Laura Kaeppeler, Miss America 2012, Homecoming Festivities
Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler returned home to Wisconsin last Wednesday for the first time since being crowned in Las Vegas on January 14. Laura traveled across the state for a heart-warming homecoming, visiting with fans, friends and family along the way.
Laura’s first stop was Milwaukee where she participated in a press conference and conducted several media interviews. After this special event, Laura met with the members of the 2012 Court of Honor who accompanied her on her homecoming visit – Miss Arizona 2011 Jennifer Sedler, Miss California 2011 Noelle Freeman, Miss New York 2011 Kaitlin Monte, and Miss Oklahoma 2011 Betty Thompson. That night, Laura’s 2012 Miss America Court joined her on stage as part of the Miss America Homecoming Show (See photo below).
Laura and her court continued their time in Milwaukee by visiting Underwood Elementary School to celebrate Read Across America Day, where Laura read a Dr. Seuss book to the children and answered their questions. Afterwards, Laura and her special guests paid a visit to Wisconsin’s Children’s Hospital where they visited young patients and their families, bringing smiles and encouragement to these extraordinary children (See photo below).
Next it was off to the Mayfair Mall to participate in an EXPRESS Fashion Show! Laura and her guests, along with Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2012 Elizabeth Fechtel, walked the runway in the newest EXPRESS designs (See photo below).
On Saturday, Laura finally returned to her hometown of Kenosha where she celebrated her 24th birthday! She visited her alma mater, St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy where she was honored with a pep rally. A loud, enthusiastic audience of over 600 people cheered for her. She sang “God Bless America” and was presented with a surprise birthday cake on stage.
Yesterday, Laura traveled to Oshkosh where she was honored at a Welcome Home Gala Show at the Grand Opera House. In addition to her Miss America sisters showcasing their talents on stage, Laura performed two arias and crowned her successor, Raeanna Johnson, as the new Miss Wisconsin.
“No matter how long the days can be, I wake up happy to be Miss America,” she said. “It truly helps young women realize the sky is the limit.”
Today, Laura is in Green Bay at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism with Miss America’s Chairman of the Board, Sam Haskell. She will conclude her trip by singing the National Anthem at the Milwaukee Bucks basketball game this evening.
We congratulate Jeanne and Michael Schmal and the entire Miss Wisconsin Organization for Laura’s amazing homecoming, which they beautifully orchestrated in just five weeks. We are grateful for their leadership and dedication as they continue to grow their organization and we thank them for sharing Laura with us this year, our 2012 Miss America!
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The Miss America Organization is one of the nation’s leading achievement programs and the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local organizations made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance.
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