|Posted by Ken on December 9, 2012 at 4:35 PM|
Dreams came true in Orlando on Saturday, July 21st, when 3 young women were crowned Princess America Pageants’ National Miss, National Teen, and National Jr. Teen 2012. The Caribe Royale Resort in Orlando, Florida played host to Princess America Pageants’ week-long national event. Contestants from across the country met in the Sunshine State to compete for a combined total of over $25,000 is cash, prizes, scholarships, and awards.
Produced by Perspectives Productions, Princess America Pageants continued its annual national event by crowning titleholders in three divisions. These include the National Junior Teen (13 – 15 years of age) National Teen (16 – 18 years of age) and National Miss (19 – 28 years of age). Phases of competition, each worth 25% of the total score, included Physical Fitness, Personal Expression, Private Interview, and Evening Wear.
After arriving in Orlando the delegates registered, and then along with their families, enjoyed a welcome luncheon themed as a summer garden party. Many wearing floral prints and hats, they prepared for orientation and their first rehearsal in the hotel’s Martinique Ballroom.
On Wednesday morning the contestants participated in an “Ice Cream for Breakfast Social” and then boarded the bus for a full day of activities. The delegates had a fantastic lunch at Sweet Tomatoes, and then departed for the Give Kids the World Village. The contestants enjoyed an emotional video and a personal tour of the village, which culminated with the presentation of a check for $10,588 that this year’s participants raised to donate to GKTW. After an inspirational visit to the village, delegates boarded the bus yet again to enjoy an evening at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament.
Thursday morning began with a professional swimwear photo shoot with Deanna Meredith. The shoot lasted throughout the day with delegates receiving call times in which they shot in physical fitness, eveningwear, and Deanna Meredith fashions. Delegates then prepared for the evening’s main event, a Silent Auction & Gala. Special awards were given out at this time, including the “Difference Maker of the Year,” to Louisiana Teen Laken Murrell. After an elegant dinner, attendees also bid on items brought by each state representative in an attempt to raise money for Give Kids the World, as well as for the Princess America Scholarship Fund. The efforts of those in attendance paid off when more than $3000 was raised.
Friday began with a general rehearsal for the Miss contestants while the Teens met with the judges for their 7 ½ minute interview. The evening culminated with the Teen & Miss delegates competing in Physical Fitness, Personal Expression, and Evening Wear. Afterwards, the Junior Teens had evening interviews. This year’s judges included “ The Bachelorette” and “Bachelor Pad” cast member David Good, Miss Oklahoma 2011 and 1st Runner Up to Miss America 2012 Betty Thompson, Professional international model Nick Davis, Miss USA 2002 Shauntay Hinton, and “Survivor – One World” cast member Jay Byars.
On Saturday morning the Miss delegates had their chance to interview with the judges and then all contestants met for their final rehearsal. The Junior Teen competition began that afternoon and the Teen & Miss Finale show began promptly at 7:30pm with the Top Ten Teens, and Top Eleven Miss competing in all phases of on-stage competition.
The Teen Top Ten included Ark-La-Tex Teen Taylre B., Arkansas Teen Lauren W., East Coast Teen Ashlyn A., Florida Teen Brie E., Maryland Teen Yashvi A., Missouri Teen McKenzie M., New York Teen Taylor M. G., Oklahoma Teen Cherokee P., Pennsylvania Teen Holly H., and Texas Teen Briley H.
The Miss Top Eleven included Ark-La-Tex Miss Haley S., Connecticut Miss Sasha H., District of Columbia Miss Kristina E., Louisiana Miss Nicole E., Missouri Miss Janelle G., New England Miss Kate C., Ohio Miss Alexia C., Oklahoma Miss Brittani S., Texas Miss Courtney L., Utah Miss Nicki B., and Wisconsin Miss Kelly B.
After entertainment by Miss North Carolina 2011 Hailey Best, and a beautiful production number featuring the National Petite Princess’, the winners were ready to be announced by event co-host and Pageantry Magazine “You Be the Judge” columnist J. Scot Reid.
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The Teen results were announced next, beginning with Missouri Teen McKenzie M. taking the Fourth Runner Up honor. Third Runner Up was Arkansas Teen Lauren W. followed by Second Runner Up, Maryland Teen Yashvi A. As the audience held their breath, Oklahoma Teen Cherokee P. received the distinction of being the First Runner Up and Texas Teen Briley Hale was crowned Princess America Pageants’ National Teen 2012.
NATIONAL TEEN 2012 – BRILEY HALE
The 18 year old daughter of Lori Hale and the late Robert Hale Sr., Briley is from San Angelo, Texas. A three year member of the ‘A” Honor Roll AND A MEMBER OF THE National Honor Society of High School Students, she plans to become a museum curator and historic conservation and preservationist. In her spare time Briley enjoys playing golf, traveling, watching foreign films, reading, and writing. She is also an aspiring model whose friends consider her to be extremely determined, vivacious, and extraordinarily outgoing.
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The final results of the night were only seconds away as the Miss delegates gathered on stage for the announcement. D.C. Miss Kristina E. was named the Fourth Runner Up. Connecticut Miss Sasha H. was the Third Runner Up and Louisiana Miss Nicole E. was Second Runner Up. While the room when silent with anticipation, the final two moved forward and awaited the judge’s decision. Ohio Miss Alexia C. took home First Runner Up honors and Utah Miss Nicki Brinck was crowned Princess America Pageants’ National Miss 2012. The audience erupted in applause as Nicki was met on stage by her sister queens Briley & Lauren.
NATIONAL MISS 2012 – NICKI BRINCK
The 25 year old daughter of Dennis & Pauline Brinck, Nicki is from West Jordan, Utah and is currently a chemist for the Department of Defense. She is an accomplished public speaker and a Dean’s list member at Utah State University. Nicki considers herself to be extremely competitive and she enjoys dancing, modeling, triathlons, and hiking. She is actively pursuing her PhD and a second degree in broadcasting & journalism. Her friends consider her to be determined, confident, and classy.
The year ahead is one of great promise for the new titleholders and the Princess America Pageant system.