July 28, 2006
» North Miami may boast next Miss USA
The next Miss USA may come from North Miami.
Jenna Edwards, who won the North Miami crown in April, recently earned the
right to compete for the Miss USA title when she won the Miss Florida 2007
pageant last weekend at Broward Community College.
According to the city, it's the first time in more than 40 years of pageant history that someone from North Miami has competed for Miss USA. Edwards, 24, will represent the state in the Miss USA pageant next spring. She was crowned Miss North Miami on April 1 at the city pageant sponsored by the Greater North Miami Chamber of Commerce, which hosts the annual Miss North Miami competition with support from the city and many local businesses.
Edwards is the founder of the nonprofit
organization Queen for A Day, which offers young girls fighting cancer and
other illnesses the chance to be pampered and crowned queen for that day,
complete with a tiara. Information is online at www.qfad.org.
Daytona Beach 2nd runner-up to Miss Florida USA
Daytona Beach News Journal
Miss Daytona Beach Ashley Panaggio spent more
than 80 hours last month practicing her walk, her stance, her makeup
application and her interviewing skills. And it was her polished interview
that helped the marketing major, who's on full scholarship at Stetson
University, win second runner-up in the Miss Florida USA pageant, pageant
spokeswoman Carmen Merlino said.
Panaggio was one of five women representing
Volusia and Flagler counties at the competition on Saturday night in
Hollywood, near Miami. A taping of the show will air at 5 p.m. today on WRDQ
Channel 27. Among the winners was Port Orange native Miss Gold Coast USA
Kendra Waller, who represented West Palm Beach and made it into the top 15.
But it is Jenna Edwards, a 24-year-old from Miami, who will move on to the
Miss USA pageant. The national winner will have a chance to vie for Miss
Panaggio said she's probably going to compete for the state title again next year. "This is probably the best experience I've ever had in my life, and the girls that compete here are really the leaders of tomorrow," the 20-year-old said Friday.
Ashley Panaggio & Alexandra Palmer
She said the competition might come with an
average $2,000 price tag when adding up clothing, tanning, rehearsal and
travel expenses. But it's worth it, she said, and the positive side of
pageantry should be stressed, such as how most of the women are pursuing
While Volusia County women have competed in
the pageant before, this is the first year anyone has represented Flagler
County. Katie Edmonson of Bunnell, who grew up with the Miss Flagler County
pageants, has balanced college classes, rodeo competitions and a new job as a
bank teller this summer, while learning how to apply stage makeup and dress
The 20-year-old business major at the
University of Central Florida had hoped to make it into the top 15 Saturday,
she said during an interview last month. And there's more to winning a beauty
pageant than meets the eye, said Kim Antos, the pageant executive director for
Volusia. Contestants have been living on five hours of sleep a day, while
memorizing dance routines, answering interview questions and learning about
"Definitely it increases self-confidence, self-esteem, goal-setting and communication skills," Antos said. "It's nice to stand on stage and have people clap (for) you. If you can get on stage in a skimpy swimsuit, you can do anything. I really feel that every young woman, in some point in her life, should compete in some pageant."
Katie Edmonson, Amanda Zitzman & Miranda Webber.
Miss Volusia County Amanda Zitzman, 19, came
to that point in her life last year, when she went from winning Miss
Gainesville USA to coming in first runner-up for Miss Florida USA, the first
pageant experiences of her life. She lives outside of DeLand now and, partly
as a response to almost winning the crown last year, has spent some time
finding out what she wants to be in life -- a journalist for a fashion
She had some friendly competition from home.
Joining her were Miss Port Orange Fararla Alvarez, 20; and Miss Ormond Beach
Alexandra Palmer, 18. Representing Orlando, Miss City Beautiful Miranda Webber
is from Daytona Beach; and Miss Miami Meg Perkins was last year's Miss Daytona
» Kudos & Did You Knows
- Kudos to Brandi Wines, Miss Melbourne Teen USA 2007 on her recent involvement with the Melbourne/Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce. First she was a special guest at the Melbourne 4th of July Parade. She is also the official red ribbon cutter at major business openings in her area. Way to get those great business contacts Brandi!
- Kudos to Kristen Berset, Miss Florida USA 2004 who Co-Host’s of the Professional Tarpon Tournament Series on The Florida Sports Network. The PTTS is the largest and richest fishing tournament in the country and is seen nationwide in almost 47 Million homes. For you fishing fans in Florida catch her on Florida Sports Network (AKA Sun Sports Network) every week on Thursday at Noon. Friday at 5:30 PM; Saturday at 12:30 PM and Sunday at 10 PM. Surf to http://www.tarponanglersclub.com/ for more information. Great job Kristen!
Diaz Goes Swimming With The Dolphins!
Our Miss Homestead/Florida Keys 2007 Amy Diaz enjoyed the July 4th weekend holiday with an amazing life experience. She visited our friends at The Miami Seaquarium for a once in a lifetime experience. It will now go from my words to hers…
"I joined the Miami Seaquarium Marine Mammal Training Staff for the exciting two-hour "Swim With Our Dolphin" program. We learned many interesting facts about these extraordinary animals, then slipped into a wetsuits and went to Flipper Lagoon (original set of "Flipper"!) with the trainers. My interaction included: going on rides, feeding, touching and dolphin training sessions! Additionally, as part of the program I took a tour of the Miami Seaquarium and enjoyed the Killer Whale, Flipper, and Sea Lion shows!!! It was a BLAST!!! I kissed Ripley and fed Indigo (he starred in "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" as Snowflake, the Miami Dolphin's mascot!). This was SO exciting!"
» Pageant News Wanted!
Are you a titleholder or at large delegate who is making appearances or doing good things in the community? We would love to tell all of the Miss Florida USA Family your story. Send pictures and updates to email@example.com as we feature everything Miss Florida USA on Friday’s at Faces & Places.
Alumni News Wanted!
If you know of any Miss Florida USA alumni in the news please drop us an email to feature them in future articles. Email all info to firstname.lastname@example.org! Until next week here to good pageantry!
PICTURE OF THE WEEK!
week we took it up a notch from our state championship to the world
championship. We want to congratulate our friends from the great island of
Puerto Rico as their delegate captured the most prestigious title in the world!
Think Miss Puerto Rico Zuleyka Rivera Mendoza is excited after being
crowned Miss Universe 2006 in Los Angeles? Imagine her joy at hearing she has
been selected as the recipient of our Picture of The Week!