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By Dan Singer, The Baltimore Sun and By Dan Singer, The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2014
Jade Kenny is still in shock over winning Miss Maryland 2014. “I honestly never really thought it would happen,” said Kenny, 23, who represented Allegany County in the pageant and will go on to compete in the 88th Miss America pageant in Atlantic City in September. Competing in Miss Maryland for the fourth time, Kenny won the evening gown and interview portions of the pageant and tied for first place in the talent portion, during which she did a ballet routine set to C+C Music Factory's “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)
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By Audrey A. Cockrum, The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
Miss Maryland didn't take home the top prize at last night's Miss America competition, but she did win an award for having a fit body. Sporting a pink bikini, Jade Kenny was named Thursday night's preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness winner in the 2015 Miss America Competition. Originally from the Eastern Shore, Kenny, 23, represented Allegany County in the Miss Maryland pageant before moving on to compete in the 88th Miss America pageant in Atlantic City this month. Kenny began competing in pageants at the age of 13 in hopes of earning scholarship money for college.
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By ANDREI CODRESCU | December 13, 1993
New Orleans. -- I met Miss America. She was nice. And she was cold. We were seated before paparazzi at an outdoor table in Hollywood. She was wearing a wool coat. Still, she was shivering. She leaned right up against me and shivered some more.''Good coat,'' I said, meaning that it looked thick enough to me so that she shouldn't have been cold. ''Thank you,'' she said. I hadn't meant ''beautiful coat.'' I meant ''good coat,'' But I let it slide. You have to feel sorry for Miss America. She's 19 years old and every night she has to be in a different town to tell people that she's against hunger and homelessness.
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By Dan Singer, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
Jade Kenny is still in shock at becoming Miss Maryland. "I honestly never really thought it would happen," said Kenny, 23, who will go on to compete in the 88th Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, N.J., on Sept. 14. Competing in the Miss Maryland pageant for the fourth time, Kenny won the evening gown and interview portions of the pageant and tied for first place in the talent portion, during which she did a ballet routine set to C+C Music Factory's "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)
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By David Zurawik | July 22, 1997
PASADENA, Calif. -- Miss America's going two-piece this year.That's the news on the 77th annual Miss America Pageant, scheduled to air Sept. 13 on ABC, according to Leonard Horn, executive producer of the show.Horn told television critics in California for the Summer Press Tour that contestants will be given the choice for the first time of wearing one- or two-piece bathing suits in the swimsuit competition.He said the decision was part of an attempt to give the telecast a "fleshly look." After hearing the laughter, he realized his slip and amended it to say "a fresh look."
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September 21, 1994
The Miss America pageant has crossed barriers before, but the crowning last weekend of Miss Alabama, Heather Whitestone, carried special significance. Ms. Whitestone, who is deaf, is the first Miss America with a physical disability.Her achievement underscores the fact that the most visible obstacles to success are not always the toughest ones to overcome. She won the contest's talent category with a classical ballet performance, following the music by counting beats and coordinating her movements with changes in pitch.
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By Sandra Crockett and Sandra Crockett,Staff Writer | March 11, 1992
Lindsay Heaps fidgeted in her front row seat, wide-eyed with anticipation, waiting for the big moment to arrive. Did the 6-year-old know whom she was waiting for? "Well, I think she's some kind of a queen," Lindsay said.Well. Kind of.She is Carolyn Sapp, the reigning Miss America who was at a White Marsh mall fashion show yesterday, on tour for the textile and apparel industry to promote American-made clothing.And Ms. Sapp, 24, did make a queenly entrance as she walked onto the stage while a tape-recorded version of "There She Is, Miss America" played in the background.
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September 19, 1998
Here she is, you-know who.The annual "Miss America Pageant" (9 p.m.-midnight, WMAR, Channel 2) in Atlantic City continues its bid for a more NTC contemporary image, with new features including brief profiles filmed in each woman's hometown and an opening number in which, instead of costumes designed for the show, the contestants will wear clothing they selected to reflect their own personalities. But as usual, the current Miss America Kate Shindle will be on hand to crown her successor. Hosts: Meredith Vieira and Boomer Esiason.
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By Iver Peterson and Iver Peterson,NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | June 28, 2005
The Miss America Pageant, which got the hook from network television last year, has signed a deal with Country Music Television, a division of MTV Networks, for a pageant to be televised in January. That means that there will be no pageant from the boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J., this fall, as there has been most Septembers since the 1920s, although no decision has been made as to where the broadcast will ultimately originate. CMT has headquarters in Nashville. With CMT, the pageant will get a potential audience of 79 million households, said Paul Villadolid, vice president of programming and development for CMT. He added that the network would also work to overcome one of the weaknesses of the old pageant format, which did not allow viewers to develop a sense of familiarity and partisanship with contestants over several days or weeks leading up to the pageant, as popular reality shows like Survivor and The Apprentice do. "Many of these young women come from areas that our audience cares about," he said.
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By Tess Lewis and Tess Lewis,Special to the Sun | April 7, 2002
The Miss America Family, by Julianna Baggott. Pocket Books. 280 pages. $24. Memory is its own animal. It can hibernate, spawn, and rise up moths in a well-lit room, each thin body lifted by fierce wings," Pixie Kitchy notes in Julianna Baggott's second novel, The Miss America Family. Yet the memories that stalk this former Miss New Jersey are far more sinister than fluttering insects. Pixie, still beautiful and immaculately groomed almost 20 years after her failed bid for the Miss America crown, is now a dentist's wife and mother of two in suburban Delaware.
