The Fab Four: Staten Island titleholders prep and polish for Sunday’s Miss New York Pageant
The local titleholders will vie for a chance to represent the Empire State on the national level at the Miss America Pageant in December at the Mohegan Sun Resort in Uncasville, Conn. Tatiana Santos Mroczek, Miss Staten Island, Catherine Costagliola, Miss Richmond County, Amelia Gordon, Miss Staten Island Outstanding Teen, and Hayley Bond, Miss Richmond County Outstanding Tee will test their mettle before a panel of judges beginning with the preliminary competitions scheduled for Thursday and Friday evening. Tatiana, 18, a student at Barnard College of Columbia University, is a neuroscience and behavior and psychology major. Catherine, 23, is a student at Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law. Amelia, 17, is a senior at Notre Dame Academy High School has set her sights on a career in speech pathology. And Hayley, 17, a senior at Susan Wagner High School, is focusing on becoming a doctor of dental surgery. The Teen Competition Preliminary is set for Sunday afternoon with the Miss New York candidates competing that evening.
Themed with the glitter and sparkle that is Las Vegas, the production will be hosted by Sydney Park, the reigning Miss New York, who will crown her successor. Miss New York 2021 Sydney Park, who made an appearance at the Miss Staten Island/Miss Richmond County Pageant in January at On Your Mark in Tompkinsville, will crown the new Miss New York. Park placed in the Top five at the Miss America Pageant and received one of two top Talent Awards for her presentation of her original piece, “Sit Like a Lady. The Miss New York State Pageant, a Miss America preliminary, will include the crowning of Miss New York and the Miss New York Outstanding Teen. The talent portion of the competition is also worth 35% and is an assessment of the candidate’s dedication to her preferred art. The On-Stage Interview + Social Impact Pitch, worth 15%, are important to the judges in determining how well a candidate can respond under the pressure of an audience or the media. The Red Carpet competition, worth 15%, is the re-branded classic evening wear competition and an opportunity to show the candidates on-stage presence and sense of style.
The Miss New York Scholarship Competition is a program of the Miss America Foundation Inc. Not only will contestants be competing for the title and job of Miss New York, they will also be vying for the opportunity to represent the Empire State on the Miss America stage. The Miss New York Scholarship Organization is the state organization of Miss America which strives to give women a platform for success by providing funding for education, business training, and nationwide career opportunities. The largest provider of scholarships for women in the country, the Miss America Organization provides more than $5 million. This past December, the organization celebrated its 100th anniversary at Mohegan Sun, where Emma Broyles, from Alaska, was crowned Miss America. Want more uplifting news about Staten Island? Enter your email address here and hit "subscribe" to receive our weekly #TogetherSI newsletter:
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