Central Connecticut contestants continued their run of success in the second evening of preliminary competition for the Miss Connecticut and Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen crowns.
Although the Bristol, Southington, and Plainville specific competitors did not win any preliminary competitions, contestants with ties to the towns and located in surrounding towns did well, with three contestants repeat winners from the first night of competition.
Miss Forestville Molly Westfall, Miss Bristol Liz Wong, and Miss Southington Jennifer Binversie all competed in lifestyle and fitness (swimwear) on Friday night. But the preliminary winner was Acacia Courtney, who is competing as Miss Hamden.
Alexandria Puglisi, who owns a business in Southington, won the preliminary talent award. This comes a night after the contestant, who is competing as Miss New Haven County, won the lifestyle and fitness award.
Miss Southington’s Outstanding Teen Jenny Bukowski and Miss Plainville’s Outstanding Teen Brooke Murdock both competed in the talent event on Friday. But the preliminary winner was Miss Wolcott Cynthia Dias. Dias won lifestyle and fitness in the teen division on Thursday.
Miss Forestville’s Outstanding Teen Erika Farrell and Miss Bristol’s Outstanding Teen Amber Ouellette competed Friday in lifestyle and fitness (workout wear). But the preliminary award went to former Miss Mum and former Miss Forestville’s Outstanding Teen Jillian Duffy.
Contestants also competed in evening gown and on-stage interview events. However, no preliminary awards are given in those categories.
The finals competition begins today with the contestants winnowed down to the top 10 before a winner is crowned. The top 10 for teens will be selected in a 2 p.m. competition at the Garde Arts Center in New London. The Miss top 10 will be selected at a 7 p.m. competition. Winners in both categories will be selected in the evening event.