Last week I had the honor and privilege of once again serving as a staff member for the 2018 America’s Elite Miss Pageant. Twenty-five contestants and their families journeyed to the Crown Plaza Ravinia Pereminter in Atlanta, Georgia, to compete in a system that is known as the purpose driven crown.

Contestants vying for the crown competed in the following categories:


Personal Introduction-20%

Evening Gown-30%

On Stage Question-10%

They also had the opportunity to earn other accolades by participating in optional competitions such as National Spokesmodel, National Actress, National Catalogue Model, National Runway Model, State Costume Wear, Patriotic Wear, National Photogenic Award, and National Elite Top Model. Other optional areas of competition were Academic, Volunteer Service, America’s Choice, and Miss Congeniality.

New this year were the Elite Legacy Scholarships. The Elite Legacy Scholarships were scholarships sponsored by queens and AEM staff members. The following scholarships were presented to these deserving contestants:

Kappa Omega Chi Scholarship for Community Service-Kelsey Norris

Krystle Bell Saulsberry Scholarship for Academic Excellence-Anastasia Valimaki

Sheila Ahia Whitehurst Scholarship for Leadership & Service-Katie Hayes

Georgia Summer Teen Miss Interview Award-A’Milliana McNeil

In addition to the required and optional competitions and the Elite legacy scholarships, the weekend also consisted of an Canvas for a Cure, Manifest the Crown Book Signing, P-Jamming for St. Jude, and Silent Auction for C.O.P.S.

The pageant emcees were and Mallory Hagan (Miss America 2013) and Tonya Terry (WSFA 12 Anchor Woman).

The judges consisted of individuals from the pageantry industry. They are the following:

Briana Kinsey, Miss D.C. 2017

Meg McGuffin, Miss Alabama 2015

Lisa McGuffin, Neonatal RN 

Even though each contestant did a fabulous job, only a few contestants walked away with national crowns.

2018 America's Elite Miss Pageant

Awards and Crowning of the new 2018 AEM Queens, Ambassadors, and Princess(Note : I do not own the rights to the music in the video)

Posted by America's Elite Miss on Saturday, January 6, 2018

2018 National Queens

Kate Southard-America’s Elite Princess

Michaela Sanford-America’s Elite Little Miss

Sharlysse Nelson-America’s Elite Pre-Teen Miss

Marlo White-America’s Elite Junior Miss

A’Milliana McNeil-America’s Elite Teen Miss

Anastasia Valimaki -America’s Elite Miss

2018 National Ambassadors

Emery Molander-National Ambassador

Cameron Asbill-National Ambassador

Auriyan McClure-National Ambassador

Jordan Fitzgerald-National Ambassador

Kate Southard
Michaela Sanford
Sharlysse Nelson
Marlo White
A’ Milliana McNeil


Anastasia Valimaki


Emery Molander
Cameron Asbill
Auriyan McClure
Jordan Fitzgerald


These queens were showered with gifts and prizes, and they will experience a year of fun and service.

Was this pageant Krystle Clear? Survey says: Yes! This pageant continues to be fun, organized, and professional. You may think my answer is biased because I am a staff member, but as a professional meeting planner I know a well put together event when I see one.  As always, I look forward to next year’s event.

If you are interested in competing in the 2019 America’s Elite Miss Pageant, please visit the following:



Instagram: @americaselitemiss

If you have any questions regarding the America’s Elite Miss Pageant, email National Director Kerrie Juliana at


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