On Saturday, August 15, Taylor Fitch crowned her successor, 14-year-old Jeanette Morelan from Racine, Wisconsin.
Jeanette is the fifth Miss Outstanding Teen, the first hailing from Wisconsin, and the youngest titleholder crowned so far.
Jeanette performed "Think of Me" from the Phantom of the Opera. Her platform is "The Power of One," a program that encourages young people to be the difference they wish to see in the world.
Contestants for the Miss America 2010 pageant got together for the first time for a few hours yesterday (Aug. 12, 2009) at the Universal Orlando Resort, enjoying the many rides and attractions found within the Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure theme parks.
We met the girls just outside the entrance to Universal Studios for a quick photo shoot before heading into the park. While large groups of park goers wearing the same color shirt is not unusual to see in around any of Orlando’s many attractions, it was definitely a uniquely head-turning sight for many guests (and ourselves) to spot such a group comprised entirely of attractive young women. Following the shoot, we walked through the Universal Studios streets with the group as they began their day of riding the movies. With the pageant world of big hair, sashes, and evening wear temporarily put aside, the girls were ready to take on the arguably equally bizarre worlds of Jaws and The Mummy - though they still had plenty of big smiles and friendly waves to offer.
Earlier this year, leading up to the Miss America 2009 pageant, TLC aired a reality show entitled Miss America: Reality Check. We asked current Miss Florida, Rachael Todd, if they would be participating in a similar show this year. She told us that while TLC had been briefly following them with cameras during their Orlando visit, they would not be part of a new reality series.
While any Miss America fans looking forward to another few episodes of Reality Check appear to be out of luck, we may have the next best thing for you.
Below is a six-minute video bringing you with us as we tag along for the first couple of hours of the girls’ day at Universal Studios. (And guys: I’m willing to bet you’ll enjoy this video too, even if you’re not a Miss America fan.)
Buy a Blizzard Treat on Miracle Treat Day, Thursday, August 13, 2009 at a participating DQ location and it will benefit your local Children's Miracle Network Hospital!
Since 1984, DQ has raised $77 million to help save and improve the lives of children in your community. Help us make miracles happen.
Final touches are being made at Fuerst Park, the City of Novi's new eight-acre park, in anticipation of the grand opening celebration on Friday, Aug. 21 from 7-10 p.m. The free community event will offer live entertainment, refreshments, family activities, the movie Kung Fu Panda, and a meet and greet with Novi's own Miss Michigan 2009 Nicole Blaszczyk. All activities begin at 7 p.m. with the official ceremony taking place at 8 p.m. and the movie beginning at 9 p.m.