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The Step Saver/ The Observer

Friday, June 10, 2011

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Plenty of familiar faces will grace stage for Miss Connecticut

The Miss Connecticut Scholarship Pageant will be held later this month. This year's event, in which Miss Connecticut and Miss Connecticut's Outstanding Teen, will be held June 23 to 25 at the Garde Arts Theater in New London. There are two nights of preliminary competitions, Thursday, June 23 and Friday, June 24, and the finals are Saturday, June 25. The winners will succeed Bristol's Brittany Decker as Miss Connecticut and Southington's Logan West as Miss Connecticut's Outstanding Teen. There are a dozen girls from the local area competing for the Miss and Teen crowns. This week, we continue to present some Q&A from the local representatives to help you get to know them before the compete in talent, evening gown, health and fitness, and on-stage question.

Victoria Bailey Victoria Bailey 15-years-old Miss Terryville's Outstanding Teen 2011 Bristol Talent: Tap dance to `Faith' Issue of concern: The Treasure Chest `Helping All Families in Need'

Observer: Why do you think you would make a good Miss Connecticut's Outstanding Teen? Victoria: I think I would make a great Miss Connecticut's Outstanding Teen because I am very outgoing and always open to trying new things. I love going to new places and meeting new people and through the Miss Connecticut Scholarship Program I would grow as a person. Also, I would have more opportunities to raise awareness about the importance of supplying baby items for families in need in our community. O: Why do you want this opportunity? V: Being a title holder in the Miss Connecticut Scholarship Program has opened so many new doors for me, I have made friendships that I know will go beyond my reign as Miss Terryville's Outstanding Teen. If I were crowned Miss Connecticut's Outstanding Teen, it would lead to a whole new world of open doors. I could meet so many new people, try new things and develop even more love for this organization. O: What have you learned about yourself as a person through your experiences with the Miss Connecticut scholarship program? V: This being my first year ever competing in a pageant I didn't quite know what to expect at first. However after being crowned Miss Terryville's Outstanding Teen, I knew I was stepping into a wonderful organization. I have learned to be more outgoing and to not be afraid of something new. Personally, I have learned the little things make a big difference. Making a little girl smile makes my whole day.

Morgan Amarone Morgan Amarone 23-years-old Miss Southington Hamden Talent: Jazz dance. Issue of concern: "Power of Pink" cancer education and awareness.

Observer: Why do you think you would make a good Miss Connecticut? Morgan: Having competed for the title twice before, I now fully know what it means to be Miss Connecticut. I know I possess the qualities necessary to create change and impact the lives of others while leaving my mark across thestate. O: Why do you want this opportunity? M: Being Miss Connecticut is exactly that--an opportunity. I know it will open many doors for me and allow me to reach a great audience to promote one of my life's passions, cancer awareness and education. I believe that early detection is the key. O: What have you learned about yourself as a person through your experiences with the Miss Connecticut scholarship program? M: I have learned that with hard work, determination and drive I can achieve my goals. I am also no longer afraid to really look at myself and praise the things that are positive and accept and work on the things that could use improvement. I have achieved so much personal growth through this organization and this is something I am very proud of.

Jordyn Gauvin Jordyn Gauvin 13-years-old Bristol Miss Milldale's Outstanding Teen Talent: Jazz Dance Issue of Concern: Identifying and Preventing Cyberbullying

Observer: Why do you think you would make a good Miss Connecticut's Outstanding Teen? Jordyn: As a 13-yearold girl, I am facing the "everyday life" of any teenager, so I can very easily connect and relate to the day-to-day issues of my peers. Some may see my age as negative, but I think of it as a perfect opportunity for teens to feel comfortable talking to me if they are feeling overwhelmed about an issue relating to my issue of concern. As a victim of cyberbullying, I feel as though I could make a difference by speaking to them one on one or to a group. I believe my personality and the compassion I have to help will make me a wonderful Miss Connecticut Outstanding Teen. J: Why do you want this opportunity? O: Over the past year, cyberbullying has become a chronic problem. It is my job and responsibility to take a stand and participate in the prevention and awareness of this issue. By being Miss Connecticut's Outstanding Teen, I will have many doors opened for me to take a stand against cyberbullying while making myself available to help the citizens of the State of Connecticut solve this expanding problem. J: What have you learned about yourself as a person from competing with the Miss CT Scholarship Program? O: I was first introduced to the Miss Connecticut Scholarship Program when I was 6years-old. When I walked onstage for my first pageant, I was very shy and self-conscious. I would barely talk and stuttered when asked a question. As my years in this pageant system increased, first as a Little title holder and then a Junior title holder and now a Teen, I now believe in the person I am. This program teaches confidence, poise and of course, the way to honor the four points of the crown, scholarship, style, success and service, Now, after seven years of waiting, I am finally on my way to compete for Miss Connecticut's Outstanding Teen as a 13-year-old.

Photos and text by Mike Chaiken

Area contestants are:

Miss Plantsville's Outstanding Teen Maggie Milton of Wolcott. Miss Milldale's Outstanding Teen Jordyn Gauvin of Bristol. Miss Southington

Morgan Amarone of Hamden. Miss Apple Valley: Ashley Hayden of Southington. Miss Bristol Marisa Delbuono of Wolcott. Miss Bristol's Outstanding Teen Jenna Kowalec of Bristol.

Miss Terryville's Outstanding Teen Tori Bailey of Bristol. Miss Hartford County's Outstanding Teen Annalisa Sega of Southington. Miss Brass City's Outstanding Teen Caitlyn Flynn of Southington. Miss Constitution's

Outstanding Teen Alyscia Talbot of Bristol. Miss Constitution Brittany Monico of Bristol. Miss Apple Valley's Outstanding Teen Alyssa Romano of Southington.

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