Miss Delaware Heads to Miss America

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Miss Delaware 2010, Kayla Martell, is the 69th young woman to wear the crown of Miss Delaware, and hopes to be the state’s first to wear the Miss America crown.  Kayla, a native of Milford, a graduate of Dover High School, and a student at Marymount University, will join 52 other state titleholders as they arrive on January 6, 2011 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas in pursuit of the coveted 2011 Miss America crown.  This year marks Miss America’s ninetieth anniversary. After five days of rehearsals and appearances, Miss Delaware will be headed to the competition of a lifetime.

On Monday morning, January 10, Kayla will have a private interview with the judges who will make the historical decision.  The panel of judges include Joy Baher, host of “The View;” Dr. Debbye Turner Bell, Miss America 1990; Marc Cherry, creator and Executive Producer of “Desperate Housewives;” Tony Dovolani, ballroom dancing competitor and competitor and choreographer for “Dancing with the Stars;” Taryn Rose, designer of footwear, including High Heel Power for HSN and Haute Footwear for Neiman Marcus; Mark Willis, multi-platinum country music vocalist with eight Top 10 hits; and Marily Henner, film and Broadway star and New York Times best-selling author of eight books on health and fitness. 

During the interview Kayla will have the opportunity to impress them with her dedication to and work on her community service platform, the National Alopecia Areata Foundation.  Kayla has had alopecia, a condition causing unexplained hair loss, since going bald at the age of 11.  After winning the title of Miss Delaware, Kayla received unprecedented national attention, being featured in People magazine, and interviewed on Fox & Friends, NBC News, CBS-The Early Show, and the Wendy Williams Show. 

She has also received several national awards, including one of the 2010 Ten Outstanding Young Americans presented by the United States Jaycess, National Liason for the National Alopecia Areata Foundation, and the Prudential Spirit of Community Award presented by former Secretary of State, Colin Powell.

 Following the interview it is on to three nights of preliminary competitions.  On Tuesday evening, January 11, Miss Delaware will compete in Swimwear and Evening Gown.  On Wednesday, January 12 Kayla will compete in talent, where she will perform a contemporary dance set to Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel.”  Thursday, January 13 brings On-Stage Question competition.

The competition will culminate on Saturday, January 15 with “The 2011 Miss America Pageant” and the crowning of Miss America 2011.  The event will be broadcast live from Planet Hollywood & Casino, on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 9:00 pm EST on ABC.

To obtain tickets to the 2011 Miss America Preliminaries and the 2011 Miss America Pageant Finals in Las Vegas, visit www.ticketmaster.com.  For more information on the Miss Delaware Organization or the Miss America Organization, visit www.MissDE.org, or www.MissAmerica.org.