Miss Syracuse 2015

B2B0RwzIQAAU5owThe second annual Miss Syracuse Triple Crown took place at the Palace Theater on Sunday, November 9th. Tickets were $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

It  began with an opening number routine to Christina Aguilera’s Stronger featuring Nina Zesky, Miss Salt City 2014. Immediately following, each contestant had a few moments to brief the audience on their platform, and then answer an onstage question.  Topics included ebola, the glass ceiling, death with dignity, the legacy as a titleholder, personal rebranding, school suspension policies, the relevance of the Miss America Organization, and the importance of community service. There were also questions on New York’s recent political election, influential women, female objectification, and of course a few questions about Syracuse.


While the ladies changed for swimsuit, the judges were announced. There was a great panel of judges including Alyssa LaFar, the editor of Syracuse Woman Magazine, John DeSantis, the founder of Belive in Syracuse, Tammy Palmer, news anchor and reporter, Tori Shearer from Krueger Funeral Home, Colleen Battalino, an ultrasound technician, and ocular surgeon Todd Morason, MD. The head judge for the evening was Karen Watson. Karen has been involved with pageantry for many years with her daughter Jessica, who held various titles including Miss Salt City 2005. She continues to stay active volunteering with local pageants.

Following a beautiful ballet performance by Amanda St. Amour, Miss Syracuse’s Outstanding Teen, Caitlin Nolan, Miss Erie Canal 2014 gave her final walk and a farewell speech.

The contestants returned for the Lifestyle and Fitness category of the competition. Although many girls chose standard black with bling, there were many jewel tone suites as well.

Adrienne Wilson, Miss Syracuse 2014, then gave her final walk and farewell speech.

Proving the daily dose of cute, the Miss Syracuse “little miss” girls then came on stage with Nina to perform a group dance. The Miss Syracuse mentoring program is unlike any other local, and provides an opportunity for a dozen little girls, not yet old enough to compete, to work with the titleholders on community service events.

The talent portion contained many great and original routines.

Anneliese performed a Jazz dance to “I Gotcha”. Katherine played an original piano piece called “Beautiful Magic”. Jessica sang the song “My Man” from Funny Girl. Abby performed a jazz dance to the song “Le Jazz Hot”. Amanda A. performed an original poetry piece. Willa sang the operatic song O Mio Babbino Caro. Next Maja performed a fun jazz/modern dance to the song “Fun House”. Kayla shook the audience when she played “I Will Always Love You” on two pianos, simultaneously, set to different keys. Anastasia wowed the crowd with “Defying Gravity” once again. Michaela, inspired by Lindsey Stirling, performed an original rendition of Crystallize. Amanda D., formerly a vocalist, instead played Smooth Criminal on the violin. Kelsey used paint and glitter to make a sparkling Statue of Liberty. Abbey sang “On My Own” from Les Mis. Rounding off the night was Madison, performing the classical piece “Experience” on an electric violin.

Intermission was followed by many performances. First, the Apple’s Got Talent winners, an Irish Step Troup, danced to “All About That Bass”. It was a perfect introduction for Caitlin Nolan to perform her talent from Miss New York, an Irish Step Dance to “Dueling Violins”.

Nina gave her final walk, and her reign reflection speech.

Warming the stage for evening gown, longtime volunteer Jack Carr gave a vocal performance to the song “The Way You Look Tonight”.


The visiting titleholders were announced, Amanda St. Amore gave her final walk and farewell speech, and Cady Ruth Stoever, Miss New York’s Outstanding Teen performed her state winning violin song “Waltz of the Flowers”, and sponsors and backstage helpers were announced. Then Kristina King and Emma Silen then spoke briefly on their once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to earn the chance to compete at Miss New York at-large, and thanked Salt City Royalty for making it happen.

During this time, the auditors worked quickly to tabulate the scores.

A touching moment, each contestant was given a rose to give to their loved ones in the audience there to support them.

Just before crowning, Cady Ruth read a message from Jillian Tapper, Miss New York 2014.


  • Community Service: Michaela Kenny
  • People’s Choice: Abby Hoag
  • Academic Excellence: Amanda Daley
  • Miracle Maker: Jessica Brosofsky
  • Pride of New York: Nina Zesky, Runner Up: Madison Manuel
  • Overall Talent: Anastasia Harisis
  • Overall Interview: Anastasia Harisis
  • Overall Evening Gown: Anneliese Trust
  • Overall Swimwear: Anneliese Trust
  • Miss Congeniality: Anastastia Harisis



Two beautiful side notes: The pageant took place on Anneliese’s 22nd birthday. It goes without a doubt to say she received the best birthday gift she could have received.

Caitlin Nolan’s longtime boyfriend proposed after the wedding, and so she traded in her sparkly crown for a sparkly ring.

Interested in learning a little more about the contestants, and who we predicted would be in the Top 6? Click Here to look back at the Preview & Predictions page. Hint: We called all 6. 


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