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Amazing Talent at Miss America
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The talent competition can be one of the most entertaining aspects of any pageant. But what does it take to prepare a winning talent presentation? Join Valerie as she talks with Miss America 2010 Talent Award winners Miss California, Kristy Cavender , Miss Michigan, Nicole Blaszczyk, and Top 5 pianist, Miss Louisiana, Katherine Putnam about what it takes to get a big score during the talent competition. We’ll talk about balancing your talent technique with audience appeal and the difference between a local competition and winning at the national level. You’ll learn everything you need to know to wow the judges at you next pageant competition!
Episode Segments:
Pageant Talk Radio: Miss California Kristy Cavender
Kristy tells Valerie how it felt to finish as 1st Runner-Up at Miss America, and about the pressures of the talent competition at that level. She also dishes on the importance of finding the right music and costume, and what it takes to get the audience to like what you are doing.
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Pageant Talk Radio: Miss Michigan Nicole Blaszczyk
Nicole tells the story of how her dancing lead her into pageants. She also shares the story behind her risky Miss America routine, and gives advice on how to stay focused during the chaos of pageant week, as well as making the most of your 90-second routine.
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Pageant Talk Radio: Miss Louisiana Katherine Putnam
Katherine talks about her love of piano and music, and what she does to prep for performing during competition. She then talks about the decision to play the hallelujah chorus, her onstage presence and gown, and also has some advice for other musical performers.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Kristy Cavender
Kristy is Miss California 2010

Hometown: Orange, California

Age: 21

Crystal Cathedral High School
University of Southern California

Platform Issue: Make-A-Wish Foundation

Scholastic Ambition: To obtain a Doctorate degree in Medicine

Talent: Ballet en Pointe

Scholastic Honors: Sigma Alpha Lambda Honor Club, Valedictorian of High School, National Honors Society

Career Ambition: To become a pediatric heart surgeon

Local Competition Sponsor: Miss Yosemite Valley Organization

State Competition Sponsor: Miss California Scholarship Organization

Click here for the Miss California Website

Katherine Putnam
Katherine is Miss Louisiana 2010

Hometown: Monroe, Louisiana

Age: 23

Oak Grove High School
University of Louisiana – Monroe

Platform Issue: The Miracle of Music

Scholastic Ambition: To obtain a Doctorate degree in Piano Performance

Talent: Piano

Scholastic Honors: TOPS Performance Award, Florence Ziegler Albritton Award, Dean's List

Career Ambition: To perform as a concert pianist and to teach music

Local Competition Sponsor: Miss Shreveport Organization

State Competition Sponsor: Miss Louisiana Scholarship Organization

Miss Louisiana Official Website

Nicole Blaszczyk
Nicole is Miss Michigan 2010

Hometown: Novi, Michigan

Age: 22

Novi High School
Wayne State University

Platform Issue: Families Facing Substance Abuse: Support Survival and Prevention

Scholastic Ambition: To obtain a degree in Marketing and an Master's degree in Business Administration

Talent: Lyrical Dance

Scholastic Honors: Presidential Scholar, Academic Honors Scholarship Student, Michigan Merit Award

Career Ambition: To pursue a career in Sports Marketing

Local Competition Sponsor: Miss Wayne County Scholarship Organization

State Competition Sponsor: Miss Michigan Scholarship Organization

Click here to read Nicole's Blog