Megan Thwaites. Congratulations to this extraordinary young lady who will vie for the title of Miss Indiana in June.
It was an awesome experience to participate as a judge in the Miss Ball State Pageant. I was overwhelmed with nostalgia once I arrived on campus. In fact, after the pageant I simply stood in Pruis Hall for a few minutes and took it all in. I was crowned Miss Ball State on that same state 11 years ago. It seams like yesterday. I can still remember the moment they called my name as the winner. I was so excited and surprised! It actually brings tears to my eyes. I feel blessed to have so many awesome experiences in my life. Each of them have changed me into the women that I am today.
Below are a pictures with two of my favorite people at Ball State University!
Jennifer and Carol Kosisko, The Director of the Miss Ball State Pageant
- Jennifer with friend and mentor, Dr. Michael O’Hara. Dr. O’Hara is the Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Ball State University
I am honored to say that I will be judging the Miss Ball State University Pageant on Saturday, January 19, 2013. The Miss America Organization has a special place in my heart because I am a former contestant.
I began my pageant career when I entered the Miss Ball State Pageant at the urging of friends. In 2002 I was crowned the winner out of 32 contestants. After graduation, I returned to my home state to compete in The Miss Ohio Scholarship Program was the recipient of the Miss Ohio Spirit Award and 4th runner up to Miss Ohio in 2004. I was also awarded the prestigious Miss America Community Service Award for my work raising awareness of dating violence on high school and college campuses in Ohio and Indiana. I’ve held three local titles, competed at the state level 3 times and earned thousands of dollars in scholarships, which I used as a student at Ball State and to pay off college loans after graduation.
I am a strong proponent for the Miss America Organization and the positive impact it has on the women who compete in the program. For this reason I am honored to help choose the next Miss Ball State who will be vying for the title of Miss Indiana in June. It is also a special honor to serve the University that we love so much. I am especially grateful the the director of the Miss Ball State pageant, Carol Kosisko, who invited me to judge the competition. Carol was my first director and has remained a dear friend. The next Miss Ball State is very lucky to have such a kind, encouraging and supportive director on their side!
I’ll post the results on Sunday!
2002 Miss Ball State University Top 5
The Miss America Pageant was Saturday, and what a great show. As a former local and state contestant in the Miss America Program, I love to watch the pageant every year. I wore my crown as I watched 52 amazing women vie for the title of Miss America. And the winner is…Miss Indiana Katie Stam! I was very impressed with Katie and am thrilled that she is the first Miss America for the State of Indiana. As a former Miss Ball State University, I have good friends from the Miss Indiana Pageant circuit, I extend congratulations to them as well!
Competing in the Miss America System was a very important part of my life. I believe in this amazing program that encourages education for women and community service. I am an advocate for women’s issues and won The Miss America Community Service Award for raising awareness of Teen Dating Violence: www.stopdatingviolence.com.
Here are a couple photos of me from my competition days:
Jennifer Keller at The Miss Ohio Pageant
Miss Ohio Parade
To view Jennifer’s Pageant Gown and Accessory Resale Site, check out www.pageantgowns.wordpress.com
Today I created a pageant gown and accessory resale website. I am a former state and local contestant in the Miss America Scholarship Program and have hung up my acrylic heels to pursue a career as an actress. I have beautiful gowns designed by Mike Benet, Claire’s Collection and Jovani, to name a few!
Please check it out: www.pageantgowns.wordpress.com.