Miss Utah Organization Announces 2019 Judges Panel

Today The Miss Utah Scholarship Organization announced the panel of judges who will select Miss Utah 2019. The new Miss Utah will receive over $10,000 in scholarships to the school of her choice and sponsorships from a variety of local businesses. She will also represent Utah at the Miss America Competition.

Each judge comes with a specific background that will help select the woman who will best represent the Miss Utah Organization. Here is the 2019 Miss Utah Judges Panel:

Tania Bliss

Tania Bliss

  • Strategic marketing executive and speaker in the consumer goods industry specializing in Anti-Aging
  • Worked as the Director of Marketing for Nu Skin
  • Graduate of Brigham Young University’s acclaimed broadcast journalism program
  • Worked as an on-air reporter and anchor in Alberta, Canada
  • Resides in Lindon, Utah with her husband and their two children

Joseph A. Neri

Joseph Neri

  • Involved with the Miss Rhode Island Organization since 1988, most recently as its Executive Director
  • Judged Miss Utah, Kentucky, Indiana, Arizona, Virginia, Connecticut, Vermont, Maine, South Dakota, New Jersey, and New York (was on the panel of judges that selected Nia Franklin as Miss NY!)
  • Undergraduate in communications from Rhode Island College, an active alumnus, president of the Rhode Island College Foundation
  • Masters in education from Providence College
  • An educator by profession — worked as a teacher and school administrator
  • Resides in East Greenwich, Rhode Island

Mia Seminoff Davis

Mia Davis

  • Miss New York 1988, received a special talent award at Miss America
  • Graduate of The Juilliard School, with a degree in dance and minor in music
  • Performed solo roles in such famous classic ballets as Coppelia, Swan Lake, Giselle, The Firebird, and The Nutcracker
  • Teaches ballet professionally and choreographs for students from across the country
  • Judged Miss Utah, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, New York, California, Tennessee, and Georgia
  • Has lived in Dallas, Texas the last 25 years with her husband and two daughters

Charles Allen Bird

Charles Bird

  • Performed as Cosmo the Cougar at Brigham Young University from 2016-2018
  • Received national acclaim for his dance performances — 2017 was dubbed “Year of the Mascot” by NBC Sports in honor of Cosmo’s character and performance
  • Born and raised in Southwest Missouri
  • Active LGBTQ advocate, involved with multiple nonprofit LGBTQ organizations across Utah
  • Graduated from BYU in 2018 with degrees in global supply chain management and Spanish studies
  • Lives in New York City where he works in Spanish translation and logistics consulting

McKenna Brown

McKenna Brown

  • Grew up competing in the Miss America Organization, promoted literacy awareness
  • Traveled with her husband with Vivint Gives Back and Globe Aware to Cambodia, Peru, Romania, and Florida building schools and working with children
  • Born and raised in Utah
  • Lives in Utah County with her husband and four children

Mette Boving Castor

Mette Castor

  • Miss Louisiana 1997, placed in the Top Ten at Miss America
  • Trained in vocal performance, sang the national anthem at The Sugar Bowl, Independence Bowl, NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA games
  • Trained in ballet with Ballet West, Houston Ballet, The Boston Ballet, and the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen
  • Actively volunteers with the Junior League of Denver, the Matthew Shepard Foundation, the Douglas County Republicans, the Denver VA Hospital and Camp Quality Louisiana
  • Works as an Infectious Disease Specialist focusing on HIV with Janssen Therapeutics
  • Lives in Highlands Ranch, Colorado with her husband and three sons

The Miss Utah Competition begins Wednesday, June 12, 2019, and culminates with the crowning of Miss Utah 2019 on Saturday, June 15, 2019. Tickets can be purchased through ArtTix.

Voting for People’s Choice is now open on Pageant Planet. The winner will receive a spot in the Top 12 of the 2019 Miss Utah Scholarship Competition.