Grab your shades! All of New York State’s eyes are on Buffalo as the Miss New York Organization makes its new home in The Queen City! Twenty-four dazzling, eloquent, smart, fit, civic-minded, talented and beautiful young women representing colleges, workplaces and hometowns throughout the Empire State will compete for the coveted title of Miss New York for the chance to become the next Miss America!
Miss New York 2017 Gabrielle K. Walter of Clarence, summa cum laude graduate of Canisius College and attending the University of Buffalo School of Law, will join Former Miss New York and Buffalo broadcasting favorite Maryalice Demler at Shea’s Buffalo Theatre to host two preliminary and one final night of competition June 28-30. Joining as special guest will be Former Miss New York and Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev.
“The timing was perfect,” says Buffalo native and Director of Development La Verne Mosey-Murphy, new to the Miss New York Organization, for the program to Go West. Previously state offices were centered in the metro NYC area, most recently in Staten Island. “We are assembling an excellent, energized group of local volunteers ready to welcome the program by showing off the beauty that is Buffalo.” Board of directors from all over the state will converge at Shea’s–from Albany, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Manhattan and Cortland. The contestants themselves are as far-flung from Watertown, The Bronx, Syracuse, Rochester, and little-known hamlets such as Fonda and Malta. Diverse and farflung, too, are the high schools and universities where the contestants are studying: New York University, Syracuse University, Ithaca College, Cornell, Temple, Penn State, several community colleges and Williamsville East High School.
Among The Class of 2018 to date are a daughter and niece of two former Miss New York’s from the Buffalo area, the daughter of a former local titleholder (also from the western region), two award-winning baton twirlers, several original monologists, a NYC sanitation worker, a National Spelling Bee champion, an All- American athlete in track and field, highly respected vocalists, and dancers of almost every genre: clogging, tap dance, lyric, Irish step dance and ballet en pointe. Each will be showcased in a 90-second presentation to be scored by the judges.
Each contestant contributes to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, one of several national sponsors of the Miss America Organization, as part of the application–and on top of that, she champions her own special project of interest. Community service projects range from Alzheimer’s Awareness to work with the mentally challenged, school safety in urban architecture, eldercare and empowerment for women.
Buffalo has had a huge influence on the history of Miss New York, with women from the area winning the state title including attorney Paula Pope, local television personality Maryalice Demler, nationally-recognized artist Joann Miller, Kelly Falgiano, Jill Privateer, Elizabeth Congdon, Marlene Butcher and Julie Just.
Thank you Miss New York 2018 Sponsors
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