Many moons ago, I found myself surfing a coupon site and spotted a link for a free tub of the new Pillsbury Gluten Free dough. I am not a victim of Celiacs Disease, thank God, but I couldn’t resist the word free. I requested a coupon and it came in the mail shortly after. I then abandoned the coupon until recently while cleaning my kitchen. Surprisingly, it had still not expired!
When Kira competed at the Miss New York City pageant in 2013, she walked away with the Miss Cosmopolitan title. She was a part of the first trio known as Big MAK, with her sister queens. She would take the Miss New York stage by storm, making it to the Top 10 on Finals night. But she wasn’t done. Kira came back to compete at Miss New York City this year, and was crowned the high title of Miss New York City 2014. Continue reading
Empire Rose has always been a hidden gem in the New York local circuit. The venue is small and tucked away with conservative equipment. The scholarships aren’t much, and the prize package is is modest as well. But Empire Rose is special because of the director, who runs the pageant with the largest heart imaginable.
This year the pageant was expanded to three titles, with three different eligibility. In truth, it was as though there were three separate pageants being held in the same venue. I admit, I was overwhelmed at first by the 24 contestants. But after I wrote out a list of all of the girls, and which of the three titles they were eligible for, my mind was suddenly at ease. Eleven of the Twenty-Four girls were only eligible for Empire Star. That means that about 45% of the girls were going cutthroat for one title, and the 13 of us who were left were divided between the other two titles. In fact, only 7 girls were eligible for Empire Capital Region. Five of the girls were eligible for both Empire Rose and Empire Star, but not eligible for Capital Region. If I shut out the other two titles in my mind, I could convince myself that I was only competing against 6 girls for the Capital Region title. Suddenly it wasn’t that overwhelming. Continue reading
Being a titleholder is a great way to work with the community, which is part of the reason Nina Zesky decided to compete in her first pageant, Miss Syracuse 2014. Low and behold, she won, and now has the opportunity to spend the next 8 months promoting her platform of School Security.
This year marked the first year in over a decade that a Miss Syracuse pageant was held here in New York. After Nina Davuluri, our current Miss America, won the state sweeper and claimed the title “Miss Syracuse”, she jumped straight to work forming networks with the community. After winning both Miss New York and then Miss America, it became clear that New York needed to bring back the local title that had now produced two Miss Americas, as well as nearly a dozen Miss New Yorks.
As an exciting bonus for Upstate Girls across the state, the newly developed Miss Syracuse Organization was able to gather enough sponsors and scholarship money to crown three Miss titleholders, an Outstanding Teen, award a plethora of non-finalist gifts, and give every contestant a gift bag of prizes.
Five girls competed for the Miss Mohawk Valley 2014 title. Five girls from across Fulton-Montgomery-Herkimer-Oneida counties competed to represent a diverse region filled with rich history and a strong sense of community at the upcoming Miss New York pageant.
The Miss Fulton County is a historic pageant, with a rich history. Their eligibility is limited only to residents of Fulton County, but who better to represent the area than girls who actually live there? I had not asked for the day off from work, so didn’t plan on attending. But at the very last minute I decided to attend the Miss Fulton County 2014 pageant. I left work just after 6pm, jumped on the Thruway and sped to Gloversville High School to see 7 ladies, none of whom have won an official preliminary before, compete for the crown.