blast! Those kids teach me so much about determination, and I am the one who gains most from the experience; Operation Shoebox Coordinator: I organize an annual Christmas Shoebox project, providing wrapped shoeboxes full of gifts for the elderly, lonely and poor; United Way Contributor. Her "dream job" in life is to be someone who travels and tests out all the fancy hotels, restaurants, yachts, ect, and then is paid to rate each one. When asked to name one personal accomplishment (in addition to being a State Titleholder) that makes her especially proud, Jennifer said: "Building and managing a successful business team. Although I am younger than most of my associates, they all look up to me. They respect me not only as their manager, but as a person." "I'm a people person. I've always loved meeting and spending time with people and learning something from everyone I meet. I especially love kids and love being a role model for my younger siblings. I know who I am and what I believe. I love being an American and love our great nation!


Pennsylvania
Nicole Gorghalli
The craziest thing that Nicole has ever done is handing fed honey to a full-grown Black Bear. The 25-year-old Nicole who is 5 foot 8 and has brown eyes and brown hair graduated High School from Cedar Cliff in 1997. She has finished College and earned a Bachelor of Science from East Stroudsburg University with the area of study in Special Education/Elementary Education in 2002. She is now a Post Graduate at East Stroudsburg University with the area of study in Educational Administration.Charitiestht she has supported with her time and/or resources over past two years included: Salvation Army; Easter Seals; Pocono Family YMCA; Monroe County Head Start; Trick or Treat for Canned Goods (Red Cross); Arthritis Foundation Her "dream job" in life is to become a Model. When asked to name one personal accomplishment (in addition to being a State Titleholder) that makes her especially proud, Nicole said "Graduating from college with high academic honors in spite of a learning disability."  When asked what is the most important thing she wants people to know about her? Nicole said:"I give 100% to every aspect of my life." Her favorite movie is "Ever After" and her favorite song is "Unforgettable" by Nat King Cole. She loves Cross Country and her favorite dish is just Mashed Potatoes.

Rhode Island
Sarah Bettencourt
"The craziest thing I have ever done was to take a leave of absence from Hofstra University. After my first semester as a dance major, I made the decision to leave temporarily to pursue my dance career independently." Sarah, 20, graduated High School from Lincoln High School in 2002 She was a College student at Hofstra University with the Area of Study in Dance; Charities that she has supported with her time and/or resources over past two years included: ALS Association; Cumberland/Lincoln Boys and Girls Club and Rhode Island Toys for Tots. "My dream job is to be a prominent dancer on Broadway. I am especially proud of being able to pay for college entirely on my own. In high school I was always busy with working, dance classes and school work. By the end of my senior year I had saved enough money to pay for my entire first semester at college. The most important thing people should know about me is that I may only be 20 but I am incredibly dedicated, hard-working, and ambitious. I am passionate about life and resilient in bad situations. Her favorite movie is Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" and her favorite song is "At Last" by Etta James. She loves to play Baseball and her favorite food is Pizza with hot sauce. Sarah is 5 foot 8 and has brown hair and brown eyes.
