Las Vegas, Nevada – January 9, 2012 – Miss Maryland, Joanna Guy, walked off with the coveted preliminary talent trophy during Wednesday night’s preliminary Miss America preliminary competition after wowing the judges with her vocal performance of “I Dreamed A Dream,” from the famed musical and motion picture, Les Miserables. Joanna earned a $2,000 scholarship from pageant sponsor, Amway. The second night of the 2013 Miss America Competition was held at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
This is a second notch in the belt for Miss Maryland, who was also named as a Quality of Life award winner earlier this week.
Joanna’s titleholder platform is “Heart to Heart: Raising Awareness for Healthy Hearts”. She bested 24 other state contestants to earn her Miss Maryland title. As Miss Maryland has traveled throughout Maryland addressing school and community groups, performing at special events, and raising money for charitable causes. A senior at Cornell University, she is working toward a degree in government with a minor in music and hopes to obtain a J.D. and pursue a career in law or public service.
According to the Miss Maryland website, Joanna has promoted her titleholder personal platform, heart health awareness through advocacy and outreach, she has helped to raise more than $30,000 to date for cardiac care and research through the Alpha Phi Foundation.
During her year of service, she has also supported the national platform of the Miss America organization, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
In 2008 she founded Jo’s Jars for CMNH, her personal branding of the national partnership between the Miss America Organization and Children’s Miracle Network Hopsitals. Through Jo’s Jars, which provides a vehicle for ongoing fundraising and special events, Joanna raised $12,000 for CMN hopsitals in 2012.
[Sources: Miss America Organization, Miss Maryland Scholarship Organization]
- A senior at Cornell University with several academic scholarships
- Major in government with a minor in music
- Dean’s List
- Certified seminar leader in the campus Panhellenic community
- Served as vice president of recruitment for the Delta Chapter of Alpha Phi
- Maryland Distinguished Scholar in both Academic Achievement and Talent in the Arts
- Recipient of the Congressional Award for Youth Gold Medal
- Served as an intern for U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin.
- Worked in the Baltimore firm of Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann, LLP
- Member of the Cornell Chorus and a soloist with After Eight a cappella
- Graduate of the summer program in Musical Theatre at Carnegie Mellon University
- Sang with the Maryland All-State Chorus
- Featured guest vocalist at the Autumn Glory reception for Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and the Maryland Chautauqua
- Book an appearance: media and appearances
- Facebook: Joanna Guy Miss Maryland 2012
- Twitter at @MissMaryland12
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Photos courtesy of the Miss America Organization
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