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MS. AMERICA® PAGEANT INC.
PRESENTS...

 
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Ms. America® 2022 Crown Goes to a Military Veteran

Athena Fleming Begins Her Journey as
Ms. America® 2022-23


 

Brea, California – Athena Fleming, representing the West Coast was crowned Ms. America® 2022 at the national pageant held Saturday, October 29, 2022, at the Curtis Theater in Brea, California.

Athena Flemings walk across the stage to accept the crown as Ms. America® 2022 marking her first steps on a journey that will take her from spotlight to spotlight representing an organization that enriches the lives of women across the country, who are passionate about giving back to others through volunteer service and being the inspiration that helps others achieve their dreams.

MS. AMERICA® 2022 is a native of Southern California, a military veteran, and a media relations professional. This Coast Guard veteran was once a professional cheerleader with the Los Angeles Kings Ice Crew. As a spokeswoman with Dress For Success, Athena created her international campaign, Positively Social, and teaches meaningful interactions through media, volunteer and community events.

Ms. America® 2022 first runner-up is Chesney Monroe, Ms. North Texas; second runner-up is Juliet Abdel, Ms. Colorado; third runner-up is Mai-Lea DeJong, Ms. Southern California; and the fourth runner-up is Desirie Abapo, Ms. Orange Country Regional.  

60 women applied through the pageant website to be a contestant in this year’s pageant. Being accepted as a contestant was based on application, photo, and interview over the phone. Then it was narrowed down to 32 contestants where 24 women from across the country ended up competing on stage.  The pageant is based on four areas of competition: Evening Gown, Interview, Sportswear and On-Stage Question, each worth 25% of their total score.  Other optional titles awarded were USA International Ms.® 2022 which is for women 40 years of age and up Ms. International Beauty® 2022 which is for women 50 years of age and up, Mrs. International Beauty® 2022 is for married women and the winner of the Ms. International® 2022 is based on her ability to do consistently well throughout all areas of the pageant; judges competition scores, ads sold in the program book and People’s Choice thru Internet Voting.

MS. INTERNATIONAL® 2022 went to Nicole Mellecker, Ms. Midwest America. She was also the People’s Choice Award winner and walked away with $9,203.00 in cash.  Nicole is a graduate of Southern Illinois University - Carbondale. She is the Marketing Manager for her family business 360 Hazardous: 24/7 Cleanup Services. Nicole is an advocate for Suicide Prevention & in her spare time, she enjoys attending personal development opportunities, designing, meditating, traveling, & spending time with loved ones. She is so proud to be Ms. International® and to follow in the footsteps of the many accomplished women who have held the title over the years.

USA INTERNATIONAL® 2022 went to Kristin King, Ms. Western States. USA International Ms. represents women 40 years of age and up who are single divorced or married with a dedicated platform they are an advocate for. Kristin’s platform is Domestic Violence Awareness - No Longer Afraid. No Longer Ashamed! Kristin is a wife, mother, and grandmother. She is an Engineering Manager honored by the Global Beauty Awards for Best in Science. A domestic violence survivor, she is an Ambassador for the NO MORE campaign sharing her story, educating, and fundraising.

MS. INTERNATIONAL BEAUTY® 2022 went to Carla Ann Vanderloop, Ms. West Illinois. Ms. International Beauty® 2022 represents women 50 years of age and up who are single divorced or married with a dedicated platform they are an advocate for. Carla’s platform is “Pages of Life – (L)iving (I)t (F)ully (E)veryday…” Owner of CA Image Consulting, Carla Ann has mentored women for 30+ years. A former Packer Cheerleader coach, Humanitarian Award Recipient, Public Speaker and Co-Founder of Warm Hands, Warm Hearts Project, she has been instrumental in collecting and distributing 65,000 cold weather gear items since 2008.

MRS. INTERNATIONAL BEAUTY® 2022 went to Andrea Roberts, Ms. Pacific Coast. Mrs. International Beauty® 2022 represents women 25 years of age and up who are married with a dedicated platform they are an advocate for. Andrea’s platform is Community Service and Youth Mentoring. She is a mom of 5 children and has had a dance studio and gymnasium for 30 years.  She likes to play golf, piano, and drums.  She founded the Benefit “Dance Your Heart Out” and is a “Hope Studio” for “Dancers Against Cancer!"

CLASSIC AMERICA® 2022 is a new title for women who are a size 14 and up. This title was created to allow women to compete in a pageant without the title labeling them as a plus or curve’ woman. The pageant appointed Lisa Tallarigo from California as its inaugural queen who competed in the 2021 International pageant last year. If the Classic America® title had been available, she would have won which is why she was offered to represent the title. Lisa accepted, stating, “This title is the beginning of a whole new way of representing women who are Size 14 and up!” Lisa has over 20 years of experience in the pageant industry and has won over 13 state, national and international titles. She is the CEO of We Are Real Talk, a show via the Internet. This year at the pageant she interviewed all the contestants before the pageant and after the contestants competed in Judges Interviews.  

