STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Staten Island positive made its presence recognized on the fifty fifth annual Miss Staten Island Scholarship Pageant, a spectacular manufacturing that culminated with the crowning of 4 native younger girls on the stage of On Your Mark in Tompkinsville.
Taking honors Sunday on the sparkly presentation themed “The Better of Instances is Now” — a quantity that served because the pageant opener and as a tribute to the late James J. Smith, the late longtime pageant government director — had been Tatiana Santos Mroczek, Miss Staten Island 2022, and Catherine Castagliola, Miss Richmond County 2022, who had been each awarded $1,000 scholarships.
Curiously, Mroczek was topped in the identical gold night robe worn by her mom, Dr. Gracelyn Santos, when she herself was topped Miss Staten Island 1990 on the former Williamson Theatre on the School of Staten Island. “It’s a stupendous, classic costume that has introduced me good luck,” Tatiana gushed in talking of her win.
Additionally topped had been Amelia Gordon, Miss Staten Island’s Excellent Teen 2022, and Hayley Bond, Miss Richmond County Excellent Teen 2022, who obtained $500 scholarships. First runner for Miss Staten Island/Miss Richmond County is Isma Kielty. First runner for Miss Staten Island Excellent Teen/Miss Richmond County Excellent Teen, is Madison Burkhart.
Smith, a co-founder of the Miss Staten Island Pageant, was lauded throughout a video presentation that showcased pictures of the longtime government director inclusive of titleholders, a number of of which held the title of Miss America.
A lot of former contestants recounted fond recollections of time spent with Smith, a mentor whose perceptiveness was uncanny and whose unwavering dedication to the Miss Staten Island Pageant is unparalleled.
COMMENTS FROM WINNERS
Tatiana Santos Mroczek, Miss Staten Island 2022: “I’m past grateful for the Miss Staten Island 2022 title, particularly on the primary anniversary — to the day— of shedding my grandfather to most cancers,” stated Mroczek. “I’m excited to advertise my social platform initiative, “Music Heals: The Energy of Music Remedy,” particularly in mild of this horrible pandemic, the psychological well being disaster it has created, and the Staten Island households who’ve misplaced family members, together with our pageant’s beloved government director, Jim Smith.”
Catherine Castagliola, Miss Richmond County 2022: “I’m seeking to serving the Staten Island neighborhood and advocating for my Social Influence: Advocating Psychological Well being Consciousness. I’m impressed by this neighborhood and would like to work with the varied organizations. I need to thank the Miss Staten Island Group for all of their help.”
Amelia Gordon, Miss Staten Island Excellent Teen 2022: “My first response was complete shock! I’ve competed a couple of instances and this was the primary time I received a title. I stay up for partaking with the folks of Staten Island, each to unfold my message about Autism Consciousness and the Miss Staten Island Group”
Hayley Bond, Miss Richmond County Excellent Teen 2022: “I used to be so shocked to listen to my title known as, understanding I’d be a part of a sisterhood. It’s such a honor profitable the title of Miss Richmond County’s Excellent Teen. I stay up for attending to know my neighborhood higher and to develop my Social Influence Initiative of Psychological Well being Consciousness.
The Vogue Ahead Scholarship went to Angelica Millan
The Advocate for the Deprived, Heather Lawrence
Advocate for Change, Maeve Quinn
Selling Medical Analysis, Madison Burkhart
Make a Distinction, Hayley Bond
Chamption for These With Particular Wants, Carina Sosa
Fostering the Reward of Kindness, Nadia Anwar
Excellence in Dance Efficiency, Isma Kielty
Champion for Arts in Schooling, Samantha Rosenberg
Excellence in Musical Theater Efficiency, Tatiana Santos Mroczek
Star of Tomorrow, Amelia Gordon
American Satisfaction, Catherine Costagliola
The Madison L’Insalata Scholarship award in Reminiscence of Jim Smith, Ashley Lawrence
Miss Congeniality, Carina Sosa
The brand new titleholders will now advance and compete for the title of Miss New York within the spring. The winner on the state stage will symbolize the Empire State within the legendary Miss America Pageant.
The native pageant, a stepping stone on the highway that results in the Miss America competitors, affords younger girls between 18 and 26 a chance to earn educational and community-based scholarships for faculty and graduate faculty. Their participation helps them carve a distinct segment within the Miss America Group — traditionally, one in all our nation’s best instructional alternatives for younger girls.
The Miss America’s Excellent Teen program, a division of The Miss America Group, is open to younger girls 13 to 18.
Kristina Ferrara, a former Miss Staten Island and proprietor of Rhythm Central Dance Studio, Meiers Corners, was manufacturing director and choreographer.
Jamie Lynn Macchia, Miss New York 2015, served as mistress of ceremonies and was assisted by Stephanie Arcardo, a former Miss Richmond County, and a number of other different titleholders.
Madison L’Insalata, the reigning Miss Staten Island, carried out the nationwide anthem and topped the brand new Miss Staten Island.
Alexa Nicole Moley, Miss Richmond County, Angelica Santos Mroczek, Miss Staten Island Excellent Teen, and Victoria Montouri, Miss Richmond County Excellent Teen, assisted within the crowning ceremony.
Ivette Alicea stuffed the function as Choose’s Chair and Julianna Meyer was the journal coordinator for the competitors.
Originating in 1921 as a “bathing magnificence revue”, the Miss America contest is now judged on opponents’ expertise performances and interviews. As of 2018, there isn’t any longer a swimsuit portion to the competition, or consideration of bodily look.
The Miss America competitors was initiated as a part of an elaborate public occasion staged by Atlantic Metropolis businessmen to increase the summer season vacationer season. It has advanced into an American custom. In 1945, the group started supporting girls’s schooling by providing its first scholarship. Right this moment, the Miss America Group is likely one of the nation’s main achievement packages and the world’s largest supplier of scholarship help for younger girls. Every year, the Miss America Group makes out there greater than $45 million in money and scholarships.
5 Staten Islanders have held the title of Miss New York: Kari Pedersen Cynar in 1967; Lezley Braun in 1977; Alice Knisely in 1987; Deana Herrera Walker in 1998 and Jamie Lynn Macchia in 2015.