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Miss Forestville takes talent first night of previews; former Forestville’s Outstanding Teen follows suit

June 27, 2014
Miss New Haven County Alexandria Puglisi, who owns a business in Southington, won the preliminary lifestyle and fitness award at Miss Connecticut and Miss Connecticut's Outstanding Teen pageant on Thursday night.

Miss New Haven County Alexandria Puglisi, who owns a business in Southington, won the preliminary lifestyle and fitness award at Miss Connecticut and Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen pageant on Thursday night.

Cynthia Dias, Miss Wolcott's Outstanding Teen, won the lifestyle and fitness award in preliminaries for Miss Connecticut's Outstanding Teen Thursday night.

Cynthia Dias, Miss Wolcott’s Outstanding Teen, won the lifestyle and fitness award in preliminaries for Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen Thursday night.

Miss Farmington Valley's Outstanding Teen Jillian Duffy, left, and Miss Forestville Molly Westfall celebrate winning the preliminary talent awards in the first night of competition for Miss Connecticut and Miss Connecticut's Outstanding Teen in New London.

Miss Farmington Valley’s Outstanding Teen Jillian Duffy, left, and Miss Forestville Molly Westfall celebrate winning the preliminary talent awards in the first night of competition for Miss Connecticut and Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen in New London.

Molly Westfall, Miss Forestville, performs in the talent portion of the Miss Connecticut pageant Thursday night. She won the talent preliminary award for her tap dance.

Molly Westfall, Miss Forestville, performs in the talent portion of the Miss Connecticut pageant Thursday night. She won the talent preliminary award for her tap dance.

Miss Farmington Valley's Outstanding Teen Jillian Duffy, a former Miss Mum, performs her talent Thursday night. She received the teen preliminary talent award at the competition.

Miss Farmington Valley’s Outstanding Teen Jillian Duffy, a former Miss Mum, performs her talent Thursday night. She received the teen preliminary talent award at the competition.

It was a Central Connecticut kind of night at the first set of preliminaries at the Miss Connecticut and Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen scholarship pageant Thursday night in New London.

Miss Forestville, Molly Westfall, took the preliminary talent award with a comical tap dance. A former Miss Mum and Miss Forestville’s Outstanding Teen, Jillian Duffy, who is competing as Miss Farmington Valley’s Outstanding Teen, took the preliminary talent award with a vocal performance.

In addition, Alexandria Puglisi, a business owner in Southington competing as Miss New Haven County, took the preliminary lifestyle and fitness (swimsuit) award. And Cynthia Dias, representing Bristol and Southington’s neighbor as Miss Wolcott’s Outstanding Teen, took the teen preliminary lifestyle and fitness award (workout wear).

The preliminaries mark the end of the reign of former Miss Southington, and current Miss Connecticut, Kaitlyn Tarpey.

In the preliminaries, Miss Bristol Liz Wong competed in evening gown and lifestyle and fitness. Miss Southington Jennifer Binversie competed in talent with a ballet dance performance. Miss Forestville’s Outstanding Teen Erika Farrell and Miss Bristol’s Outstanding Teen Amber Ouellette competed in talent. Miss Plainville’s Outstanding Teen Brooke Murdock and Miss Southington’s Outstanding Teen Jenny Bukowski competed in evening gown and lifestyle and fitness.

Farrell had one of the more memorable moments of perseverance of the evening during her talent performance. As she stepped on stage, her music queued up but her microphone was dead silent. She continued with her performance, occasionally being overheard past the amplified music. She plugged along as if nothing was wrong. She later was allowed to perform again, this time with her microphone working.

The evening also had a scary moment during the teen’s on-stage interview. An alarm went off, urging everyone to vacate the building. It turned out to be someone had pulled the fire alarm and the event was allowed to resume.

Preliminary competition continues tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Garde Arts Center in New London. Finals are on Saturday, where the top 10 in Miss and Teen categories compete for the crown.

PHOTOS by MIKE CHAIKEN

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