Ms. America Pageant Foundation
$2000.00 in scholarship money was raised by the Ms. America® Pageant state and regional titleholders for the Ms. America® Pageant Foundation.  Miss International Beauty® 2022, Raven Solar, and Teen International Beauty® 2022, Jamie Lusung were each interviewed on stage and then presented with a $1000.00 check each for the 6-appearance contract they fulfilled. The following day the Queens were treated to a professional photo shoot sponsored by the official photographer Daniel Pham.

Presidential Volunteer Service Awards was presented on stage to Jamie Rios, Daniel Pham and Diana Thai. Jamie was interviewed on stage where he talked about being the Director of the Mr. Cardinal Pageant for over 19 years. Daniel and Diana spoke about their many hours of volunteer service in the community.

AlertTheGlobe.com provided Live Streaming with hosts Stephanie Mills Ryan, Ms. America® 2015 and Scott D. Stewart who is the host and producer of the TV show “What’s Up Orange County” on KDOC and the new show called Celebrity Video Vault.

Sponsors for the Ms. America® Pageant Inc. are Travel Transparency, Episkinz, New Beginnings Cosmetics, Orrick, James Schlesinger, Asmi Hussan, Shaka Love, Pageantry Magazine, AlertTheGlobe.com, JA School of Hairdressing, JWL Consulting Services, Tiara Magazine, Daniel Pham Photography, Crowns Magazine, L’Shamone Candles and Cosmetics, and Apollo Printing.

2022 SPECIAL AWARDS
Special Awards were judged through a separate panel of judges which has no bearing on who wins Ms. America nor any national title.

People’s Choice Award – Nicole Mellecker, Ms. Midwest winning $9,203.00 in cash.
Ms. for America Award 2022 – Carla Vanderloop, Ms West Illinois
America Ms. Award 2022 – Athena Fleming, Ms. West Coast
Spirit of Pageantry Award – Lisa Tauai, Ms. Southwest America
Empowering Women Award – Kristin King, Ms. Western States
Spirit of America – Cheyenne Bennion, Ms. Idaho
Power of the Crown – Athena Fleming, Ms. West Coast
Crown for a Purpose – Kimberly Lattimore, Ms. California Coast
Media Award – Talisha Huddleston, Ms. Southeast America
Photogenic Award – Desirie Abapo, Ms. Orange County Regional
Congeniality Award – Mai-Lea Dejong, Ms. Southern California
Community Service Award – Desirie Abapo, Ms. Orange County Regional
Woman of Distinction – Carla Vanderloop, Ms. West Illinois and Carlie Gintoli, Ms. Florida (tie)
Directors Award – Tami Bailey, Ms. South Texas

ABOUT MS. AMERICA PAGEANT INC.
The Ms. America® Pageant is a California Corporation that currently owns and runs the Ms. America®, Ms. International®, Ms. International Beauty®, Mrs. International Beauty®, USA International®, Classic America®, Miss and Teen International Beauty®. CEO of the Ms. America® Pageant Inc. is Susan Jeske Irvine from Orange County, CA. Susan’s background includes over 40 years in the beauty industry and is a licensed esthetician. She was crowned Ms. America® 1997 at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas besting 50 other contestants. Her platform was “Students Against Violence” and she made over 150 presentations at school assembly programs across the country. Susan is also known for holding the Guinness Book of World Record for singing the National Anthem at the most events in a 24-hour period and has sung the National Anthem for 7 United States Presidents. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the President of the United States for her volunteer service. Website about Susan Jeske: www.SusanJeske.com.

 

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2019 PAGEANT HIGHLIGHTS

 
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Ms. America 2019-21 - Joanna Hairabedian
Ms. America 2019-21 - Joanna Hairabedian
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Ms. America® 2019-21 Crown Goes to
Joanna Hairabedian from California


Besting 39 Women from all across the United States, 
Hairabedian Begins Her Journey as Ms. America
® 2019-21

Long Beach, CA – Joanna Hairabedian, Ms. West Coast was crowned Ms. America® 2019-21 at the National Pageant held Saturday, August 24, 2019-21 at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California.

The Ms. America® Pageant is for women 26 years of age and up who are single, divorced, married, widowed, with or without children.

The pageant is based on four areas of competition: Evening Gown, Interview, Sportswear and Finalist On-Stage Question that are each worth 25% of their total score.  Ms. America® International  is for women 40 years of age and up and the winner of the Ms. International is based on her ability to do consistently well throughout all areas of the pageant; judges competition scores, ads sold in the program book and People’s Choice thru Internet Voting. New this year is the crown Ms. America® Elite for those 50 years of age and up.


As Ms. America® 2019-21, Joanna Hairabedian starts her journey that will take her from spotlight to spotlight on behalf of an organization that enriches the lives of women across the country, who are passionate about giving back to others through volunteer service and being the inspiration that helps others achieve their dreams. Hairabedian is a singer, song writer and author who helps transform lives through her music and motivational speaking. Founder of The Royal Princess Crowning Program she instills inner confidence and self-esteem for girls and women.

