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There she is.. Miss DC 2011

What a night! The swimsuits, the interviews, the talent oh my.  In the end there could only be one winner to represent DC in the 2011 Miss America pageant. Here she is!

Ashley Boalch age 23 is crowned Miss District of Columbia 2011 (Photos by Vithaya Phongsavan)

Miss DC Outstanding Teen Lauren Seely

Judges

Celebrating the crown after at Station 4 Restaurant

 

 

 

Miss DC: The interviews

Miss DC organization's Teri Galvez with Washington Post's John Kelly, a judge

Pageants are work. A lot of work. We had day one of judging the Miss DC pageant and what an impressive of group of young women we have this year. As someone who enjoys public speaking I have to admit I would be terrified if I was in their shoes. Our panel of judges (6) spent hours grilling the gals on everything from Obama’s healthcare plan and Bachman to fundraising tactics and tech trends. The range of ambition stretched from world renowned opera singer to Middle East global ambassador.

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What are we told to look for? The full package of course: Sharp public speaker with confidence, brains and of course a good look.

“This isn’t a beauty pageant… but it’s not an ugly pageant either, ” one official reminded.

MORE: Pick your favorite contestant

After nearly 4 hours of private interviews with the contestants there is no doubt it’s going to be a very hard decision. There are 3 women who stand out to me at this point but there’s still a lot that can change as the competition continues.

Why don’t you join us for the journey? This Sunday you’ll get the stuff made for TV. Swimsuit, formal gown, talent. It’s happening July 10th at 7pm at The Arena Stage.

Judges Chef Spike Mendelsohn and Angie cut loose between contestants

 

Heavy Sifting: Judges had to study bio, platforms, personal statements of 20 contestants and come up with personalized questions for all.

No Joke: DC Journos to try comedy

Knock, knock.
Who’s there?

DC’s Funniest Journalist!

April 1st the National Press Club, find media moguls like Washington Post’s John Kelly and Politico’s Meredith Shiner go head-to-head to be honored ‘DC’s Funniest Journalist’. Doors open at 7pm for a VIP only preshow or cocktail hour with speciality beer from sponor Flying Dog Brewery. The real laughs start at 8 with hosts Washington Post cartoonist Nick Galifianakis and PBS’s Miles O’Brien.

All proceeds from the stand-up competition go to Reporters Without Borders, The Committee to Protect Journalists fund and The Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library.

Tickets are $15 presale and $20 at the door.
VIP package $35.

Buy tickets HERE.
Read MORE for full list of competitors.

Reporters Rock Journopalooza 2011

By Leigh Macdonald, WUSA9 Content Contributor. See more pics and full story at WUSA9.com

The National Press Club was rockin’ recently as reporters hit the stage armed with their instruments, musical talent, and rock star finery. At Journopalooza III, “journo-bands” competed to raise money for three charitable media organizations: The Committee to Protect Journalists/Journalist Assistance Program, The Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library, and Reporters Without Borders.

The bands delivered fun and high-energy performances as an enthusiastic crowd—of more than 600 people—danced and cheered on the musicians. In all, seven bands performed, including: Dirty Bomb, Nobody’s Business, NRBK, Rebecca Christie & Peter Fields, Suspicious Package, The Charm Offensive, and The Stepping Stones.

All of the bands were impressive, but one band was ultimately named the evening’s winner, as determined by monetary votes from the crowd. That band, Suspicious Package, comprises Tom Toles (Pulitzer Prize-Winning Editorial Cartoonist at The Washington Post), Dr. Christina Sevilla(Director for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Liaison of the U.S. Trade Representative), Bryan Greene (General Deputy Assistant Secretary of HUD), Tim Berger (Journalist), and Josh Meyer(Director of Education and Outreach, National Security Journalism Initiative at Medill Northwestern). Watch the video here

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