Before the finalists were announced, the audience was treated to a surprise appearance by Grammy Award-winning group, Boyz II Men, who introduced each contestant to Las Vegas.
The eight finalists and their personal platform issues are:
Miss Delaware Kayla Martell - Alopecia Areata Support & Awareness
Miss Florida Jaclyn Raulerson - Stop Bullying Now!
Miss Georgia Christina McCauley - "Let's Get it Straight" - Scoliosis Awareness
Miss Maryland Lindsay Staniszewski - Beyond Beauty: Building Self-Esteem and Positive Body Image in Girls
Miss Michigan Katie Lynn LaRoche - Bringing Awareness to Human Trafficking
Miss Minnesota Kathryn Knuttila - Inspiring America
Miss New Jersey Ashleigh Udalovas - Read to Succeed: Improving America's Future through Literacy
Miss Virginia Caitlin Uze - Uniquely You - Building Positive Self-Image
The winner of the Quality of Life Award will receive a $6,000 scholarship, the first runner-up will win a $4,000 scholarship, and the second runner-up will win a $2,000 scholarship. Winners will be announced at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on January 14 during the 3:00 p.m. (PST) press conference.
Additional information about the Miss America Organization can be found at www.MissAmerica.org.
For tickets to attend the Miss America Competition, call Ticketmaster at 1-877-307-8667 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
Sharon Pearce – Sharon@missamerica.org – 609-653-8700 ext. 117
January 15, 2011 @ 9 p.m. ET!