Quality of Life Award Finalists and S.T.E.M. Award Nominees Announced at Annual Arrival Ceremony

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Returning to it’s birthplace and in front of the historic Boardwalk Hall where these contestants will compete once again. The contestants’ arrival kicks off a week of festivities and events around Atlantic City leading into a week of preliminary competitions (interview, lifestyle and fitness, talent and evening wear, culminating in the live telecast on ABC, Sunday, Sept. 15 at 9 p.m. (EST).

On hand to announce the finalists the contestants for this ceremony were a host of organizational and governmental luminaries, including Kim Guadagno, New Jersey’s Lt. Governor and Secretary of State; Lorenzo Langford, Honorable Mayor of Atlantic City; Dennis Levinson, Atlantic County Executive, John Palmieri, Executive Director of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority; Liza Cartmell, President of the Atlantic City Alliance; Lori Herndon, President of AtlantiCare, Sam Haskell, III, Miss America Chairman & CEO; Sharon Pearce, Miss America President.

The Quality of Life Awards were introduced in 1988 to recognize contestants who excel in their commitment to community service. These awards recognize those contestants who shine in their involvement with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, the national platform of the Miss America Organization, and their own personal platform issue

The winner of the Quality of Life Award will receive a $6,000 scholarship, the first runner-up will win a $4,000 scholarship, and the second runner-up will win a $2,000 scholarship.

The finalists for the 2014 Quality of Life Award’s are:

Miss Arkansas – Amy Crain – Bullying: Prevention & Recovery
Miss Georgia – Carly Mathis – Heart Health & Heart Safety
Miss Michigan – Haley Williams – Through a Childs Eyes: Conquering Childhood Grief
Miss Mississippi – Chelsea Rick – Full Plates, Healthy States
Miss North Carolina – Johna Edwards – Readers to Leaders
Miss Rhode Island – Jessica Marfeo – B.F.F.Be Friends First
Miss South Carolina – Brooke Mosteller – College Application Day

Today, the Miss America Organization for the first time, announced the first annual STEM scholarships to the Miss America Foundation. These scholarships will allow women to pursue numerous careers in the sciences and mathematics, fields that continue to grow exponentially as we enter into a new age of technology and medicine. As the Miss America Foundation advocates STEM education through the arrival of a new scholarship. The lives of women who wish to pursue careers in STEM subjects will significantly change as they engage in dynamic careers where women can thrive and grow as humans, learners, and teachers for future generations to come.

The two recipients of the S.T.E.M. will receive an additional scholarships of $5,000 each.

The Finalists for the S.T.E.M. scholarships are:

Miss California – Crystal Lee – To start her own Technology company
Miss Mississippi – Chelsea Rick – To become a neurologist specializing in pain management
Miss Nevada – Diana Sweeney – To become a college Math Professor
Miss Rhode Island – Jessica Marfeo – To become the Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health
Miss South Dakota – Tessa Dee – To obtain masters degree in Kinesiology

The winner’s of the Quality of Life Awards & STEM Awards will be announced at The Sheraton Hotel on Thursday, at the during the 11:00 a.m. Miss America press conference.

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