If you want to send Miss Michigan Elizabeth Wertenberger your good wishes, there’s may still be time to send a card or letter to Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. The address is:

Miss Michigan, Elizabeth Wertenberger
Planet Hollywood
3667 Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109

You also are welcome to post greetings on her official Facebook fan page, and Elizabeth will catch up with those messages whenever she can log on.

But I’ll pass on a request that is circulating among the state and local pageant staff and volunteers, and ask anyone who has Elizabeth’s phone number to hold off on the direct texts and phone calls this week. There are other ways to send her good luck messages right now. Besides, we all will get a chance to catch up with her behind-the-scenes Miss America stories when the time comes.

This week’s schedule in Las Vegas is extremely busy. I have a copy of both the competition schedule and the official pageant program and I’m read some chatter that rehearsals are taking up a lot of time. But even the information I have does not list all the events that are taking place. One example was the queens’ attendance this weekend at the Phantom of the Opera theater show.

And Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan’s advice to the class of 2012 includes this:

Sleep, sleep, sleep, sleep, sleep, sleep — and more sleep! Last year, more than half of the contestants were run down while here. It’s a grueling schedule, and sleep makes such a huge difference in the kind of experience you have. If you get sick, you can’t enjoy it, and you will not do as well.

I’m not even in direct contact with Elizabeth right now.

I’m working this blog via the official Miss America press releases, Google Alerts to pick up on headlines from other news and social media, Facebook chatter from Miss America and the state queen feeds, and emails from the pageant staff and fans.

– Paula Wethington

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