What is your best quality and worst quality?
“My best quality probably would be my dedication to my priorities. Just having my priorities in order. My worse quality probably would be occasionally doubting my own self-worth and my potential as a daughter of God. But, we’re all trying to overcome because we’re all so special and we’re all so loved and have unlimited potential.” — Deborah Wolfe, Mrs. America
What is the worst quality you’ve improved about yourself and how did you do it?
“I was shy and intimated – a person who didn’t like who she was. I was an ugly duckling inside and out. But I just woke up one morning canceling the negative. I decided to change myself and worked hard to make myself attractive. And I worked hard to improve my mind. I learned to think positively about everything. And I realized the trick of visualizing what I wanted and then I set out to get it.” —Carol Ann McEwen, Mrs. America
Who is your favorite actress?
“I love Sophia Loren. She is a very good example of Latin women being able to start from a low level and yet, make many different characterizations, and not be cast into one type of person.” — Deborah Carthy-Deu, Miss Universe
Who is the woman you admire most?
“Betty Ford.” — Cynthia Amann, Mrs. America
What man do you most admire?
“Martin Luther King.” — Cynthia Amann, Mrs. America
What do you think of the recent Supreme Court nomination of a very conservative judge?
“I think he’s a wonderful nomination. He appears to be a conservative, and it’s important that we have nominated to the Supreme Court someone who is neutral, who is not taking a firm stand on a particular issue because Supreme Court justices need to be versatile and need to be able to adjust to different facts and the situation. And a judge has a requirement that he judge each case on the facts, not on his own personal feelings.” — Marjorie Vincent, Miss America
If you are selected as the winner you will be a symbol to young women and girls. What would you tell them?
“I would tell them to have their own personality, to always try to stand with both feet on the floor. That’s most important – to always stand with both feet on the floor, to try to make other people happy, and to help.” — Yvonne Ryding, Miss Universe
Who are your role models?
“Well, living or dead? I have always admired Golda Meir. Just studying her life a little bit, I have admired what she stood for, her strength of character. I admire several political figures: Elizabeth Dole, President Reagan. I admire all those athletes at the Olympics. Oh boy, I watched those Olympics almost 24-hours-a-day – and all those hours of training that they went through and you could see the dedication. I admire people from all different walks of life.” — Sharlene Wells, Miss America
What in your past you are ashamed of?
“I’m going to have to think about that one! (Chuckles) Hmm. I can’t think of anything right now. As I’ve said before, I have lived my values seven-days-a-week.” —Sharlene Wells, Miss America
What worried you most in the world today?
“I would have to say, back down to the grass roots level, the deterioration of the family. I feel like parents aren’t worried enough about their kids, kids aren’t worried enough about their parents as they get older, parents aren’t worried about each enough. They’re not working hard enough. They don’t realize that, yes, marriage does take work.” —Sharlene Wells, Miss America
What college course has influenced you the most?
“A course that I took about two years ago, an honors course, reading and the classics. We discussed Dante’s Inferno, the Jerusalem Bible, which is an interesting version of the Bible. We discussed Plato and Greek tragedies, the Odyssey by Homer. It was such a philosophical class. There were only sixteen people in that class and we were all so candid and so free with our own philosophies. Everyone was so different and I felt I really learned a lot from everybody in that class.” — Sharlene Wells, Miss America
What’s the difference between confident and cocky?
“Being self-confident means that you have an inner security, you are happy with who you are. Therefore, you can turn around and work with other people. Help their self-confidence. Help them reach a certain level. Cocky isn’t always being self-confident. To me it’s a facade for insecurity. Those people I’ve met that are very cocky and I get to know them — they are just insecure.” —Sharlene Wells, Miss America
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