Atlantic City, NJ (September 6, 2017) – On Wednesday, August 31st, the 2018 Miss America Contestants gathered in front of Historic Boardwalk Hall to celebrate the Miss America Competition’s 97th Anniversary. The Miss America Organization is proud to announce the continuation of AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger, as an Official Sponsor of the annual Miss America Arrival Ceremony for its fifth consecutive year.

Welcoming the contestants to Atlantic City included MAO partners, sponsors, and government dignitaries, including: The Hon. Don Guardian, Mayor of Atlantic City; Mr. Chris Howard, Executive Director, Casino Reinvestment Development Authority; Dr. Marilouise Venditti, MD, Chief Medical Officer, AtlantiCare; Sam Haskell, III, Executive Chairman & CEO, Miss America Organization; Lynn H. Weidner, Chairman of the Board, Miss America Organization; and Josh Randle, President & COO, Miss America Organization.

After each of the 51 contestants took the stage to make their introductions, the Miss America Foundation announced the finalists for the Jean Bartel Quality of Life Scholarship Award, the STEM Scholarship Award, and the Women in Business Scholarship Award on stage.

The 2018 Jean Bartel Quality of Life Award was introduced in 1988 to recognize contestants who excel in their commitment to community service. The winner of the Quality of Life Award will receive a $6,000 scholarship, the first runner-up will receive a $4,000 scholarship, and the second runner-up will receive a $2,000 scholarship — a total of $12,000. The Quality of Life Awards are awarded and funded by The Miss America Foundation, Inc.

The finalists for the 2018 Quality of Life Awards are:

  • Miss Alabama Jessica Procter
  • Miss District of Columbia Briana Kinsey
  • Miss Kansas Krystian Fish
  • Miss Minnesota Brianna Drevlow
  • Miss Mississippi Anne Elizabeth Buys
  • Miss North Dakota Cara Mund
  • Miss South Carolina Suzi Roberts

The 2018 STEM Scholarship finalists were also announced on stage. The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) scholarships will empower more women to pursue careers in STEM-related fields to lead successful lives. The three recipients of the STEM scholarships will each receive $5,000 each — a total of $15,000. The STEM scholarships are awarded and funded by The Miss America Foundation, Inc.

The finalists for the 2018 STEM Scholarships are:

  • Miss District of Columbia Briana Kinsey
  • Miss Kentucky Molly Matney
  • Miss Massachusetts Jillian Zucco
  • Miss Nebraska Allison Tietjen
  • Miss Nevada Andrea Martinez

For the second year, the Foundation also announced the Women in Business Scholarship finalists, established to empower more young women to succeed in business. The 2018 Women in Business  scholarships will allow women to pursue an MBA and enter numerous careers in the business world. The two recipients of the Women in Business scholarships will each receive $5,000 each — a total of $10,000. The Women in Business scholarships are awarded and funded by The Miss America Foundation, Inc.

The finalists for the 2018 Women in Business Scholarships are:

  • Miss Colorado Meredith Winnefeld
  • Miss Maryland Kathleen Masek
  • Miss Ohio Sarah Clapper
  • Miss Wyoming Cheyenne Buyert

Don’t miss the excitement as these 51 contestants compete for the title of Miss America 2018. Order your tickets today for “The 2018 Miss America Competition” on Ticketmaster.

A special thanks to the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, AtlantiCare, and DO AC for their generosity, sponsorship, and continued support of the Miss America Organization.

About The Miss America Organization
The Miss America Organization, a 501(c) 4 non-profit corporation, awards millions of dollars in annual college scholarship assistance making it the largest scholarship program for women in the United States. MAO is comprised of 51 organizations, including all 50 states and the District of Columbia. MAO contestants contribute over 500,000 hours of community service annually and have raised over $16 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals since 2007.

About AtlantiCare
AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger, is an integrated system of services designed to help people achieve optimal health. It does so by focusing on customer needs and expectations to provide accessible, comprehensive services of superior quality and value. AtlantiCare comprises AtlantiCare Regional Health Services including AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center with three locations, ambulatory services and AtlantiCare Physician Group; the AtlantiCare Foundation, and AtlantiCare Health Solutions, an accountable care organization. The region’s largest healthcare organization and largest non-casino employer, AtlantiCare’s more than 5,500 employees and 900 physicians and providers serve the community in more than 90 locations throughout five counties in New Jersey. AtlantiCare and its business units are governed by boards comprised of volunteer community leaders. AtlantiCare’s focus is to serve the community as a provider of health and wellness services.

About Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA)
The only agency of its kind nationwide, the CRDA has used Atlantic City casino reinvestments as a catalyst for meaningful, positive improvement in the lives of New Jersey residents since 1984.  Under the 2011 Tourism District Act, the Authority’s mission evolved from statewide projects to becoming the state’s key economic development agency for Atlantic City.  CRDA’s expanded responsibilities now include land use regulation, tourism marketing and clean and safe initiatives. The CRDA also oversees Historic Boardwalk Hall (the leading entertainment venue of its size in the country) and the Atlantic City Convention Center.  In total, CRDA has invested nearly $2 billion in more than 400 projects statewide, of which $1.8 billion has been invested in Atlantic City, spurring business investments and expansions, and creating permanent jobs in the process. For more information about CRDA and our projects, visit  Follow us on Twitter at