Miss Wisconsin 2010 Kimberly Sawyer shares advice, reflects on year of service

Miss Wisconsin 2010 Kimberly Sawyer shares advice, reflects on year of service.
Miss Wisconsin 2010 had to laugh when she arrived for a parade appearance in a small southern Wisconsin town last month. Attached to both convertible doors a banner read: “Miss Wisconsin Ann Stawski.” Kimberly Sawyer laughed; Stawski is the Miss Wisconsin Organization business director.
“You really have to learn how to let things roll off your back and take things in stride,” said Sawyer, of Door County.

Miss Wisconsin 2010 Kimberly Sawyer

Miss Wisconsin 2010 Kimberly Sawyer

Sawyer said being prepared for the unexpected is a small but important aspect of representing the Miss Wisconsin and Miss America organizations.

“You will show up to appearances and someone may ask you to sing when you weren’t expecting it and you may have to give a big speech. You just have to be prepared for anything because nothing will go as you think it will. You just have to laugh it off.”

Contestants for the 2011 Miss Wisconsin Scholarship Pageant arrive in Oshkosh today. The 21 winners of local pageants will compete in preliminary competitions Wednesday and Thursday at the Alberta Kimball Auditorium. Sawyer will be on stage Saturday night when she will pin the sparkling tiara atop one lucky woman’s head.

While preparing for her final walk across the Miss Wisconsin stage, Sawyer spent time crafting the message she wants to leave behind. From competing in Las Vegas for the Miss America title to making hometown appearances, she wrote it all down in a book full of advice to give to the winning contestant. She also shared insight for those who will leave the stage without a crown Saturday night: “You are Miss America to somebody in your own hometown. Be that positive role model. That’s really important to keep in mind.”

Competition week is slightly different this year. The Miss Wisconsin Outstanding Teen Scholarship Pageant has moved from Wednesday to Friday. However, contestants of the teen pageant will not be informed of the winner until Saturday.
Performances featuring Miss Georgia 2007 Chastity Hardmann, Miss America 2010 Caressa Cameron, and Miss Wisconsin 1994 Laura Voss and her husband, Trevor Richardson, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium prior to the teen pageant.

Cameron is also serving as emcee for the Miss Wisconsin pageant all three nights of competition.

The pre-show entertainment was added to give the Teen program a little something extra, said Jeanne Schmal, executive director of the Miss Wisconsin Organization.

“We wanted to make it really special for the Teen pageant,” Schmal said. “We are trying to promote the Teen pageant more because it serves as a feeder program for the Miss Wisconsin competition.”

Schmal points to Former Miss Wisconsin Outstanding Teen winner Tonya Popowski as an example. “We have one of our former Miss Outstanding Teens as a contestant this year, so it does work,” Schmal said of Popowski, who is competing for Miss Wisconsin this year.

2010 Miss Wisconsin Outstanding Teen Teaka Griesbach will be on hand to crown the next winner Friday night.

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