Heather Whitestone was Miss America 1995 and was the first deaf Miss America. Whitestone became the second Miss Alabama to become Miss America.
When Whitestone was 18 months old, she lost her hearing due to a serious ear infection. She struggled to keep up with her classmates so her family decided to send her to the Central Institute for the Deaf in St. Louis, Missouri. There she learned two grade levels each year and ultimately, graduated from high school with a 3.6 GPA.
Career After the Crown
She continued her advocacy for the deaf community after her year of service. Whitestone was appointed by President Bush and confirmed by the US Senate to the National Council on Disability. She was also appointed to the Advisory Council for the National Institutes of Health on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Whitestone advocated for "Dogs for the Deaf," a hearing-dog organization.
Whitestone married John McCallum. The pair met when he served as a Congressional aide to Speaker Newt Gingrich. They are parents to four sons: John, James, Wilson, and Ian.
Calls for Board Resignation
On August 16, Miss America 2018 released a letter containing shocking allegations of mistreatment at the hands of Miss America Organization Chair Gretchen Carlson and President/CEO Regina Hopper. Carlson later responded saying that Mund's letter cost the organization dearly and that she should not have gone public with the information. On August 20, 19 former Miss Americas came together to call for the official resignation of both Carlson and Hopper.
Miss America 1984 Suzette Charles and Miss America 1995 Heather Whitestone McCallum were interviewed by Megyn Kelly on the Today Show about the future of the Miss America Organization and the shocking allegations.
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Which School Did Heather Whitestone Attend?
Jacksonville State University
FUN FACTS about Heather Whitestone
Whitestone has published four books: Listening with My Heart, Believing in the Promise, Heavenly Crowns and Let God Surprise You. She served as a Board Member for Helen Keller Foundation for Research and Education for seven years.