Miss Syracuse 2016 Preview and Predictions

Local Competitions

Next weekend is the third annual Miss Syracuse Triple Crown pageant. Eleven beautiful ladies will be competing for one of three crowns, and the chance to continue on and compete at Miss New York 2015. This is the potentially the largest pageant so far in the 2016 season, and it will be exciting to say the least. We already know, afterall, three is a magic number…

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.

Contestants:

  1. Miss Syracuse
    • Erin St. Denis
    • Meghan Sinisi
      • Miss Liberty 2015, NF Talent
    • Erika Merkel
    • Alexandra Canavan
    • Amanda Abdagic
      • Miss Mohawk Valley 2013
    • Maja Bajic
  2. Miss Salt City and Miss Erie Canal
    • Meghan Cahill
      • Miss Altamont Fair 2015
    • Alia Bajorek
      • Runner up at Miss Bluebird
    • Heather Graves
  3. Erie Canal
    • Lauren Schwartzberg
      • Runner up at Miss Bluebird and Miss Queens
    • Taylor Burrows

Predictions

Top: Any of these ladies could go home with a crown, and it would be no surprise if they make up 4/5 of the Top 5 positions. 

  • Meghan Sinisi, Amanda Abdagic, Alia Bajorek, Lauren Schwartzberg

Fringe: These ladies have shown potential, but the competition is strong. Depending on their day-of performance they very well make take a crown, and if not they have high likelihood to place or win side awards. 

  • Heather Graves, Meghan Cahill

As always, a different day, different judges. It is impossible to know who is going to win 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.

How to Fix Bad Branding

Pageant Prep

Being a titleholder comes with many responsibilities, but perhaps the most important is maintaining your presence with a strong brand as a public figure. Public figures can easily fade into the background unless they are actively marketing themselves to the community and taking hold of their personal brand. It’s easy to fall into some bad branding habits that could seriously impact your ability to connect with appearances, gain sponsors, and potentially impact your interview strength. But, it’s even easier to fix these three mistakes!

  1. Phantom Pages
    • Bad Branding: Last year you were Miss Local County, and had a Facebook page to share pictures and updates. This year you are Miss Regional. You make a new page, but instead of naming it after your new title you name it after your name. 2 points! But what happens to your Miss Local County Page? It fades away but never goes away. It is social media litter.
    • How to Fix It: First, recruit your followers to your new page. Make a post on the old page, and tag the new one. Another great tip is to change your old page’s default picture or cover photo to a graphic that has the name of your new page. Finally, invite your friends to like and share your page. If possible, share your page to your pageant’s local org page or group.
    • Delete your Phantom Pages:Screen Shot 2015-10-13 at 9.03.39 PM
  2. Miscellaneous Pictures
    • Bad Branding: Every weekend you are at an event. You are constantly serving the community, visiting schools, and speaking with politicians. And you never forget to take a picture to document the occasion. But when you post it on Facebook, every picture winds up in the Timeline Pictures album. This makes it impossible to sort out photos based on the event. The community may not know what the picture is from, or the event hosts may not be able to find the photos as easily to use on their marketing tools. The pictures are no better than they’d be in a box in the closet.
    • How to Fix it: Go into your page’s “timeline photos” or “mobile uploads”. One by one, open a photo and assign it to a designated album.
    • Moving Pictures into Albums:Screen Shot 2015-10-13 at 9.16.11 PM
  3. Inconsistent Handles
    • Bad Branding:
    • How To Fix It: Changing your Twitter and Instagram handles is incredibly easy. Choose a handle that you want to use for all of your accounts. Before changing one account, check the availability on all sources.
    • Changing Your Twitter Handle: Screen Shot 2015-10-19 at 10.43.08 PM

Having a flawless personal brand isn’t easy, but fixing these three mistakes will improve it by leaps and bounds. The importance of a strong social media presence is often the tipping point in the interview room, can impact your stage presence, and ensures you are fulfilling the job you were hired for.

NY Strong at Virginia USA, Again

National Competitions

This past weekend, two beautifully elegant young women, both former Miss New York contestants, competed in Miss Virginia USA… again! Both have competed at Miss New York, both have competed at Miss Virginia, and last year both of them competed in Miss Virginia USA. Delesia was a Top 12 finalist, and Jamie was 2nd runner up. Both returned this year to try their luck once more at the Miss Virginia USA competition.