South Carolina
Amanda Pennekamp
"I took a semester off of college my sophomore year and traveled to Los Angeles. I wanted to see if this was the place where I would continue and build my acting career after I earned my degree in Theater and Speech Communications. This is where the crazy part comes in. I ended up in pilots for the sitcoms "Grounded for Life," "Titans" and "The King of Queens." But keeping my word to my parents, I returned to Newberry College to finish my degree before pursuing my career." Amanda graduated High School from Spring Valley High School in 1999. She went to finish her strudy in College and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Newberry College with the Area of Study in Theatre and Speech Communications in 2004. Charities that she has supported with her time and/or resources over past two years included: "Mayor's Committee on Breast Cancer Awareness. I was a Celebrity Server for the Mayor's Celebrity Breakfast in Columbia, S.C.; Featured Model for a European Hair and Fashion show that featured AIDS activist actress Mogan Fairchild. The show rasied money for AIDS research; Walking Ad for Clear Channel Radio (3 years) to raise money for Palmetto Place (a refuge for abused women and neglected children). The Women's Night Out sponsored by Lexington Medical Center. Featured Model in the Breast Cancer Research Benefit Fashion Show in Columbia, S.C.; Wilhelmina Agency representative for DISHES - Determined Involved Supermodels Helping to End Suffering - an organization that helps raise funds for pediatric AIDS research; Guest of Honor for the South Carolina Scoliosis Association Season kick-off event. Emcee. I am a Healing Species Advocate. The Healing Species is a "nonprofit organization dedicated to ending man's violence by targeting the initial starting point, which is usually cruelty to animals." ("Outreach to schools guides children away from early criminal mannerisms of abuse and teaches 'how to' perform acts of kindness and 'what is' adequate care for a family animal.") I am also a Mended Hearts Advocate, which supports and assists heart patients in the Columbia, S.C. area and visits them in the hospital and after they have returned home from heart surgery; Model and Emcee for the WNOK Radio/Richland Mall "Cash for Class" Fashion Show to raise money for schools in the Midlands area of South Carolina; Asthma Walk Participant in the 2003 Asthma Walk; Choose Children: Through my college Sorority (Alpha Xi Delta) I helped raise money for our philanthropy (Choose Children) to assist homeless kids of the Newberry Community. We put on events to raise money to provide for these young children at the holiday season. Also involved was the collection of toiletries, food and funds for a battered women's shelter in Clinton, S.C. Her "dream job" in life is to make a living as a professional actress." "One personal accomplishment I am proud of is walking in my parents' footsteps. I have the honor of being a member of the Blue Key Honor Society at Newberry College and being nominated for "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges," the same honors my father earned when he was a senior at Newberry College thirty years ago. I have also had the honor of being elected by the student body to reign as Newberry College's Homecoming Queen, the same title that my mother received thirty-one years ago.I would want people to know that I honor my word and I care." Amanda is 22 years old. She has brown hair and brown eyes.
South Dakota
Andrea Parliament
When asked what is the craziest thing she has ever done, Andrea replied that "I once went rollerblading in a South Dakota blizzard wearing only a swimsuit. The 20-year-old andrea who is 5 foot 4 and has brown ahir and brown eyes graduated High School from Brandon Valley in 2002. She is now studying in college at the University of Sioux Falls with the area of study in Elementary Education and coaching; Charities that she has supported with her time and/or resources over past two years included National Breast Cancer Foundation and Local Humane Society :Andrea Parliament. "My dream job is to influence the lives of students as an elementary teacher. I am extremely proud of the fact that I have had the same best friend since pre-school. Cassidy and I graduated from the same pre-school, middle school, high school, and now will graduate from the same college! She is currently my roommate and still my best friend after all these years. When asked what is the most important thing she wants people to know about her?, Andrea replied: "I strive to be a positive influence in the lives of the children who I work with." Her favorite movie is "Dirty Dancing", her favorite song: is Allison Kraus Version of - "When You Say Nothing At All". Andrea enjoys playing Softball and football  as well as watching the game. Her favorite dish is just a Stir-Fry
Tennessee
Stephanie Culberson
When asked what is the craziest thing she has ever done, Stephanie replied: "While I was touring Israel, I was offered 5,000 camels for my hand in marriage." Stephanie, who is 24, graduated High School from Temple Baptist Academy in 1997. She went to colleage and earned a Degree in Business & Piano Performanceat at Lee University in 2003. Her area of study is Business & Music. Charities that she has supported with her time and/or resources over past two years included: American Heart Association; ASPIRE program -- training high school students to be leaders in their schools; Safe and Drug Free Tennessee programs, including D.A.R.E. "My dream job is to be a concert pianist debuting at Carnegie Hall." When asked to mame one personal accomplishment (in addition to being a State Titleholder) that makes her especially proud, the 5 foot 8 with blonde hair and green eyes said: "Graduating as valedictorian in high school and receiving the F.J. Lee award, which is chosen by all of the Lee University professors. The award is given to the most outstanding student in the university, based on 4.0 GPA, life achievements, and community service." When asked what is the most important thing she wants people to know about her? Stephanie replied: "What you see is what you get." Her favorite movie is the classic "Gone with the Wind," with a close runner up of  the original of "Romeo and Juliet" from 1968 Her favorite song is of course Chopin -- "Concerto, F Minor, Op. 21" She likes to play Football amd enjoys "My grandmother's homemade biscuits and chocolate gravy."
