Being Miss Maumee Valley

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Miss America Gets Presidential!

In gaining an understanding of the job of a pageant titleholder over the years, I’ve come to believe it is rather similar to that of our politicians, so I am always excited to see these two types of leaders meet, especially Miss Americas and Presidents! The following is all from the Miss America website:

Miss America 2006 Jennifer Berry presented the Service to Children Awards at the National Association of Broadcasters’ Service to America Awards. She presented the awards to three radio stations for their outstanding programs, campaigns and public service announcements produced for the benefit of children. Deborah Norville was the Master of Ceremonies and Former President Bill Clinton was presented with the Leadership Award.

President Bush Appoints Former Miss America 2001 Angela Baraquio Grey To Civic Participation Council

President George W. Bush has designated Jean Case, the CEO of the Case Foundation, as Chair of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation and appointed four new members -- actress Janine Gauntt Turner of Texas, Miss America 2001 Angela Baraquio Grey of Hawaii, business entrepreneur and "Apprentice" winner Kelly Perdew of California, and former college and professional football star Daniel Wuerffel of Florida.

"We're pleased that the President has made these appointments so that we can continue to strengthen volunteer service in America," said the Council’s Executive Director, Kari Dunn. "This is a critical time for advancing the service agenda, and I am confident that Jean Case and the newest members of the Council will help us expand opportunities for all Americans to serve their communities and country."

The new appointees join a dynamic group of 21 leaders from a variety of fields in the private, public, and non-profit sectors, including business, entertainment, athletics, education, philanthropy and government. The Council, established by President Bush in January 2003 and renewed last year, is charged with promoting and recognizing the contributions that Americans of all ages and backgrounds are making to their communities through volunteer service.

Angela Perez Baraquio was an elementary Physical Education teacher and Athletic Director when she won the title of Miss America 2001. During her year of service, she traveled over 20,000 miles a month on a national speaking tour entitled, "Character in the Classroom: Teaching Values, Valuing Teachers." Baraquio is the Founder and President of the Angela Perez Baraquio Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes character education and provides scholarships and grants to students and teachers. In addition to her foundation, Angela is also featured as a Host on the entertainment talk show, "Living Local with the Baraquios," with three of her six sisters. She is active in volunteer work with a number of other non-profit organizations, and has appeared in television campaigns for the Hawaii Foodbank and Catholic Charities. She is also the recipient of the "2003 Women Helping Women Award" from the Soroptomist International Club and the 1st "Hawaii's Filipina Young Woman of the Year 2004" Award. Her inspirational story, "Give It a Try," is published in the book Chicken Soup from the Soul of Hawaii.

Other Council members include NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne, journalist Cokie Roberts, entertainer Art Linkletter, and singer Hilary Duff.

In his January 2002 State of the Union Address, President Bush called on all Americans to make a difference in their communities and across the globe through volunteer service. He created USA Freedom Corps, an Office of the White House, to help Americans answer his Call to Service. Visit or call 1-877-USA-CORPS to find an existing volunteer service opportunity and to find more information about volunteer service.

"Please join me in congratulating Angie on her newest appointment. We are proud of our Miss America 2001 Angela Baraquio Grey and her outstanding accomplishments, " stated Art McMaster.

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. For more information, go to

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