Just two months ago, Jamie Lynn Macchia was crowned Miss New York in her 4th and final attempt at the state crown. She has already made appearances across the state, traveled to New Jersey and Florida, and has been working incredibly hard to promote her platform Inspiring Action Against Pediatric Cancer, specifically in regards to fundraising for research and support groups.
Jamie has the challenge and pleasure of representing New Yorkers as the first Staten Islander to win the title in many years. Jamie is beautiful, talented, and smart (everything needed to become Miss America!), and has an incredible smile that lights up any room (or stage).
Who is Miss New York?
But now is the important part for New York’s fans and supporter. Prior arriving in Atlantic City at least we have the opportunity to secure a spot in the finals. Jamie will be representing New York next month at the National Pageant, and by voting for her every day we can guarantee her a spot in the Top 15, and a performance on Finals Night.
How to Vote for Miss New York
Unlike in the past, voting is done on social media. Using Facebook or Twitter, simply use the hashtag #MissAmericaVote and include the words “New York” in the content. “We Love New York” works pretty well. Support Miss New York, Jamie Lynn Macchia, and help secure her place in the Finals at Miss America. So Vote for Jamie Lynn every day on your social media accounts. It’s as easy as retweeting @PageantFile each day on Twitter.
Why You Should Vote for Miss New York
It wasn’t long ago that Claire Buffie, Miss New York 2010, won the honor of becoming People’s choice. Kaitlin Monte was second runner up in the competition and won a preliminary award. Mallory Hagan became the fourth Miss New York to become Miss America in history. Nina Davuluri resurected the Miss Syracuse title, and was the first Miss America of Indian Decent. Then Kira Kazantsev shattered history with the infamous three-peat. New York has big expectations for our titleholder, and without a doubt know that Jamie can #Go4It!
Last year, Jamie Lynn Macchia was 2nd runner up to Miss New York and accepted the title of Miss New York’s Sweetheart. She traveled to Hoopston, Illinois to compete with her Sweetheart Sisters in a national pageant, similar to Miss America.
New York had made history as the only state to win Miss America three-consecutive years, but that wasn’t our only historic feat. Jamie Lynn came home as 1st Runner Up- the highest a New York Sweetheart had ever placed. She later announced that the pageant’s life stream statistics were able to determine that more viewers were from New York than any other state.
This year, Jamie Lynn has won the title of Miss New York 2015, and will compete in Atlantic City. We have come to expect big things from our New York representatives.
Just today, Nina Zesky, Miss Heart of New York, announced that she has accepted the title of New York’s Sweetheart and will be representing the Empire State at the National Sweetheart pageant. Like Jamie, Nina was 2nd runner up at the Miss New York pageant, coincidentally with the same 1st runner up turning down the initial offer.
Nina will be joined by State Finalists from across the nation for the opportunity to be crowned Miss National sweetheart. Although this is not officially affiliated with Miss America, the pageant follows the same categories and scoring procedure. Many Sweetheart representatives go on to claim their state title (as seen with Jamie Lynn and Allie Curtis, Rhode Island’s 2014 Sweetheart), and some have even gone on to with the Miss America crown. This year has also made history in a national way, as a record breaking number of 2014 Sweethearts have won their 2015 state titles. Last year, only 4 Sweethearts competed at Miss America. The state season is only half complete thus far, and there are already over a dozen Sweethearts with state titles.
The pageant will be held in August; we can’t wait to see how Nina will do. New York has certainly set the standards high, and we have every reason to believe Nina will continue to show America that an Empire State of Mind is the secret to success.
The time has come for Miss New York International, Danielle Trumbulll, to pass on the crown to a new young lady in our great state of New York. Six “Miss” contestants, as well as some Teen and Mrs contestants, have all come together at the Villa Roma Resort in Calicoon, New York.
Danielle Trumbull, Miss New York International 2013, with the 6 Miss contestants.
Interview: 40% (of overall score) for Teen and Miss competitors and 50% (of overall score) for Mrs. competitors. Interviews will be conducted between 5 judges and contestant. Each contestant will have 5 minutes with each judge.
Evening Gown: 20% (Teen and Miss Competitors) and 25% (Mrs.). Each contestant will wear her own personal choice of floor length evening gown. Each contestant will be judged on grace, poise and elegance in Evening Wear.
Fitness Wear: 20% (Teen and Miss) 25% (Mrs.) Each contestant will wear the official aerobic wear with white athletic shoes, and is judged on being physically fit, energetic, and healthy.
Fun Fashion Wear: 20% (Teen and Miss) The Fun Fashion Wear portion of the competition is designed to provide each contestant an opportunity to express her own personal sense of style. Fun Fashion Wear attire should consist of something that you would wear on the red carpet or to a dressy celebration like a New Year’s Eve party.
The On-Stage portion will consist of a 30 platform statement followed by a platform related question with 30 seconds to complete and answer.
Miss New York International: Elaina Estrada
Teen Miss New York International: Rachel Goldsmith
Mrs. New York International: Marjorie Anglade-Vail
Following the crowning of Miss America, the state has the job of filling the gap. Who will be the next Miss [state]? Recently, with New York’s prior wins, we have had the honor of crowning Shannon Oliver and Amanda Mason as Miss New York 2012 and 2013, respectively, following the crowning of Mallory Hagan and Nina Davuluri as Miss America.
This year, as Kira took the national stage for the first time as Miss America, New York had the difficult job once again. Who will take the title of Miss New York?
Being called in Top 5, normally that is the end. There is that statement muffled about “should the winner no longer be able to fill her responsibilities, the first runner up will take over. But normally that goes ignored. Why would a titleholder be unable to fill her responsibilities? In this case, because she now has a new job; Miss America.
And so it came down to the Top 5 to decide, who will be Miss New York 2014?
1. Kristina Blackstock, Miss Ireland 2013, raised over $900 for CMN this year
2. Marsaili Knapp, First MAO pageant
3. Ashley Loggins
4. Rachel Cook, First MAO pageant
5. Taylor Burrows
6. Michaela Kenny, Teen New York
7. Marivi Howell-Arza, First MAO pageant
8. Lauren Crandall, Miss Mohawk Valley 2014
9. Allison Carlos, Miss NYs Outstanding Teen, Miss Forest Queen, Miss Thousand Island
10. Alex Davis, First MAO pageant
This pageant is impossible to predict. I would love to have a clearcut idea of who will win, but this pageant is never clear cut. I am confident that Allison Carlos and Lauren Crandall will make Top Five. I think Kristina Blackstock may also make Top Five. I would love for Michaela Kenny to be there with them, and could possibly see Ashley Loggins. But this is because I know them, and have competed with them. Despite my research, I know very little about the first time contestants, and simply cannot assume they will not stand up to the seasoned veterans.
Who do you think will be the 50th Miss Thousand Islands? Sound off in the comments below.