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New Miss America 2008
January 28, 2008


LAS VEGAS (Jan. 26) – Miss Michigan Kirsten Haglund, a 19-year-old aspiring Broadway star, was crowned Miss America 2008 on Saturday in a live show billed as the unveiling of the 87-year-old pageant’s new, hipper look.
Haglund, of Farmington Hills, Mich., sang “Over the Rainbow” and walked a crowd-pleasing strut in a black and gold bikini to clinch the title. She beat Miss Indiana Nicole Elizabeth Rash, the first runner up, and Miss Washington Elyse Umemoto, the second runner up for the $50,000 scholarship and year of travel that comes with the crown.Haglund, who studies music at the University of Cincinnati, grew up in a pageant family. Her mother is an active volunteer, and her grandmother Iora Hunt, competed for the crown as Miss Michigan 1944. Hunt joined Haglund at a news conference.”The only words that come to my mind is that this is a dream come true, not just for me but for my family as well,” Haglund said. “I’m not just standing up here alone.”Haglund, a cheery, classic blond, wore a revealing silver sequined dress and black bikini during the evening gown and swimsuit portions of the pageant. As her platform issue, she promised to advocate for awareness of eating disorders, an illness from which she has recovered.

Miss Florida Competes for Miss America Title Saturday Night!!
January 25, 2008


Kylie Williams, Miss Florida 2007, is a Senior at Florida State University pursuing a BS degree in Marketing and a Minor in Communications. At FSU she is a member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, Delta Class coordinator, member of the Student Government, MADD, Greek Basic, and Bacchus & Gamma Peer Education Network.She graduated summa cum laude from North Florida Community College in Madison where she was President of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Secretary of Student Government, named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges and volunteered with Habitat For Humanity.   Kylie graduated as Valedictorian of Hamilton High School and was awarded a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship and the President’s Award for Excellence.  During high school, she was President of Student Government for two consecutive years, Freshmen class Vice President, Beta Club Vice President, Representative to Girls State, and was selected as a Governor’s High School All-Star.

Kylie began volunteering in her community at the age of 5 and continued throughout elementary, middle and high school. She is especially proud of her volunteer work in a local nursing home where she was a caregiver to a special patient for four years.  As a result of her volunteer efforts, she was honored for Outstanding Community Service, Outstanding Hurricane Victims Volunteer and July 2, 2002 was proclaimed Kylie Williams Day in her hometown of Jasper.She began singing in church,  accompanied at the guitar by her grandfather and her mother at the piano. She continued to perform and sing throughout her childhood and teenage years and was invited to be a featured solo act during concerts for Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts, Charlie Daniels, Montgomery Gentry and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Her love for performing was one of the reasons she first entered the Miss Florida Pageant in 2002.

Kylie competed for six years before capturing the title of Miss Florida 2007.  She competed in the 2007 state finals as Miss Tallahassee and held previous titles of Miss Baymeadows, Miss Jacksonville, Miss North Florida, Miss Daytona Beach and Miss Florida State University.  She won Talent at the State Competition for her rendition of “I Want to Be A Cowboy’s Sweetheart” and will perform the same  selection at the 2008 Miss America Pageant. She also won Swimsuit and Evening Wear during the Preliminary Competitions.One day while spending time with a friend that had served in the Marines during the Iraq war she found that he suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  It was this encounter that prompted Kylie to learn more about the service men and women that serve our country and it wasn’t long until Realistic Support For The Troops was founded as a not for profit organization. Kylie has focused her efforts in corresponding with the troops overseas and coordinated a drive to send 1,000 shoe boxes through Operation Shoebox, a charitable organization in Belleview, Florida.   She encouraged elementary students to send cards and letters to our service force through the program,

Little Patriots, and hopes to launch the program on a state and national level. She has volunteered and spoken to groups and organizations in an effort to raise funds and support for the VA Hospitals in Florida. Kylie’s troop involvement was recognized by Major General Douglas A. Burnett, the Adjutant General of the Florida Army National Guard, when he presented her with the Coin of Excellence during the Opening Day Ceremonies for the Florida Legislature at the State Capitol.  She was one of 30 civic leaders invited to watch members of the Florida National Guard as they performed their combat field training in a deployed mock environment as part of their annual training. Kylie has been named the

