For Miss D.C., It's About More Than Just a Tiara
One day until the other coronation: The 88th crowning of Miss America in Las Vegas. The 52 contestants -- including Miss D.C. Kate Marie Grinold, Miss Maryland Louise Schlegel and Miss Virginia Tara Wheeler -- spent the last eight days rehearsing for tomorrow's live broadcast on TLC; the last episode of their taped reality countdown airs tonight.
"There are people placing bets on us," Grinold, 23, told us yesterday. "It's weird." Grinold, a classical dancer with a degree in international affairs, won her first title in May -- just two weeks after graduating from George Washington University -- but can't collect the $5,000 scholarship ("I have a ton of student loans") until she finishes her reign this year.
Former Miss D.C. Shannon Schambeau Patterson, who finished in the top five at the 2006 national pageant, has been coaching Grinold for the last six months. If she wins the big title tomorrow, she'll walk away with a $50,000 prize; if not ... well, she starts job-hunting Monday: "I need an awesome, international-oriented, community-based, high-paying job."
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