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First Miss Queens Pageant to be held in Long Island City


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Next year Miss America might be from Queens.

For the first time, the borough will have an official Miss America preliminary competition, called the Miss Queens Pageant, held on Oct. 12 at RESOBOX located at 41-26 27th St. in Long Island City.

The inaugural event, presented by the Miss Queens Scholarship Organization, is open to women, between 17 and 24 years old, who live, work or go to college in Queens and Long Island. The winner of the pageant will go on to compete for the title of Miss New York in spring 2015.

The pageant is divided into talent, interview, onstage and swimsuit/fitness portions. Potential contestants still have until Sept. 30 to sign up for the pageant.

“It’s something that the community really wanted,” said Shekinah Monee, executive director of the Miss Queens Scholarship Organization. “To have a borough that never had their own pageant, it was important to bring that to them, to let them have that sense of pride as well.”

Through the pageant, the newly formed Miss Queens Scholarship Organization will award scholarships to the women for undergraduate and graduate school, a tradition first started by the Miss America Organization, according to Monee.

As part of qualifying as a contestant, each young woman must raise at least $100 for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, which are dedicated to raising funds and awareness to help enhance medical facilities and health care for sick and injured children.

Tickets for the Miss Queens Pageant are $15 prior to the show and $18 at the door.

For more information visit www.missqueensorg.wix.com/missqueensorg.

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Miss America to judge Rep. Meng’s contest


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U.S. Rep Grace Meng has tapped someone who knows a little something about contests to judge her first-ever science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competition. 

Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri will be a contest judge for Meng’s district as a part of the nationwide “The House Student App Challenge.”

For the contest, high school students in congressional districts around the country will be challenged to create an app for mobile, tablet or computer devices on a platform of their choosing.

The winning app from Meng’s district will be displayed in an exhibit in the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., along with winners from other congressional districts.

“Nina is an advocate for STEM education and a role model to those seeking to enter the STEM fields,” Meng said. “Her involvement in our competition will further highlight the outstanding STEM talent that exists here in Queens, and I look forward to her helping to decide the winner.”

Davuluri, 25, who was crowned Miss America in September 2013, is the first person of Indian descent to win the famed contest. She will be a judge alongside Jukay Hsu, founder of tech advocacy group Coalition for Queens.

Davuluri graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in brain behavior and cognitive science. She aspires to be a physician and has traveled across the country pushing STEM education, hoping to attract more students into the field.

“It’s an honor to be participating as one of the judges in the first annual congressional STEM competition,” Davuluri said. “As Miss America, I am proud to advocate for STEM education, and I am excited to see how creative the students will be in their presentations.”

Students wishing to enter the contest can click here for more information. They are required to provide a video explaining the app they’ve created.

So far, more than a dozen students have entered the contest. The contest will continue to accept entries until May 31, and the winner will be announced in June.

 

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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Monday: Overcast with rain showers. High of 72. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Monday night: Mostly cloudy with rain showers in the evening, then clear. Low of 52. Winds from the North at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

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This fall, we are bringing neighbors and civic leaders together at Coffeed in LIC at 7 p.m. to explore where sustainability and resilience responses overlap, and how to respond as individuals. Free video screenings will be followed by facilitated group discussion. This Monday’s screening will be Do The Math. This film features the movement to change the terrifying math of the climate crisis, and promote a global power shift to clean energy. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

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Brooklyn resident, Mallory Hagan, wins Miss America crown


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Brooklyn resident and the reigning Miss New York 2012, Mallory Hagan, won the tiara and title of Miss America 2013 on Saturday night, at the annual beauty pageant in Las Vegas.

Hagan, 23, is a Park Slope resident and Alabama native who is studying Advertising & Marketing with a focus on Cosmetic & Fragrance Marketing at the Fashion Institute of Technology. In addition to the crown, Hagan won a $50,000 college scholarship.

Besides her professional interest in the cosmetics industry, she has also made it her mission to tackle child sexual abuse awareness and prevention – a cause dear to her heart as it hits close to home. As part of her Miss New York and Miss America campaign, Hagan has made the issue her central platform and shared the personal stories and experiences of women in her family in order to encourage others to take a stand.

Organizations that she supports include Stop It Now!, Darkness to Light and Safe Horizon.

Hagan clinched the competition after tap dancing to James Brown’s “Get Up Off of That Thing” and responding readily to a question about whether grade schools should have armed guards by saying: ““I don’t think the proper way to fight violence is with violence.”

Hagan will now embark on a nationwide tour to promote the Miss America Organization and its scholarship program.

The last Miss New York to be crowned Miss America was actress and model Vanessa Williams, in 1984.

Photo by Claire Buffie