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Kirsten Haglund, Miss America 2008
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he Miss America 2009 pageant is just around the corner and what a perfect time to talk with Kirsten Haglund, Miss America 2008! Join Valerie for this full-episode interview and listen to Kirstens inspirational story of overcoming an eating disorder and what she tells other young women struggling with their own personal challenges. This is Kirstens most in-depth interview and she shares her thoughts on being crowned Miss America, her plans for the future, and three things you must do in order to win the title! You wont want to miss this episode with this impressive and down-to-earth young woman who just happens to be Miss America 2008!
Episode Segments:
Kirsten Haglund Part One
In part one of their conversation, Valerie & Kirsten discuss what Miss America is all about. Kirsten also talks about her battle with an eating disorder, which led to her platform, as well as her work with the Childrens Miracle Network.
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Kirsten Haglund Part Two
Kirsten gives us a sneak preview of the upcoming season of Countdown to the Crown, as well as the fashions she will be sporting at this years Miss America Pageant. Kirsten also talks about what shes gained from the pageant experience, whats next for her after her reign, and shares her three most important tips for any potential Miss America.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Kirsten Haglund
Hometown: Farmington Hills, Michigan

Age: 19

Education: Walled Lake Western High School

University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music Attending Musical Theatre

Platform Issue: Raising awareness of eating disorders

Scholastic Ambition: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre

Scholastic Honors: University of Cincinnati Dean's List, Cincinnatus "Century" Scholar, National Honor Society

Career Ambition: To pursue a career on Broadway

The defining moment in Kirsten's life was realizing she had an eating disorder and "making the decision, my own decision, to recover." Upon meeting her, people might not realize that "I love books and academia and school, I love to watch the news, and I will forever be an enormous Harry Potter fan (yes, I waited until midnight to get my book at the past four release parties!)"

Kirsten is most proud of the time she performed as a soloist with the Burklyn Ballet Theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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