Tonight, 51 women competed for the title of Mrs. America at the Lowes Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Arizona. Nearly two thousand viewers tuned into the three hour production on Livestream as Vicki Sarber (Alaska) captured the title of Mrs. America 2012.
The pageant was hosted by Florence Henderson from the iconic series, The Brady Bunch, and her daughter and actress, Barbara Chase. The duo kept the crowd laughing and entertained. After a high powered opening number LaHoma Caudill (California) was announced as Mrs. Congeniality, and Leah Bartos (New York) received the Publication Award.
The 51 contestants then competed in the costume competition and Michelle -Des Ormeaux- Merrill (Louisiana) was presented with the Most Whimsical Costume, the Most Original Costume was given to Vanassa Sebastian (Connecticut), and the Best Costume was awarded to Jamie Cherlan (Iowa).
The contestants then performed a unique Broadway style number where contestants danced in tuxedo jackets, canes, and black swimsuits. Danyele Gardner, (South Carolina) was presented with the first Carol Wior Swimsuit award. Vicki Sarber (Alaska) was presented with the Seacret award.
The Top 15 semi-finalists were announced: Kirin Christianson (Arizona) and Erin Piibor (Oregon), were voted into the semi-finalists by raising the most money for charity online. Laura “Stacey” Snee (Hawaii), Kristie Jelinsky (Nevada), Michelle Flake (Arkansas), Brandi Pope (Virginia), Bethany Sharp (Tennessee), Ali Carr (Minnesota), Vicki Sarber (Alaska), Jamie Cherlan (Iowa), Jessica Harvey (North Carolina), Juliet-Tietjen (Utah), Vanassa Sebastian (Connecticut), Leah Bartos (New York). The 15th finalist, Stephanie-Duffield (West Virginia) was chosen by a raffle.
After competing in Fitness and Evening Gown the 15 semi-finalists were narrowed down to the Top Six Finalists: Vicki Sarber (Alaska), Bethany Sharp (Tennessee), Juliet-Tietjen (Utah), Jamie Cherlan (Iowa), Laura “Stacey” Snee (Hawaii), and Jessica Harvey (North Carolina). The finalists were all given the same question to answer, “What do you want the judges to know about you that they don’t already know?” Though all contestants heard the question at the same time, the order in which they answered was determined by drawing a number out of a fishbowl.
The Top Five were: Bethany Sharp (Tennessee), Fifth Runner-Up, Juliet-Tietjen (Utah), Fourth Runner-Up, Jamie Cherlan (Iowa), Third Runner-Up, Laura “Stacey” Snee (Hawaii), Second Runner-Up, and Jessica Harvey (North Carolina), First Runner Up.
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