Saturday, February 7, 2009

Hey contestants and titleholders, you should really check out the comments under the Norwalk Reflector article (read them bottom to top). Think about how you'd respond to those kind of criticisms in the interview room or if you were faced with such ignorance in person at an appearance!


  1. One of the commenters left this too..
    and I thought this article was interesting
    -Abby Fan

  2. Hey Abby,

    Sorry that I did not get pics to you. Working with a new camera and still struggling with getting the pictures to download. Anyway, you have some good ones already so I won't stress over them. The show was good but long and I think Ashleigh will be a great Miss Maple City. There were quite a number of people in attendance last night and I am somewhat surprised at all of the comments at the newspaper. I am glad that Erin has aged out I don't have to deal with people who are so closed minded. Keep up the great work.

    Love ya,

  3. Every year students compete for scholarship dollars. Most of these awards are based on scholastic merit or financial need and have nothing to do with the applicants appearance, personality, charm or fitness. The MAO program does judge on those things and there is nothing wrong with that. It’s a free country, and the young women who compete do so voluntarily. They are also free to apply for those other forms of scholarship dollars as well or instead. There is room for ALL kinds of scholarship contests in this country. Miss America started out as a local Atlantic City pageant and the original sponsor was a swimsuit company. The pageant promoted the product and provided scholarship dollars, and the winners were required to model the suits in public. Although that is no longer required, the swimsuit portion is part of the pageants history, and remains part of the competition, though now at only 15% of the total score. The women who compete in the MAO system are bright and beautiful, talented, personable and well spoken, or striving to improve in those areas. They have a lot in common with each other and many make lasting friendships. It’s so silly of narrow-minded people to be threatened by pageantry and believe it to be degrading to women when in fact it empowers and encourages them to be the best they can be in every facet of their lives, including physical appearance.


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