2019 Miss America Competition · Competition

Miss America 2019

Between state-season burnout; the ever-evolving, confusing direction of Miss America leadership; busy summer schedules; national pageant in-fighting; a horrific family tragedy; the start of school; Miss America 2.0 changes; and dealing with our own complicated mess of kid-parent dynamics; I’ve sort of holed up and hunkered down. I’ve been putting priorities in other areas of my life – and rightfully so – and it has just made Miss America drama simmer to a low heat on the back burner.

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Advice · Former Feature Friday

Former Feature Friday: Jessica (Colwell) Pohn

Jessica (Colwell) Pohn and I competed together in the Miss Iowa 2006 pageant season, and she went on to become first-runner-up to Miss Iowa 2007 Diana Reed. Although we hadn’t kept in touch much the last decade, we’ve recently reconnected in a BIG way 😉 Jessica is a driven, ambitious, and spunky former, and I know you’ll love hearing from another contestant who left her mark on that Miss Iowa stage!

2019 Miss America Competition · Competition

A New Era, Miss America, pt 3

Catch Part One and Part Two of this blog series to get all caught up. Today is Part Three, the final post of the New Era, Miss America blog series! I appreciate the opportunity to share my thoughts as somewhat of a “voice of reason” around hot topics. I’ve learned a few lessons in my…… Continue reading A New Era, Miss America, pt 3

2019 Miss America Competition · Competition

A New Era, Miss America, Pt 2

If there was an equivalency of the #metoo movement in Miss America, this would be it. There are four “S” points to the Miss America crown – swimwear isn’t one.

2019 Miss America Competition · Competition

A New Era, Miss America, Pt 1

It’s a New Era for Miss America – but what does that actually mean? Come check out our thoughts on the blog!

Former Feature Friday

Former Feature Friday: Katie (Cole) Kenny, pt 2

Last week, we heard all about Katie’s extensive experience in pageantry. Today, we go a little more “behind the scenes” and get some true wisdom from this seasoned competitor.

Former Feature Friday

Former Feature Friday: Katie (Cole) Kenny, pt 1

Katie Kenny (formerly Katie Cole) was one of the girls I was privileged to coach and mentor in my first year as a Miss America local director. I worked with her on every area of competition, and our local came away with a Miss Iowa and a second-runner-up that year. But that wasn’t even close to the beginning – or the end – of Katie’s pageant career.