By MIKE CHAIKEN
The Miss Bristol-Forestville Scholarship Program held two pageants on Saturday resulting in a coterie of new representatives for the city.
In the evening, a new Miss Forestville and Miss Bristol were crowned as well as three “Outstanding Teens.”
The new Miss Forestville is Molly Westfall. The new Miss Bristol is Elizabeth Wong.
The new Miss Forestville’s Outstanding Teen is Erika Farrell. The new Miss Bristol’s Outstanding Teen is Amber Ouellette. The new Miss Plainville’s Outstanding Teen is Brooklynne Murdock.
Earlier in the day, the organization also presented the 2014 Petite, Little, Junior, and Pre-Teen Miss Bristol-Forestville pageant. Sabrina Debaise was crowned Pre-Teen Miss Bristol. Jenna Simiatkoski was crowned Junior Miss Forestville. Sarah Lacouture was crowned Little Miss Bristol. Camryn Patton was crowned Petite Miss Forestville.
Molly Westfall had already served one term as Miss Forestville, ran for another title and won, and now has returned to the city and won the title of Miss Forestville again.
“I’m back and ready to work,” said Westfall after the pageant. “I’m looking forward to working with the Army Strong Center this year. It just opened at the end of my reign as Miss Forestville 2012. I’m excited to get in there and promoting my platform (Supporting Our Troops: Past, Present, and Future) at a new level.”
“I’m really excited. It was kind of semi-unexpected,” said Elizabeth Wong on how it felt to be crowned Miss Bristol. “I tried to bring my A-game and here I am.”
For the next year, Wong said she was looking forward to “really implementing my platform (Keep Calm and Be Healthy: Cardiac Awareness for Young Hearts) in this town. I’m really excited to come into the community and spread my message to the people.”
“I have so many emotions right now I don’t know what to think,” said Erika Farrell, the new Miss Forestville’s Outstanding Teen. “I’m so blessed and happy and proud to have won this title.”
Now that she won, Farrell said, “I’m looking forward to having a lot of fund raisers for my platform (Making Marvelous Miracles in support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals) and being out in the community volunteering.”
A still emotional Miss Bristol’s Outstanding Teen Amber Ouellette said, “I have no words (having won). I’m speechless. I’m so happy. I can’t wait to start.”
As for what she was looking forward to as a titleholder, Ouellette said, “Definitely working my platform and raise awareness for volunteering.”
Brooklynne Murdock, the new Miss Plainville’s Outstanding Teen said, “Right now, I’m happy, super excited and I can’t wait to start the year.”
Murdock said she was looking to “all my appearance and just competing at Miss Connecticut and making new friends.”
During her onstage question, Murdock spoke about how she had difficulty making connections in Bristol since she had already been in seven different schools. But the crown gave her a sense of home, at last. “It’s amazing now I can say where I belong. It feels great.”
Other awards handed out during the Little pageant earlier in the day were:
Most photogenic, Petite Miss Forestville contestants: Peyton Alivia Troth.
Most photogenic, Little Miss Bristol contestants: Olivia Chapdelaine.
Most photogenic, Junior Miss Forestville contestants: Abigail Pender.
Most photogenic, Pre-Teen Miss Bristol contestants: Sabrina Debaise.
First runner-, Petite Miss Forestville contestants: Peyton Alivia Troth.
First runner-up, Little Miss Bristol contestants: Olivia Chapdelaine.
First runner-up, Junior Miss Forestville contestants: Paige Levesque.
Second runner-up, Junior Miss Forestville contestants: Hannah Stanford.
In the evening’s Miss and Teen competitions, the following awards also were distributed:
Miss Congeniality, Outstanding Teen contestants: Brooklynne Murdock.
Miss Congeniality, Miss contestants: Heather Kolodziej.
Talent award, Outstanding Teen contestants: Brooklynne Murdock.
Talent award, Miss contestants: Molly Westfall.
First runner-up, Miss Bristol contestants: Kristie Seese.
First runner-up, Miss Forestville contestants: Heather Kolodziej.