|Posted by Ken on August 8, 2014 at 7:25 PM|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JULY 23rd, 2014
Dreams came true in Orlando on Saturday, July 19th, when 3 young women were crowned Princess America Pageants’ National Miss, National Teen, and National Jr. Teen 2014. The Caribe Royale Resort in Orlando, Florida played host to Princess America Pageants’ 2014 week-long national event. Contestants from across the country met in the Sunshine State to compete for cash, prizes, scholarships, and awards.
Produced by Perspectives Productions, Princess America Pageants launched 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 print dresses 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 the Give Kids the World Village. The contestants enjoyed lunch provided by Sweet Tomatoes, a dance party, an educational and emotional video about the village, and a meet & greet with children and their families. The visit culminated with the presentation of a check for over $23,000 that this year’s participants had raised to donate to GKTW.
Thursday morning began with a poolside 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 casual fashions. Delegates then prepared for the evening’s main event, a Mardi-Gras themed silent auction & gala. 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.
This year’s judges included Bachelorette and Bachelor Pad star Jesse Kovacs, The reigning Miss Georgia USA and 2nd Runner Up to Miss USA 2014 Tiana Griggs, American Idol Top 14 Finalist Spencer Lloyd, Miss America 2013 Mallory Hytes-Hagan, and U.S. Men’s Gymnastics Olympic team member Sam Mikulak.
On Saturday, after two days of interviews (and preliminary competition for the Teens and the Miss) with the celebrity panel, the new national titleholders were crowned.
The Junior Teen Top Five included Virginia Junior Teen Hope C. (4th Runner Up), West Virginia Junior Teen Lexi W. (3rd Runner Up), South Carolina Junior Teen Martha CLaire B. (2nd Runner Up), District of Columbia Junior Teen Libby C. (1st Runner Up), and Vermont Junior Teen Tamara V. who was crowned Princess America Pageants’ National Junior Teen 2014.
The 14 year old daughter of Danijela and Dalibor Vujanovic, Tammy is an academic honor roll student who hopes to one day apply to medical school to become a doctor. She is active in gymnastics, lacrosse, swimming, and field hockey. Tammy’s parents immigrated to the United States after their country was affected by war, and she was the first born United States citizen in her family. She tutors middle school students, visits nursing homes, and is a peer leader. Her friends consider her to be fun to be around, easy to talk to, and generous.
The Teen Top Ten included … South Carolina Teen Erica W., Louisiana Teen Georgia B., West Virginia Teen Dominique C., Southern States Teen Ashlynn L., Georgia Teen Olivia W., Indiana Teen Toni P., Bayou State Teen Hannah T., Mississippi Teen Madyson W., Pennsylvania Teen Justine S., and Oklahoma Teen Mariah D.
The Miss Top Eleven included Indiana Miss Gretchen R., Sunshine State Miss Kirsten P., Delaware Miss Kassady S., Gulf States Miss Nicole E., Missouri Miss Taylor O., Florida Miss Emmie K., New York Miss Chelsea S., Sooner State Miss Ryli S., Vermont Miss Neely F., West Virginia Miss Allie C., and Virginia Miss Meg S.
The Teen results were announced next, beginning with West Virginia Teen Dominique C. taking the Fourth Runner Up honor. Third Runner Up was South Carolina Teen Erica W. followed by Second Runner Up, Indiana Teen Toni P. As the audience held their breath, Southern States Teen Ashlynn L. received the distinction of being the First Runner Up and Pennsylvania Teen Justine Staub was crowned Princess America Pageants’ National Teen 2014.
The 17 year old daughter of Brian and Toni Staub, Justine is from Hanover, Pennsylvania. A Merit Scholarship recipient, she hopes to one day work as a mental health case manager. Justine has been a student of violin for 8 years and also enjoys piano and dance. She enjoys acting, reading, analyzing classical literature, writing, archery, and four-wheeling. A self-taught guitarist, she also enjoys performing covers of songs for friends. Justine says that her friends would describe her as loyal, responsible, and self-motivated.
The final results of the night were only seconds away as the Miss delegates gathered on stage for the announcement. Virginia Miss Meg S. was named the Fourth Runner Up. Vermont Miss Neely F. was the Third Runner Up and Indiana Miss Gretchen R. was Second Runner Up. While the room went silent with anticipation, the final two moved forward and awaited the judge’s decision. Sooner State Miss Ryli S. took home First Runner Up honors and Florida Miss Emmie Kivell was crowned Princess America Pageants’ National Miss 2014.
The 25 year old Disney entertainer, Emmie hopes to continue to have a successful career in the entertainment industry whether it be on stage, screen, or in the music business. She has been voted “Most likely to win an Oscar” and was chosen to work at Disneyland Paris for 8 months. Emmie has recorded her own CD and recently helped to open a new show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. She considers herself a major “foodie”, and loves to travel, being creative, and to spend time being active outdoors. Emmie has worked with both The Make A Wish Foundation and with Give Kids The World. Her friends say that she is the biggest dork you’ll ever meet, compassionate, and determined.
The year ahead is one of great promise for the new titleholders and the Princess America Pageant system.