Sunday, November 29, 2009

Pageant Pictures: Miss Vacationland

Check out for talent selections and judges.

These photos are courtesy of Miss Ohio's Teen, Veronica Wende, and April O'Brien's facebook. Thanks ladies!

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Congrats to the New Miss Vacationland, Jacquelyn Nichols

The following photos of Jacquelyn are from the Miss Ohio USA 2009 pageant (meaning it took place in November of 2008):

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

RESULTS: Miss Vacationland

Miss Vacationland: Jacquelyn Nichols

1st RU: April O'Brien
2nd RU: Alyssa Phillips

Talent: Haripriya Sharma
Interview: April O'Brien
Swimsuit: Jacquelyn Nichols

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I've received word that the Miss Vacationland contestant list posted on a message board is correct. Their information and photos are below in alphabetical order; competition order is: April O'Brien, Sherry El sakr, Maria Minnick, Jacquelyn Nichols, Jessica Nelson, Christina Muha, Danielle Henry, Emily Pheils, Haripriya Sharma, Kirsten Samples, Hope Smalls, Alyssa Phillips and MarLana Ricci.

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Best of Luck to the Miss Vacationland Program

Prior to being crowned Miss Ohio 1962 and Miss America 1963, Jacquelyn Mayer was the very first Miss Vacationland. While I am unsure how long Miss Vacationland originally ran, it is returning tonight to the Playmakers Civic Theatre in Port Clinton. The pageant begins at 7:30 p.m. and will feature Toledo news anchor Lauren Lowrey as the emcee; joining her onstage will be reigning Miss Ohio, Erica Gelhaus, former Miss Ohio, Melanie Murphy Miller and Miss Junior America, Emily Coursin.

According to the Miss Vacationland website they plan to award $3000 in scholarships, half of which will go to the winner. The following women are RUMORED to be competing. I must stress, this is an unconfirmed list found on a message board!

Sherry El sakr
Education: Graduate of Cleveland State University / Biology
Talent: Piano
Platform: Heart 101: Promoting Heart Healthy Lifestyles in Our Children
Pageant Past: 2nd RU recently at Miss Clayland; second year local contestant.

Danielle Henry
Education: Kent State University / Nursing
Talent: Dance
Platform: Being a Cancer Advocate: Speak Up!
Pageant Past: Community Service award winner recently at Miss Clayland; second year local contestant.

Maria Minnick
Education: University of Toledo
Talent: Dance
Platform: Getting Youth Involved within the 4-H
Pageant Past: Third year local contestant.

Christina Muha

Education: University of Toledo
Talent: French Horn
Pageant Past: Has competed in a few locals.

Jessica Nelson
Education: University of Toledo / Veterinary & Biology
Talent: dance
Platform: Promoting Pet Health and Safety
Pageant Past: 3rd RU recently at Miss Northwestern Ohio; second year local contestant.

Jacquelyn Nichols
Education: University of Akron
Talent: vocal
Pageant Past
: Top 15 at Miss Ohio USA

April O'Brien

Education: Bethany College / Communication-Electronic Media & Spanish
Talent: Vocal
Platform: Donate Life: The importance of blood donation
Pageant Past: veteran contestant

Emily Pheils

Education: Bowling Green State University /Pop Culture & Marketing
Talent: vocal
Platform: Dove Campaign for Real Beauty
Pageant Past: Recent 1st RU at Miss Northwestern Ohio and Miss MV/AAC/FT; competed at Miss Ohio '09 as Bay Village.

Alyssa Phillips

Education: Bowling Green State University / Fashion Merchandising
Talent: sign language
Pageant Past: 2nd RU recently at Miss Northwestern Ohio.

MarLana Ricci
Education: Bowling Green State University / Special Education
Talent: vocal
Pageant Past:

Haripriya 'Priya' Sharma

Education: Cleveland State / Pre-Med?
Talent: dance
Pageant Past: competed recently at Miss MV/AAC/FT

Kirsten Samples
Education: Xavier University / Health Care Administration
Talent: Vocal
Platform: Pump it up! Giving Self esteem a boost
Pageant Past: 3rd RU and On-stage Interview winner at Miss Lake Festival

Hope Smalls
Education: University of Dayton
Talent: Piano
Pageant Past
: 2nd RU & Interview last year at Miss Greater Butler County

Best of luck to everyone! Please comment or email with results, photos, corrections and updates.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Celebrating the Season!

Crazy shop-a-holics have been standing in line since 4 a.m., while the rest of us are rolling out of bed and into our fat pants, having eaten too much yesterday! All that means that the holiday season is in full swing!

Tis the right time for these festive new photos of Miss Ohio, Erica Gelhaus, taken by Christine Walsh Newton. Beautiful! Be sure to check out the latest Facebook fan page On to Miss AmERICA.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Be sure to tune in to NBC at 9 a.m. to see Miss America's return to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!