Texas
Stephanie Guerrero
"When I was eight, I ate a grasshopper. I had future aspirations of being on "Fear Factor"!" Stephanie graduated High School from Brazoswood High School in 1998. She went to study at Trade School 1 at Page Parkes School of Modeling with the Area of Study in Commercial, print and runway training; and has completed her study in 1997. Stephanie then went on to study Communication and earned a Bachelor Degree in that field from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Charities that she has supported with her time and/or resources over past two years included: House of Charity - Houston; American Cancer Society; Musculaar Dystrophy Association; Texas Masons - Scholarship fundraisers/Masonic Home and School; League of United Latin American Citizens; Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation; Shriner's Hospital for Children. "After spending a year as Miss USA motivating young people to dream BIG and set and achieve their goals, I would like to become a top-rated national news anchor. I have been a positive influence and helped young people change the direction of their lives through my motivational speaking. I share my personal triumphs and successes with teenagers in hopes that they will see that setting goals and staying determined are the keys to success. I have many blessings and I have accomplished so much already in life. I give all the glory to God and the inspirational people that He has placed in my life." Her favorite movie is the story of the late "Selena" and her favorite song is "Legacy" She likes to play Football and loves eating Pizza Stephanie is 23 years old, she is 5 foot 9 and has brown hair and brown eyes.
Utah
Kyla Dickerson
"The craziest thing I've ever done is rock crawling in Moab, Utah. You may be wondering what rock crawling is? It is an activity in which you can climb in a jeep up a 90 degree V-crevice. It's quite an adrenaline rush!!" Kyla, 23, graduated High School from Murray High School in 1999. She then went on to college at University of Utah with the area of study in Mass Communications and completed her degree in 2002. Charities that she has supported with her time and/or resources over past two years included: American Cancer Society; Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation; Huntsman Cancer Institution; American Heart Association; Red Cross; Salt Lake City Homeless Shelter; University of Utah Diabetes Center; March of Dimes; Girl Scouts of America Her "dream job" in life is to become an Entertainment reporter. "My greatest personal accomplishment is that I've stayed true to myself no matter what situation I've been placed in. My life motto is "I am who I am wherever I am." Many occassions have given me the opportunity to test how I react in challenging situations. I want people to know that I care about what happens to our world, how our children grow up and that my voice can be a voice for those who aren’t heard as often as they need to be. "People don’t always care how much you know, but they do know how much you care…" - Grandpa Ed. Her favorite movie is reese Witherspoon's "Legally Blonde" and her favorite song is "If You Leave" by OMD She likes to play Basketball and loves eating Seafood. Kyla is 5 foot 7 and has blonde hair and brown eyes.
Vermont
Michelle Fongemie
"The craziest thing I have ever done is to participate in my very first pageant at the ripe-old-age of 25! It was quite a shock to students, friends and family." Michelle, 26, is 5 foot 6 and has brown hair and brown eyes. She graduated High School from Edward Little High School in Auburn, ME; in 1995. She went on to College and earned a Bachelor Degree from the University of Massachusettes at Amherst with the Area of Study in Journalism and English in 1999. She was a Post Graduate at State University of New York at Stony Brook with the area of study in English education; and completed her study in 2001 She earned a Masters of Arts of Teaching in English Charities that she has supported with her time and/or resources over past two years included: Ronald McDonald house charities; The "Call to Protect" program sponsored by UNICEL; Habitat for Humanity. "My "dream job" in life would be to write for a magazine geared towards young women, like Cosmogirl and the like. I would like to write a column about self-confidence as well as to provide some advice to young ladies who write in to the magazine. I am especially proud of the fact that I started and completed graduate school within the span of three semesters and graduated with a 4.0 GPA. Quite simply, the most important thing I want people to know about me is that I am a devoted teacher to my students and that spending time with friends, family and my six cats makes me just as happy as when I am signing autographs as Miss Vermont USA. I want people to know that I am a girl who had a dream as a child to be in a beauty pageant and that I chased that dream with the same tenacity that I have used to overcome adversity and obstacles in my past. This drive and tenacity has played an integral role in helping me to become the successful, professional and happy woman that I am today. That childhood dream has now become a reality. My favorite movie is "Dirty Dancing" ("Nobody puts Baby in the corner." -- Love it!!!) and my Favorite song is "Kissing You" by Des'ree (It is going to be my wedding song as it is off the soundtrack of "Romeo & Juliet," the first movie my fiancee and I saw together when we started dating.) I love Skiing -- but only when it's not -15 below WITHOUT the wind chill. It's been a COLD winter up here in VT! and my favorite food is Buffalo chicken salad with cucumbers.
