Miss Finger Lakes 2016

Local Competitions

The Miss Finger Lakes pageant held its 18th pageant, and crowned four new queens to compete at Miss New York and Miss New York’s Outstanding Teen. The competition was fierce, and any of them would have made a wonderful representative of the area, and made the local organization proud.

The outgoing titleholders gave beautiful farewell speeches, and many tears were shed. It is truly special that so many of the 2015 titleholders had earned new titles. For the past two tears, most if not all, of the the runners up went on to compete at Miss New York. It will be interesting to see how many of this year’s contestants go on to join the Miss New York Class of 2016.


  • Community Service: Emma Silen

  • Miss Congeniality: Emma Silen

  • People’s Choice: Kerri Gulkis

  • Talent Award: Allison Carlos and Shelley Jain


  • 4th Runner Up: Diana Cotrone

  • 3rd Runner Up: Neetu Chandak

  • 2nd Runner Up: Alexandra Harvey-Sprague

  • 1st Runner Up: Emma Silen

  • Outstanding Teen Runner Up: Clara Tyrel

    Miss Upstate New York: Shelley Jain
    Miss Upstate New York’s Outstanding Teen: Lauryn Whitfield
    Miss Finger Lakes: Allison Carlos
    Miss Finger Lakes’ Outstanding Teen: Colleen Denmon

There they are! Four Dancers headed to Miss New York!

Post Script: Following the Miss Finger Lakes Pageant, Clara Tyrel accepted the at-large title of Miss Niagara Frontier’s Outstanding Teen!

Miss Finger Lakes Review & Preview 2016

Local Competitions

This weekend is the 18th annual Miss Finger Lakes and Miss Upstate New York pageant. This year 14 beautiful ladies and 4 terrific teens will be competing for four crowns and entry to the 2016 Miss New York and Miss New York’s Outstanding Teen competitions.

The Miss Finger Lakes Pageant has been going on for nearly two decades, with an extensive legacy, and even a few state titleholders. Since adding the Miss Upstate New York title, the competition was open to girls north of the Bronx. However this year, in an effort to increase the number of locals girls are eligible for, the pageant opened statewide. Once again, the dynamic duo Lorna Rose, Miss Finger Lakes 2009, and Allie Curtis, Miss Upstate New York 2012, will be returning to host the event.


This year, the Miss Finger Lakes team decided to bypass the annual Little Miss Finger Lakes fundraiser pageant, where the Outstanding Teens are crowned. Following the direction of other local pageants, the Outstanding Teens will now compete and be crowned alongside the Miss contestants.

Miss Finger Lakes 2015, Kerisa Bonville

Kerisa Bonville dedicated her time as Miss Finger Lakes advocating for anxiety and depression disorders. She attended many events throughout the Finger Lakes, and across the state. She visited schools, was interviewed on local news stations, and volunteered with the animal shelter. She even represented the Miss Finger Lakes title as a speaker at the International OCD Foundation Conference in Boston, Massachusetts. Most recently, she attended the Miss Flower City 2016 pageant, where she performed the National Anthem.

Miss Upstate New York 2015, Lauren Crandall

Lauren Crandall split her time as Miss Upstate New York quite literally serving across upstate New York. She attended parades, held workshops at schools and with Girl Scout troops, attended rallies at the Capitol, and was a keynote speaker at a Lavender Graduation Ceremony and a Breaking the Silence to End Domestic Violence Conference.She dedicated her time promoting her platform Helping Students Thrive: it’s EASY, which shows the community that Education, Advocacy, Safe Spaces, and Youth Groups are vital to a student’s success in school and life.

Miss Staten Island Preview

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This upcoming weekend is the Miss Staten Island’s 50th Anniversary dual crown pageant!  Twenty beautiful young ladies between the ages of 13 and 24 will compete for two Miss and two Teen titles, and advance to their respective state pageant. The one lucky lady who wins the title of Miss Staten Island will receive a commemorative 50th Anniversary banner, just as Miss Thousand Islands 2015 did.

This year the eligibilities were extended to offer more opportunities to contestants who are not able to complete in more pageants. Each of the titles have a different regional eligibility, and come with a different set of responsibilities.  The contestant list is made up of three first time competitors, three former titleholders, and two 2016 runner ups (three if you count Lauren twice). The skill levels are diverse, the talents are diverse, and there is no clear “front runner”. It goes without saying that whoever is crowned will go on to make the state proud as representatives of the greater Syracuse region.


  1. Madison O’Hara
    • Age: 22
  2. Alexa Moley
    • Age: 18
    • Miss Southern New York’s OT 2013, Miss Staten Island’s OT 2014
  3. Allison DeLuca
    • Age: 22
  4. Rose Bolella
    • Age: 22
  5. Ashley Davis
    • Miss Five Boroughs 2015, Top 10
    • Miss Staten Island’s OT 2013, Top 6
  6. Nicole Doz
    • Age: 22
    • 1st Runner Up at Miss Staten Island 2015
  7. Cassie Paradise
    • Age: 20
    • 2nd Runner Up at Miss Staten Island 2015
    • Miss Southern Tier 2015
  8. Joelle Bracco
  9. Heather Wolf



Top: It would be easy to assume Ashley Davis and Cassie Paradise will take the crowns and Nicole Doz will make the Top 5, based only by their past.  But last year two first-timers took the crowns. It’s impossible to know who is going to win, especially with so many first timers, without knowing exactly what the judges are looking for and how the girls will perform. Strong girls have bad days, new girls can shine, and seasoned veterans are constantly improving. No matter which girls walk away as the newest members of the Miss New York Class of 2016, it’s because they put their heart on the stage and earned it.

Miss Syracuse Triple Crown 2016

Local Competitions



The third annual Miss Syracuse Triple Crown pageant was held last weekend at the Mohegan Manor up in Baldwinsville, NY. The eligibility expanded this year to provide opportunity for more girls across the state to compete. All titleholders will be expected to attend a set minimum of events in the greater Syracuse region, as well as their hometowns.

Contestants competed in the standard phases of competition private interview, talent swimsuit, evening gown, and on-stage question, like always. But, exclusive to the Miss Syracuse Pageant and unseen at other pageants, the contestants participated in a “Show Them Your Shoes” walking-parade during the Opening Number, and invited visiting royalty to participate. Contestants were able to decorate a pair of shoes to represent their personality, and walked through the isles.