Ms. America 2019-21 first runner-up went to Kayla Johnson, Ms. Oregon, second runner-up is Sydnee Michaels, Ms. Hawaii; third runner-up went to Athena Fleming, Ms. Golden State; and fourth runner-up is Rosanne Spindler, Ms. Indiana.

This year, the Contestants together made over 600 appearances which contributed to over 3000 volunteer service hours. All contestants in the pageant received the Presidential Volunteer Service award for the Class of 2019. The 2018 National titleholders made over 350 appearances and each received Presidential Volunteer Service award, which included a gold medal pin, certificate, and a letter signed from the President of the United States on White House stationery.
 
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REPLACING THE TITLE OF
MS. AMERICA INTERNATIONAL!


We have a new prestigious title
USA INTERNATIONAL MS.
that is registered with the USPTO in Washington DC
and we now are using this title for women 40 years and up!
LaTresa Doleman, Ms. America International 2019-21 will be at the national pageant for her farewell walk and to help crown the winners. She will also receive the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for her amazing reign! Thank you LaTresa Doleman for a job well done and for being such an amazing queen!

 
Ms. America International 2019-21 - LaTresa Doleman
Ms. America International 2019-21 - LaTresa Doleman
Ms. America® International 2019-21 went to LaTresa Doleman, Ms. Georgia. Ms. America® International represents women 40 years of age and up who are single divorced or married with a dedicated platform they are an advocate for.

LaTresa’s platform is Brain Tumor/Cancer Awareness.  This two sport Division I student-athlete founded Making a Better Me Inc., a non-profit organization to help youth and an organization called Tall Girls Rock to build self-esteem in tall girls and women around the world.  Doleman is the wife and caregiver to Pro Football Hall of Famer Chris Doleman, a brain cancer survivor.
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REPLACING THE TITLE OF
MS. AMERICA ELITE!


We have a new prestigious title
MS. INTERNATIONAL BEAUTY
that is registered with the USPTO in Washington DC
and we need to use this new prestigious title for women 50 years of age and up!
Sierra Scott will be at the national pageant with her farewell walk
and help crown the winners. She will also receive the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for her amazing reign! Thank you Sierra Scott for a job well done and for being such an amazing queen!

 
Ms. America Elite 2019-21 - Sierra Scott
Ms. America Elite 2019-21 - Sierra Scott
New this is year is the first Ms. America® Elite 2019-21 that went to Sierra Scott, Ms. Kansas. Ms. America® Elite 2019-21 represents women 50 years of age and up who are single, divorced or married with a dedicated platform they are an advocate for. This Emmy and Telly Award winning journalist currently hosts two positive television shows called “Positively Kansas” and “Your View”.  Sierra is a two time Presidential Gold medal winner for volunteerism for donating her time at more than 100 charity events a year. Her platform, ’Show Your Scars”, encourages people to celebrate their imperfections and use them to motivate and inspire others.
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MS. INTERNATIONAL

We have a prestigious title
MS. INTERNATIONAL
that is now registered with the USPTO in Washington DC!

Adri Maisonet Morales - Ms. International 2019-20. Thank you Adri Maisonet Morales for a job well done and for being such an amazing queen! In 2021 a Ms. International Pageant was held in Lake Forest, California where Darlene Quinn was crowned Ms. International 2021. Read about her Here


 
Ms. International 2019-20 - Adri Maisonet Morales
Ms. International 2019-20 - Adri Maisonet Morales

Ms. International ®2019-20 went to Adri Maisonet Morales, Ms. North Carolina. She was also the People’s Choice Award winner and walked away with $12,888.00.  Morales is an executive for a multi-billion-dollar healthcare company, an entrepreneur and a national award-winning thought-leader and speaker. She volunteers more than 100 hours annually with various charities and advocates for the Body Positivity Imperative.

 
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Ms. America 2019-21 and the four runner-ups
Ms. America 2019-21 and the four runner-ups
2019-21 SPECIAL AWARDS:

Ms. For America Award – Sierra Scott, Ms. Kansas
People’s Choice Award – Adri Maisonet Morales, Ms. North Carolina
Spirit of America – Danielle Marie Brandon, Ms. Texas
Power of the Crown – Jill Annette Short, Ms. Maryland
Crown for a Purpose – Joanna Hairabedian, Ms. West Coast
Media Award – Lauren Ragazzo, Ms. Greater California
Photogenic Award – Susan Lindley, Ms. California Regional
Congeniality Award – Ms. Indiana State, Minniequa Johnson
Community Service Award – Diem Ngoc Nguyen, Ms. Georgia State
Woman of Distinction – Carlie Gintoli, Ms. Florida
Empowering Women Award – Mahima Singh, Ms. Pennsylvania
Excellence Award – LaTanya Morris, Ms. Illinois
Directors Award – Athena Fleming – Ms. Golden State
Spirit of Pageantry Award given by Pageantry Magazine – Wendy Goetschel, Ms. Southern California

 
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2022 PAGEANT HIGHLIGHTS