Name: Cassie Paradise
Formerly Miss Southern Tier 2015 (Miss New York 2015, Top 11, People’s Choice winner)
Currently Miss Richmond County 2016
Fundraising: Miss America for Kids
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.