The local contestants from Southington, Bristol, and Plainville, made some noise in the second night of preliminary competitions at Miss Connecticut on Friday night in New London.
Tonight, the top 10 contestants in the Miss and Teen categories will be announced and those contestants will compete in the finals for the chance to be the new Miss Connecticut and Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen.
On Friday night, the contestants continued in talent, on-stage interview, evening gown, and health and fitness competitions.
Miss Southington Kaitlyn Tarpey won the health and fitness preliminary competition. Krystiana Bouchard of Southington, competing as Miss West Hartford’s Outstanding Teen received the teen health and fitness award.
In the talent category, Miss Constitution Molly Westfall, last year’s Miss Forestville, won the preliminary event. In the teen category, the talent preliminary went to Miss Wolcott’s Outstanding Teen Victoria Maringola.
Additionally, a few other non-competition honors were distributed.
Julie Gianoni, Miss Forestville, received a bronze medal from the Duke of Edinburgh Award. The award, eligible to persons ages 14 to 25, awards bronze, silver and gold medals to those who successfully complete requirements in four areas: community service, physical fitness, special skill and adventurous journey.
Jillian Duffy, Miss Forestville’s Outstanding Teen, received the MiracleMaker Award from Connecticut Children’s Medical Center for raising the most funds for the CCMC this past year. Duffy, who is a leukemia survivor and was treated at CCCM, raised $2,200 for the hospital.
The final competition continues tonight at the Garde Arts Center in New London at 7 p.m.