Virginia
Kristi Glakas
"The craziest thing that I have ever done is Caving on my friend's property in West Virginia right after an encounter with a mama bear and her cubs!," said the 23-year-old Kristi who has brown hair and green eyes.Kristi graduated High School from Centreville High School in 1999. She sis tudying and pursuing the Bachelor of Arts Degree from George Mason University with the Area of Study in 20th Century English. Charities that she has supported with her time and/or resources over past two years included: "Lifeskills," a youth empowerment program in Virginia's middle schools; "Locks of Love," an organization that makes real-hair wigs for children with alopecia and terminal diseases. I donated my own hair four years ago and continue to organize charity drives in my hometown. Her "dream job" in life would be "Traveling the world as MISS USA 2004! Ultimately, I plan on sneaking up behind Faith Hill and snatching her job - performing for a living, traveling, modeling, and still making my family my number one priority! I am most proud of my work with Locks of Love. In 1999, I visited the cancer ward of a children's hospital and met a girl named Ashley. Our growing friendship inspired me to donate my own hair, and I was flown to Los Angeles to appear on "Dreammaker" and "Good Day L.A." I continue my involvement with the charity to this day. I have been called a Renaissance Woman! I have been competing in pageants for about fifteen years, and while I have been very successful in that arena, I have also forged a career in entertainment. I am earning my bachelor's degree in 20th Century English. I am a prolific writer; I love to read, but I also love motorcycles and four-wheelers! And, a true "guy's girl," I can navigate my way through national forests and down class four rivers with the best of them! My interests and talents stretch over such a wide range because I love life, I want to live it to the absolute fullest, and I also shatter the stereotype of a "pageant girl!" You CAN do it all. Her favorite movie is "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" and her favorite song is "Legacy" by Nicole Nordeman
She lists her favorite sport as Surfing to watch, 4-wheeling to play! and her favorite food is Sushi and ebi. Kristi is 5 foot 7 inches tall.
Washington
Tara McCormick
"After being crowned Lewis county Rodeo Princess in 1999, I rode a steer! For those that do not know, a steer is a male cow with sawed off horns. I placed 2nd in the county! It made the crowd go wild to see me in my crown and sash, getting hung up, thrashed about and still come up smiling! Although it was a great publicity stunt, I don't think I will make a career out of it!" Tara " Tara grduated High School from W.F. West in 2000. The 23-year-old who has brown hair adn hazel eyes went to College at Seattle Central Community College with the area of study in Communications, Business, Law. Tara will complete her degree in 2005. Charities that she has supported with her time and/or resources over past two years included: Seattle Seafair Pirates; The Salvation Army; The American Heart Association; Christian Faith Center; Children's Hospital Her "dream job" in life is to become a Director of an educational facility that aids children with their learning disabilities. " I would also love to work with horses. On a more selfish note, I would love to be a vocalist or a model." when asked to name one personal accomplishment (in addition to being a State Titleholder) that makes her especially proud Tara said: "Breaking down my own personal educational barrier." "I think it is important for people to know that I came from a low income, large family. I over came drug and substance abuse in my family and the obsacle of divorce. I feel it is important for people to know this because it gives reasurance to others who come from the same background. That they too, through strength and perserverance can rise above the statistics and persue their dreams.
