Logan West says good-bye; local residents compete at Miss CT USA

In her evening gown, Plymouth’s Nicole Morin learns she reached the top five at the finals of Miss Connecticut Teen USA pageant on Sunday.

Southington’s Logan West had a homecoming with the pageant that helped launch her to the title of Miss Teen USA.
The Miss Connecticut USA and Miss Teen Connecticut USA program held its annual pageant this weekend in Farmington. During Saturday’s preliminary competitions of evening gown and swimsuit, and the finals competition on Sunday, Logan was on hand joining the fun and ultimately crowning her successor as Miss Connecticut Teen USA, which was Kendall Leary of Wallingford.
Erin Brady of East Hampton was crowned the new Miss Connecticut USA, succeeding Marie-Lynn Piscitelli.
Logan will continue to serve as Miss Teen USA until summer 2013.
Logan had numerous opportunities to talk about her life as Miss Teen USA, a title she earned back in July.
Asked on stage on Saturday about what advice she would give her successor, Logan said she would tell them that a life where you help others is a life well lived. “I’ve grown by helping others,” said Logan. She also would tell her successor to “use this opportunity to let others help you.” She said she and Piscitelli are there for any advice they need.
Ultimately, Logan said she would tell her successor, “Have fun, enjoy your reign, because you only get it once.”
On the night of the final competition for her successor, Logan spoke about her time as Miss Teen USA. “It’s been a total whirlwind,” said Logan. “Never in a million years did I think people would want to know who Logan West is.”
But she said, “It’s a dream come true.” And it’s an opportunity to open so many new doors, said Logan.
For instance, her program “Bullyproof,” which she has taken to schools across Connecticut, is being redubbed United Against Bullies, and is due to go national.
In October, Logan had a homecoming party at the Aqua Turf where she got to meet her friends and fans in Connecticut.
“The biggest highlight was going to the Apple Harvest Parade,” said Logan. She had long anticipated the taste of Southington’s famous apple fritters and as soon as she got home, she couldn’t wait to get a taste of the treats.
But ultimately, Logan said, “It was great coming home… To feel the love and support…it  was really good.”
At the competition this weekend, two contestants with ties to the area also excelled in the event. Nicole Morin from Plymouth reached the top five in the Miss Connecticut Teen USA competition. She was fourth runner-up. She recently competed at the Miss Connecticut USA fitness pageant held at Gold’s Gym. Brittany Monico of Bristol competed in the Miss Connecticut USA category, reaching the top 5.
Contestants in the Miss Connecticut USA pageant were judged on evening gown, swimsuit, and private interview with a panel of judges.
Although there was jubilation among contestants and family during the Miss Connecticut Teen USA and Miss Connecticut USA pageant this weekend, the mass shooting in Newtown on Friday—in which 20 children and six adults were gunned down— did weigh on the participants’ collective conscience. Logan and Piscitelli both acknowledged the loss of life in the prefaces for their farewell speeches. Additionally, the pageant’s organizer and emc

Bristol’s Brittany Monico competes in swimwear at the Miss Connecticut USA finals on Sunday.

Bristol’s Brittany Monico walks the stage during the evening gown competition of the Miss Connecticut USA pageant on Sunday. Monico reached the top 15 at the event, which was held at the Farmington Marriott. Erin Brady of East Hampton was crowned Miss Connecticut USA.

Southington’s Logan West bids farewell as Miss Connecticut Teen USA.

ee Randy Sanders began each phase of competition over the weekend with a call for a moment of silence in honor of the memory of the lives lost in Newtown.