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Get Ready for Miss America!
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It’s hard to believe, but this weekend we’ll be crowning a brand new Miss America! Join Valerie as she talks with Laura Kaeppeler, Miss America 2012, about her amazing year of service as well as what this years contestants can expect at the pageant. Plus, Laura will share her tips to marketing your platform during the personal interview and how to ace your on-stage question. We’re kicking off our Countdown to Miss America and you won’t want to miss it!
Episode Segments:
 
Pageant Talk Radio: Looking Back on Laura’s Reign

What a whirlwind year it was for Laura. She’ll take us back to her winning moment, and give some advice to the aspiring underdogs out there. We’ll also talk about some of her most memorable moments as Miss America.

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Pageant Talk Radio: Circles of Support

We talk with Laura about her platform Circles of Support: : Mentoring children of incarcerated parents, which aims at reducing and perhaps breaking the cycle of crime that children of jailed parents, without positive and strong adult support to provide them guidance, often find themselves caught up in.

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Pageant Talk Radio: Miss America’s Tips

In our last segment, Laura shares her personal tips for being a fab titleholder, including how to wow the judges during your onstage interview, the secrets to a great snapshot, and how to deal with fans.

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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Laura Kaeppeler
Hailing from Kenosha, Wisconsin, Laura Kaeppeler was crowned Miss America 2012 on January 14, 2012 on ABC. This year, she has traveled the country appearing on numerous national and local television programs, making corporate appearances, and talking about MAO’s national platform, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, her personal platform of Circles of Support – Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents, and focusing on promoting education for young women. When her year is over, Laura plans to pursue a law degree with an emphasis on childhood advocacy law. Prior to the pageant, she earned an undergraduate degree in music and vocal performance at Carthage College.

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