By MIKE CHAIKEN
Although they ultimately didn’t win the Miss Connecticut crown, the local contestants made their mark on the stage this past Friday and Saturday.
Alyssa Taglia of Wolcott was crowned Miss Connecticut on Saturday at the Mohegan Sun Cabaret in Uncasville after two nights of competition that began Friday.
Three of the locasl—Miss Bristol Christina Judd, Miss Plantsville Alyssa Anderson, and Miss Southington—reached the top 10 to compete on Friday.
Miss Forestville Allison Owsianko was selected by her peers as Miss Congeniality. Anderson also was presented with the Anne DiMatteo “Fighting Spirit” Award.
The locals also demonstrated perseverance over the two day competition. Owsianko experienced a wardrobe malfunction with her gown. And the competition was put into pause mode while it was fixed. When finally Owsianko was able to head to the stage, her fellow contestants lined the wall backstage and cheered her on.
Anderson also experienced a wardrobe malfunction when some of the beading on her evening gown came loose during preliminaries on Friday. After the preliminaries, Anderson’s father spent the evening—needle and thread in hand— rebeading the gown.
After the competition on Saturday, the new Miss Connecticut, Taglia, had her eyes set on a certain task Sunday morning.
“The first thing I’m going to do tomorrow? Probably eat a burger. I’m ready. I need a burger,” said Taglia, who was competing as Miss Litchfield County.
“(It feels) amazing. I can’t believe it. I’m Miss Connecticut,” said Taglia after the competition had ended.
As her year begins, Taglia said she is looking to spend her year with Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen Samantha Anderson (a former Miss Mum City’s Outstanding Teen). “I’m very close to Sami so I’m happy to spend the year with her and go support her at Miss America’s Outstanding Teen (in Orlando in in August) and go to Miss America myself (in Atlantic City, N.J. on Sept. 11).”
As Miss Connecticut, Taglia said she will be promoting her platform, “Smiles for Seniors: Enriching the Lives of Seniors across America, a program I started when I was 12 years old. I’m hoping to take it to as many nursing homes, residential senior homes, senior housing as I can throughout the year in Connecticut and beyond.”
Contestants were judged on a private interview with judges, talent, on-stage question, evening gown, and lifestyle and fitness (swimsuit).
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