Official Ambassador for Veteran’s Advocacy for the State of Florida by the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affair.  In this capacity, she will raise community awareness of the needs for the 1.8 million veterans of Florida.  Of equal importance, she will also raise the awareness of veterans and their families of the program and services in place for them.In addition to promoting her own platform, as Miss Florida, Kylie will be an advocate and supporter of the Children’s Miracle Network.  In the Fall she will embark on a school tour speaking to middle school students on the importance of making good decisions in their everyday lives.

Miss America 2008
January 24, 2008


Miss America 2008, will be the 83rd Miss America pageant. The pageant will air live from Planet Hollywood, in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, January 26th on the TLC Network.

The new Miss America
January 9, 2008



For the first time in history, all 52 women competing for the Miss America 2008 title, live under one roof to undo everything they have learned about pageant basics. The goal is to determine if their smarts, attitudes and looks hold up in contemporary society. The women participate in an intense set of events and challenges designed to prepare them for the finale: a renewed, modern competition that will redefine what it takes to be Miss America.

The Miss America You Never Met…..Julie Hadden
December 20, 2007


A picture is worth 1000’s words…..Julies dream was to be Miss Jacksonville.She had incredible interview skills,outstanding talent….all that held her back was swimsuit….those days are long gone…..I worked with pageant contestants across the country,I have no doubt that the new “Julie” could have won it all.

So what now for her? She’s addressing congress this week…Im sure she will do the talk show circuit…..but one thing I believe is she still has the “Pageant Bug”.This was evident in her clothing for finale night,as well as the way she walked and spoke….

So Julie, if you read this,I want to encourage you to do the Mrs.America Pageant.Its not some cheesy pageant,several former Miss Florida’s have competed in the “Mrs” contests.The world is your stage and its time you heard those words that escaped you….

                                    “There She Is…….Walking on Air She Is…..”


Miss Universe
December 3, 2007


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Dec. 2) – Police probing allegations that someone put pepper spray on a Puerto Rican beauty contestant’s clothing said Saturday they would investigate whether anyone lied to them after tests found no traces of the substance on the woman’s belongings.

Miss Puerto Rico Universe Ingrid Marie Rivera and pageant organizers claimed that someone had laced her makeup and doused her clothing with a chemical they believed to be pepper spray during the November 23 contest in an attempt to knock her out of the running.

The 24-year-old from the town of Dorado said she broke out in hives and swelling during the pageant and was forced to ice down her face and body backstage during the event.

On Friday, the Caribbean island’s Forensic Sciences Institute said the brush and gown, delivered to police four days after the pageant, contained no traces of capsicum, pepper spray’s active ingredient. They did not test for other chemicals.

“I guess she has a lot of explaining to do,” police spokesman Stephen Alvarez said on Saturday.

Saying that he did not want his department used for purposes of publicity, Police Superintendent Pedro Toledo said he would investigate whether anyone provided false information to his detectives, which would be a felony.

Hometown Hero-Christy Neuman
November 30, 2007


I am a Jacksonville, FL native and a Cum Laude graduate of the University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communication.  I also had the opportunity to represent the sunshine state as Miss Florida 1997 and was awarded a Resolution from  Jacksonville’s City Council for Leadership & Service. 

Christy was the preliminary talent winner and made the top 10 at the Miss America Pageant

Jacksonville Tv Celeb-Julie from “Biggest Looser”inspires best friend
November 21, 2007


Julies long time best friend,Tammie.


Tammie’s senior highschool picture and some after she gained the weight.


People around the country are tuning in to this seasons “Biggest Looser”,many are becoming inspired to get into shape and loose weight themselves,But when Jacksonville native, Julie Hadden entered the contest,she had no idea she would be a beacon of hope for her closest friends.

