Your Southern Contestants in the Miss America Pageant
If you’ve ever donned a gown made from a bedsheet swiped from your mother’s linen closet and paraded in front of the TV in September, then you were probably watching The Miss America Pageant. Sure, college football might be King in the South, but the beauty pageant is Queen. So we’re taking a page from the football playbook and making our stats list for the 94th Annual Miss America Pageant, scheduled to air Sunday night 8 to 11 p.m. EST on ABC. Join us @Southern_Living as we live tweet during the pageant, using #MissAmerica.
Now, your Southern contestants.
MISS ALABAMA Caitlin Brunell, 22 Hometown: Tuscaloosa, AL College: University of Alabama—Roll Tide! Platform: Caitlin’s Closet: One-Stop Shopping for Life. Winner of the Quality of Life Award and a $6,000 scholarship Favorite Food: Sushi The Southern Advantage: Her dad is a former NFL quarterback, so she’s nimble and quick.
MISS ARKANSAS Ashton Jo Campbell, 20 Hometown: Hindsville, AR College: University of Arkansas—Woo Pig Sooie! Platform: Aim Higher: Setting our Sights on Higher Education Favorite Wardrobe Accessory: Shoes The Southern Advantage: If Ashton wins, maybe she’ll get to go to her favorite place—Disney World!
MISS DELAWARE Brittany Lewis, 23 Hometown: Wilmington, Delaware College: Temple University—Go, Owls! Platform: Domestic Violence Awareness. First Runner Up for the Quality of Life Award and a $4,000 scholarship Favorite TV Show: Golden Girls The Southern Advantage: This self-proclaimed bookworm shouldn’t have any trouble during the Q&A!
MISS DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Teresa Davis, 23 Hometown: Washington D.C. College: University of Georgia—Sic ’em, Dawgs! Platform: Five Star Families, a support group for military children Favorite Actress: Natalie Portman The Southern Advantage: Endurance. She regularly runs on the National Mall.
MISS FLORIDA Victoria Cowen, 21 Hometown: Panama City, Florida College: Florida State—Go Seminoles! Platform: One Chance, One Choice, Inc. Favorite Food: Steak and French fries The Southern Advantage: Hails from one of our favorite Southern beach towns, so of course she won the Tuesday night preliminary swimsuit competition … in a pink two-piece!
MISS GEORGIA Maggie Bridges, 21 Hometown: Brinson, Georgia College: Georgia Tech—the Ramblin’ Wreck! Platform: Impacting Others through Volunteerism Favorite Food: Her grandmother Mama Dot’s mac & cheese The Southern Advantage: Small-town girl: Her hometown has a population of 212. Maggie was one of three recipients of the Children’s Miracle Maker Award.
MISS KENTUCKY Ramsey Carpenter, 23 Hometown: Hartford, Kentucky College: University of Kentucky—Go ‘Cats! Platform: Multiple Sclerosis Awareness: The Invisible Disease Favorite TV Show: Cupcake Wars The Southern Advantage: Fiddling: Ramsey won the Talent Preliminary on Wednesday.
MISS LOUISIANA Lacey Sanchez, 24 Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana College: Louisiana State University—Geaux Tigers! Platform: Designed to Move Favorite Food: Frozen Yogurt The Southern Advantage: Agility: This SEC pole-vaulter will leap over the competition! Lacey was also one of three recipients of the Children’s Miracle Maker Award.
MISS MARYLAND Jade Kenny, 23 Hometown: Madison, Maryland College: University of Alabama—Roll Tide! Platform: The Rainbows Organization. Second Runner-up for the Quality of Life Award and a $2,000 scholarship Favorite Food: Funnel Cake The Southern Advantage: Poise: Preliminary winner on Thursday for Lifestyle and Fitness
MISS MISSISSIPPI Jasmine Murray, 22 Hometown: Columbus, Mississippi College: Mississippi State—Go Bulldogs! Platform: 13 Going on 30: Teaching Young Girls To Embrace Their Age Favorite Food: Grilled salmon The Southern Advantage: Stage presence: Season 8 American Idol Finalist
MISS MISSOURI Jessica Hartman, 23 Hometown: St. Charles, Missouri College: Lindenwood University—Go Lions! Platform: Leaders of Tomorrow: Empowering Youth Through 4-H Favorite TV Show: Grey’s Anatomy The Southern Advantage: Experience: Third Runner-up in the 2010 Miss USA Pageant
MISS NORTH CAROLINA Beth Stovall, 20 Hometown: Goldsboro, North Carolina College: UNC-Wilmington—Go Seahawks! Platform: Art and Soul Favorite place to visit: Vienna, Austria The Southern Advantage: Style: Beth loves the glamor of old classic Hollywood movies.
MISS OKLAHOMA Alex Eppler, 24 Hometown: Edmond, Oklahoma College: University of Oklahoma—Go Sooners! Platform: Dare 2 Care: Random Acts of Kindness Favorite place to visit: A beach at sunset The Southern Advantage: Oklahoma is tied with Ohio for the most Miss Americas—six each. Alex continues toward that road with a preliminary competition win in Fitness and Lifestyle.
MISS SOUTH CAROLINA Lanie Hudson, 23 Hometown: Spartanburg, South Carolina College: Clemson—Go Tigers! Platform: Organ and Tissue Donation Favorite Sport: College football The Southern Advantage: Rhythm: Clogged with her troupe on Season 6 of America’s Got Talent. Lanie was one of three recipients of the Children’s Miracle Maker Award.
MISS TENNESSEE Hayley Lewis, 21 Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee College: Belmont University—Go Bruins! Platform: Children’s Miracle Network: Real Miracles for Real Kids Like Me Favorite Music: Country, of course. (See her hometown.) The Southern Advantage: Experience: Her group placed 4th in the world at a Times Square vocal competition.
MISS TEXAS Monique Evans, 22 Hometown: Austin, Texas College: University of Texas—Hook ‘em ‘horns! Platform: Remember Your Heart: One Beat at a Time Favorite Actress: Audrey Hepburn The Southern Advantage: Graceful: Monique will pirouette her way into the judges’ hearts!
MISS VIRGINIA Courtney Paige Garrett, 21 Hometown: Pamplin, Virginia College: Liberty University—Go Flames! Platform: Defying Disabilities Favorite Actress: Reese Witherspoon The Southern Advantage: Passion: Courtney can’t live without music. She believes it’s a universal language!
MISS WEST VIRGINIA Paige Madden, 21 Hometown: Moundsville, West Virginia College: West Virginia University—Let’s go Mountaineers! Platform: Silence Hides Violence: Empowering Women in Abusive Situations Favorite weekend activity: bowling The Southern Advantage: Anyone who’s a Mountaineer can climb to the top of a leader board.