Congratulations to Jennifer Berry, the new Miss America 2006
Las Vegas, NV – January 21, 2006 – Miss Oklahoma Jennifer Berry was crowned Miss America 2006 tonight at The Aladdin Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Her walk across the stage marked her first steps on a journey that will take her from spotlight to spotlight, coast to coast, traveling approximately 20,000 miles each month during her upcoming year of service.
Jennifer Berry, 22, a resident of Tulsa, Oklahoma, is a student at the University of Oklahoma. She is majoring in elementary education. Berry’s platform issue is Building Intolerance to Drunk Driving and Underage Drinking. Listed on the President’s Honor Roll at the University of Oklahoma, Berry’s scholastic ambition is to obtain a Master’s Degree in Education. Her career ambition is to be an elementary school teacher. With the title, Berry won a $30,000 scholarship to continue her education. She was crowned Miss America during the final competition, which aired live from Las Vegas on CMT. Berry performed ballet en pointe as her talent selection for the evening.
The first runner-up was Miss Georgia, of Atlanta, Georgia, who earned a $20,000 scholarship after a piano performance of Chopin’s “Polonaise in G Sharp Minor.” Monica Pang holds a B.A. in Consumer Journalism from the University of Georgia and hopes to become a producer in the music industry.
Second runner-up honors and a $15,000 award went to Miss Alabama Alexa Jones of Andalusia, Alabama. Miss Virginia Kristi Lauren Glakas took home a $10,000 award as third runner-up. Miss District of Columbia Shannon Schambeau earned an $8,000 scholarship as fourth runner-up.
For the first time since 1974, the Miss Congeniality Award was handed out, going to Miss Hawaii Malika Dudley. The Miss Congeniality Award is the only award voted on solely by contestants, and is given to the contestant who is most liked and respected by her peers. As the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women and one of the nation’s leading achievement programs, The Miss America Organization, and its state and local organizations, last year made available more than $45 million in cash and tuition scholarship assistance.
About the Miss America Pageant
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. Additional information about the Miss America Organization can be found at www.MissAmerica.org
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