Miss America Pageant Has A New Home!!

It was announced earlier today that the Miss America Organization has a new home, the ABC Network!!

Official Press Release:



First Pageant To Air On ABC In January 2011

Linwood, NJ – May 24, 2010 - The Miss America Organization (MAO) is proud to announce it has reached a multi-year deal with the ABC Television Network to return as their network television partner for the 2011 Miss America Pageant that will be presented on January 15, 2011! The news was announced today by Sam Haskell, III, Board Chairman for the Miss America Organization and MAO President & CEO, Art McMaster. ABC aired the Miss America Pageant previously in 2004 and will once again retain the exclusive telecast rights through 2013.

"After thorough discussions and negotiations, we are confident that Miss America has reunited with the perfect network partner, ABC, which shares many of our same ideals and tradition," said Haskell. "Miss America's move back to network television is perfect timing as we celebrate our special 90th anniversary and look ahead to reach new heights and create a new path for the future of Miss America. Our brand is so rich in both philanthropy and history, and this new multi-year partnership will not only preserve this great institution, but it will also mark a new milestone in television with our friends at ABC."

“We’re thrilled to have the Miss America pageant back on ABC and for the opportunity to be a part of this historic tradition,” said Vicki Dummer and John Saade, Senior Vice Presidents, Alternative Series, Specials and Late-Night, ABC Entertainment Group. “We look forward to working with the Miss America Organization for years to come.”

Art McMaster, President and CEO for Miss America Organization stated, “MAO will maintain and oversee the creative direction of the pageant with the addition of the award winning production company, Tall Pony Productions with Anthony Eaton and Lauren Harris as the Executive Producers. McMaster added, “’Miss America is one of this country’s great enduring institutions, and creatively we are introducing new ways to honor the pageant’s rich tradition, while also producing a spectacular show that will offer true entertainment appeal to ABC’s viewers.”

Last year, the Miss America pageant telecast experienced new record growth, with its highest-ever ratings on cable television, and is now perfectly positioned to surpass that record with ABC on network television.

MAO proudly acknowledges Mark Pedowitz of Pinestreet Entertainment, John Ferriter of Octagon Entertainment, and Billy Goldberg and Kevin Kroos of The Buckeye Group for their efforts on this television partnership. Tall Pony Productions and the Miss America Organization are represented by Octagon Entertainment.


With Love,
2009 Olde Canal Days Queen


Phenomenal Woman

While at the Dennison Railroad Festival today, Shal'eka, the 2009 Dennison 1st Attendant, gave a speech inspired by Maya Angelou's poem, Phenomenal Woman. She spoke of how women shouldn't need to hide behind makeup and fake tans. Her speech was very thought-provoking and brought many of us to tears, I'm sure.

Ohio's weather was quite bipolar today. When my mom, dad, and I left Canal Fulton this morning it was pouring down rain. When we arrived in Dennison, it was humid, sunny, and hot! During the parade, it started downpouring again.

The festival was quite entertaining, probably one of the craziest and one of my favorites for sure. We toured the Railroad Depot, my dad "broke into" the Bilzzard's car, the weather was nuts, the luncheon was emotional, and a drunken man had the parade stopped for a good 3 minutes.

That is all for now!

With Love,
2009 Olde Canal Days Queen

-Phenomenal Woman-
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.
I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.
Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can't see.
I say,
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.
Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

-Maya Angelou-


Liver Foundation Walk @ Cleveland Zoo

This past Saturday, The REACH gang participated in the Liver Foundation Walk held at the Cleveland Zoo. The Foundation raised over $81,000 for research and promoting awareness of liver diseases.

While at the Cleveland Zoo, I had the opportunity to ride a camel!

I have been very busy recently preparing for the 2010 Olde Canal Days Festival. This year, I have planned my festival's first Visiting Queens Breakfast. I will be inviting all of my queen friends that I have made this year and I am very excited for this event!

Along with Canal Days preparations, I have also been busy with preparing for Miss America local preliminaries. My first local will be Miss Greater Cleveland on July 24th. I recently bought a new evening gown and swimsuit that I love. To prepare for swimsuit, I have taken up running, something I didn't think I would enjoy as much as I do now. My talent routine will be a jazz dance and it is FIERCE. I'm very excited to start competing!

That's about all for now!

With Love,
2009 Olde Canal Days Queen


Happy Mother's Day!

Mom, I appreciate you for everything you have ever done for me. Thank you for always supporting, caring, loving, and always being there for me. I love you.

With Love,
2009 Olde Canal Days Queen


Help me make miracles happen!

I'm getting ready to compete in the Miss America pageant. As a contestant, I need your help to raise money for Children's Miracle Network and the Miss America Scholarship Fund. Please help me reach my goal of $400.00 by clicking on the link below. Your donation will be considered a charitable donation for tax purposes and a receipt will be provided at the end of the year.


Once you have completed a secure on-line donation, your donation will be included in my fund raising total on my personal page. To help even further you can forward this message on to other friends and family to help me in my fund raising efforts. My personal page will track my results and provide a comparison to other contestants.

This year the Miss America Organization has teamed up with Children's Miracle Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children's hospitals. This new partnership gives each contestant the opportunity to raise awareness and funds for two great organizations - Miss America Organization and Children's Miracle Network.

Your donation will be very appreciated whether it be $100 or 50 cents. Every little bit counts and the money goes to a great cause!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me!

Thank you for your support!

With Love,
2009 Olde Canal Days Queen



#26. See a professional sports game.

This past Saturday, I attended my first Cleveland Indian's game with Sean, Joe, Sean's family, and his older sister's friends (it was her birthday). The Indian's won and I had a pretty good time! Not only did the Indians win, but the Cleveland Cavaliers did also! It was a pretty great night to be a Cleveland fan. : P

Sean & I

With Love,
2009 Olde Canal Days Queen