Congratulations to Miss America 2016, Betty Cantrell, Miss Georgia. She is not a member of a sorority as far as I can tell. She studied at Wesleyan College, where Alpha Delta Pi and Phi Mu were founded. It no longer has sororities. I could find no social media information about her membership in a Mercer University sorority. The first runner up in the Miss Georgia competition Adeline Kenerly, a Zeta Tau Alpha at the University of Georgia, became the new Miss Georgia
4th runner-up, Miss Alabama, Meg McGuffin, Phi Mu, Auburn University (2nd runner-up for Miss America Quality of Life Award for outstanding community service)
3rd runner-up, Miss Louisiana, April Nelson, Alpha Phi, Oklahoma City University (Talent preliminary winner)
1st runner-up, Miss Mississippi, Hannah Roberts, Kappa Delta, University of Southern Mississippi (STEM Scholarship Winner)
Tonight, from Atlantic City, Miss America 2016 will be crowned. The traditional There She Is…. song, made famous by Bert Parks, will be sung for the first time in a number of years. The program is produced by dick clark productions. Although he is deceased, Clark’s company is alive and well. Clark was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon chapter at Syracuse University.
The preliminary competitions are over. Of the preliminary judges, Jenni Pulos is a Pi Beta Phi and James Brown, III, is a Kappa Alpha Psi. Among the celebrity judges at the Sunday night competition are Lambda Chi Alpha Brett Eldredge and Alpha Delta Pi Danica McKellar.
Below is a list of sorority women who will compete for the Miss America 2016, to the best of my sleuthing abilities.
Miss Alabama, Meg McGuffin, Phi Mu, Auburn University (2nd runner-up for Miss America Quality of Life Award for outstanding community service)
Miss Arkansas, Loren McDaniel, Kappa Delta, University of Arkansas
Miss California, Bree Morse, Delta Gamma, California State University – Long Beach
Miss Florida, Mary Katherine Fechtel, Kappa Delta, University of Florida (Lifestyle and Fitness preliminary winner)
Miss Kansas, Hannah Wagner, Alpha Phi, Wichita State University
Miss Louisiana, April Nelson, Alpha Phi, Oklahoma City University (Talent preliminary winner)
Miss Mississippi, Hannah Roberts, Kappa Delta, University of Southern Mississippi (STEM Scholarship Winner)
Miss Nebraska, Alyssa Howell, Pi Beta Phi, Creighton University
Miss Nevada, Katherine Kelley, Alpha Chi Omega, University of Alabama
Miss New Mexico, Marissa Livingson, Pi Beta Phi, University of New Mexico
Miss New York, Jamie Lynn Macchia, Alpha Omicron Pi, Wagner College
Miss Ohio, Sarah Hider, Chi Omega, Ohio University
Miss Oklahoma, Georgia Frazier, Alpha Chi Omega, University of Oklahoma
Miss Rhode Island, Alexandra Curtis, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Syracuse University
Miss Tennessee, Hannah Robison, Alpha Omicron Pi, University of Tennessee at Martin (1st runner-up for Miss America Quality of Life Award for outstanding community service, STEM Scholarship winner)
Miss Texas, Shannon Sanderford, Chi Omega, University of Oklahoma
Miss Wyoming, Mikaela Shaw, Chi Omega, University of Wyoming
Additionally, Chelsea Malone, Miss West Virginia, is a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity.
For the list of sorority women who have worn the Miss American crown see http://wp.me/p20I1i-zK.
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