Julie and Tammie have been best friends forever…..literally,they were friends when atari video games were the rage,when “big curly hair” was hip,even when Micheal Jackson was a black man.(thats a long time ago)

Its no surprise they were drawn together,both have strong convictions in the church,they cherish family and friends,they both sang in church choirs,solos,groups,(and the occasional karoke at Bombay Bicycle Club,shhhhh).They both loved the the Miss Amercia Pageant system,they performed and judged many pageants together.They both had larger than life personalities,either one of them could have been a stand up comic,they also shared another factor,weight,it was a constant battle for both of them.

While Julie battled weight to compete in pageant,Tammie was right there with her.Now that Julie is on the right road – eating healthy and working out,Tammie has been inspired to do the same right along with her best friend.

Tammie shows off her progress.



The fun side of thier friendship is evident on Tammies Myspace page,she keeps everyone updated on her and Julies progress and has 2 south park cartoon versions of themselves.


Having known each girl in highschool,if some one had asked me back then where the girls would be 10 years from now? It would be easy to answer,Julie would be the next Oprah and have a tv talk show and Tammie would either be on American Idol or a fashion editor of Vogue.

Julie’s personality lights up everyroom she walks in,and in a matter of minutes she makes strangers feel like they have know her forever.You could have fun at a funeral with her.Her ability to see humor in everything draws people in,she proved this at the Miss Jacksonville Pageant where she won the interview competition.

Tammie is an incredible singing talent,from the lowest alto note,to the highest soprano note her range was effortless.She  also could add hamorny parts to any song instantly,hearing her sing was truly amazing.She also had a keen eye for decorating,fashion,and make up,that plus her sarcastic quick wit made her and  Julie complimentary together,If the “dymanic duo “was at a party,you knew you would have a good time.


My predictions werent too far off,Julie is inspiring people all over the world on a weekly basis,and Tammie is a make-up consultant for Estee Lauder.I wish the best of luck to both of them and thier familys.

Former Pageant Girl from Jacksonville on this seasons “Biggest Looser” Tv show
November 11, 2007

Julie got her pageant start at the Miss Jacksonville Scholarship Pageant under the direction of Ruth Sidbury,she won the interview competition.

Julie has always struggled with her weight. Growing up, she was also known as the “chubby kid”. As she got older, she began to lose weight and enter beauty pageants. But, shortly after the birth of her son, she had trouble losing the weight, again. Now, Julie wants to begin living a healthy lifestyle again, in order to be a healthy role model to her son and a healthy wife for her husband of 18 years. Julie is tired of coming in as First Runner-Up and is now ready to be crowned a winner. bigloser.jpg


Julie Hadden appears as a contestant in the fourth season of the NBC reality television series The Biggest Loser. She is 34 years old and hails from Jacksonville, Florida. She has been described as having a Southern charm, yet she also has a sly fondness for the latest gossip. She was once a pageant girl, and it’s been said that she could’ve progressed even further were it not for her weight troubles. She has said that her greatest accomplishment so far in life has been her marriage and the birth of her son, whom she’s trying to raise as best as she can. Though she’s attracted to the idea of having another child, she has to lose weight first in order to have a healthy and stable pregnancy.

Home Town Hero-Leanza Cornett Miss America 1993
November 7, 2007


Leanza Cornett began competing in pageants to earn scholarship money for college at Jacksonville, FL. She garnered the titles of Miss Jacksonville and Miss Florida before becoming 1993’s Miss America. Since giving up her title, Leanza has served as a television correspondent and host. Among her credits are “Entertainment Tonight,” NBC’s “Weekend Today Show,” “The Miss America Pageant,” “Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?,” ABC Family’s “The Bachelor Tells All,” and the Fine Living Network’s “Tricks of the Trade.” In addition, Leanza has stage credits. She has appeared in productions of Barefoot in the Park, Godspell, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Bye Bye Birdie, and Voyage of the Little Mermaid. She, her husband, and their two children live in Los Angeles.