The 49th Miss Staten Island Pageant was held on Sunday November 9th. Two new ladies joined the Miss New York Class of 2015, and two young ladies joined the Miss New York’s Outstanding Teen class of 2015.
The second annual Miss Syracuse Triple Crown took place at the Palace Theater on Sunday, November 9th. Tickets were $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
It began with an opening number routine to Christina Aguilera’s Stronger featuring Nina Zesky, Miss Salt City 2014. Immediately following, each contestant had a few moments to brief the audience on their platform, and then answer an onstage question. Topics included ebola, the glass ceiling, death with dignity, the legacy as a titleholder, personal rebranding, school suspension policies, the relevance of the Miss America Organization, and the importance of community service. There were also questions on New York’s recent political election, influential women, female objectification, and of course a few questions about Syracuse.
This year, the first Miss Queens pageant was held. Six contestants from across Queens and Long Island came out to vie for the crown. None of the ladies had held titles in the Miss America system before.
Claudette Gomez, Miss Heart of New York 2014, served as the emcee for the evening. Jillian Tapper, Miss New York 2014, will be crowning the new winner.
Catherine performed a hoop dance.
Tiffany performed a contemporary dance.
Yolanda performed a monologue of spoken word.
Sydney performed a tap dance.
Dieusita performed a lyrical dance.
Lannetta performed a dramatic monologue.
*Photos courtesy of Sarah Hreyo, Miss Empire Star 2014
2nd Runner Up: Tiffany Farrell
1st Runner Up: Catherine Mannett
Miss Queens 2015: Dieusita Jean
Please welcome the two newest members of the Miss New York Class of 2015! Kristina King, Miss Apple Festival, and Emma Silen, Miss NYS Fair, have just been approved to compete in the 2015 Miss New York pageant as “at-large” contestants.
What is at-large? If a girl who is eligible for Miss locals competes in a Fair/Festival pageant with similar competition categories, she can apply to compete at Miss New York “at-large”. This just means she didn’t win an official preliminary. A specific fair or festival pageant is allowed to send a representative 3 times before they will be required to apply for an official franchise license.
Once an at-large contestant is approved, she is an official State Contestant, and is equal to her Miss NY Sisters. She has the exact same expectations (and benefits) of other local titleholders. However, she does not receive all of the same perks as other contestants. An official local pageant will supply the local titleholder with her sash, crown, and contribute to many of the Miss New York week expenses, as well as provide her with a minimum scholarship. At-large contestants do not have a local board of directors (although her festival/fair sponsor may stay involved) and is responsible for purchasing her own sash and crown, covering expenses, and paying the at-large fee. Is it worth it? That’s up to the contestant to decide.
Former “at-large” contestants include Miss Buffalo Wild Wing (following the dissolution of the official preliminary, Miss Buffalo Wild Wing attended at-large as Miss Buffalo), Miss Fonda Fair (both at the Miss and Teen level), Miss Forest Queen (previously an official preliminary, but currently a festival community pageant), and Miss Adirondack International Speedway, as well as others.
Competing at-large is a wonderful option to gain the opportunity to compete at Miss New York with a local pageant title that is truly close to your heart. Thank you to the Lioness Club of Central Square, the Great New York State Fair, and Salt City Royalty for giving these contestants the tools they need to compete at Miss New York, and be wonderful titleholders in the community.
Welcome to the Golden Sisterhood!
After representing the Thousand Islands region beautifully, both as a Star Princess and Outstanding Teen, Joelle Leek, Miss Thousand Islands’ Outstanding Teen 2014 crowned her successors this weekend.
Thanks to the support of local community members, the Miss Thousand Islands Organization was able to crown not only Miss Thousand Islands’ Outstanding Teen, but Miss Northern NY’s Outstanding Teen as well. No doubt, they will represent the region with pride during their year, and at Miss New York’s Outstanding Teen.
Cady Ruth Stoever, Miss New York’s Outstanding Teen 2014, attended the pageant and assisted Joelle in the crowning ceremony.
Congratulations Taylin Fulmer, Miss Thousand Islands Outstanding Teen 2015 and Miss Northern New York’s Outstanding Teen. Brianna Lockwood!