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By Dan Singer, The Baltimore Sun and By Dan Singer, The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2014
Jade Kenny is still in shock over winning Miss Maryland 2014. “I honestly never really thought it would happen,” said Kenny, 23, who represented Allegany County in the pageant and will go on to compete in the 88th Miss America pageant in Atlantic City in September. Competing in Miss Maryland for the fourth time, Kenny won the evening gown and interview portions of the pageant and tied for first place in the talent portion, during which she did a ballet routine set to C+C Music Factory's “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2014
One of the cool ventures that Kwame Kwei-Armah initiated as artistic director of Center Stage was a project in 2012 to mark the theater's 50th anniversary: "My America," a digital collection of monologues by a cross section of playwrights and actors. More than 20 of those monologues about the American experience have been incorporated into a 78-minute film directed by Hal Hartley that will premiere, appropriately, on the Fourth of July, streamed worldwide on Fandor . It will also be screened July 9 at the IFC Center in New York.    Among the works included in the film: "Space Mountain" by Dan Dietz; "Miss America" by Alena Smith (performed by Christy McIntosh)
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2013
Smiling, Christina Denny took the stage with the 52 other hopefuls in preparation for the Miss America competition earlier this month. Flanked by towering entrants, the 5-foot-6-inch Owings Mills native performed fast-paced choreography with precision. The years of being a competitive gymnast and cheerleader paid off; so had trying out for the Miss Maryland pageant three times before being crowned in June. "Losing Miss Maryland three times could be depressing," Denny, 22, said minutes before taking the stage for the closed-door rehearsal in Boardwalk Hall, site of the competition.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | September 22, 2013
A couple months ago, I got an email from Supreet. Supreet is in the 11th grade. He shops at Wal-Mart and plays basketball. His father came to this country from India and both are Sikhs, followers of a centuries-old faith founded in the Punjab region. Supreet wanted to tell me what it is like being a Sikh in America. He wrote about how, after 9/11, his father became "perhaps the most hated man in our small town. " He wrote about how his dad had to stop wearing the turban Sikh men use to cover their "kesh," the hair their faith forbids them to cut. He wrote about bullying and depression suffered by young Sikhs.
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2013
Miss Maryland Christina Denny is proud of her Top 10 finish at last night's Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, where she was among the finalists who participated in talent, evening gown and swimsuit categories. "I was just so excited," Denny recalled this afternoon from her home in Owings Mills. "That meant that I got to compete on national television. To keep hearing my name called out was so surreal. " Denny, 22, a special needs teacher and tutor for children with autism, felt confident going into the final night of the competition.
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The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2013
Many public events leading up to the pageant are free. Tickets are required to attend the pageant and are sold in a package, which also includes the three-night preliminaries, ranging from $110 to $220. Here are some highlights: The "Show Us Your Shoes" parade, Sept. 14 on the boardwalk, is free to bystanders, but reserved-seat tickets are $20. The event showcases floats, marching bands, musical performances and, of course, the Miss America contestants parading in an extraordinary collection of chic and silly shoes: haute-couture high-heels, flip-flops, glitzy sneakers, even bedroom slippers.
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By Pam Belluck and Pam Belluck,Knight-Ridder News Service | September 17, 1992
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- It's that time of year again.You know, when women say their hobbies are "laughing" or "mushroom hunting," or "trampoline space ball," and boast they were once featured on a postcard of Shipshewana, Ind.!When common household remedies -- duct tape, Vaseline and tennis grip -- perform live on national television, augmenting cleavage, making lips slide back from pearly white teeth, and holding bouncing bottoms into body-basting bathing suits.You guessed it, it's time for the "Miss America Pageant!"
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | October 7, 1992
Miss America is an unlikely AIDS activist.But Leanza Cornett, Miss Florida since June and Miss America since Sept. 16, is an unlikely young woman. Complicated in a '90s kind of way.She's a pro-choice Republican, a Bible-reading Christian who calls "Murphy Brown" her favorite TV show. Her official platform is to increase AIDS awareness and assistance.Ms. Cornett is the first Miss America to take on AIDS, and she has many people asking if Miss America can really make a difference. After all, the Miss America organization is an old-fashioned institution that, despite its scholarship awards, is still seen as a showcase for big-haired young women in high heels and bathing suits.
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By Luke Broadwater | April 28, 2011
On weekday mornings, I'll post the most controversial, shocking and (of course) ridiculous stories for your reading pleasure. That way, when you walk into work, you'll be the master of witty conversation. National  • Because he's such a proven political winner: Ralph Nader plans to challenge Obama (Politico)  • The spook shuffle: Gen. Petraeus to the CIA in shuffle  (AP)  • I miss Bush: George W. Bush jokes with ABC (The Blaze)  • She's got the look down: Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin (Gawker)
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January 22, 2011
Two sisters are coordinating a pageant in Maryland to raise money for a teen injured in a car crash. The Miss Hope Eastern Shore Pageant will be held in May. Proceeds from the pageant will go to Courtney Bloxom, who is recovering from a single-car crash last year that left her in a coma for six weeks. The goal is to raise $19,000 to pay for specialized physical therapy equipment Bloxom needs. Miss America 2010, Caressa Cameron of Fredericksburg, Va., will be the pageant's master of ceremonies.
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