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 2014 local titleholders have been very busy this month, recollecting themselves from the Miss NY experience, getting ready to go back to school and still promoting their personal platform and serving the local communities. Hours of dedication go into being a titleholder and representing the region, both before and after the State Pageant. This is not an extensive list of every titleholder’s journey, but rather a peek into their very active reigns. Some events may have been missed or omitted. Please follow each titleholder’s individual journey on their personal blog or fan page. Highlights of the great work done by Local Titleholders this week.
Miss America is the largest pageant system with a talent portion. This section is scored 35%, which actually makes it, according to the numbers at least, the most important category of the competition. It’s no wonder that many of our Miss America past winners, as well as countless state and local titleholders, have danced in ballet companies, performed on Broadway, or put out albums. The Miss America system is full of talented ladies.
Miss NY 2013
So what happens when a contestant transfers to MAO from a system without a talent portion. She has the stage presence, poise, and beauty. She’s smart, active in the community, and can depend her viewpoints in her interview. But this future Miss America wanna be has not been singing since before she ould speak or dancing since she learned to walk. Sure, she can do a little of both, but she may not have what it takes to stand out against classically trained girls.
This is similar to the case of Kira Kazantsev, Miss New York 2014. Kira has a beautiful voice. She’s fit and healthy, incredible intelligent, and has a great marketing mind. But the talent section is not what drew her to MAO.
Yesterday, Jamie Lynn Macchia, Miss Staten Island and 2nd Runner Up officially announced that she will be representing New York in the annual America’s Sweetheart pageant. She will be joined by State Finalists from across the country, including Alexandra Curtis; former Miss Upstate NY, current Miss East Greenwich, and 1st Runner Up at Miss Rhode Island.
The National Sweetheart pageant, first held in 1939, originally crowned the Sweetcorn Queen at the annual Hoopseton Sweetcorn Festival in Hoopseton Illinois. Through the years, as states began sending representatives, the festival and title changed names until finally settling on the National Sweetheart title.