June 28, 2008
Contact: Cassidy Grimes, Public Relations Director
251.622.5335 | email@example.com
The 51st Annual America’s Junior Miss National Finals were held Saturday, June 28, at the Civic Center Theater in Mobile, Ala. The Class of 2008 competed for a share of over $150,000 in three days of competition.
The Spirit of Junior Miss $1,000 scholarship was awarded by the AJM Council to Norma Boyd of Alabama.
The Second Runner-up was California’s Junior Miss Jacqueline Rotman. She received $17,000 in college scholarship money for this honor. She won an award during the preliminary competition in scholastics. She also won scholarships for the Be Your Best Self Essay Award and the Wintzell’s Oyster House My Town Award. In all, Jacqueline Rotman received $20,000 in cash scholarships.
The First Runner-up was North Carolina’s Junior Miss Helen Ching. She received $25,000 in college scholarship money for this honor. She also won an award during the preliminary competition in talent. In all, Helen Ching received $26,000 in cash scholarships.
The title of America’s Junior Miss 2008 was awarded to Lindsey Brinton, Utah’s Junior Miss. She received a $50,000 cash scholarship, in addition to the $4,000 in scholarships that she won in scholastics, talent, fitness, and interview during the preliminary competition. She is the daughter of Gregory and Sally Brinton of Salt Lake City, and is a 2008 graduate of West High School. Lindsey plans to attend Harvard in the fall to prepare for a career in biochemical engineering. She will depart for a media tour in New York City and will make appearances throughout the country promoting the Be Your Best Self program.
Other finalists were: Alabama’s Junior Miss Norma Boyd, Mississippi’s Junior Miss Marianna Breland, Oklahoma’s Junior Miss Kaileigh Bullard, Ohio’s Junior Miss Lauren Gessner, and Colorado’s Junior Miss Nanxi Liu. Each received a $5,000 cash scholarship.
The preliminary competitions were held on Thursday and Friday evening. During the first preliminaries, the following scholarships were awarded: The $1,000 Verizon Wireless Online Photo Album Scholarship was awarded to Norma Boyd, Alabama’s Junior Miss. The Daily Journal Award for $1,000 was awarded to Jairrah Mansfield, Kansas’ Junior Miss. Tennessee’s Junior Miss, Chandler Lawson, was awarded the Colonial Mall Community Service Award for $1500. Jacqueline Rotman, California’s Junior Miss, was awarded the $1,000 scholarship from Wintzell’s Oyster House for the My Town Award.
Three Be Your Best Self Awards were awarded to the following contestants: Lauren McCalmont, Louisiana’s Junior Miss; Jacqueline Rotman, California’s Junior Miss; and Marianna Breland, Mississippi’s Junior Miss. Each recipient was awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
Several scholarships were also awarded at Friday’s competition. Five scholastic scholarships at $1,000 each were awarded to the following participants: Hawaii’s Junior Miss Trina Hyun, California’s Junior Miss Jacqueline Rotman, Nebraska’s Junior Miss Madison Rezaei, Georgia’s Junior Miss Laura Brett Harshbarger, Utah’s Junior Miss Lindsey Brinton.
Five $1,000 scholarships were awarded to the following contestants for the Interview category: Virginia’s Lily Voth, Texas’ Alexis Keslinke, Utah’s Lindsey Brinton, Tennessee’s Chandler Lawson, and Oregon’s Twila Tschan.
Fitness awards at $1,000 each went to Ohio’s Junior Miss Lauren Gessner, Indiana’s Junior Miss Anah Hewetson, Alabama’s Junior Miss Norma Boyd, Utah’s Junior Miss Lindsey Brinton, and Kansas’ Junior Miss Jairrah Mansfield.
Five contestants received $1,000 scholarships for the Self-Expression category: Louisiana’s Junior Miss Lauren McCalmont, Alabama’s Junior Miss Norma Boyd, Virginia’s Junior Miss Lily Voth, Ohio’s Junior Miss Lauren Gessner, Indiana’s Junior Miss Anah Hewetson.
North Carolina’s Junior Miss Helen Ching, Idaho’s Junior Miss Hannah Yeats, Alaska’s Junior Johanna Soderland, Oklahoma’s Junior Miss Kaileigh Bullard, and Utah’ Junior Miss Lindsey Brinton each received a $1,000 scholarship for the talent portion.
Major sponsors for AJM 2008 are the City of Mobile and Mobile County. Category sponsors are: Encore Rehabilitation, Wintzell’s Oyster House, Mobile Gas, Alabama Power, and Regions Bank.
For more information on America’s Junior Miss, please contact Cassidy Grimes, Public Relations Director, at 251.622.5335 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.ajm.org.