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ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS NOW
FOR MS. AMERICA 2015 PAGEANT

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DR. STEPHANIE MILLS
CROWNED MS. AMERICA 2014
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Dr. Stephanie Mills from New Hampshire was thrilled to be crowned Ms. America on August 9, 2014 at the Curtis Theatre in Brea, California following a three day pageant with contestants from around the country. With such an honor comes great responsibility. Stephanie is ecstatic to have the opportunity to travel, make appearances and participate in community service nationally and internationally as Ms. America 2014.
 
Dr. Mills is the founder and Clinic Director of Crossroads Chiropractic, PC and Crossroads Chiropractic Lakeside, PC, two of the largest chiropractic offices in New Hampshire.  Stephanie earned a Bachelor of Science Summa Cum Laude from Regent’s College and a Doctorate Summa Cum Laude from the prestigious Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa.  Dr. Mills was on the President’s List and named as a Presidential Scholar upon her October 2000 graduation.  Stephanie has a long history of academic excellence; she graduated Concord High School as her class Salutatorian in 1994.  In 2009 and 2011, she was honored to be named as one of America’s Top Chiropractors.  In 2014, Crossroads Chiropractic was named “Best Chiropractor” for the fifth year in a row by the Concord Monitor.
 
Two years ago Stephanie embarked on a week-long mission trip to Santa Cruz, Bolivia where she and a team gave chiropractic adjustments at seven different orphanages as well as distributed vitamins and books to the children.  In December 2013, Dr. Stephanie traveled to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation as part of the “Love Has No Color” chiropractic mission.  This coming year Dr. Mills hopes to travel to Haiti and the Dominican Republic to help with on-going mission efforts there.  Stephanie has been recognized by President Obama for her lifelong volunteer efforts with the President’s “Call to Service Award.” 
 
Volunteerism is a way of life for Ms. America 2014, especially when it comes to health promotion.  As a teen, Stephanie volunteered regularly at her local hospital, a nursing home and a daycare center.  As a young adult, Stephanie spent a year touring schools and speaking to civic organizations throughout New Hampshire about the Prevention of Underage Alcohol Use.  Currently, Stephanie spends time promoting positive lifestyle choices through her own community outreach program and by hosting a weekly radio show “Half Hour to Health” on 107.7FM. More recently, Dr. Mills has expanded her educational efforts to include concussion awareness after experiencing the devastating effects of brain injury firsthand with her daughter’s unexpected injury this past March.
 
As Ms. America 2014, Stephanie will make appearances throughout the Unites States and abroad. Stephanie is passionate about promoting her platform “Making an Impact: Concussion Awareness” during her year of service and has partnered with the Brain Injury Association of America. In July Stephanie hosted New Hampshire’s first “Bowling for Brain Injury” event to benefit the Brain Injury Association of America. Stephanie has also recorded a new Public Service Announcement for the Brain Injury Association of NH to raise awareness of sports concussions.   
 
In her spare time Stephanie enjoys traveling, volunteering, boating and spending time with her beautiful daughters, Brooke (15) and Emilee (12).  If it sounds like she is too busy for anything else, Stephanie will disagree… her motto is, “If you want something done, give it to a busy person!”
 

Ms. America 2014: Ms. New England - Dr. Stephanie Mills
First Runner-up: Ms. Pennsylvania - Malinda Koncar
Second Runner-up:  Ms. Florida State -  Amanda Wamunyima     
Third Runner-up: Ms. West Coast - Kena Strohmeier
Fourth Runner-up: Ms. Florida - Dr. Diana Lawrence

 
Ms. America International® 2014, for women 40 years of age and up went to Laura Hunter, Ms. Washington.  Ms. International™ 2014, the “Judges and People’s Choice Award” went to Riti Chikkerur, Ms. Southwest. This prestigious title must not only represent the pageant but also the Ms. America® fans as well.  Riti Chikkerur was chosen by receiving the most votes online, good luck wish ads and scores from the Judges.
 
