2019 CONTESTANTS
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- A * after the name means that this contestant is 40 years of age and up and will also be competing for the title of Ms. America International 2019!
- Two ** after the name means that this contestant is 50 years of age and up and will also be competing for the title of Ms. America Elite 2019!

 
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ALABAMA
Tedi **

Platform:
Organ Donation

For 16 years Tedi has been blessed with a rewarding nursing career.  Her motto in life is "the best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others".  One unique thing about Tedi, she's a twin.
 
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MS. CALIFORNIA
Dawn **

Platform:
Blue Hope Nation
This organization supports individuals and their families who suffer from colorectal cancer (my Dad is a survivor) as well as awareness. 

Dawn ran for public office in Altadena in the November 2018 General Election, receiving 4,759 votes for Library Board, missing the seat by 267 votes. She is excited for her upcoming wedding to her fiancé Robert in two weeks!

 
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MS. CALIFORNIA COAST
Sandra **

Platform:
Histiocytosis
Histiocytic disorders are a rare group of diseases that occur when there is an over-production of white blood cells known as histiocytes that can lead to organ damage and tumor formation that affect both children and adults.

Originally from New York, Sandra holds multiple pageant titles. She has an Environmental Science degree from Syracuse University and now consults in Risk Management. As a Histiocytosis patient, her platform may have chosen her, but it certainly hasn’t defined her.
 
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MS. CALIFORNIA PACIFIC
Mary Grace *

Platform:
Peer support and counseling for the elderly and disabled

A scholar with a master’s in international Peace Studies, a CUM LAUDE with a career mentoring in social services, Mary Grace's passion includes her son Shawn, dancing, volleyball, Zumba and her vocation promoting, supporting and peer counseling the elderly and disabled.
 
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MS. CALIFORNIA REGIONAL
Susan *

Platform:
Juvenile Diabetes

Susan is a fitness consultant and actress. Susan’s most precious job is being a wife, and mother to her two daughters.  Her passion is acting, modeling and philanthropy.  Susan currently serves as a member of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
 
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MS. COLORADO
Jodi **

Platform:
Invisible Disabilities

Jodi has been a Salon owner and Cosmetologist for over 40 years. She is a published poet, Classical pianist and loves to organize Social Meetups. She is the Ambassador for Invisible Disabilities Association helping others to forge a new life.
 
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MS. DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Jessica

Platform:
RAINN is the largest American nonprofit anti-sexual assault organization and it is my platform because as a survivor I want to be part of the solution!

Jessica is a woman of many talents, working in the IT field, performing as a mermaid, competitive free diver, aerialist and more! Jessica believes in empowering women of every shape and size and uses every platform she can to uplift others.



 
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MS. FLORIDA
Carlie **

Platform:
A national campaign to prevent bullying through Pacers.org

A Pacer’s Bullying Prevention Center director, Carlie is celebrating 2 years raising thousands in donations to raise awareness to prevent bullying. Voted Most Photogenic and on the cover of several magazines she is currently writing a book to inspire success!


 
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MS. FLORIDA COAST
Mishy

Platform:
My Hope Chest

Mishy is known for her global talent and cultural intellect in running business practices in 3 different Continents. She loves Bollywood Dancing, stage singing, and participating in 5K walks for Alzheimer’s.
 
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MS. FLORIDA STATE
Rosalyn **

Platform:
School Safety and Early Childhood Education

Rosalyn is a Director of Education, Advocate of Child Safety and is teaching youth to swim. Her hard work and dedication afforded her the opportunity to open her own Childcare Center.  She still finds time to work-out and eat right.
 
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MS. GEORGIA
LaTresa *

Platform:
Brain Tumor / Cancer Awareness

This two sport Division I student-athlete founded Making a Better Me, a non-profit to help youth.  LaTresa is a Caregiver to husband, Chris, a brain cancer SURVIVOR; and lives by the quote, “A day without a smile is a day wasted.”
 
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MS. GEORGIA STATE
Diem

Platform:
Be Proud of who you are
-Educate to Elevate (educate people how to manage their finance and saving)
-love other like you love yourselves. 

Diem has been an independent advisor, and entrepreneur for the past 17 years with a focus on providing free financial planning for variety industries worker and low-income families. Her mission is to spread love and kindness to every person she meets.
 
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MS. GOLDEN STATE
Athena

Platform:
Operation Gratitude - Saying Thank You to all who serve.

This Coast Guard Veteran and spokesperson for Operation Gratitude was once a professional cheerleader for the Los Angeles Kings hockey team. But her greatest memories are cheering on her twin brother, Curtis, who has downs-syndrome during his Special Olympics competitions.
 
