Sisterhood Spotlight: Jordenne Butler

I remember sitting in the auditorium in June, squeezing the hands of Christa and Audra (both older “sisters” of this remarkable young woman) being unable to look at the stage. All three of us were shaking and holding our breath in anxiousness and then we heard it…Jordenne’s name called as Miss Wisconsin’s Oustanding Teen 2015.  My heart was bursting with excitement as I watched Jordenne Butler get crowned. She is truly a remarkable young woman who showcases the utmost passion for this program, her family and friends, and a deep desire to make a difference in others’ lives. If you know her, you also know that her smile and personable attitude are contagious. It’s been amazing watching her grow within this program and I cannot wait to see what adventures God has in store for her future.  Here she is…your WIOT 2015… Name: Jordenne Butler

Hometown: Onalaska, WI

Education: Onalaska High School, Onalaska Middle School, Northern Hills Elementary School, Cathedral Elementary School

Dream job: Leader of communications within a large company

Favorite color: Pink

1. What inspired you to get involved with the Miss America Organization? Many of my dance teachers were local titleholders and two were Miss Wisconsins. They showed me how to follow my dreams and to always use perseverance!

2. Tell us about your first MAO pageant. I was 13 years old competing for Miss Seven River’s Outstanding Teen. I ordered my evening gown online for $75, my interview dress was $10, and I used an old dance costume. I remember showing up pageant day and seeing the other contestants pull out there evening gowns that costed hundreds of dollars. I figured I would never win because I did not have an expensive dress, earrings, or shoes so I just focused on having fun! I was in complete shock when my name was called as the winner. It taught me that you do not need the most expensive or elaborate things… all you have to do is be yourself!

3. What is/was your platform and why did you choose it? My platform is entitled, LEAP for Success. LEAP stands for leadership, empowerment, attitude, and perseverance. My platform is a plan to help people reach their goals. I have found that these four pillars have helped me reach my goals and dreams. In relating my personal application of this plan, I hope to encourage and inspire others to succeed in accomplishing their goals as well.

4. What is your favorite phase of competition, why? Interview! I used to get so scared about interview, but then I realized I just have to be myself. I love being able to let the judges see who I am and why I compete in this amazing organization!

5. Style, Service, Scholarship, or Success? Success; my Miss Seven Rivers big sister, Elizabeth showed me a quote once that said,“Success means going to sleep at night knowing that our talents and abilities were used in a way that served others.” I love the quote and think about it often!

6. What titles have you held and what were some of your biggest accomplishments or most cherished memories during each of them? 

Miss Seven Rivers Outstanding Teen

  • Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler- Fleiss homecoming
  • CMN Hospital Hero kick off party
  • Miss Wisconsin’s Outstanding Teen pageant

Miss Onalaska’s Outstanding Teen

  • Onalaska Community Days
  • Raising money for CMNH by visiting area Culver’s with champion Delany
  • Miss Wisconsin’s Outstanding Teen pageant

Miss River City’s Outstanding Teen

  • Ugly Sweater Run
  • Miss Wisconsin’s Outstanding Teen pageant

Miss Wisconsin’s Outstanding Teen 2015

  • Miss Remarkable
  • Rock on for Downs Fundraiser
  • Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 

7. What is/was your talent and what do/did you enjoy most about performing it? My talent is a lyrical en pointe dance. I love the passion that comes with dancing. Being able to show my emotion on stage is so much fun!

8. Who is your biggest role model within the Miss Wisconsin Scholarship Program? I have a three way tie!! Kristina Smaby- Schoh, Elizabeth Kramer-Smaby, and Raeanna Johnson are all some of my biggest role models! They all have taught me so much about being myself and what this organization is about! I am so thankful to have all three of them in my life.  9. Favorite comfort food outside of competition mode? Sour Patch Kids! I may eat some well in competition mode too, lol!

10. Who is your favorite Miss America? Why? Kira Kazantsev; When Kira first won Miss America I was slightly disappointed and confused, but boy did she grow on me! She was so poised, but was also very real! Getting to meet Kira in Orlando and have a one to one conversation was so cool! Also, she pronounced my name correct on her first try 😉

11. How would you describe the feelings you had when you won your first local? What goes through your mind when you are standing on stage and you hear your name called? Exhilarating, I was in complete shock because it was my first pageant ever. You never know who the judges want that day so anytime I competed and won I was overjoyed and surprised. You just never know what the outcome might be!

12. If someone says, “You’re a beauty queen, what’s the relevancy of a pageant in today’s society,” what would you say to them? When I won my first title I got made fun of for being a “beauty queen” Today, I laugh and think well I will be in so much less college debt than you will be someday! That is what it is all about, furthering our education and being able to do that with scholarships. Some people still may think of the Miss America Org. as a beauty pageant, but with us titleholders getting out in the community and showing everyone who we are we are proving that we are so much more than just “pretty girls.”  13. What is the most memorable moment you’ve experienced as a contestant/titleholder? Getting crowned Miss Wisconsin’s Outstanding Teen by one of my best friends and seeing my best friend at the end of the runway. I am so blessed to have such amazing friends in my life.

14. How has your involvement influenced your life? Before I starting competing I could not speak in front of a class of twenty and now I can speak in front of over hundreds of people and feel confident in what I am saying and who I am. I am very thankful for this organization that taught me to stay true to myself.

15. What advice would you give to fellow sisters, contestants, and young girls looking to one day compete for a title? Stay true to yourself, have fun with it, and NEVER give up on your dreams.


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