2014 SPECIAL AWARDS:

Ms. America International 2014 (40 years of age & up) – Laura Hunter – Ms. Washington
Ms. International 2014 (Judges and People’s Choice Award) – Riti Chikkerur, Ms. Southwest America
Spirit of America Award – Ericka Thomas , Ms. Virginia
Power of the Crown Award – Lakecia Whitfield, Ms. Alabama
Crown for a Purpose Award – Malinda Koncar, Ms. Pennsylvania
Media Award - Dreamy Patel, Ms. Southeast America
Woman of Distinction Award - Deborah Tuttle, Ms. Illinois
Ms. Photogenic Award - Amanda Wamunyima, Ms. Florida State
Ms. Congeniality Award - Deborah Tuttle – Ms. Illinois
Community Service Award - Dee Lane, Ms. South Florida
 
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LAURA HUNTER CROWNED
MS. AMERICA INTERNATIONAL 2014
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Laura Hunter from Washington is a successful actress and model, and has appeared in TV shows, commercials and print ads for many years.  She has worked with TLC, The Food Network and Amazon Prime and has been featured in national ad campaigns including Bissel, Microsoft, Avery Labels, Toyota, Disney and many others.  Laura also works regularly as a professional spokesmodel for iSpeak Interactive.  

She is an accomplished photographer and entrepreneur, owning and successfully running Beyond Photography for the past 20 years. She attained both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Photography and has a lifelong passion for the arts.  Her work has won countless awards and appeared in many magazines.  She is proud to be a contributing author and photographer whose works have been published in both Forbes and People Magazine.


Laura enjoys volunteering for many local charities and supports the American Lung Association in honor of her mother, Linda Allen, who passed away recently due to lung disease.   She was recently honored to receive the President's Volunteer Service Award for donating over 500 hours of her time to charity in 2013.

Laura tells us that she is most proud of her two beautiful daughters, Isabelle and Victoria.
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RITI CHIKKERUR
CROWNED MS. INTERNATIONAL 2014
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As a top 10 finalist, Riti Chikkerur was asked a question by a judge to ‘describe the qualities of a powerful woman’, to which she eloquently replied, “A powerful woman is someone who can face the challenges of life with equanimity and grace. Someone who can show her strength but still embrace her vulnerability.” It is no surprise that she won the Ms. International 2914 title. This prestigious title must not only represent the pageant but also the fans. People vote for their favorite contestant and combine that with her over all Judges Competition Scores along with Ad Sales and the Peoples Vote. The contestant who receives the most combined points will earn this world renowned title and be crowned Ms. International 2014.
 
Riti Chikkerur – Ms. International 2014 is a versatile woman. She is the Founder & CEO of Four Sisters Petroleum, an Oil Company based in Austin, Texas. She is the only woman and minority founder and CEO of an oil company in the state of Texas among other states. Her background and story is very impressive as she represented her birth country; India in international pageants, her poetry was recognized by international poetry convention in Florida, to being only woman of Indian origin to have founded an Oil company.
 
Riti Chikkerur is a U.S. Citizen who immigrated to the United States in 2002. She started her career on an investment of less than $ 1,200 in a finance company in New York, but was made partner in the boutique finance company in under 11 months earned over $ 200,000. Through sheer determination, hard work and a belief in herself, she became a licensed commodities trader for a trading firm in Chicago and later established her own petroleum distribute company in 2006.
 
Her passions are best channeled through her non-profit I2R ( Idea to Reality). I2R is a non-profit that serves women of diverse backgrounds and cultures by enabling them to turn their ideas into reality, whether the idea is as simple as inspiring a group of young woman to be self-confident or a complex one of bringing together women from all over the world to invest in each other thereby contributing to high value projects, products and services in their communities. Through I2R, Riti Chikkerur aims to create a strong support system for women world over to bring their ideas to a positive fruition. Having succeeded with little financial, emotional, peer support; Riti realizes the need for a support system like I2R is an immediate need in society today. Many a great women scientists, authors, entrepreneurs, wildlife conservationists, artists etc are being under/undiscovered because of a lack of support. Riti hopes to change that and do her part to support her peers through her non-profit. During her reign as Ms. International and beyond, Riti and her I2R team will identify several idea projects in the United States and Internationally, to garner attention to worthy ideas that if brought to fruition may impact many lives in a positive manner.
 
Riti Chikkerur is a single mother of two boys. She is a talented poet, author, motivational/inspirational speaker and a wildlife enthusiast. Her favorite poem is IF by Rudyard Kipling, wise words that she aims to live by.
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