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48 February 18 – March 2, 2012


Neighbors Hamilton grad Miss America finalist


by Brittany McGonagle, ASU journalism student Not all pageant girls get their start on


“Toddlers and Tiaras.” An avid dancer heav- ily involved in her community and school, Jennifer Sedler was a senior at Hamilton High School when she joined the pageant circuit. The Miss Phoenix and Miss Arizona winner was recently named third runner-up at the Miss America pageant. A teacher suggested pageants to


Sedler, who now says she has nothing but praise for the organization that com- bines all of her passions. The Children’s Miracle Network is her platform of choice, a nonprofit that supports chil- dren with life-threatening illnesses. To prepare for Miss America, Sedler


could see your friends and family who came to watch you in the audience.” Sedler says she loved getting to


know all the girls and will defi- nitely keep in touch with them. “After being there for 10 days


straight, when you can only talk to your family for 20 minutes a day, these girls become your family.” Most notable was her Miss


spent hours reading and understanding current events and politics as well as keeping up with her platform. She stayed in picture perfect shape with a personal trainer and went shopping. But, says Sedler, the shopping wasn’t all fun and games. “It was like prom times 20,” says Sedler. “I was on a com-


ALL THAT JAZZ: Hamilton High grad Jennifer Sedler performs a jazz dance during the recent Miss America pageant. Submitted photo


Delaware roommate whom she calls “the complete opposite of the stereotypical pageant girl.” She still has six months left


as Miss Arizona, but Sedler says the best part of being crowned so far has been working with all of the kids in the hospitals. “Hearing parents say I have inspired their kids is a wonder- ful feeling. I know that years after this I’ll always do what I can to help.” Sedler plans on getting her


plete mission to find the perfect dress for each category. By the time we were done I could look at a dress and tell you what designer and collection it was from.” Ten days before the pageant Sedler and 52 other young women headed to Las Vegas, NV, for the event they had all been waiting for. The days before the big event were filled with filming, rehearsals, last minute fittings and more rehearsals. “It was a little bit intimidating to have 7,000 people watching, but if you finished early and really looked, you


degree at the University of Arizona and hopes to become a pediatric oncologist. Brittany McGonagle is a stu-


ELEGANT: Miss Arizona Jennifer Sedler of Chandler walks the Miss America pageant runway in her evening wear gown. Submitted photo


dent at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School Journalism


of and Mass


Communication, writing for class credit.


www.SanTanSun.com


Run helps cure breast cancer


Registration is now open for


the 6th Annual Tri for the Cure Arizona – All Women’s Triathlon,


held Sun., March 25 at Chandler High School. The transition area opens at 5 a.m., with the first event beginning at 7 a.m. Women of all fitness


abilities will swim, bike and run their way to a cure for


breast cancer at the event, which bene- fits the Phoenix affiliate of Susan G.


Komen for the Cure. There will be a barricaded and policed-closed bike course and a two-loop run course with a stadium finish. While the event is open to women of all fit-


ness levels, however, it is particularly geared toward novice or first-time triathletes. All par- ticipants are invited to attend free training clin- ics leading up to the event. Registration fees run $80 to $135, and


participants have until Fri., March 23 to sign up. Register at www.active.com/triathlon/chan- dler-az/tri-for-the-cure—phoenix-affiliate-a- womens-triathlon-to-benefit-susan-g-komen-f or-the-cure-2012. Chandler High School is at 350 N. Arizona


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