Beauty Pageant titleholder
Born In:Kenosha, WI
You Know Her As:Miss America 2012
Did You Know?Laura Marie Kaeppeler (born March 2, 1988) is an American beauty pageant titleholder crowned Miss America 2012 on January 14, 2012, representing the state of Wisconsin. Kaeppeler was the first woman representing Wisconsin to win Miss America since Terry Anne Meeuwsen won in 1973. Kaeppeler, was born to Jeff and Sue Kaeppeler in Kenosha, Wisconsin. She attended St. Joseph High School and Carthage College, where she graduated in 2010 with a degree in music.
Kaeppeler received a $2000 scholarship for winning a Preliminary Talent award with her rendition of the Luigi Arditi waltz “Il Bacio”. In the swimsuit competition, she wore a white bikini. When asked if beauty queens should declare their political viewpoint, she answered, “Miss America represents everyone, so I think the message to political candidates is that they represent everyone as well. And so in these economic times, we need to be looking forward to what America needs, and I think Miss America needs to represent all.” She chose a platform of supporting and mentoring children of incarcerated parents. Her father had served 18 months in prison for mail fraud. She was wearing a black beaded dress as she accepted the winner’s crown and a $50,000 scholarship at the pageant.