TUNE IN ALERT!
TUNE IN ALERT!
Be sure to watch our very own Miss Wayne County 1998 and Miss Michigan 1999, Audrie Chernauckas Jeffords, and her family hunt for a house on the popular HGTV show House Hunters! The episode airs Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 10:00 PM E/P!
After nine years of Las Vegas living, Audrie and Bill are returning back to where it all began - Michigan. This couple first met in the 5th grade, and have been together ever since. After being crowned "Miss Michigan", Audrie, a long time dancer, performed with Siegfried and Roy in Las Vegas. She and Bill lived happily in the desert until the birth of their son, William. They missed their 'home,' and wanted William to grow up in the same environment where they first met. So they packed up their things and moved into his mother's 2-bedroom condo in Livonia, MI, where they've been living for the last 9 months. Although they're grateful to have a place to crash, this couple can't wait to find their own house. Thus far, they've been really disappointed in their search. They thought with their budget they could have their pick of properties in the Midwest, but with the decline of home values in Michigan, not many people are putting their houses on the market. Will they be able to find a place that works for them or will they be forced to stay even longer with Bill's mother?
The youngest Miss America in 78 years, Teresa Scanlon visited the Steil Boys and Girls Club Thursday to promote 'following your dreams.' Teresa followed her dream of winning the Miss America Pageant and is now striving to become a Supreme Court Judge or President of the United States. She spoke to Club members about self-confidence and also helped with a balloon release, where the the children's dreams were tied to balloons, so they can let their dreams soar. (Katy Batdorff | The Grand Rapids Press)
By Steven Duchon | The Grand Rapids Press
GRAND RAPIDS — Hundreds of colorful balloons filled the gym of the Steil Boys and Girls Club on Thursday. It was a St. Patrick’s Day to remember for the kids in attendance because one of the luckiest 18-year-olds in the country, Miss America Teresa Scanlan, was making a visit.
After being crowned the youngest Miss America in 78 years, Scanlan has been in Grand Rapids all week visiting the Amway headquarters, a main sponsor of the Miss America organization. She took a moment from her 20,000 mile-a-month travel schedule to speak to the children about achieving their dreams and having self-confidence.
Thursday’s event was a way for Scanlan to use her title to represent Amway and speak to children about what she hopes will be her strongest message during her reign as Miss America.
“She (Scanlan) has such high aspirations and goals in life, and she has already accomplished one of those. So what better person to talk to youth about following you dreams and goals?” said Amway spokeswoman Lindsay Pott.
Scanlan was homeschooled most of her life, but in her junior year of high school began attending public school, where she confronted peer pressure and obstacles that most kids face during adolescence.
Cesar Vargas, 17, was one of the kids on hand at the Boy and Girls Club. He received the Youth of the Year award and scholarship for the second year in a row. Vargas started by volunteering and helping the kids with homework. He believes in the message Scanlan is spreading and wants to follow in the same footsteps by creating an environment where kids can dream their biggest possible dreams.
“She sets a really good example for these kids to see that anything can be accomplished. It doesn’t matter if you’re a man or woman, anything can be done,” Vargas said. “It doesn’t matter where you come from.”
The children worked on an activity with Scanlan that allowed them to express the dreams they want to accomplish. They were all asked to write their dreams on a piece of paper that would be attached to a balloon that they would later release.
The kids wrote dreams of being a doctor, an NBA star, a teacher, a boxer, a home builder, and even Mr. America.
“Everybody is different and when you’re growing up, you have to find those things that you are good at and that are unique and special to you,” Scanlan said.
E-mail the author of this story: email@example.com
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Teresa Scanlan is the youngest Miss America ever and we're so lucky to have her stop by eightWest today to hear our congratulations! She is traveling West through her partnership with Artistry and Amway and she's so happy to spending time meeting the people of West Michigan. Teresa even visited Amway and worked in the Artistry labs for a bit during her stay! Artistry is known for its premium skin care and keeping you and Miss America looking your best. Find an Amway Independent Business Owner near you and get started with Artisty today.
It is with such great sadness we inform you of the passing of one of our most beloved Miss Americas, Miss America 1943 Jean Bartel. Jean passed away on Sunday evening and although, she has passed, she will live forever in our hearts.
We were so very proud and privileged to have Jean join us for our 90th anniversary celebration of the Miss America pageant in January and will cherish those moments that we had to spend with her. From her participation in the events to her love and support of the program, Jean will always have a very special place in our hearts and this organization that she loved and served so well.
In 1943 Jean took the commitment of a "War-Time" Miss America to heart, she embarked on a Bond-selling tour that would result in her being honored by the United States Treasury Department as the individual who had sold the most Series E Bonds that year. Jean was instrumental in posing the idea that Miss America should be awarded a college scholarship which has remained the hallmark of the Miss America Organization.
After serving her year as Miss America, Jean's remarkable talent enabled her to embark on a singing career, which included work on radio and television, two South American tours, the Middle East, Europe, Canada, and in every State of the Union but Maine. Ultimately, her dream became a reality when Jean became the first Miss America to star in a Broadway musical- "Of Thee I Sing"- opposite Jack Carson.
Over the years, Jean has continued to be a great supporter of The Miss America Organization. She was a remarkable Miss America and a dedicated individual - committed to our Organization and has forever touched our hearts. We offer our condolences and prayers to Jean’s family, her friends and especially to her Miss America sisters who she treasured so dearly.
We think our current and former Miss Wayne County, Miss Michigan, and Miss America titleholders and contestants are rather newsworthy. Our pageant committee keeps up with them on a regular basis, now you can too!