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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.
    • She should smile a lot and be friendly.
    • She should be really pretty.
    • She should be very smart.

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    GirLovesPiggy
    GirLovesPiggy posted in Style:
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    drowning
    drowning posted in Family Issues:
    @rainbowpoptart  When I originally talked to my father, I was given the opportunity of good timing to bring it up. Luckily, there was no anger like I was partially expecting and I remained calm, which I definitely wasn't expecting. My fathers main concern was just worry and having seen other teens run away from something later getting themselves in trouble. He even brought up how he had run off at 18 and joined the Air Force, which I already knew. But, with this round, there is no perfect time to bring it up and he's always busy or we're having to do something so it's just very frustrating to find at least alright timing to bring it up, if that makes sense.
    reply 6 days
    rainbowpoptart
    My advice on this may not be the best because I haven't personally dealt with this yet, but... Parents, or guardians, get used to having their children around. You're [usually] with them for 18 years, which is a long time, so of course they - or in this case, your father - is going to feel like he's lost something very dear to him once you move out. To me it seems like he does truly understand that you're growing up. He just doesn't want it to happen. He knows that you're leaving soon - he just doesn't want it to be soon. Parents/guardians who are close to the children usually feel that way. If you're really so concerned, talk to him about it again, in a similar way you have done already. Or perhaps just a "Wow, my birthday is just around the corner". Once you do move out, visit him as frequently as you're able to and feel like. I'm sure he'll appreciate it, and it'll help you maintain a close relationship with him.
    reply 7 days
    drowning
    drowning posted in Family Issues:
    Usually I wouldn't come here for advice, but I am really needing it. To sum it up, my birthday is in 21 days. Not only will I be leaving KW, but home as well. My mother has made it to where I have had plans to leave since I was around 11 or 12; so about 7 to 8 years. I won't get into everything, but we'll just say that my mother and I do not have a good relationship at all. My father on the other hand, I am very attached too and always scared of upsetting him. Things are not always very good between us at times, but we rarely fight. When we do, it is always bad nor ends well. So, having plans to move out are very scary to me and causes me plenty of anxiety that fights are going to break out when I have my help to get my belongings out.   For the record, I have talked to my father about leaving, why I want too, etc. But, more in the sense of that I want too, not that I am. Which, in a way, my parents understand I'm moving out as well as already pretty much know where I'm going without my mention. But, I don't think they, my father especially, understands how soon that is despite my saying of I want too when I'm 18 or when I say, "Soon." It doesn't help that my father told another that his "little girl is growing up" on him and that he is scared of the day I go because he will be alone. Which makes me feel guilty despite the fact I won't even be that far away. How should I talk to him once more and go about this or even when? I really want him to understand that I have thought everything through and that I will be in safe hands.
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