Yesterday, on the 14th of January 2012, during the 91st Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas, Miss Wisconsin – Laura Kaeppeler – was crowned the new Miss America 2012.

Along with the title, Laura won a $50,000 scholarship which she plans to use for becoming a lawyer, specializing in helping children of incarcerated adults.

Laura Kaeppeler, 23, has an unusual past. Her father served 18 months in federal prison for mail fraud when Laura just started college. Laura Kaeppeler made her father’s jail time part of her pageant platform and her mission, which is to help children of incarcerated adults feel less alone, to have mentoring and as much of a relationship with their parents as possible.

miss america 2012 laura kaeppeler

miss america 2012 laura kaeppeler

Laura also won an additional $2,000 in scholarship funds for her victory in the preliminary talent competition, for her performance of “Il Bacio” by Luigi Arditi.

miss america 2012 laura kaeppeler

So, what can I say?! Congratulations to new Miss America 2012! She looks cute and has a beautiful singing voice. She is also smart, as she introduced herself to pageant viewers by referencing her home state’s Green Bay Packers, the NFL’s defending Super Bowl champions, and used the television prime time to ask Aaron Rodgers (superstar quarterback) to call her. Very smart move!

Good luck to Laura in her future endeavors and I have a feeling that we will hear a lot about this girl in the future. She definitely has a potential of a future celebrity rich girl! Let’s wait and see if I am right :)


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