Thursday, March 31, 2011

Busy Month of March!

I hope this post finds everyone in good health and happiness. I have been very busy this past month, and I'm getting even more excited for the Miss Connecticut pageant this June. Now that the entire Miss Connecticut Class of 2011 has been crowned, we had a manual distribution meeting. Tackling the paperwork is just as important as preparing for any other aspect of competition, so I'm excited to get started. The theme for this year's pageant is "Glam R Us", which should be a lot of fun! To raise money for our scholarship program, each contestant is asked to sell ads for the program book...if you are interested in advertising your business, or just want to put in a "good luck" memo, please let me know!

On March 25, I had my photo shoot with the Miss Connecticut Scholarship Organization's AMAZING sponsor, Catherine Fiehn. Not only did we do a series of head-shots for the program book, but we also did a glamorous shoot combined with my issue of concern, the Ronald McDonald House Charity. I had so much fun with Catherine; she always makes me feel comfortable and confident in front of the camera. If you're looking for an awesome photographer for a special event, or if you just want some nice photos, I urge you to visit

Speaking of the Ronald McDonald House Charity, I participated in our local house's "Dancing Under the Stars" fundraiser. I helped with checking in the guests, showing them their tables, and making sure that everyone was settled in comfortably. It was a lot of fun spending time with the other volunteers who share a similar passion for this charity. The Miss Connecticut Scholarship Organization's own Executive Director, Tom Prete, was one of the celebrity dancers of the evening. I was lucky to sneak into the ballroom to watch his first performance in the smooth category. Tom did a great job, and even won first place in that category! Many other people in the Miss Connecticut family were in attendance, which was wonderful. The event was a great success, and I'm sure that everyone had a great time.

On March 26, I participated in a Charity Cycling Challenge. I joined Miss Connecticut, Brittany Decker's team, along with Miss Rocky Hill Kaitlyn Tarpey and Miss Southington Morgan Amarone. We raised money for the Children's Miracle Network, which is the national platform of the Miss America Organization. After arriving around 8 am at Bristol's Healthtrax Center, I cycled alongside Brittany for 3 hours. Though the cycling classes were challenging, it was a lot of fun, and a great workout! Thank you, Brittany, for including me in such a fun event! Though the event is over, I'm still fundraising for the Children's Miracle Network. If you would like to donate, please visit:

On Sunday, March 27 was the Miss Hartford County/Rocky Hill Childrens' Pageant! I had a great time emceeing with my fellow sister-queens, Kaitlyn, Annalisa, and Alyssa. All of our contestants did a wonderful job, and I hope that every young lady went home proud of how she competed. Congratulations to our winners...I'm very excited for them to join our Hartford County/Rocky Hill family!

Last but not least, I'm excited to show everyone my trainer's blog post about working with me. Shawn O'Brien is a great trainer, and I'm feeling healthier and stronger every day. I can't wait to show everyone in June how hard I have been working to be the best version of myself that I can possibly be! :]

Check out Shawn's post:

If you're looking to work with a great, positive, and knowledgeable trainer, I urge you to visit

Cheers to a productive (and hopefully warmer) month of April!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Miss Connecticut Preparations

This past week was a huge week for me in terms of Miss Connecticut preparations. First, I met with my amazing trainer, Shawn O'Brien, who is the co-owner of Excel Fitness in West Hartford. Shawn gave me a challenging new workout, and tracked the progress I have made thus far. I'm really excited about the results, and I can't wait to keep working harder and harder to reach my goal!

I also met with my vocal coach, Patty May. We played around with the song I will be singing in the Miss Connecticut pageant, and figured out the cut we are going to use to fit the 90 second time limit. Working with Patty is always a great experience, and I can't wait to show everyone what we have up our sleeves in June!

Last but not least, this past week was full of shopping! First, I found a fabulous interview dress. Later in the week, at The Crowning Touch trunk show, I found my talent gown. Maria Neves showed me many beautiful selections, but it was love at first sight when I tried on my talent gown. I am thrilled with both these additions to my wardrobe, and can't wait to show everyone at the Miss Connecticut pageant in June!

My spring break came to an end with the Miss Mattatuck pageant, which was a great show. Joanna Shields was crowned Miss Mattatuck 2011, Brittany Monico was crowned Miss Constitution 2011, Melissa Doyle was crowned Miss Mattatuck's Outstanding Teen 2011, and Alyscia Talbot was crowned Miss Constitution's Outstanding Teen 2011. All the contestants did a fantastic job! Sunday was the Miss Connecticut Forum and final local pageant of the season. Though I could only stay for a little bit of the forum, it was very informational and set the tone for a very exciting pageant this June. Later that evening, Alex Tenney was crowned Miss Mountain Laurel 2011 and Jessica Lesage was crowned Miss Nutmeg 2011! I'm very excited for them to complete the Miss Connecticut Class of 2011.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Miss Greater Hamden

This evening I attended the Miss Greater Hamden pageant at the Squarefoot Theater. I was ecstatic to watch several girls new to the Miss America Organization vie for the title and the opportunity to compete at Miss Connecticut in June. Each girl was incredibly beautiful, talented, and poised...and even though only one title could be given out, I would love to see each of them come back next weekend to compete again. I was incredibly impressed! Congratulations to Casey Delbasso, who was crowned Miss Greater Hamden 2011!

Casey competed in the teen division at Miss Connecticut last June, and I'm so glad that she decided to come back and compete in the miss division!