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Monday, March 26, 2018

Local Woman Wins “Crown for a Purpose” Award at Ms. America Pageant 2018

Dr. Dawn Mooney Digrius of Altadena was awarded the “Crown for a Purpose” award at the MS. AMERICA® PAGEANT, held on March 10, 2018 at the Queen Mary, Long Beach, CA. She competed as Ms. Greater California America 2018.

Mooney Digrius, a resident of Altadena since 2016, works as Executive Director for STEM Advantage, a 501c3 based in Southern California.

The Special Award, “Crown for a Purpose” recognizes a contestant who uses her title for a purpose to “make a difference.” Dr. Mooney Digrius makes a difference by supporting educational equity through her platform, Educate to Elevate and made thirty (30) appearances as Ms. Greater California America 2018 in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

About Ms. America® Pageant Inc.

The Ms. America® Pageant is a California Limited Liability Corporation that currently owns and runs the Ms. International™, Ms. America®, Ms. America® International, and Miss Pacific U.S. beauty contests. CEO of the Ms. America® Pageant Inc. is Susan Jeske from Orange County, CA. Susan’s background includes over 20 years in the beauty industry and was crowned Ms. America® 1997 at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas besting 50 other contestants. Her platform was “Students Against Violence” and she made over 150 presentations to schools across the country. Susan is also known for holding the Guinness Book of World Record for singing the National Anthem at the most events in a 24-hour period and has sung the National Anthem for 7 United States Presidents. She received theLifetime Achievement Award from the President of the United States for her volunteer service. Website about Susan Jeske: Ms. America® is a registered federal trademark. with the USPTO in Washington DC since February 2000.

For more information, go to and Connect with the Ms. America® Pageant on Facebook: and on Twitter at You can find out more about the MS. AMERICA® PAGEANT online at their website, WWW.MSAMERICAPAGEANT.COM.








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