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MS. GREATER CALIFORNIA
Lauren

Platform:
Well Adjusted
Promotes chiropractic care for the underserved communities; which offers a non-invasive alternative to drugs or surgery for many conditions of the body.

Lauren is a Doctor of Chiropractic for the under-served communities, and a continuing education teacher. She enjoys performing stand-up comedy, playing with her pet bunnies, and weekend trips to Las Vegas where she hopes to win big!

 
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MS. HAWAII
Sydnee

Platform:
Overcoming Adversity

Sydnee was an All-American while at UCLA and a LPGA Tour golfer since 2011. Sydnee just recently underwent back surgery after suffering a potentially career ending injury. Her mission is to encourage and inspire others to overcome adversity and find their true path.
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MS. ILLINOIS
LaTanya

Platform:
A dream written down with a date becomes a goal, a goal broken down into steps becomes a plan, a plan backed by action becomes a reality.  Dream BIG, Think BIG, Believe BIG and the results will be BIG!

LaTanya worked in healthcare since 2006 promoting healthy minds, bodies and souls.  She was nominated a top physician. Her passion is traveling, recognized as a top 4% achiever in her travel business. She believes in experiencing life, living it more abundantly.



 
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MS. INDIANA
Rosanne

Platform:
American Heart Association:
Heart Disease Awareness & Prevention
 
A heart failure survivor, Rosanne is an advocate of the American Heart Association.  She holds a broadcasting degree, was an Indianapolis 500 princess, flips houses, does impersonations, and has 11-year-old twins. Genuine, hard-working, motivated…. Ms. Indiana 2019!


 
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MS. INDIANA STATE
Minniequa

Platform:
Volunteerism - The greatest gift that one can give is their time and energy. Pay it forward to make a difference.

Minniequa has worked in healthcare for past eleven years. She has volunteered countless hours to various organizations within her community. Minniequa stays in shape by exercising at her YMCA and keeping up with her four darling children.
 
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MS. KANSAS
Sierra **

Platform:
"Show Their Scars" - I teach children to see their scars as their "warrior wounds" and to wear them proudly.

Sierra currently hosts TWO positive Television shows called “Positively Kansas” and “Your View”.  This adrenaline junkie has gone sky diving, scuba diving, driven a real race car and rappelled off a 16-story building in downtown Wichita.
 
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MS. MARYLAND
Jill **

Platform:
Domestic Abuse Awareness and Prevention: 
Helping to Ensure EVERY home is a SAFE and HAPPY home

Jill is an international interpreter/entrepreneur, author, wife and mother, vocalist and avid motivational speaker nationwide. As founder of Always-a-Voice-Foundation, a non-profit for Domestic Abuse Awareness/Prevention, Jill’s dream is to inspire others through creativity—and HOPE.
 
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MS. MASSACHUSETTS
Mary

Platform:
Alzheimers Association

As former Miss Massachusetts International 2011, Mary maintains her own fitness page and is a motivational speaker. Holding two master’s degrees, she has worked in oncology clinical research since 2013. She enjoys running, dancing and doing CrossFit.
 
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MS. MISSOURI
Elizabeth

Platform:
Suicide prevention and Mental Health Awareness

Elizabeth is an advocate for suicide prevention and mental health awareness and enjoys serving our hero veterans in her community. Her passion comes from her faith and family and she is a proud aunt, loving daughter and granddaughter.

 
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MS. NEW ENGLAND
Alika *

Platform:
Laughs of Hope Project: Heal with Laughter, Change the World

Alika is founder of The Ray of Hope Project and won a Gold Global Music Award for her last album. Alika hosts a TV show airing on Fox in Connecticut, and recently jumped out of a plane during her show.

 
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MS. NEW YORK
Sonja

Platform:
Americans for the Arts

Cheerful, optimistic, and determined, Sonja is a dancer, choreographer, and writer. Her mission is to build recognition and support for the arts, and to lead, serve, and advance those who cultivate the arts and foster civic engagement in America.

 
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MS. NORTH CAROLINA
Adri **

Platform:
Body Positivity

Adri 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 positively imperative.
 
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MS. OKLAHOMA
Beth *

Platform:
Food Allergy Awareness 

Dr. Beth Continues to beat lottery odds. From Surviving Tornadoes, Shark Attacks or living with the most painful and rare Nerve tumor disorder...to only eating 5 foods due to severe food allergies...she's an unstoppable force.
 
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MS. OREGON
Kayla

Platform:
Empowering and inspiring single moms whom are entrepreneurs.