For the first time in nearly 8 years, Miss America 2009 Katie Stam has been invited to participate in one of America's most beloved traditions, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Katie will be riding aboard the Statue of Liberty float. Joining her on the float will be the ING New York City Marathon 2009 men's champion, Meb Keflezighi, the first American men's winner of the race since Alberto Salazar in 1982.

Witness the excitement as Macy's presents their 83rd Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, Nov. 26, live on NBC from 9 a.m. - Noon EST*. This year, the parade will move from its traditional march down Broadway to a new route along 7th Avenue in New York City. The parade will feature 1,500 dancers, cheerleaders, singers and performers; 15 giant character balloons; 800 clowns; 35 novelty or ornament balloons, balloonheads and balloonicles; 24 floats; 10 marching bands; and a slew of celebrity performers.

Along with Katie, other performers in the parade include: Bello, Andrea Bocelli, Keke Palmer, Grandma and the cast of the Big Apple Circus, the cast of Hair, Boys Like Girls, DJ Lance Rock and the cast of Yo Gabba Gabba!, Kermit the Frog
and Tiffany Thornton, the cast and Muppets of Sesame Street, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, the cast of Billy Elliot, Sarah Hughes, Jane Krakowski, the cast of Bye Bye Birdie, Ziggy Marley with Judah Marley, the Radio City Rockettes, Katharine McPhee, Mitchel Musso, The Pizzarelli Quartet, the cast of Shrek the Musical, and Jay Sean.

For more info please visit the Macy's Day Parade Website.

Former Miss USA, Tara Conner will also be in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Miss USA, Kristen Dalton will spend the day with the USO.


ServiceNation Announces Miss USA will be an Ambassador

New York, NY – November 11, 2009 – On Veterans Day, Kristen Dalton, Miss USA 2009, visited the historic Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum where she announced that she has been called to duty by the USO and will spend the Thanksgiving holiday by giving back to military men, women and their families at Fort Drum Installation Base, home of the 10th Light Infantry Division. The mission of the 10th Mountain Division is to train and make ready for deployment of almost 80,000 army troops annually.

With over 30,000 military men, women, staff members and their families who are based in this New York State camp, Kristen will serve up holiday meals, visit with enlisted soldiers and their families as well as host a movie night.

“I can’t think of anything I want to do more this Thanksgiving than visit our troops. These men and women have given so much for this country and I am honored to be spending this very special holiday with them,” said Kristen Dalton. “I urge all Americans to find a way to volunteer and give back in their honor.”

ServiceNation, the groundbreaking nationwide campaign to advance service and volunteerism also announced today that Miss USA will be an Ambassador for their organization. Miss USA will travel the nation encouraging Americans to volunteer and champion service as a core element of citizenship. To find out how you can serve, visit

Monday, November 23, 2009

Applause Newsletter

Back by popular demand, Miss Ohio has issued a newsletter, "Applause."

I received it via email; if you would also like to be on the mailing list, send a message to

In the newsletter you'll find an updated list of the Miss Ohio board and their email addresses. A page is dedicated to Erica and she she shares highlights of her year thus far and upcoming events. There are also order forms for Erica's Miss America send off party and O*H*I*O totes and tees.

Erica's Send off party
January 10th
2 p.m.
Romer's Catering, St. Henry
$10.00/person or $30.00/family

Subscribe to the Applause for all the information and order forms. Click here to view it on Megan's blog.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Congrats to the New Miss Northwestern Ohio Alyssa Waldman!

Miss Northwestern Ohio: Alyssa Waldman

1st RU: Emily Pheils
2nd RU: Alyssa Phillips
3rd RU: Jessica Nelson
4th RU: Samantha Hartings

Talent: Alyssa Waldman
Interview: Alyssa Waldman

My sources tell me Alyssa's talent was untouchable,
Emily was *on* tonight, Samantha excelled in Swimsuit and Jessica had a great On-stage Question.

Alyssa Waldman sang "Someone Like You." Last year she was 2nd Runner-up and the Talent winner at this pageant and she competed in Miss Maple City. This is her first local title.

Look for more information and hopefully pictures in the
Defiance Crescent News Sunday or Monday. Reporter Darlene Prince usually gives the pageant great coverage.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Best of Luck to the Miss Northwestern Ohio Program

Tomorrow night at the Defiance Community Auditorium Heather Waterman will crown a new Miss Northwestern Ohio! The pageant begins at 7:30 p.m.

As Miss Northwestern, this Wright State University grad won a preliminary award at Miss Ohio for her stellar swimsuit presentation. Heather, a vocalist, has already secured her third trip back to Mansfield as Miss Clayland.

