VIDEO: Molly Jean McGrath appearance on the Stimmung Stunde

Molly really saved our program when she came on the “Stimmung Stunde.” We were in the middle of changing stations and had I not had this interview set up, I might have walked away from the show…and this all led to meeting Tracy Gest and starting the PageantCast…

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VIDEO: Nikki Groppi, Miss St. Francis 2004

Nikki is a delightful guest. She later came on the show to sing “Stille Nacht” for our Christmas program.

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VIDEO: Myla DalBesio appearance on Stimmung Stunde

Myla has a great radio voice–you’d never know she was a teen contestant from just listening!

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VIDEO: Jenna Shultz, Miss Wisconsin USA 2004

I just saw Jenna at the latest Miss Wisconsin pageant, and she is actually becoming even more beautiful each year. Make sure to watch this exceptional young woman in our exclusive video.

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FROM the Miss North Carolina’s Blog: Miss America Lottery

Miss America is finally becoming a reality! Tonight every contestant participated in the contestant lottery. This process was a mystery to me until this year, as it probably is for many. In case you’re curious…

Each contestant logged onto a special web page that showed all of the available placements. There are three preliminary groups labeled Mu, Alpha, and Sigma. Each group contains 17 or 18 placements. A computer randomly chooses states, displaying who is up to choose her slot and who comes next in line. When it is your turn you have five minutes to call the Miss America Organization with your choice.

It was a blast to see everything unfold in real time. Now it is really possible to visualize what the week in Las Vegas will be like. I am in the Sigma group. This means that I will have my interview, swimsuit, and evening gown on Tuesday; talent on Wednesday; and onstage question on Thursday. For a view of the entire line-up, check out the Miss America Web site.

What a fun way to begin the week! I will finish the month of September with another round of school visits (19 schools to be exact) and Mint Hill Madness. September has been a whirlwind of weeks. Between visiting students, attending festivals, and Miss America preparations like the lottery, I have been a busy Miss NC.

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VIDEO: Tracy Gest, Miss New Berlin 2005

Tracy Gest went on to become Miss Wisconsin 2005 and is one of the main reasons the PageantCast exists. I started the ‘Cast because I was going out to see Tracy compete at Miss America 2005 in Vegas. Now, we are nearly 100 episodes old and still going.

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Miss International pageant features student contestant

Kellie Geist

Issue date: 9/26/07 Section: Features

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Ashlei's future holds hopes of becoming an FBI agent.

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Ashlei’s future holds hopes of becoming an FBI agent.

While the rest of us will spend the next couple weeks going to classes and work, Ashlei Sothard will be hanging out in Mahé in the Seychelles off the east coast of Africa. But she won’t be lounging poolside – Sothard will be representing the U.S. in the 36th Annual Miss International Beauty Pageant.

“I was on stage at the Miss Kentuckiana Pageant when they told me I’d been selected to go,” she said. “It was really exciting.”

One of just 44 contestants from around the world, Sothard, a senior criminal justice major, will spend 10 days posing for photo shoots and strutting her stuff for the Oct. 13 worldwide telecast. But her pageant career is only four years in the making.

“I started competing when I was 17 with the Miss Kentucky Teen USA pageant,” Sothard said. “I’ve been competing ever since.”

Sothard has been named Miss Kentucky Teen Model 2003, Miss Kentucky Hawaiian Tropic, Miss Kenton County 2006 and Miss Virginia Hawaiian Tropic 2007. However, she’s never been in a pageant that took take her away from home, work and school for three weeks.

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