53 contestants. 1 title.
On January 12, 2013, 1 lucky young lady will take her walk as Miss America 2013.
The odds are that a preliminary award winner has a better chance to take home the Miss America crown, but will a non-preliminary award winner come out on top?
We took this question to the fans and polled their prediction on who will be crowned the next Miss America 2013.
Hundreds of votes were submitted and here are the results of the Miss America 2013 - Prediction Poll.
Photos and bios courtesy of the Miss America Organization.
Decatur High School
Platform Issue: P.A.W.S. for Autism: People and Animals Working Side-by-side
Scholastic Ambition: To attend graduate school in the design field.
Talent: Classical Vocal
Scholastic Honors: Dean's List, Gamma Sigma Alpha Greek Academic Honor Society, Samford University Academic Achievement Scholarship
Career Ambition: To become a Registered Interior Designer and work for an Architecture Firm.
Local Competition Sponsor: Miss Hoover
Name: Laura McKeeman
Hometown: St. Petersburg, Florida
Celebration High School
University of Florida
Platform Issue: The Miracle League
Scholastic Ambition: To obtain my Master of Art's Degree in Mass Communications-Multimedia Journalism
Talent: Ballet en pointe
Scholastic Honors: Dean's List, UF College of Journalism - Red Barber Award for Broadcasting, UF College of Journalism Award for Storytelling
Career Ambition: To produce/host an original television show and to be a College Professor of Broadcast Journalism
Local Competition Sponsor: Miss Pinellas County
Name: Megan Ervin
Hometown: Rushville, Illinois
Rushville-Industry High School
Western Illinois University
Platform Issue: "The Heptathlon of Healthy Habits"
Scholastic Ambition: To obtain a Master's Degree in Exercise Physiology
Talent: Lyrical Dance
Scholastic Honors: WIU Dean's List, National Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society
Career Ambition: To own and operate my own dance and fitness studio; Eventually, marketing my "Cross-Lates" Fitness Method on DVD.
Local Competition Sponsor: Miss Quincy
Preliminary Awards: Winner of Lifestyle & Fitness award on Night Two of preliminaries
Name: Marie Wicks
Hometown: Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Ocean Springs High School
University of Mississippi
Platform Issue: eyeS.TA.R.-Eyesight To All Regions
Scholastic Ambition: To obtain a Doctorate of Medicine.
Scholastic Honors: The Salley McDonnell Barsdale Honors College, Ole Miss Hall of Fame, Graduated Magna Cum Laude
Career Ambition: To pursue a career in Ophthalmology.
Local Competition Sponsor: Miss Dixie
State Competition Sponsor: Miss Mississippi Corporation
Name: Tippe Emmott
Hometown: Springfield, Missouri
Glendale High School
Platform Issue: "POINTE" Towards Self-Confidence to Achieve Success
Scholastic Ambition: To graduate with honors from Drury University.
Talent: Ballet en Point
Scholastic Honors: ACT Achievement Award
Career Ambition: To own and operate my own dance studio.
Local Competition Sponsor: Miss Branson
Name: Allyn Rose
Hometown: Newburg, Maryland
La Plata High School
University of Maryland
Platform Issue: Breast Cancer: Planning a Marathon, Running a Sprint
Scholastic Ambition: To obtain my Juris Doctorate in Constitutional Law.
Talent: Artistic Roller Skating
Scholastic Honors: Dean's List 8/8 Semesters, University of Maryland Senate Member, NAVSEA Environmental Protection Award
Career Ambition: To serve my country in public office.
Local Competition Sponsor: N/A
Name: Siri Freeh
Hometown: Lake Park, Minnesota
Park Christian High School
University of Minnesota
Platform Issue: Living Heartstrong
Scholastic Ambition: To obtain a Doctorate degree in Cardiac Research.
