On Sunday evening the White Plains Performing Art Center hosted the second annual Miss Westchester and inaugural Miss Hudson Valley pageants.
Sixteen teens participated in the Miss Westchester Teen/Miss Hudson Valley Teen pageants, and twenty-one “misses” participated in the Miss Westchester/Miss Hudson Valley pageants.
In preparation for the pageants, all participants received training in public speaking, interview techniques and marketing and business etiquette, as well as workshops in modeling, wardrobe, hair and make-up.
The three areas of competition were the swimsuit competition, in which contestants were judged on their overall commitment to physical health and life-style; the evening gown competition, where contestants were judged on poise, grace, stage presence and style; and the personal interview, in which contestants had to answer one question posed by a randomly selected judge.
Also part of the pageants were six special awards independent of the pageants’ scoring. These were the congeniality, photogenic, style, spirit, service and people’s choice awards.
The Congeniality award recipient was judged by her peers to be the most congenial and inspirational pageant participant; the Photogenic award recipient was judged by media members for her photogenic appeal and personality projection; the Style award recipient was judged by media members for her personal style and modeling ability; the Service award recipient, selected by Executive Directors Laura Giannone and Dee van Eyck, exemplified her platform issue and demonstrated her service to others; and the People’s Choice award was given to the contestant who received the most votes from the general public.
And the winners are…
Miss Westchester Teen Jacqueline Groccia Eastchester
1st Runner-Up Lisa Lopane Katonah
2nd Runner-Up Holly Roth Armonk
Miss Congeniality Jordan Rose Decker Pleasantville
Miss Photogenic Taylor Murphy Jeffersonville
The Style Award Jordan Rose Decker Pleasantville
The People’s Choice Jacqueline Groccia Eastchester
Service Award Joann DiBuono Larchmont
Spirit Award Bianca Gallub Rockville Centre LI
Miss Hudson Valley Teen Bianca Gallub Rockville Centre LI
Miss Westchester Sarah Hreyo Yonkers
1st Runner-Up Ana Leon Hawthorne
2nd Runner-Up Kathleen LeBlanc Mount Vernon
Miss Congeniality Samantha Cocozza Briarcliff Manor
Miss Photogenic Jackie Swerz New York City
The Style Award Kathleen LeBlanc Mount Vernon
The People’s Choice Ana Leon Hawthorne
Service Award Alexandra Oberrotman Rye Brook
Spirit Award Erin Wynne Yonkers
Miss Hudson Valley Megan Hernandez Yonkers
The winners will go on to compete for the titles of Miss New York USA and Miss New York Teen USA in January, 2012, and will receive gifts and prizes including fully-paid entry fees for these upcoming competitions.