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Miss America, Kira Kazantsev, is Spreading a Powerful Message Across College Campuses

Miss America is about to embark on a tour of college campuses that will allow her to share an important message with students that has nothing to do with red cups.

Miss America, Kira Kazantsev of New York, first made waves during the talent portion of the competition. Eschewing pageant norms, she plopped down cross-legged on stage and sang Pharrell’s “Happy.” All while accompanying herself on a red Solo cup a la “Pitch Perfect.” Clearly her talent did nothing but help her, since Kazantsev was crowned Miss America 2015 later in the evening.

Now she’s ready to move on past all the talk about a cup and move on to more serious issues, namely awareness of the issues surrounding domestic violence. Just a few days after being crowned, Kazantsev spoke about her own experience as a victim of domestic violence. Now she’s using her experience to help prevent others from landing themselves in similar situations.

In an interview on HuffPost Live Kazantsev said, “Women need to know how they should be treated. Women need to know what healthy relationships are, and as Miss America I hope to educate women. I hope to raise awareness on what that healthy relationship is because I didn’t know. That’s what happened with me – I just didn’t understand.”

As part of her duties as Miss America, Kazantsev will visit several college campuses to share her story and what can be learned from it.

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Miss America Laura Kaeppeler’s Education Background

headshot of the 2012 Miss America WinnerLast Saturday, Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler traded in her sash for a bigger and better title: Miss America 2012. It was a close finale between Kaeppeler and Miss Oklahoma, Betty Thompson, who had the most online votes. However, Kaeppeler wowed the judges with her Irish step dancing, open political views, and beautiful formal gown. EDUinReview will now take a look at this opera-singing beauty’s education background.

Kaeppeler was born in March 1988 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Her parents are Jeff and Sue Kaeppeler and she has two younger siblings, Rachel and Sarah. When Kaeppeler was 17-years old, her father was sentenced to serve time in prison for one year. Kaeppeler formed a support group for children whose parents are incarcerated, Circles of Support.

“I decided to take that on because I was one of those children and I see how important it is for those children,” she told People Magazine of her role in the support group. “Every parent deserves to have a relationship with their child and every child deserves that relation. My dad and I have never been closer.”

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Miss America Teresa Scanlan’s Education Background

Brains and beauty? Obviously nobody ever told the newest Miss America that you can’t have both, because she definitely has the combination.

Teresa Scanlan, 17-years old, was crowned Miss America on January 15, 2011. Scanlan represented Nebraska in the beauty pageant and is the first contestant from that state to become Miss America. EDUinReview will now take a look at this beautiful woman’s education background and future.

Scanlan recently graduated from high school in Gering, Nebraska where she was home-schooled for most of her life. During the second semester of her junior year, she started attending Gering High School. She graduated from Scottsbluff High School, ahead of schedule, because she took a double load of classes throughout high school.

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Caressa Cameron Wins Miss America Scholarship and Crown

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Just this past weekend, the new Miss America was crowned. Caressa Cameron, a 22-year-old broadcast journalism student at Virginia Commonwealth University was selected from 53 other contestants for her brains, beauty and inspiring optimism.

“I hope to gain inspiration, I hope to gain momentum so that when this 365 days is over, I can shoot through the moon,” Cameron told The Associated Press.

Cameron is the first black Miss America since 2005 and once her year wearing the pageant’s crown is complete, she will finish her education and go on to receive her master’s degree in broadcast journalism so that she can become a news anchor.

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