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Miss Alabama USA
Visits Therapy Plus at Marshall Medical Center North


Nov. 19, 2004 by Dwight Hayes

Newly crowned Miss Alabama Usa, Miss Jessica Tinney, visited Therapy Plus at Marshall Medical Center North on Friday speaking to the children in the NARF (Non-Athletic Recreational Fitness) program.  After the program, Miss Tinney autographed pictures and posed for pictures with the children.

Miss Tinney, age 20 from Birmingham, was crowned the 2005 Miss Alabama USA at the Wright Center Concert Hall on the grounds of Samford University in Birmingham. 30 Miss delegates competed for the state crown on October 24, 2004.  She was crowned by Miss Alabama 2004, Tara Darby of Birmingham.  She has previously been named 3rd runner-up in the 2003 and 2nd runner-up in the 2004 contests. She also competed in the Miss Teen USA before moving to the Miss USA level.

The competition is based on interviews, swim suit and evening wear with each category accounting for 1/3 of the contestant's score.  In addition, the top five contestants are asked a question as part of a live interview  during the on-stage portion of the competition.

As Alabama's delegate to the National Miss USA Contest, Jessica will be traveling to Baltimore, Maryland in April to compete with 50 other contestants for the Miss USA 2005 title.  The contest will be nationally broadcast by NBC.

Asked about the national Miss USA contest, Jessica said that contestants from the other 49 states and the District of Columbia will meet in Baltimore sometime in April for  that contest.  The winner will represent Miss USA and will be the United States contestant in the Miss Universe Contest.  Both the reigning Miss USA and Miss Universe are furnished a luxury apartment in New York by Donald Trump while  they perform their duties.


Jessica, who is a nursing student at Auburn University, will also be traveling extensively this year for speaking engagements and personal appearances.  As Miss Alabama USA, she will spend her year of service, promoting Breast and Ovarian Cancer awareness.


Jessica will juggle these engagements with her studies at Auburn University where she is a Junior majoring in nursing with a goal of becoming a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). Jessica's father, Benji Tinney said that "While Jessica realizes this is a special moment in her life that she will always remember fondly, she knows that that her ultimate goal in life is her education". 


Jessica was Salutatorian of the 2002 graduating class of Oak Mountain High School.  At Auburn she is also involved in the Modeling Board, and volunteers with the East Alabama Rape Counselors as a counselor and prevention educator.  She has also been selected as a member of the National Deans List and National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Jessica has extensive training in theater, voice and modeling.  She studied voice under Buzz Orange in Nashville and starred in the title role on "Annie" with the Birmingham Area Youth Company.  As a model she has appeared in regional and national print publications.


Jessica began her talk to the children by describing the events that led to her becoming Miss Alabama USA.  She told how she watched all sorts of pageants, and kept score of the contestants during competitions and said that her "Barbie dolls had pageants".  She also told how she had participated in the Miss  Teen USA and Miss Alabama USA for several years before winning the top title.


Getting down to the real reason for her visit, Jessica talked about the importance of healthy eating and exercise in everyone's life.  Describing a story of a friend, she told how that person had allowed herself to become very obese,  eventually reaching 350 pounds.  Her friend had shared how the weight had affected her health and her lifestyle.  At one point she  had to buy two tickets in order to fly on airplanes because she took up two seats.  Jessica, then shared how that friend had taken control of her life and through proper eating habits and regular exercise, she had lost weight and had regained her health and self confidence.  Her friend shared that the greatest feeling was when she no longer had to buy two tickets to fly.


Jessica, complimented the children for participating in the NARF program that teaches them to develop healthy lifestyle habits and encouraged them to make it a part of their life.  NARF (Non-Athletic Recreational Fitness) is a program designed to help kids meet a safe and healthy fitness goal under the supervision and guidance of an exercise specialist.  Children under 12 that are in need of an exercise program can join NARF with a doctor's referral.  Those interested in the NARF program may call Therapy Plus at (256) 753-8850 for more information.


Jessica was invited to speak at Therapy Plus by her close friend Ashley Elrod who works at the fitness center.



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