Miss America To Teach Chicago 1st Graders The ABC’s Of Alcohol To Prevent Underage Drinking

– Miss America 2006 Jennifer Berry will teach Chicago 1st graders a lesson from Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s alcohol use prevention program, Protecting You/Protecting Me on Tuesday, February 27 at Bell Elementary School. State Farm, the national presenting sponsor of Protecting You/Protecting Me, will announce it’s donating the “youth-led” program including the curriculum, training and materials to seven elementary schools and seven high schools in Chicago. The lesson by Berry is an example of what high school students will be teaching the younger classes this fall.

Berry, whose platform is “Building Intolerance to Drunk Driving and Underage Drinking,” volunteered for five years to implement Protecting You/Protecting Me in Oklahoma schools. Berry knows firsthand the loss of a loved one. Her 15-year-old high school friend was killed in an underage drunk driving crash.

MADD’s Protecting You/Protecting Me is the only curriculum of its kind that educates elementary students on the ABC’s of alcohol: Alcohol’s harmful effects, Brain development and Car safety, including how to stay safe if riding with an alcohol-impaired driver. Implemented in 28 states, Protecting You/Protecting Me is proven effective in helping prevent underage drinking by educating students before they take their first drink of alcohol, which could be as early as age 12. A recent study showed that Chicago had the highest rate of binge drinking among those 12 and older in the top 15 metropolitan areas.

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Miss America 2007 Lauren Nelson Visits Washington for the 63rd Annual Congressional Dinner and Attends Press Conference

Miss America 2007 Lauren Nelson Visits Washington for the 63rd Annual Congressional Dinner and Attends Press Conference with Senators John McCain and Senator Chuck Schumer along with Child Advocate, John Walsh

Posted Wednesday, February 7, 2007

The Washington Press Club Foundation hosted its 63rd Annual Congressional Quarterly Dinner with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Representative John Boehner and Senator Ted Kennedy. Washington’s most elite and powerful representatives welcomed Lauren as our newly crowned Miss America 2007.

While in Washington, Lauren will also participated in a Press Conference on Capitol Hill with Senator John McCain, Senator Chuck Schumer and America’s Most Wanted host, John Walsh to address a bill regarding Child Pornography on the Internet. The bill is about Electronic Service Providers reporting child pornography to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s CyberTipline. The importance of reporting is to increase investigations and prosecutions of child predators. The bill’s co-sponsors are – Senator John McCain of Arizona and Senator Chuck Schumer of New York.

Also attending will be John Walsh and the National Center’s president and CEO Ernie Allen. Miss America 2007 Lauren Nelson stated, “The internet is a powerful tool and a wonderful resource but it can also be used to victimize children in many ways. Not only are children at risk when they go on the Internet, but as most people aren’t aware, the Internet is the primary way of distributing child pornography. I applaud the Senators for taking the lead on ways to protect America’s children. And I look forward to becoming more involved in child protection issues.”

Lauren conducted several media interviews while in D.C. including Fox News, Hardball, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, Tulsa World, and The Washington Examiner.

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Katie Harman releases ‘Soul of Love’ album

CD will include song she sang at Miss America competition in 2002

By Mara Stine

She first wowed us with her vocals on national television in 2001.

Gresham’s Katie Harman used every inch of her tiny frame to command the Miss America stage, knocking out judges and the competition with her powerhouse operatic voice.

Now Harman, Miss America 2002, is debuting her first album, “Soul of Love.” Nationally released on Feb. 6, Harman calls the album semi-classical.

“It has classical melodies with pop styling,” she says, comparing the crossover mix to those of Josh Groban and Sarah Brightman.

Harman, 26, who grew up in Gresham and graduated from Centennial High School, will perform selections from her album at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Lawrence Gallery, 903 N.W. Davis St., in downtown Portland’s Pearl District. A reception begins at 6 p.m. Both are free.

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Tiaras traded for TV spot

SHE might not have been crowned Miss Universe, but Australia’s last competitor for the title is, nevertheless, following in the footsteps of Jennifer Hawkins.

Brisbane-bred model Erin McNaught has traded swimsuits and tiaras for TV hosting and wild stunts in her latest gig, presenting Channel 10’s technology show Cybershack.

McNaught is quick to admit the job is more “challenging” than she initially thought. Rather than sitting behind a television playing the latest video games, the show’s producers have had her in the field re-enacting the game’s content in the real world.

“I’ve filmed three or four episodes for series two so far and I’ve played beach volleyball with the Dutch national team and driven a V8 buggy on a motocross track,” she says.

McNaught, who was nearly eliminated from the Miss Universe contest after topless photos of her emerged, says she had never imagined she’d host a TV show, but fell into the role after returning from the US pageant.

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