miss america mississippi Miss America 2012: Meet Misses Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota and MississippiWelcome to the latest in our series of posts introducing the women vying for the title of Miss America 2012. The Miss America Organization is giving us an early peek at the contestants via their “Vote for Your Favorite” contest and, based on the clips we watched so far, color us impressed. Or at least mildly interested.

This time we meet Miss Maryland, Miss Massachusetts, Miss Michigan, Miss Minnesota and Miss Mississippi.

Miss Maryland Carlie Colella needs to practice her public speaking a teensy bit more, but boy is she earnest:

Miss Massachusetts Molly Whalen is wicked awesome, or says she is:

Miss Michigan Elizabeth Wertenberger overcame juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Wow:

Miss Minnesota Natalie Davis wants to tell you about her inspiring autistic brother:

Miss Mississippi Mary Margaret Roark sings about her home state (“catfish galore and cotton, too”) and appropriates a Tina Turner song in an attempt to win us over:

Posted by:Liz Kelly Nelson