Outgoing Miss America Laura Kaeppler Shares Her Favorite Things of 2012 (EXCLUSIVE GUEST BLOG)


With the calendar ticking over to 2013, the current Miss America is preparing to retire her crown.

But before then, Laura Kaeppler is looking back on her year in the role.

“Being on the road as Miss America, I’d often wake up tired with aches and pains due to the amount of traveling," the former Miss Wisconsin told Celebuzz, in an exclusive interview.

"Nutrition and exercise have been crucial to maintaining my health and sanity on the road.”

This year wasn’t just about the dazzling dresses and glamorous events. To commemorate her time as the winner of one of America's top scholarship pageants, the avid philanthropist looks back on her favorite things of 2012 -- and the top 10 things she learned as Miss America.

Favorite Things of 2012:

Favorite Book: Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly—Like so many Americans, I’m fascinated by the Kennedys. This book really brings history to life and offers a unique perspective on JFK’s assassination.

Favorite Movie: Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2—I can’t help it, I’m a Twilight fan! I’ve followed the whole series, so I’ve been counting down to the release of the last movie. Team Edward!

Favorite TV Show: Dancing With The Stars—I’m always amazed at how quickly the contestants pick up those difficult steps. I’d love the opportunity to dance for the mirror ball trophy!

Top 10 Things I Learned as Miss America 2012

Health & Fitness: Being on the road as Miss America, I’d often wake up tired with aches and pains due to the amount of traveling. Nutrition and exercise have been crucial to maintaining my health and sanity on the road.

Politics: After watching the debates and campaign attack ads, I wish political candidates weren’t so negative towards each other. It sounds simple, but if ads and debate arguments were based on each candidate bringing solid facts to the table, the focus could remain on solving the problems we all face rather than criticizing one another.

Philanthropy: I truly believe giving back is the best way to feed your own soul. Throughout my year as Miss America, I have had the amazing privilege to give back to communities across the country, as well as devote my time to my personal platform: mentoring children of incarcerated parents. Whether I’m visiting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to raise funds and awareness for children’s hospitals, spending time at Project AVARY, a camp for children with parents in prison, or partnering with Big Brothers, Big Sisters to promote the importance of mentoring in children’s lives, I’ve had the opportunity to share my personal story and platform, and give back in so many ways.

Financial Advice: It’s good to have an accountant – taxes are best left to the experts.

Pop Culture: It was totally surreal to be able to attend the Style Awards in New York during Fashion Week as well as the CMAs in Nashville. It’s amazing to be surrounded by people at the very top of their game being recognized for their talents.

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