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Miss America Pageant :: January 30, 2010

It’s a big dream for many little girls across the country: to one day be crowned Miss America. This year, for 53 beautiful, smart and talented contestants, that dream could come true as they prep for the 2010 Miss America Pageant, airing live on January 30, 2010.



Meet The Contestants

Miss Alabama: Liz Cochran, 20, wants to be a doctor.



Miss Alaska: Sydnee Waggoner, 23, can sing opera.



Miss Arizona: Savanna Troupe, 23, is a baton twirler.



Miss Arkansas: Sarah Slocum, 23, wants to work at a university.



Miss California: Kristy Cavinder, 21, can do ballet en pointe.



Miss Colorado: Katie Lucille Layman, 23, wants a career in dance.



Miss Connecticut: Sharalynn Kuziak, 22, dances tap.



Miss Delaware: Heather Lehman, 20, wants to work in Washington, D.C.



Miss District of Columbia: Jen Corey, 22, received a music scholarship in school.



Miss Florida: Rachael Todd, 22, wants to help end homelessness in America.



Miss Georgia: Emily Cook, 22, plays the oboe.



Miss Hawaii: Raeceen Anuenue Woolford, 24, is from Honolulu.



Miss Idaho: Kara Jackson, 22, plays the viola.



Miss Illinois: Erin O’Connor, 21, is interested in skin cancer education and prevention.



Miss Indiana: Nicole Pollard, 23, sings Broadway show tunes.



Miss Iowa: Anne Michael Languth, 22, wants both a medical and law degree.



Miss Kansas: Becki Ronen, 21, plays the classical trumpet.



Miss Kentucky: Mallory Ervin, 24, is going to attend grad school.



Miss Louisiana: Katherine Putnam, 23, can play the piano.



Miss Maine: Susie Stauble, 22, wants to be a paramedic or a nurse.



Miss Maryland: Brooke Catherine Poklemba, 24, believes in early intervention when it comes to autism.



Miss Massachusetts: Amanda Kelly, 23, wants to become a CEO.



Miss Michigan: Nicole Blaszczyk, 22, practices lyrical dance.



Miss Minnesota: Brooke Kelly Kilgarriff, 20, is interested in musical theatre.



Miss Mississippi: Anna Elizabeth Tadlock, 23, wants to become a teacher.



Miss Missouri: Tara Osseck, 23, is a tap dancer.



Miss Montana: Brittany Wiser, 21, is concerned about suicide prevention issues.



Miss Nebraska: Brittany Jeffers, 23, does Broadway-style jazz dance.



Miss Nevada: Christina Keegan, 23, wants to study medicine.



Miss New Hampshire: Lindsey Graham, 22, will sing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.



Miss New Jersey: Ashley Shaffer, 23, believes girls should maintain a healthy weight to feel great.



Miss New Mexico: Nicole Miner, 23, supports a leukemia/lymphoma society.



Miss New York: Alyse Zwick, 24, loves to act.



Miss North Carolina: Katherine Elizabeth Southard, 23, wants a degree in business admin.



Miss North Dakota: Katie Ralston, 22, made the dean’s list.



Miss Ohio: Erica Gelhaus, 21, supports children’s literacy.



Miss Oklahoma: Taylor Treat, 22, wants to work in HR.



Miss Oregon: CC Barber, 23, mentors high-risk youth.



Miss Pennsylvania: Shannon Doyle, 24, tap dances.



Miss Puerto Rico: Mimi Pabon, 24, wants to become an actress and producer.



Miss Rhode Island: Julianna Strout, 24, is a vocalist.



Miss South Carolina: Kelly Annette Sloan, 24, wants to become a prof.



Miss South Dakota: Morgan Peck, 20, likes to get involved in local government.



Miss Tennessee: Stefanie Wittler, 22, supports the Ronald McDonald House Organization.



Miss Texas: Kristen Blair, 22, wants to teach music or theatre to kids.



Miss Utah: Whitney Merrifield, 19, is one of the two youngest contestants this year.



Miss Vermont: Laura Hall, 22, wants to walk in the non-profit sector.



