Miss Maryland 2012 Joanna Guy Less Annoying Than Your Average, Perfect Beauty Queen

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Twenty-year-old Joanna Guy was crowned Miss Maryland on Saturday night in Hagerstown — she’ll represent the state in the Miss America 2013 pageant. (Above she performs “Popular” from the musical Wicked in a 2009 contest.)

Guy won the pageant’s preliminary swimsuit and talent competitions. Previously named Miss Queen State, she also conquered Miss Maryland’s Outstanding Teen competition. A former Congressional Award for Youth winner, a Maryland Distinguished Scholar, and member of the National Honor Society, she was also an Intel International Science Fair Winner and Discovery Channel National finalist.

Now studying at Cornell, Guy majors in American Studies and is a member of an all girls’ a cappella troupe. And while she obviously fits right in with pageant stock — tall, trim, toothy/smiley, striking, strong diction — there’s something refreshing about Guy. Not only is she science-smart and politically interested, she’s funny. Listen to her great phrasing in the silly song “Popular” — the Garrett County girl’s got a sense of humor about herself, and the world. We wish her all the luck at the Miss A. contest next year, where levity’s bound to come in handy backstage, and more importantly, in real life after Cornell.



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  1. Yeah, but she WASN’T ever an Intel ISEF winner, so I do find her rather annoying… I looked at the list of the winners from 1997 to 2011, and she wasn’t there, and we all know about the smart kid from Crownsville with the cancer test who won this year. I’m kind of sad that this girl finds it necessary to lie about her accomplishments at age 20…I shudder to think about what she’ll be doing at age 40 if she finds she can get away with this dishonorable behavior! The kids who actually win Intel work very hard to achieve that distinction, and Ms. Guy should be ashamed of herself for putting this lie out there and being able to get it reported so widely. Here is the link to the list of the REAL winners, if you want to fact-check..something no one else seems to be doing!: http://www.societyforscience.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=452

    • Thanks for your comment, Science Gal. I checked with science fair officials and got the ultra-specific scoop on Guy’s impressive science-fair-faring past.

      In 2006, when Guy was 14, she received a fourth place award — and $500 — at the Intel Science and Engineering Fair, with her project “For the Birds: Testing the Efficacy of Sonic and Ultrasonic Bird Deterrent Devices.” She was a finalist in the Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge in 2005. I remain super impressed!

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