Kalie Wright of Idaho was crowned Miss National Sweetheart on Sunday in Hoopston, Illinois, the local Chronicle reported. The annual pageant is sponsored by the local Jaycees, who invite runners-up in state pageants affiliated with the Miss America title to compete for Miss National Sweetheart.
Wright has been singing and writing songs since the age of seven, according to her personal website. At the Miss National Sweetheart Pageant, she performed “I Have Nothing,” a song made popular by the late Whitney Houston.
She leads the W.O.R.T.H. Project. Purpose of the organization is to recognize and encourage people to serve others in a variety of ways.
Wright entered the Miss Idaho 2014 Pageant, and finished as first runner-up. She won the Alpha Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimwear Preliminary Award, and the Alpha Talent Preliminary Award. She entered the Miss Idaho competition after being crowned Miss Gate City.
Jamie Lynn Macchia of New York was named first runner-up at the Sweetheart Pageant. Elisabeth Chramer of Alabama was named second runner-up; Laura Lee Lewis of Mississippi was third runner-up; and Bailey Moses of Arkansas was fourth runner-up.
The National Miss Sweetheart title is a good launching pad for another shot at becoming Miss America. Former National Sweethearts who swapped previous runner-up positions for the Miss America crown include Pam Eldred, Miss America 1970; Rebecca King, Miss America 1974; Grace E. Ward, Miss America 1982; Debrah L. Turner, Miss America 1990; Carolyn Sapp, Miss America 1992; Leanza Cornett, Miss America 1993; Tara Dawn Holland, Miss America 1997; Katie Marie Harman, Miss America 2002; and Caressa Cameron, Miss America 2010.