Congratulations to Kimberly Sawyer, Crowned Miss Green Bay & Red Cross Volunteer

BY MALAVIKA JAGANNATHAN • mjaganna@greenbaypressgazette.com • February 20, 2010

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Kimberly Sawyer’s plans for the rest of the year took a new direction on Saturday night when she was crowned Miss Green Bay Area 2010 at Bay Port High School.

The St. Norbert College graduate has the responsibility of being an ambassador to the Green Bay community and a representative to the Miss Wisconsin pageant in Oshkosh this summer. The Miss Green Bay Area pageant is a local preliminary to the Miss Wisconsin and Miss America pageants.

A panel of judges chose Sawyer from a group of eight women based a score on different factors, including a judges’ interview, an on-stage talent performance, lifestyle and fitness competition and an on-stage question-and-answer session. The interview with the judges, which counts for 30 percent of the final score, took place earlier in the day.

Sawyer, who was Miss Door County 2008, said the interview portion is not only the most important part of the competition, but also better prepares contestants for the real world.

“Once you’ve been through a pageant interview, you can walk into a job interview and not be scared,” said Sawyer, who works for a fuel consulting company in De Pere after graduating with a degree in business finance in May 2009.

Kristi Trampf-Bares, a former Miss Green Bay Area winner and a member of the pageant committee, attributes some of her career success to the preparation she received for the pageant.

“You have to be able to for an opinion and express that in an articulate way,” said Trampf-Bares, who works as a human resources manager. “The ability to express myself really helped me in interviews and in my field.”

Participants in the competition also choose social issues to advocate during their reign. Sawyer wants her focus to be on volunteerism.

“I started working with the Red Cross two years ago and that’s what inspired the platform,” Sawyer said. “My goal is to help (people) find resources and get matched up with organizations, so that they can find a passion for something just like I did.”

Amanda Garrity, a St. Norbert College student, was named first runner-up. Other contestants were Jennie Collins, Michelle Keehan, Courtney Strombach, Tara Hellmann, Maggie Hill and Nadine Wery. Both the winner and runner-up receive scholarship money.

Next year’s pageant will have two crowns, instead of one. The Miss America Outstanding Teen pageant, which was started in 2005 for girls ages 13 to 17, will add a Green Bay area preliminary competition.