Oksana Vovk from Newport Beach, California was crowned Ms. America® 2017 at the national pageant held Saturday, September 3, 2016 at the Curtis Theater in Brea, California.
The Ms. America® Pageant is for women 26 years of age and up who are single, divorced, married, widowed, with or without children. Forty-three State and Regional titleholders from across the United States competed in four areas of competition: Evening Gown, Interview, Sportswear and Finalist On-Stage Question that are each worth 25% of their total score.
Vovk’s walk across the stage to accept the crown as Ms. America® 2017 marked her first steps on a journey that will take her from spotlight to spotlight representing an organization that enriches the lives of women across the country, who are passionate about giving back to others through philanthropic endeavors being the inspiration that helps others achieve their dreams.
Oksana earned her Juris Doctor degree at 23 and was on the National Dean's Honor List. She has been a successful defense attorney for the past 13 years. Three words that describe her are "A Real American". As a single mother of a son with autism, she learned that perseverance is her middle name and unconditional love can overcome any diagnosis. Oksana’s never-ending drive for the higher ground brought her to Ms. America Pageant. She is a multi-faceted person, who also loves to dance, sing, and design and speaks 3 languages. Her motto is: "Where there is a will, there is a way!"
Ms. America® 2017 first runner-up is Jessica Mason, Ms. Michigan State; second runner-up is Lereca Monik, Ms. Texas; third runner-up is Dreamy Patel, Ms. Southeast America; and fourth runner-up is Dee Lane, Ms. Florida.
2017 SPECIAL AWARDS:
Internet Voting Award – Nova Kopp, Ms. Georgia
Spirit of America – Lereca Monik, Ms. Texas
Power of the Crown – Tina Brandon Abbatangelo, Ms. Nevada
Crown for a Purpose – Sheri Jekins, Ms. Delaware
Media Award – Thuy Huyen, Ms. Oregon
Woman of Distinction – Jessica Mason, Ms. Michigan State
Photogenic Award – Oksana Vovk, Ms. California Coast
Congeniality Award – Crystal Dawn Richardson, Ms. New Jersey
Community Service Award – Tatiana Matta, Ms. Pacific Coast
Ms. America International® 2017, Tracy Rodgers from Las Vegas, Nevada was crowned Ms. America International 2017 at the Curtis Theater in Brea, California on September 3, 2016. This year’s pageant was comprised of four distinctive areas of competition included: Evening Gown, Interview, Sportswear and Finalist On-Stage Question. Ms. America International 2017, Tracy Rodgers walk across the stage to accept the crown marked her first steps on a journey that will take her from spotlight to spotlight representing women 40 years of age and up who are single divorced or married with a dedicated platform or cause they are an advocate for.
"Your Tomorrow Starts Today.”
Inspiring others to let go of the past and begin their future today.
Strength, wrapped in grace, is what this Nevada beauty is known for. At first glance, you'd never know this blonde hair, blue-eyed beauty fought for her life after a near fatal car crash. Tracy's platform, "Your Tomorrow Starts Today," exemplifies how Tracy pushed herself to live her life to the fullest with purpose, despite adversity. With 26 years of nursing experience, Tracy founded First Choice Legal Nurse Consulting, where she works as an expert witness, wound care clinician, and assists attorneys with litigated cases. With all her successes, Tracy still maintains that her greatest accomplishment is her two sons, Derrick and Damon.
MS. INTERNATIONAL 2017
MS. INTERNATIONAL is the "judges and peoples choice" award.
Ms. International® 2017 went to Nova Kopp, Ms. Georgia. PLATFORM:
Nova Kopp is an Ambassador for Domestic Violence Awareness, working toward increased education and funding. As a survivor, Ms. Georgia shares her personal story of triumph; a story that resonates in the hearts and spirits of women and children that have suffered abuse, providing them hope. A Director of Training for AT&T, Nova is the proud mother of three children, and grandmother of two. She lives in Roswell, Georgia with her “Mr. Georgia”, Mark Kopp.