Joanna Guy

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Joanna Guy
Beauty pageant titleholder
Born (1991-08-04) August 4, 1991 (age 28)
Rockville, Maryland
Education Cornell University
Hair color Brunette
Eye color Brown
Title(s) Miss Maryland 2012
Miss Maryland's Outstanding Teen 2008
Miss America 2013 (Top 10)
Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2009 (3rd Runner-Up)

Joanna Guy (born August 4, 1991) is a former Miss Maryland titleholder[1][2] and Cornell University graduate from Swanton, Maryland. She currently lives and works in Baltimore.[3]


Guy received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell in May 2013 with a double major in government and American studies and a minor in music.[4] She was on the Dean’s List[5] each year at Cornell, and was active in the Alpha Phi sorority, serving as an officer for the Delta chapter,[6] earning an Alpha Phi Foundation scholarship,[7] and winning the Alpha Phi’s Got Talent competition held at the national convention in 2012.[8] Guy was also a member of the Cornell University Chorus[9] and a soloist with the female a cappella group After Eight.[10] She studied public policy at the Cornell Center in Washington, DC[11] and held an internship in the office of U.S. Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland.[12]

Guy was crowned Miss Maryland[13][14] on June 23, 2012, after winning talent and swimsuit awards in preliminary competition and the overall interview award.[15][16] She went on to represent Maryland at the Miss America 2013 competition held January 16–18, 2013 in Las Vegas. There she placed as a Top 10 Finalist and won a Preliminary Talent Award[17] for her vocal performance of I Dreamed a Dream.[18] She was awarded a Charles and Theresa Brown scholarship[19] and received one of three Quality of Life Awards[20] for her community service project Bounce Back,[21] which raised money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other charities. During her year as Miss Maryland she traveled throughout the state speaking to school and civic groups,[22] performing at public functions, and advocating for cardiac health[23][24] and funding for the humanities.[25][26]

Guy had previously served as Miss Maryland's Outstanding Teen and represented Maryland at the Miss America's Outstanding Teen pageant in Orlando, Florida in August 2008. At the national competition she placed third runner up and won the Outstanding Achievement in Academic Life Award and a Preliminary Fitness Award.[27]

Guy attended Southern Garrett High School in Oakland, Maryland, where she served as the student member of the Garrett County school board[28] and participated in school and community theatre and All State Chorus.[29] She competed in regional and national science competitions,[30] qualifying as a finalist in the Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge (DCYSC),[31][32] winning a Category Award at the 2006 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair(ISEF),[33] and receiving the 2009 senior student Carnegie Science Award.[34] In 2008 Guy was named the Grand Torchbearer at the National Youth Storytelling Showcase (NYSS).[35][36] She also won scholarships in Academic Achievement and Talent in the Arts as a Maryland Distinguished Scholar.[37] Guy earned the Congressional Award for Youth Gold Medal, and was selected as a speaker at the national award ceremony in 2009.[38] In April 2009 she won first place at Maryland History Day[39] for her portrayal of American suffragist Alice Paul,[40] which she performed at the National History Day competition and at the Maryland Chautauqua Festival.[41]


  1. Article in Allegany Magazine
  2. "Joanna Guy Crowned Miss Maryland". WJZ-TV. June 24, 2012. Retrieved 2013-04-02.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Description of Fellowship Program from PIRG website
  4. Online profile of subject
  5. Dean's List eligibility requirements from the Cornell College of Arts and Sciences website
  6. Cover article, Alpha Phi Quarterly magazine, Fall 2012
  7. List of Alpha Phi scholarship recipients for the 2012-2013 academic year, Alpha Phi Quarterly magazine, Fall 2012
  8. Article about Alpha Phi's Got Talent competition in the Fall 2012 issue of the Alpha Phi Quarterly magazine
  9. Member profile on the Cornell Chorus website
  10. YouTube video of Joanna's Guy's solo performance at the After Eight concert at Cornell in April 2012
  11. Cornell in Washington website
  12. Letter from Senator Ben Cardin to Joanna Guy, July 12, 2012
  13. Article from Baltimore Fishbowl
  14. Article from Cornell Essentials
  15. Article from CBS Local Baltimore
  16. Article from Cumberland Times-News
  17. Miss America press release, Jan. 9, 2013
  18. YouTube video of Joanna's Guy's vocal performance at the Miss America 2013 competition on Jan. 12, 2013
  19. Description of Charles and Theresa Brown Scholarship from Miss America website
  20. Miss America press release, Jan 10, 2013
  21. YouTube video of Joanna Guy describing the Bounce Back project
  22. Article from "Miss Maryland Visits Fort Meade Schools," June 13, 2013
  23. Article from Cumberland Times-News: "Miss Maryland's Platform Near to Her Heart: Swanton Woman Emphasizes Healthy Choices to Cut Risk of Coronary Disease," June 27, 2012
  24. Joanna Guy blog: "Heart to Heart"
  25. Article from "Miss Maryland 2012 Campaigns for Humanities," Oct. 19, 2012
  26. Cornell Review interview with Laurel Conrad, Sept. 18, 2012
  27. Press Release from Miss America's Outstanding Teen Organization, Aug. 16, 2008
  28. Article from Cumberland Times-News, June 29, 2009
  29. Profile from Garrett Arts and Entertainment, 2009
  30. Article from Science News for Kids, "The Science Fair Circuit," Oct. 9, 2006
  31. Capital News Service article, "Create A Tornado? No Problem for Garrett Co. Whiz Kid," Oct. 18, 2005
  32. Article about DCYSC project from Science News for Kids, April 12, 2006
  33. Press release from INTEL/Science Service, "Grand Awards Presented to Finalists of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2006," May 12, 2006
  34. Carnegie Science Awards Awardees, 1997-2011 from
  35. Article in FSUNow, March 27, 2008
  36. Storytelling for Youth article by Gail Herman, PhD on, Dec. 7, 2009
  37. Press release from Office of Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, "First Lady Lady Katie O'Malley Delivers Keynote Address to Maryland's Distinguished Scholars," Sept. 6, 2008
  38. Article about 2009 Gold Medal Ceremony from
  39. Cumberland Times-News Archive, 2009
  40. YouTube performance of Alice Paul portrayal at National History Day, June 2009
  41. Article from Cumberland Times-News, "Chautauqua Returns to Garrett College, July 2, 2009

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Carlie Colella
Miss Maryland
Succeeded by
Christina Denny
Preceded by
Kasey Stanizewski
Miss Maryland's Outstanding Teen
Succeeded by
Stephanie Meadowcroft