Heather was the fourth Mercer County woman in five years to hold the Miss NWO title. Only one contestant has the ability to keep the Mercer County streak alive; however, all the contestants are from the Northwest area, despite this long time "closed" pageant now being open to whole state. They are:

Alyssa Waldman
Education: Defiance College
Talent: vocal
Platform: Encouraging healthy self-esteem among women of all ages
Pageant Past: 2nd RU and Talent winner at this pageant last year.

Lluvia Martinez

Education: Hicksville High School
Pageant Past: 1st RU at Miss Hicksville (non-MAO)

Macy Weatherhead

Education: Hicksville High School
Pageant Past: Reigning Miss Hicksville (non-MAO)

Halie Gonwick

Education: University of St. Francis / Nursing
Platform:Pageant Past:
Competed in this pageant last year.

Haley Piper

No information available.

Christina Drake

Education: Defiance College / Education
Platform: Possibly Rock for Autism
Pageant Past:
Competed in this pageant last year.

Kelsey Buettner

Education: Delphos St. Johns High School
Talent: likely baton
Pageant Past: 1st RU at Delphos Canal Days (non-MAO)

Samantha Hartings

Education: Coldwater High School
Talent: dance
Platform: Child Literacy Awareness
Pageant Past: Recently competed at Miss Clayland and Miss Ohio Teen USA last year.

Jessica Nelson

Education: University of Toledo / Veterinary & Biology
Talent: vocal
Platform: Promoting Pet Health and Safety
Pageant Past: Second year local competitor.

Katie Ulrich unfortunately had to withdrawal because of a funeral.

Alyssa Phillips

Education: Bowling Green State University / Fashion Merchandising
Pageant Past: None found, but super cute modeling shots!

Emily Pheils

Education: Bowling Green State University /Pop Culture & Marketing
Talent: vocal
Platform: Dove Campaign for Real Beauty
Pageant Past: Recent 1st RU at Miss MV/AAC/FT; competed at Miss Ohio '09 as Bay Village.

CLICK HERE for the competition order.

You know the drill, email me or comment with updated contestant information or headshots. Best of luck to all the ladies!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Carrie Prejean: author, 'film maker,' martyr...

* Update: Click into the comments for more of my opinion and yet another video link. -11.13.09 5 a.m.


I can't believe this woman is still milking her 15 minutes of fame! I had hoped not to write of her again, but her latest hi jinks can't be ignored. Conveniently, she dropped her law suit against the pageant, had a "sex tape" leaked and is hawking a book, all at the same time!

Meredith Viera on Today recapped Carrie Prejean's story and interviewed her:

Carrie Prejean on Larry King Live:

Carrie Prejean calling King "inappropriate" and removing her mic (after Anderson Cooper):

My favorite interview is The View, in which Barbra Walters has some fabulously blunt, but dignified one-liners and ill informed Prejean didn't even realized the ladies had initially defended her. CLICK HERE to watch the entire segment.

If you enjoy funny lady and E! talk show host, Chelsea Handler, I highly suggest you google her recent comedic monologue about Ms. Prejean.

Miss Universe President, Paula Shugart on Joy Behar:

Shanna Moekler on Wendy Williams:

My opinion of this woman has not changed since the infamous question; she is absolutely incapable of directly answering and she proved that again in all these interviews. She is certainly entitled to her opinion but I still do not think she has the ability to back any of them up, rather she answers questions with questions in a defensive manner. I found her extremely confrontational in her interviews; if she wasn't prepared or willing to answer the obvious questions, she shouldn't have done a press junket, book or no book!

Have Seth Myers and Amy Poehler done an SNL "Really" skit on this yet? They should. You can't believe we're still talking about you, yet here you sit in the interview chair to sell a book! Really? You say your freedom of speech was punished, but you're whining that the big bad liberal media calling you mean names. REALLY!? You wrote a book about defending conservative values even after your nipples were all over the internet and you admit to a quazi sex tape? Really? REALLY!? Really Carrie Prejean? really.

(If that last paragraph confused you, click here.)

To show both sides, here's an interview Sean Hannity, who appearantly wrote the forward for her book:

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Local Lowdown

There are only three pageants and a total of five titles left in 2009; three of which are brand new and at least one is still taking applications!

Miss Northwestern Ohio
This Saturday, November 14th
Defiance Community Auditorium
7:30 p.m.

Miss Vacationland
Saturday, November 28th
Playmakers Civic Theatre, Port Clinton
7:30 p.m.

Miss Mansfield, Miss North Central Ohio and Miss Mansfield's Outstanding Teen
Saturday, December 5th
Mansfield Senior High Auditorium
6:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Pageant Press: Mario Lopez to Host Miss America Again

When Miss America sent out a tune-in alert stating Katie would be on Extra to "make a special announcement," it was safe to assume that meant the shows man-candy of a host, Mario Lopez, would be returning to Miss America. Tis true!
Click here for articles.

I think we should just crown him!