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Dream Academy News | Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler supports the U.S. Dream Academy
Friday February 3, 2012
The newly crowned Miss America 2012- Laura Kaeppeler is a friend and supporter of the US Dream Academy and has endorsed Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents as her official platform issue for her year of service.
Laura is a native of Kenosha, WI and a graduate of Carthage College where she studied Vocal Performance. Her career ambition is to practice Speech Pathology. However, more immediately, her objective is to motivate children toward scholastic excellence and personal achievement regardless of their obstacles-through her personal experience of being a child with an incarcerated parent. As a young teen, Laura’s father served an 18-month prison sentence, and she has boldly proclaimed her encouragement toward empowering children to know their value and reach their full potential in spite of adversity.
So far, her year is off to a magnificent start! Immediately after her crowning, she flew to NYC to be a guest on Good Morning America on Monday morning. As well, she stopped by Fox & Friends to be interviewed by co-anchor and Miss America 1989 Gretchen Carlson, and she also rang the Opening Bell of NASDAQ. What a fantastic way to promote the ideals of the US Dream Academy and the belief that every child can surely realize their dreams.
Laura is an excellent representative for this issue as she understands the shame, pain and difficulties associated with having a family member in prison.
To see her talk about her support of the Dream Academy during her post-win press conference, click here.