Talent: Contemporary Ballet
Scholastic Honors: 4.0 College GPA, 2012 Hartford Emerging Scientist Award, 2011 Camp Odayin Staff Scholarship
Career Ambition: To conduct Cardiac research with Mayo.
Local Competition Sponsor: Miss Northwest
Name: DaNae Couch
Hometown: Coppell, Texas
Trinity Christian Academy High School
Texas Tech School of Law
Platform Issue: Hope for Family Recovery: Life Beyond Addiction
Scholastic Ambition: To obtain a Doctorate of Jurisprudence
Scholastic Honors: Defended Honors Thesis on Complete works of Oscar Wilde, 1L/Adv Mock Trial Champion & Best Advocate, CALI Criminal Procedure & Jurisprudence Award Criminal Law
Career Ambition: Civil litigation or criminal prosecution
Local Competition Sponsor: Miss Dallas Organization
Name: Jessica Casebolt
Hometown: Pikeville, Kentucky
Pikeville High School
Platform Issue: Heart Health Awareness
Scholastic Ambition: To graduate with a BA in Political Science, and continue my education in pursuit of a Law degree.
Scholastic Honors: Oxford Honors Scholar, Presidential Scholar, Christian Leadership Scholar
Career Ambition: To pursue a career as an Attorney in the field of Corporate Law.
Local Competition Sponsor: Miss Goldenrod
Name: Lexie Madden
Hometown: Torrington, Wyoming
Torrington High School
University of Wyoming
Platform Issue: Forever Fit
Scholastic Ambition: Obtain a Doctorate degree in Pediatric Physical Therapy.
Scholastic Honors: Hathaway Honors Scholarship Recipient, Cardinal Key National Honors Society, Sheridan College Dean's List
Career Ambition: To provide rehabilitation care for children as a Pediatric Physical Therapist.
Local Competition Sponsor: Miss Goshen County
Name: Alicia Clifton
Hometown: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Moore High School
University of Oklahoma
Platform Issue: "Tap" Into Lifelong Volunteerism
Scholastic Ambition: To receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism.
Talent: Tap Dance
Scholastic Honors: University of Oklahoma Honors Scholar, University of Oklahoma President's Honor Roll, President's Outstanding Academic Excellence Award
Career Ambition: To become a National News Anchor.
Local Competition Sponsor: Miss Edmond LibertyFest
Preliminary Awards: Winner talent award on Night Two of preliminaries
Name: Ali Rogers
Hometown: Laurens, South Carolina
Laurens District 55 High School
Platform Issue: Make a Difference
Scholastic Ambition: To obtain a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies and a Master's Degree in Public Relations
Scholastic Honors: P.W. McAllister Full Scholarship Recipient, Dean's List, Academic Advisory Board & College Representative
Career Ambition: To own a public relations firm
Local Competition Sponsor: Miss Laurens County Organization
Ali was the Lifestyle & Fitness winner on Night One of preliminaries. If Ali does win, this would first time since the inception of Miss America's Outstanding Teen in 2005 that both Miss America and Miss America's Outstanding Teen would come from the same state.
We weren't the only ones that have Ali as the front runner for Miss America 2013. In a recent article, Johhny Avello, Director of Race and Sports Operations for the Wynn and Encore has Ali Rogers as the odds on favorite to win at 8-to-1.
In case you are wondering, it's illegal in Las Vegas to bet on the Miss America pageant, but for entertainment purposes here are the remaining contestants and their odds to win:
Miss Oklahoma (Alicia Clifton, 10-1), Miss Wyoming (Lexie Madden, 12-1), Miss Kentucky (Jessica Casebolt, 13-1) and Miss Minnesota (Siri Freeh, 15-1), Miss Missouri (Tippe Emmott, 16-1), Miss Kansas (Sloane Lewis, 18-1) Miss Maryland (Joanna Guy, 20-1), Miss Florida (Laura McKeeman, 22-1) and Miss Arkansas (Sloane Roberts, 24-1).
This article was written by Will the Pageant Guy
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