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Some of the brightest and most beautiful girls in the region competed at the White Plains Performing Arts Center this week for the chance to represent Westchester and the Hudson Valley region at the 2013 Miss New York USA and Miss New York Teen USA pageants in January.
Chosen by the esteemed panel of judges were: Brittany Smith, 15, of Ossining, Miss Westchester Teen 2013; Kristy Abreu, 19, of Yonkers, Miss Westchester 2013; Marissa Matzen, 17, of Melrose, Miss Hudson Valley Teen 2013; Jessica Pinckney, 25, of New York City, Miss Hudson Valley 2013.
Future Star Studios of New York City, presented acting/singing/dancing/modeling scholarships valued at over $140,000 to all 24 contestants. Celebrity Hosts for the evening were Kandice Pelletier, Miss New York (America) 2005 who was featured on both CBS Emmy Award winning show Amazing Race and MTV’s hit show MADE, and Chris Saltalamacchio, coach and stylist for MTV’s MADE and Oxygen’s Jersey Couture.
The audience was entertained by singer Kenny Metzger. Judging the Teen competition were: Noel D‘Allacco, founder Operation PROM; Michael Wohltmann, owner Strata Health Club; Michelle Lou of Riverstone Yoga; Jeremy Quinn, Artistic Director WPPAC; Lisa Drouillard, Miss New York Teen USA 2011.
Judging the Miss competition were: Kelvin Guevara, founder Wizical.com; Sandy Jackson, radio personality; Amanda Modugno, Westchester County Tourism & Film; Maria Lago, founder 3PR; Peter Fanelli, founder United Stage Associates. Media Judges were Jovan C. Richards of WVOX and Jennifer Walfors of Found In Yonkers.
The Judges Coordinator was Sacha von Loewenstein. Official Pageant Auditors, Amy Brelia, The Brelia Group, and Terry O’Keefe, tabulated the results. The pageant production was choreographed by Miss Westchester 2011, Christina DeLeon. The beneficiary of the People’s Choice fundraiser was Operation PROM.
Special guests attending the event were New York State Assemblyman Bob Castelli and John Stepanian, President of Future Star Studios. Executive Directors for the pageants are Dee van Eyck of Larchmont, and Laura Giannone of Hastings.
Each of the four winners will receive gifts and prizes valued at over $10,000 from the Pageant’s Official Sponsors: a full scholarship to Future Star Studios; one-year gym membership and personal training from Strata Health Club; nutrition consultation from Westchester Nutrition Consultants; a full-mouth smile whitening from Briarcliff DentistSpa; makeup application by JK Flashy Makeup Services; hairstyling by Salon POSH; etiquette training by NY School of Etiquette & Protocol; swimwear from Kandice Pelletier Swimwear; self-defense classes from Defend University; jewelry and style consultation from Luxe LeBlanc Boutique; preparation for the state pageant by Tiffany Delmonico, Jeremy Quinn and PageantPlanet.com; yoga classes at Riverstone Yoga; photo portfolio from PSG Photography; pampering by Oasis Day Spa; gift certificates from Rue Royale Couture and Wilson & Sons Jewelers; official stationary from PIP Printing & Document Services; presentation bouquet from J.R. Florist, Inc; a one-year subscription to Pageantry Magazine, as well as personal appearance opportunities at parades, charity events and ribbon-cutting ceremonies.
The 2013 Miss Westchester & Miss Hudson Valley Pageants Official Results:
- Miss Westchester Teen 2013: Brittany Smith, 15, Ossining
- Miss Westchester Teen First Runner-Up: Stephanie Bavolar, 15, Scarsdale
- Miss Westchester Teen Second Runner-Up: Holly Roth, 15, Armonk
- Miss Westchester 2013: Kristy Abreu, 19, Yonkers
- Miss Westchester First Runner-Up: Carolina Rodriguez, 22, Mount Vernon
- Miss Westchester Second Runner-Up: Sierra Bangari, 18, Yonkers
- Miss Hudson Valley Teen 2013: Marissa Matzen, 17, Melrose
- Miss Hudson Valley Teen First Runner-Up: Orianna Santiago, 15, Ossining
- Miss Hudson Valley Teen Second Runner-Up: Kayla Lonergan, 16, Yorktown Heights
- Miss Hudson Valley 2013: Jessica Pinckney, 25, New York City
- Miss Hudson Valley First Runner-Up: Loria Song, 23, New York City
- Miss Hudson Valley Second Runner-Up: Amanda Mobley, 26, New York City
2013 Miss Westchester & Miss Hudson Valley Pageants Special Awards Winners
- Congeniality: Jordan Decker, 16, Pleasantville
- Photogenic: Loria Song
- Style: Amanda Mobley
- Spirit: Sarah Soltish, 16, Poughkeepsie
- Service: Leanne Pinard, 20, Commack
- People’s Choice: Sierra Bangari
The Miss Westchester & Miss Hudson Valley Pageants’ Official Sponsors include Buffalo Wild Wings, Strata Health Club, Salon POSH, JK Flashy Makeup Services, Future Star Studios, Tiffany Delmonico Pageant Coaching, Kandice Pelletier Swimwear, Mulino’s of Westchester, Defend University, NY School of Etiquette & Protocol, Oasis Day Spa, Riverstone Yoga, Hudson at Haymount House, Atlanta Bread Company, Aqua Visions Scuba, Westchester Nutrition Consultants, WPPAC Conservatory, Rue Royale Couture, PIP Stationery & Duplication Services, JR. Florist, Inc., Vintage Restaurant & Bar, Renaissance Westchester, FunFuzion, Whitby Castle, Briarcliff DentistSpa, Pageant Planet, Luxe LeBlanc Boutique, Wilson & Sons Jewelers, Pier Restaurant & Tiki Bar, Frank’s Food Court, and White Plains Chrysler Jeep Dodge.
For more information, contact Dee van Eyck at the Pageant Office 914-834-3550 or visit the Pageant Website www.westchesterpageants.com.