Tell us about your national title. When did you win your title and what were the areas of competition?
I won my title of Miss Nationwide 2012 in December. Being an online pageant there were five areas of competition: Photogenic Quality, Resume/Accomplishments, Interview Questions, Personal Platform Statement, and Video Statement. These were all showcased on a website each contestant put together to show the judges.
Do you think an online pageant is just as important as a LIVE pageant?
I believe that sometimes online pageants are even more important than LIVE pageants. In an online pageant it gives each girl an even playing field to showcase more than just personal appearance. Just like there are many different LIVE pageant systems that aren’t for everyone, online pageants may not be for everyone either. There are some girls out there who want to be involved in pageants and help the community in numerous ways, but they are too afraid of the LIVE part of the pageant. For any girls who want to get started in pageants I think that this online pageant is a great way to begin. Although I feel people should know that it takes just as much work if not more to prepare for an online pageant, because you are trying to show the judges your personality in words instead of LIVE.
As Miss Nationwide I have been asked to make appearances at many charity events from helping at bingo for the elderly, passing out snacks for the handicap, donating cans to help fight against childhood cancer, local blood drives and numerous others.
What do you hope to leave behind as your legacy as the very first Miss Nationwide?
As the very first Miss Nationwide I want to leave behind a legacy that makes the director, fellow contestants, future contestants, my family, and myself proud of. I want everyone to look back at my time as Miss Nationwide 2012 and think that I really deserved to win that title, and see that I spent my time having that title promoting it to the best of my ability and see how I used it to help others.
Volunteerism is dear to your heart. Tell us which charities you fully support and why.
Volunteering is so important, and I support many charities out there. My platform is getting people more involved in volunteering no matter what charity it is. The top three types of charities I support personally are those that help fight cancer, help with the prevention of suicide, and those that help with the elderly and handicap. I love charities that fight against cancer, because my senior year of high school my dad battled stage 4 colon cancer and is thankfully now in remission. In 2010, I lost my cousin to suicide and he left behind three small children from ages 2 to 9. I see how much suicide has impacted my family, and I love how suicide prevention charities can help other families not have the same pain and hurt I know mine has been through. Since the age of 5 I have been singing at nursing homes all over the Midwest and my uncle is mentally handicap. People sometimes forget about the elderly and handicap, which is I fully support charities that bring awareness to these groups of people. I still continue to help at events for the elderly and handicap like bingo. I think that no matter what charities you support the important thing is that people go out into the community and volunteer.
What is your pageant style?
My pageant style is all about planning and preparing. I know in order to do my best then I need to come to the pageant fully ready. I like to make sure that before I go to compete at a pageant I have everything worked out so when I get to the event I am able to enjoy what is going on around me without worrying about minor details.
My everyday style is very laid back, and I love to live life day to day and enjoy what is going on around me. I think it is important to not let any moments pass you by, and I try to spend every day I can with the people I love. My everyday and pageant styles are similar because I like to live both in the moment, and no that no matter what happens I know I gave it my all and lived each day to the fullest.
What do you say to all of the “pageant haters” out there? Do you let them rain on your parade?
I have been doing pageants for over 20 years, and the thing to know is that no matter what you do there will always be “haters” out there. The important thing to remember is you can’t control what people say to you, but you can control how you respond to them. Never let other people stop you from doing what you love, and remember that other people can’t rain on your parade if you don’t let them.
Do you prefer pageantry or modeling?
Pageantry and modeling to me are like apples and oranges. They seem to get mixed together lately with many models becoming pageant queens and vice versa. To me modeling is a career, and pageants are what I do to be able to go out and help more people with my title. They both have great aspects, but I truly love that with pageants I know I am actually making a difference in the lives of the people I meet and organizations I volunteer for.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
It is honestly hard to tell where I will be in 5 years. Right now I am focusing on my career of modeling, acting, and being the current Miss Nationwide 2012. In five years I may still be acting and modeling, or I may be using my degree in the health sciences, or I may be back in school to obtain my masters degree or doctorate. I am fortunate enough to have a supportive dad, mom, and brother who will be there no matter where I end up in 5 years, and without them I don’t know where I’d be today let alone in 5 years.
What are your future pageant goals?
Honestly, I have not given future pageants a thought. I feel that after winning my title as Miss Nationwide it is important to treat it like a job, and I’ve made it my sole focus when it comes to pageants. My goal is to give the title of Miss Nationwide all I’ve got, and I don’t think I could do that if I was focusing on future pageant plans.
Where can we learn more about you?
You can learn more about me by following me on twitter at angela___marie or subscribe to me on facebook at Angela Marie Kappeler. To see my personal Miss Iowa Nationwide website that helped me win the pageant you can go to http://missiowanationwide.webs.com/
What are some of your major achievements?
I graduated from high school in the top 10% of my class with high honors, I went on to receive my associate of science in Pre-pharmacy, and then obtained my bachelors degree in Health Sciences. I have modeled from New York to Los Angeles, and was once on a billboard in Times Square. One very interesting fact about me is that I am the lead actress in a music video called “Chemical Ride” for the rock band Three Years Hollow. It can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2z1bepbfEM
How can girls learn more about the Miss Nationwide pageant system?
To find out more about the Miss Nationwide pageant system girls can go to www.missnationwide.com or like Miss Nationwide on facebook. I always tell any girls interested in the pageant that I am always available for questions on facebook and twitter.
Is there anything else you would like our readers to know?
I would like the readers to know that anything is possible. No matter who you are today doesn’t make you who you will be tomorrow or years from today. In school I wasn’t popular, and was teased horribly by kids for being different by doing pageants and modeling. Now it is years later and I have had so many amazing experiences those bullies tried to cut short by making me want to stop so I wasn’t different. Like I said before no one can rain on your parade if you don’t let them. My last piece of advice was given to me by a famous model agent. Never live your life with a back-up plan. If you have a plan to fall back on then you won’t give what you want most in life all you’ve got. So if you’re going to try and win a pageant title don’t think there is always next year, instead think THIS is my year because it is all I have RIGHT now. Yesterday is history, tomorrow a mystery, and today is a gift that’s why it’s called the present.