Janolo, 24, a student of University of Central Florida, won the Miss Florida crown in July last year, the Asian Journal said.
The 2012 Miss America Pageant will be broadcast live from Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on January 14.
Janolo, of Kissimmee, Florida, is the first Filipino-American to win the title of Miss Florida.
She was born in the United States but her mother is from Manila while her father is from Mindoro.
According to the Miss America website, the pageant began in 1921, when East Coast newspapers sent their city representatives to the Second Annual Fall Frolic as special guests.
Once Miss America is chosen, she embarks on a year-long national speaking tour. "As a national spokesperson and advocate, Miss America travels approximately 20,000 miles a month, to a different city every other day, addressing diverse audiences, increasing awareness and promoting her chosen platform," the website says.
Miss America contestants are from 17 to 24 years old. Scholarships are available to contestants, even non-winners.