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May 20, 2011

Talent at Miss America
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Wonder what it takes to perform a winning talent piece at Miss America or at your next pageant? Join Valerie as she talks with the Miss America 2011 Talent Winners Adrienne Core, Miss North Carolina and Deborah Saint-Vil, Miss Rhode Island as she discovers the secrets behind the perfect song and dance! Then, Valerie will be answering all of your questions in a talent Q&A session that’ll be sure to make you the most knowledgeable talent contestant out there! Get ready to wow the judges after you tune into this Friday’s talented new episode!

Photos courtesy of Miss America.org
Episode Segments:
 
PTR: Adrienne Core, Miss North Carolina
Adrienne Core was the first clogger to win a Miss America prelim - but what is clogging? Valerie gets the answer, and also finds out how she developed her amazing talent (practicing it 32 times full out PER WEEK certainly helped!) and found the perfect costume for the routine.
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PTR: Deborah Saint-Vil, Miss Rhode Island
Deborah tells us how she developed her talent between the Miss Rhode Island and Miss America pageants and how she chose her perfect song. She outlines some of the biggest mistakes vocalists make, the keys to winning the talent competition, and gives some final preparation tips.
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Pageant Talk Radio: Ask Valerie!
What do you do if you don't have a talent? How about if you have one, but it's not quite pageant ready? Valerie's here with answers to help you out!
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Adrienne Core
Adrienne Leigh Core, Miss North Carolina 2010, graduated magna cum laude from North Carolina State University with a BS in Mathematics Education (Grades 9-12). She holds the honor of participating in the Teaching Fellows Program, which asks the very poignant question “Who will teach our children?” It is Adrienne’s belief that education is vital in order for children to become successful adults and she enthusiastically looks forward to helping young people achieve their educational goals by being an outstanding classroom teacher. Raised in Erwin, NC, Adrienne excelled in academics as well as sports. She also found time to dance and developed a love for clogging, North Carolina’s official state dance, when she joined the NCSU Clogging team, of which she served as President during her junior year. A leader in the classroom as well as on the playing field, Adrienne credits any success that she has achieved to the strong foundation provided by her parents, Beverly Core and the late Charles Core. Adrienne believes in being true to her faith and above all, embodying the Southern grace of a positive role model for young women today. The V Foundation is close to Adrienne’s heart as she lost her beloved father to Multiple Myeloma when she was 18 years old just before graduating high school. As Coach Valvano said in his famous ESPY speech, “don’t give up, don’t ever give up,” Adrienne’s dad lived his own life in that same fashion, never allowing the ravages of his disease to interfere with his intentions of living life to the fullest. Adrienne has that same desire and strives to do everything possible to raise funds for cancer research as well as the Children’s Miracle Network so that each and every individual might have the opportunity to have a long and happy life.

Miss North Carolina Website

 
Deborah Saint-Vil
Deborah Saint-Vil holds the title of Miss Rhode Island 2010 and is the first black woman to hold the title. Deborah was proud to be only the third Miss Rhode Island to be a semi-finalist in the Miss America pageant and win a preliminary talent award. She is a graduate of Brown University, majoring in International Relations and Africana Studies. Her platform issue is Mind Power: Ensuring Our Future

Miss Rhode Island Website