By MIKE CHAIKEN
The final piece of the Miss Connecticut class of 2015 puzzle was put into place at Southington’s Derynoski School on Saturday night.
Kaitlyn Bogue was crowned Miss Oxford in the Miss Hometown pageant. (In the Miss Hometown pageant, the winning contestant earned a title named after her “home town.” Bogue is from Oxford.) Bogue is the 13th, and final contestant competing for Miss Connecticut this June at the Mohegan Sun Cabaret.
Bogue was one of five contestants competing in private interview, on-stage interview, talent, evening gown, and health and fitness (swimwear) in the school auditorium. Camille Ross was first runner-up. Alexandra Giannelli won Miss Congeniality. Ellesandra Calderon and Alexa Campagna also competed in the local pageant, which is a local for the Miss America Organization.
Taking a moment away from congratulatory hugs and photographs after the crowning, Bogue said, “It’s really an honor. I’m honored to represent my hometown, a community that values education and music education.” Bogue, whose platform is about promoting the arts and who sang an opera piece for her talent, said, “That really ties into my platform really well. I’m excited to serve the community of Oxford. To be able to have the opportunity to go to Miss Connecticut for the third time feels wonderful.”
As the year progresses, Bogue said, she is “excited to spread my message and my platform of how music really impacted my life and say it’s okay to go for your dreams and do what you’re passionate about because that’s where you can really find success
Since it was the last pageant of the season, many of the area representatives for Miss Connecticut and Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen were on hand for the event. Miss Forestville Jillian Duffy, Miss Southington Val Voccio, Miss Southington’s Outstanding Teen Allison Duffy, Miss Forestville’s Outstanding Teen Jaymie Bianca, and Miss Mum City’s Outstanding Teen Samantha Anderson were in attendance.
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