Miss Virgin Islands: Shayla S. Solomon, 24, can play the steel pan drums.



Miss Virginia: Caressa Cameron, 22, wants to be TV news anchor.



Miss Washington: Devanni Partridge, 21, wants to be a chiropractic.



Miss West Virginia: Talia Markham, 22, is a singer.



Miss Wisconsin: Kristina Smaby, 22, dances ballet en pointe.



Miss Wyoming: Anna Nelson, 19, is one of the two youngest contestants this year.



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    Most Important Teen USA Quality?

    • She's got to be original and self-confident.
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    Dear Dish-It In The Forums

    PerksBeingABookworm
    Dear Dish-It:  I recently became friends with an upperclassman guy, Tom*, from my high school. We started hanging out about a month or so ago. To be honest, I thought the relationship was platonic: we've never flirted although we've bantered, I don't use flirty emojis with him and although I spend a lot of time with him, he has always said how much I remind him of my brother (who is the same age as me), and he's never stolen glances at me or given me the impression that he was into me that way. I rationalized that he saw me as a little sister the same way as I viewed him as an older brother, since he constantly made references to my brother and never attempted to flirt nor gave off any of the typical visual signals of attraction. I also don't see myself as someone who'd be attractive or crush-worthy from the perspective of a high school junior, since I'm a freshman in high school and definitely not modelesque, and we pretty much stuck to group outings. So when he asked me out 2 weeks ago, needless to say it came as a surprise. We decided to remain friends, but I'm having trouble establishing boundaries, especially since my sister informed me that one of his friends told her that Tom "wasn't going to give up on me" and that Tom was going to adhere to the "Three Strikes Rule": apparently, he can wait and ask me out 2 more times before giving up on pursuing me.  Dish-It, how do I remain friends with this guy without this becoming awkward? What do I do? Just this past weekend he wanted to s**pe call me and kept s.n.a.p.ch*tting me. I literally feigned accidentally sleeping in yesterday to avoid meeting up with him (he invited my siblings and I to go play tennis at our high school), and I haven't talked to him since Saturday (we do track together so it was kind of unavoidable). I need space, and I want to remain friends, but he's really making me feel uncomfortable.  Thanks, -Perks. P.S.: This is the second junior who has asked me out this year (and the second guy I've rejected). Maybe I'm just really naive and oblivious, but I genuinely don't see myself as attractive to guys...how do I stop accidentally leading them on? Because I'm not trying to, really-I'm not flirty or anything. I have no idea why they like me, I don't think I'm being overly nice and I'm not answering texts right away or anything. This guy didn't get my phone information from me, he got it from another person on our coed sports team and he originally texted me 2 months ago to tell me that he was worried about my brother so I didn't think he was making a move on me. *Names have been changed for privacy reasons. (Also: the chat filter keeps unnecessarily censoring my writing).
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    Shadeleaf
    Shadeleaf posted in Friends:
    I'm actually already being made fun of for my interests in Undertale. i kinda don't see how playing DnD can be that bad... it's fine. Thx .
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    Shadeleaf
    "al######ote: i am in love with a boy ..and planning to marry him ..  [s:p/zwq] [s:p/oaq] [s:p/1koh] [s:p/1jn8] [s:p/1jks] Congrats! just hope he doesn't abandon you like mine terrible attempts at a relationship. You may be even luckier than me :3
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    drowning
    drowning posted in Friends:
    "Shadeleaf" wrote: I've been wondering. I got the  books and all i need would be extra graph paper and character sheets....  Anyways my dad gave me this idea on Friday and I was thinking of it today. Maybe find a few nerds like me... who knows. My dad told me people would make fun of me, but i don't care.... You will face a little making fun of, but as long as you can get past that and ignore others, I think you'll be just fine. If you're already aware of any others like you throughout the school, maybe you should look into making a group! Slip them a note or talk to them yourself, see if they're interested. Good luck!
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    drowning
    ###### wrote: i am in love with a boy ..and planning to marry him ..  [s:p/zwq] [s:p/oaq] [s:p/1koh] [s:p/1jn8] [s:p/1jks] I realize that I got engaged young as well, but 10 is a tad different. :^)
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