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Audrey Sibley, Miss Arizona 2005

An Interview with Miss Arizona

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Audrey Sibley, Miss Arizona 2005

Audrey Sibley, Miss Arizona 2005

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Audrey Sibley, came to the Miss Arizona 2005 Pageant as the winner of the Miss San Carlos Pageant. She was awarded the crown at the Miss Arizona Pageant held in Mesa, Arizona in June 2005. Audrey Sibley traveled to Las Vegas, Nevada to compete for the Miss America title.

Although she has a very busy schedule, Audrey Sibley graciously agreed to an interview. Here are the questions I posed and the answers she provided:

Interview With Audrey Sibley, Miss Arizona 2005

Phoenix Guide: As your year as Miss Arizona 2005 comes to a close, what are one or two of the most special moments that you can share?

Audrey Sibley, Miss Arizona 2005: I would venture to say that the most special moment of any state titleholder's year is competing in the Miss America Pageant. For the first time in its 85-year history, the 2006 Miss America Pageant was held outside of Atlantic City, New Jersey. The competition took place in the Aladdin Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Words cannot describe what an incredible experience Miss America was. The pre-trip for the 52 contestants took place in Los Angeles, California, and what a great time we had! Some of the highlights of our time in Los Angeles included the declaration of "Miss America Day" in Hollywood, the Television Critics Association Conference and Party with a surprise concert by the country group Sugarland, an early morning appearance on KTLA Morning Television Show where we met the popular actor Seth Green, an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, a visit to the Boys & Girls Club of Burbank, and a Miss America Party with six former Miss Americas.

From Los Angeles, we traveled in style in three luxurious tour buses provided by the wonderful people of Country Music Television to our red carpet arrival ceremony in Las Vegas! The public appearances continued after our arrival with television interviews by popular CMT shows, a fashion show at the Fashion Show Mall, dinner at Planet Hollywood, gondola rides at the Venetian, and cocktail receptions with VIPs at the Aladdin. All the while, we had rehearsals and preliminary competitions. Then on January 21st, the final night of Miss America took place, and Miss Oklahoma, Jennifer Berry, became Miss America 2006. If I had to go one step further and pick just one special moment from my Miss America experience, it would be when my father, Tom, escorted me on the Miss America stage in my evening gown. It was an emotional moment for both of us, and one I will never forget. I came away from my adventure at Miss America with hundreds of pictures, many friends, and a lifetime of memories that I will treasure forever! Another special moment in my year as Miss Arizona occurred on February 1, 2006, when I was inducted into the Cochise County Archives as the third Miss Arizona from Cochise County, and the first from my hometown of Sierra Vista. The day marked the unveiling of the Archives, which is located in Bisbee. The Archives is the result of one woman's vision and more than 20 years of research. I was extremely honored to participate in the event, and I was touched to see my picture on the wall as part of history forever.

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