Let's Not Forget About Domestic Violence on College Campuses

Ariel Zwang, CEO Safe Horizon: Kira, why did you choose to speak about domestic violence as your public advocacy platform for the Miss America organization?

Kira Kazantsev, Miss New York: Through the Miss America Organization, I have the opportunity and responsibility to bring significant public advocacy to an issue. Domestic violence has personal resonance, and I am honored to collaborate with Safe Horizon to help raise awareness.

In college, I started dating a person who seemed great. He was popular, and at the time I felt like he'd chosen me. He made me feel special. But six months later, when I looked around, I was isolated from my friends and family and he had become my whole world. Over two years, the relationship turned abusive. I felt like I had done something to make him treat me like that. Eventually I realized I was experiencing domestic violence. 

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Local Teen to Compete for the Title of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen


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Local Teen to Compete for the Title of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 

WHAT:           Western New York native, Cady Ruth Stoever, age 15, will take the stage in Florida later this month for a chance to become the next Miss America’s Outstanding Teen and earn thousands of dollars in scholarships.

A 10th grade student at Rush-Henrietta High School, Cady won the coveted title of Miss New York’s Outstanding Teen 2014 over the Memorial Day weekend in New York City. Starting her year of service to New York State, Cady has promoted her platform, “Growth Through Literacy” by donating books to local charities, reading to children, and supporting her local and state organization in parades and festivals across New York State. She is also raising funds for the national partner of the Miss America Organization: Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Cady will join 52 other young women ages 13-17 from across the US, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands at the prestigious Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competition in Florida. Contestants will compete in five categories: interview, talent, lifestyle & fitness, eveningwear and on-stage question. Judges will select the best all-around contestant to represent America’s teens.

Founded in 2005, Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, Inc. is one of the top scholarship providers to teen girls in the United States. To date more than $5 million in cash and in-kind scholarships have been awarded by this pageant, which is the official teen competition of the Miss America Organization.

Cady’s local start was with the Miss Flower City Organization, which awarded her the title of Miss Flower City’s Outstanding Teen. The Miss Flower City Organization is the successor to the Miss Greater Rochester organization and also operates the Miss Flower City Pageant, which is open to young women from ages 17 to 24 and is an official preliminary for the Miss New York competition. The current Miss Flower City is Anneleise Trust.

The current Miss New York is Kira Kazantzev. Kira won her title on the same evening Cady was crowed as Miss New York’s Outstanding Teen.  Kira is now preparing to compete for the title of Miss America, which will be awarded September 14 in Atlantic City, N.J. 

Through their participation in the Miss America Organization, Cady, Anneleise and Kira have all developed strong leadership skills and have become positive examples for young people by illustrating the importance of civic engagement, academic excellence, artistic involvement and healthy lifestyles.

WHO:    Cady Ruth Stoever will compete against 52 other teens ages 13-17 from across the US, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, at the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Competition. Official Photo(s) attached with releases.

WHEN:    July 29-August 2, 2014
WHERE:    Rosen Centre Theatre, Orlando, FL
Media are invited to attend this event.
Photo opportunities will be available.

For more information see http://maoteen.org/  or Miss Flower City at www.missflowercity.org/


About the Miss New York Scholarship Organization

The Miss New York Scholarship Organization is the official state preliminary of the Miss America Organization. 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 make available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance annually. The organization provides young women with a vehicle to further their personal and professional goals and instills a spirit of community service through a variety of nationwide community-based programs. To learn more, visit MissNY.org. For the latest updates, follow Miss New York on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

#TeamKira, Support Miss New York 2014 Kira Kazantsev

SHOW US YOUR SHIRT at the Miss America Parade, Saturday, September 13 in Atlantic City


The 2014 Miss America Pageant returns to Atlantic City with the famous Miss America Parade on the iconic Boardwalk. Let's show our support for Kira Kazantsev, Miss New York 2014, by wearing these shirts at the parade! Inspired by the Daily News headline "KIRA-sistible" and Kira's fond obsession with social media, the shirts feature #KIRA-sistible #MissNewYork. If we reach 50 shirts sold we will earn $400! All funds raised will go directly towards Kira's Children's Miracle Network Hospitals fundraising.

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There she is...Nina Davuluri becomes Miss America 2014

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Miss New York 2013, Nina Davuluri was crowned Miss America 2014 last night at the national competition held at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

This is second year in a row for New York, succeeding Mallory Hagan.

Davuluri is the first Miss America of Indian heritage. She is the first Miss America from Syracuse since Vanessa Williams. 

The native of Syracuse, NY, won a $50,000 academic scholarship and the opportunity to serve as ambassador for the Miss America Scholarship Organization for the coming year. 

"I'm so happy this organization has embraced diversity," she said in her first news conference after winning the crown. "I'm thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America."


Davuluri will promote her social platform of Diversity throughout her year. She performed a Bollywood Fusion dance as her talent during the Miss America competition.

The Miss America program recently took on STEM as it's national platform.  Davuluri is an aspiring medical student who graduated the University of Michigan with a degree in Brain Behavior and Cognitive Science.

In 2006, Davuluri placed 1st Runner Up in the Miss America's Outstanding Teen, a sister program to Miss America. She is the first former state titleholder from the Outstanding Teen program to become Miss America.

Fans can follow Nina during her year on twitter at @MissAmerica.  Media inquiries for Nina are to be directed to the Miss America Organization.