miss new mexico aliens Miss America 2012: Meet Misses New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina and North DakotaWelcome 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 New Jersey, Miss New Mexico, Miss New York, Miss North Carolina and Miss North Dakota.

The pageant airs Saturday (Jan. 14) on ABC.

Miss New Jersey Katharyn Nicolle has two first names, touts New Jersey’s cheaper gas prices and threatens mafia violence if she doesn’t win:

Miss New Mexico Sarina Turnbull is competing mainly to raise awareness that New Mexico exists. We didn’t realize this was even a problem. Which could be part of the problem. Hmm.

Miss New York Kaitlin Monte is a USO Liberty Bell. Watch to find out what that means:

Miss North Carolina Hailey Best likes kids, the military and the “great United States.”

Miss North Dakota Ariana Walker spent much of the last year helping her state recover from record flooding. She also has a YouTube video blog:

Posted by:Liz Kelly Nelson