West Virginia
Carolyn Jennings
"The craziest thing  that I have ever done is that I went bungee jumping with my best friends at a theme park. It was a huge thrill!" The 21 year-old Carolyn graduated High School from McDowell High School in 2000. She is now studying in College at West Virginia University with the area of study in Broadcast Journalism and will complete her degree in 2005. Charities that she has supported with her time and/or resources over past two years included: The United Way of Mon County; Students Helping Other People (SHOP); The Salvation Army - Toy Shop and Kettle Drive; Reading Partners Program - Child Development Center; Steppingstones - Assisted in teaching computer skills to disabled individuals; Unity Manor Retirement Home Her "dream job" in life would be to work as a host for the Entertainment Channel, or star on Saturday Night Live When asked to name one personal accomplishment (in addition to being a State Titleholder) that makes her especially proud, Carolyn said: "Being on the Dean's List at WVU while holding down a job and staying involved in my favorite school activities." When asked what is the most important thing she wants people to know about her, Carolyn replied: "My accomplishments are a product of hard work and determination. What you put into something is what you will get out of it!" Her favorite movie is "A Christmas Story" and her favorite song: "Sleeping to Dream" by Jason Mraz. She loves to play Basketbal and her favorite food: is Burritos/Fajitas - Anything Mexican." Carolyn is 5 foot 10 adn has brown hair and blue eyes.
Wisconsin
Jenna Shaltz
When asked what is the craziest thing that she has ever done, Jenna said, "I assumed the controls of a friend's airplane without any experience in flying." Jenna graduated High School from Sussex Hamilton High School in 2002. She went on to college at Marquette University and studied Communications.Charities that she has supported with her time and/or resources over past two years included: The Young Survival Coalition, a nonprofit organization that fights to improve the quantity and quality of life for young women affected by breast cancer: YSC Member, Spirit of Hope Committee, National YSC Conference The Susan G. Komen Foundation: Milwaukee Race for a Cure, St. Francis Block Party (Information booth), Milwaukee Bowl for a Cure; Juvenile Diabetes Association Annual Walk at the Milwaukee County Zoo: Registration volunteer; American Diabetes Association: Annual Walk-greeter and participant.; Special Olympics: State Bowling Competition, Award Presenter; Wisconsin Donor Network: Harley Rally Information Booth, State Fair Information Booth, Sarah's Stride, Informational; Training Program, National Organ Donor Week campaign; Wisconsin Association for Guide and Service Dogs (WAGS); Committee Member, Joined Delta Gamma and WAGS for community service and fundraising, Silent Auction Registration Wisconsin Association for the Blind: Annual walk participant; Visiting local nursing homes: Entertainment Performances, Conversing with residents; PanCAN Team Hope Wisconsin: Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Walk. Her "dream job" in life is ofcourse to become Miss USA. "I was commended as an exceptional personal development instructor because my teachings truly reached my students. My teachers and professors have often shared with me their feelings that I am a natural leader capable of taking direction well. I would like to utilize my leadership skills as a mentor to others. Due to my mentor empowering me, I know that with support and encouragement people can flourish." Jenna is 20 years old. She is 5 foot 6 and has brown hair and brown eyes.
Wyoming
Katie Rudoff
"After a huge rain shower at a church camp, a friend and I decided to go mud sliding. There was a low-lying dirt area which collected the rain and turned the dirt completely into mud! By the end of the afternoon, we were not only cold and looking like swamp creatures covered in mud, but we had managed to include most of the camp in the muddy experience while having a crazy, great time!" Katie, 20, graduated High School from Green River High School in 2001 The statusque 6 foot 1 with brown eyes adn hazel eyes will have completed her Molecular Biology/Psychology College studies at University of Wyoming in 2005. Charities that she has supported with your time and/or resources over past two years included : Up 'Til Dawn; Big Brothers Big Sisters; Cowboys Against Cancer; Child Development Center; Albany County Family Planning; Special Olympics; Americorp Volunteer; Worked with 8th grade girls basketball teams as an assistant coach 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004; YWCA of Sweetwater County Her "dream job" in life is To work as a genetic counselor."Being considered a role model by a coach whom I consider to be my role model! In eighth grade I played basketball for this amazing coach who inspired me to be the best I could be. I have always remembered it and years later he chose me to help him coach his team because he thought me to be a role model for those girls. It made me feel so special to know that someone for whom I have so much admiration thought I could be a positive influence on the lives of young girls. While I consider myself to be your average "All American girl," I also want to be seen as a representation of what our country's diversity is all about. Multiple blends of cultures and nationalities make America a unique country, and without my own Russian heritage, I would not be the unique person I am today. Her favorite movie is Julia Robert's "Pretty Woman" and Stephen Spilberg "Schindler's List." Her favorite song is "When You Say Nothing at All" by Allison Krauss She loves to play Basketball and her favorite food is Corona Village's Tamales
 

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