Kayla is a mother of two boys, she is a business owner and entrepreneur. She volunteers at local events, charities and at her children’s school. Kayla is passionate about her family, traveling and being a role model for the youth.

 
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MS. OREGON STATE
Lisa *

Platform:
Art Literacy
Striving for a community, state and nation that is more artistically literate is important because, when inspiration is lacking, the motivation to learn, adapt, and prosper is impeded. 

Lisa owns and operates Red-Head Studios, where she is a freelance artist specializing in; portraits, landscapes, and original art. With a recent weight loss of over 100 pounds, Lisa maintains her success with regular workouts on her yoga trapeze.  


 
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MS. PACIFIC COAST
Terri *

Platform:
Homelessness

Terri demonstrates her compassion for others through her work as a Nurse and her platform of helping the homeless. In 2016 Terri received a Presidential Gold Medal Award for her volunteer efforts.

 
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MS. PENNSYLVANIA
Mahima *

Platform:
Oral Cancer and Oral Health Awareness

Mahima is a Dental Surgeon, Owner and CEO of an online retail business, fitness enthusiast and nature lover. When she’s not volunteering as a dentist, she’s running around with her four children and two Irish Wolfhounds.

 
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MS. PUERTO RICO
Gladys **

Platform:
The Voice For The Animals

The founder and owner of Dandy & Mia’s Pet World, where she offers Free/low cost Vaccinations, Spay/Neutering, Surgeries, rescues, adoptions and much more.  Currently working towards becoming a Veterinarian.  She stays fit by working out at the gym and Boxing.
 
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MS. SOUTH TEXAS
Ange **

Platform:
The Sweet Life is a foundation with a mission to empower Type 1 Diabetics to know that their diagnosis does not mean they cannot follow their Dreams and Do and Be Anything they want!

A Flight Attendant, Columnist, Radio Show Host, Fashion Show Producer, Emcee, yet Ange still spends most of her time as a volunteer for the American Diabetes Association, abuse shelters, hurricane victims, and was chosen Volunteer of the Year for Southwest Airlines.

 
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MS. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Wendy *

Platform:
Inclusion for those with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

With four children, one with Autism and as Board Chair for Best Buddies., Wendy advocates for Special Needs Inclusion. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in Psychology, enjoys hot-yoga, swing-dancing, her husband claims she can make strangers laugh 30-seoonds flat!

 
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MS. TENNESSEE STATE
Rhonda **

Platform:
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Tennessee, and its prevalence is high across the Mid -South. Thankfully, lifestyle changes can reduce your risk.

Rhonda is an eccentric, stylish and fashionable professional model and actress hailing from Memphis, TN.  Rhonda is the mother of three, and also a grandmother. Rhonda is ready to explore new things and expand her talents.
 
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MS. TEXAS
Danielle

Platform:
Fit For Your Life:
Bringing awareness of the importance of physical and mental health and how it improves quality of life. As well as various avenues adults and children can take to assure they are meeting both needs.

Danielle is an army veteran, former NFL cheerleader, and cancer survivor. She paved the way for young girls by becoming the first female wrestler at her school. As a nursing home executive director, she loves keeping her residents physically active.

 
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MS. TEXAS STATE
Crystal *

Platform:
Raising Awareness Against Domestic Violence 

Crystal is an advocate for Raising Awareness Against Domestic Violence and avid community volunteer. This busy mom applies her Harvard Business education towards a successful career in the National Defense Industry. She’s met fitness goals by losing almost 100 pounds.
 
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MS. WASHINGTON
Stephanie *

Platform:
Surviving Military Sexual Violence -Www.MilitarySexualViolence.org
Globally scoped organization providing free therapeutic services to ALL survivors.

Stephanie’s a pediatric developmental scientist. After her daughter’s severe brain trauma, Stephanie founded WGCN, a nationally scoped organization dedicated complex trauma recovery.  Stephanie (a survivor/advocate) also established MilitarySexualViolence.org - a global program providing free therapeutic survivor support.
 
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MS. WEST COAST
Joanna **

Platform:
Princess Crowning Program - A program that instills confidence and self-esteem.

Joanna is a singer, song writer and author. Her passion is helping transform lives through her music and motivational speaking. Founder of the Princess Crowning Program she releases values and confidence for girls and women.
 
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MS. WEST TEXAS
Nadia

Platform:
Mental Health Awareness for Military Veterans and prisoners that have been exonerated.

Nadia is a Licensed Pediatric Nurse for 8 years and plans to open a pediatric home health agency. Her motto is being comfortable is successes number one enemy. She would like to be remembered for bring people together and being forgiving.
 
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