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Julia Belechak found out that her pageant “big sister” Sheena Monnin vacated the Miss Pennsylvania USA crown the same way many others did: on Facebook.

“I did get a call the very next day from Sheena though, telling me about her resignation and explaining some things,” Belechak revealed in an interview on “The Ralphie Radio Show.” “That kind of made up for finding it out on Facebook.”


The Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA title holder had made numerous appearances with Monnin in the six months they that they wore the crowns for the Keystone State. With the vacant title, Belechak will now assume the responsibilities of Miss Pennsylvania USA through December.

“I had a wonderful time getting to know her,” the 18 year-old said of Monnin. “She’s a great person.”

Belechak said that her conversation with Monnin following the resignation consisted of many of the same topics that the former titleholder would discuss with Ann Curry on NBC’s “TODAY.” But despite the incident and some of Monnin’s claims, the teenager has enjoyed her experience thus far with the Miss Universe Organization.

“I wouldn’t give it up for the world,” she said. “It’s been the best six months ever. I’ve achieved my goals as Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA and now I hope to achieve my goal as Miss Teen USA.”

Belechak will have her chance soon enough, as she prepares to fly to the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas for the Miss Teen USA pageant. The event will stream live on-line July 28. The Cranberry Township native says that in addition to the competition, she’s most looking forward to the beach.

I joined A.J. Hammer on HLN’s “Showbiz Tonight” to weigh in on Miss Pennsylvania USA Sheena Monnin calling Donald Trump’s Miss USA Pageant rigged. I was a judge for the Miss PA USA pageant, which took place last December in Pittsburgh.

Miss Universe Organization President Paula Shugart and I joined Isha Sesay on HLN’s “Evening Express” to chat about the resignation of Miss Pennsylvania USA, Sheena Monnin. I was a judge for the Miss PA USA pageant, which took place last December in Pittsburgh.

On WBRE’s “PA Live!” for this week’s “The Ralphie Report,” I talked about my interviews with One Direction’s Niall Horan and Carly Rae Jepsen, plus previewed Justin Bieber’s prime-time special and the Miss USA pageant.

I stopped by WBRE’s “PA Live!” for my weekly segment, “The Ralphie Report.” This week, the topics included the break-up of Pia Toscano and Mark Ballas, along with the announcement that I will be judging this year’s Miss Pennsylvania USA pageant. I’ll also serve as a judge for the Miss Connecticut USA competition.

I will appear every Thursday on “PA Live!” – a new, daily show on WBRE that airs weekdays at 4 p.m. The show is co-hosted by Dave Kuharchik and Monica Madeja.


If you missed the news, I announced Thrusday evening on “The Ralphie Radio Show” that I will be judging both the Miss Connecticut USA and Miss Pennsylvania USA pageants. This is my first real venture in to the pageant world… once my parents enterted me in Lewiston, NY’s “Peach Festival” when I was about 4 years old. I cried on the stage, didn’t win… hot mess. Anyways, I’m excited to be working with this joint venture between NBC Universal and Donald Trump – the state competitions feed to Miss USA, which then determine who will compete for Miss Universe.

In Rhode Island this weekend, a new Miss Rhode Island will be crowned. The outgoing crown holder, Kate McCaughey, called in to “The Ralphie Radio Show” to offer some tips on what type of questions I should ask potential winners.

The Miss Pennsylvania USA pageant is set for December 2-4 in Pittsburgh. Last year, Wilkes-Barre’s Kerry Hogan took home “Miss Congeniality.”

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