Central Connecticut towns are well-represented in the upcoming Miss Connecticut Scholarship Pageant to be held June 20 to 22 at the Garde Arts Center in New London. This week and next we will help you get to know the young women who want to be Miss Connecticut or Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen. We asked each of the contestants three questions to help readers get to know them.
A. When you finish your reign as Miss Connecticut/ or Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen, how will you have made the world a better place by wearing the crown?
B. Pull out your crystal ball for a moment. How do you see your life 20 years from now?
C. Suppose we pull aside your very best friend and ask her to describe you, what do you think she’s going to say about you?
Central Connecticut State University
A. After my reign as Miss Connecticut, I hope to make the state more aware of the importance of safe driving. I intend to promote my platform “Making an Impact: Promoting Safe Teen Driving” throughout my reign and encourage people to become more aware of the dangers of getting behind the wheel. Car accidents are the number one cause of death in teens and it is my goal to lower this statistic by spreading awareness throughout the state.
B. In 20 years, I see myself as an accomplished third grade teacher as well as successful business owner of a bakery. I will take full advantage of my summers off by focusing on my bakery but also taking time to travel the world. I hope to be married and settled down with children and I plan on living in Connecticut. I hope to stay involved in the Miss America Organization and continue to empower others to believe in themselves and their dreams. In 20 years, I hope to have accomplished whatever I set my mind to but more importantly enjoy life and all that it has to offer.
C. My best friend would tell you how positive I am. I am constantly reminding my friends and family of the importance of a positive attitude. I have learned that with a good attitude and a positive outlook on life it is much easier to accomplish what you set your mind to. My best friend would tell you I am extremely caring and selfless and I love to do things for others. I would also think she would my mention my sense of humor but then again, she may just mention how I seem to think I’m funny.
Miss West Hartford’s Outstanding Teen
Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts
A. After my year as Miss Connecticut Outstanding Teen 2013, I will have had an impact not only the community but individuals as well. It’s my goal to find success in myself by helping and recognizing other’s success. My issue of concern is the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. By the end of my year, Connecticut will learn about MS. My role with the MS Society will help it grow in numbers and strength due to the support I yearn to gain. Personally, the crown and sash, as well as the title of Miss Connecticut Outstanding Teen, will give me the upper hand to be a positive influence in our community as well as accomplish many great things with my personal platform as well as the many things I will do.
B. I see myself as a lawyer in California. Hopefully at 35, I will have an established family and career. I will have obtained degrees from UCLA Berkeley and Harvard Law School. Maybe I’ll even be going to a Miss America Reunion as Miss America 2021.
C. She would say I’m a very laidback person who’s up for new adventures and anything for a good laugh. Two words she would use to describe me are spontaneous and articulate.
Miss Forestville’s Outstanding Teen
Lewis S. Mills
A. As Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen, I would hope to have continued to raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer research though my platform Jillian’s Journey. Through sharing my story of my personal battle with cancer, I hope to have inspired other young men and woman to work through their own personal struggles. I would have visited the children at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and held various activities with them in hopes of making their days a little brighter.
B. Ideally, with the work that we are doing today I hope that pediatric cancer is eradicated completely. However, if that is not the case, I will be working as a pediatric oncology nurse at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and caring for patients and their families during their battle with cancer. I hope to be a wife and mother, and will be continuing my work to raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research.
C. She would say that I am hardworking, strong, trustworthy, and fun to be with. She would describe me as a determined young lady, and tell you that once I set my mind on something, I try my hardest to achieve it. She would also say that I am inspirational, and a good friend.
Western New England University
A. I hope that people will become more inspired to go out and follow their dreams. Since I was a young girl, I wanted to be Miss Bristol, so I made a goal setting plan for myself to make my dream come true. This is what inspired me to create my personal platform, SMART Goals, which is about creating goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time manageable. By living out my year as Miss Bristol, I hope I served as an example for others to follow when they begin goal setting for themselves.
B. I still see myself running around, busy with different responsibilities. In 20 years, I’ll be 40 which pretty far into the future. But I hope after I graduate college I will find a job at a news station and hopefully make my way up to becoming an on air talent. My career goal is to become a news anchor and that is something I am willing to work very hard for. I also hope to remain connected to my community in the future no matter where I end up. I see my life as full and fulfilling between my career, my family, and my friends. At the end of the day, I hope in the future that I wake up each morning feeling excited and lead a life filled with success, happiness, and love.
C. I’m loyal. When I say I am a dedicated person, I mean in all aspects of my life, friends included. Friendships are a sacred thing. Life is a team sport, you don’t do this alone. You need a team behind you to help you through the good and the bad times of your life. My friends often say to me, “I don’t know how you do as much as you do in one day.” Those are the times when they would call me motivated. But at the end of the day, everything I do is worth it in the end when one of my friends tells me that my motivation inspires them to become committed to something. You know you are creating healthy and lasting relationships with your friends when those friendships allow both of you to become better people.
Name: Jaymie Bianca
Miss Bristol’s Outstanding Teen
A. As Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen, I would have promoted my issue of concern “Providing Sports and Recreational Opportunities for Special Needs Children” all across the state. This way, cities and towns who did not have opportunities for special needs children now can implement programs after I spoke to them about the benefits sports and recreational activities have on children with disabilities. Also, with numerous fundraisers and events, equipment would be purchased for organizations that provide activities for special needs children. This way, the programs can continue to impact the lives of children with disabilities. Plus, with the various appearances Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen must make, I would have encountered many people of all ages and all backgrounds, and this way, I was able to learn so much about our state of Connecticut. I would hope my positive attitude and optimism for each and every event has served as an example for people of all ages. After my reign, I know that I have tried my hardest to serve as a positive role model and an outstanding representative for the state of Connecticut and the Miss Connecticut Organization.
B. Ever since I was a young girl I have always desired to become a special education teacher, since my brother is on the Autism Spectrum, and I enjoy helping him and other special needs children as well. In the near future, I definitely see myself working in my special education classroom in a middle school environment. I absolutely adore the children I work with at my middle school, and can certainly see myself with a career where I am able to work with special needs children every day. Also, when I become a teacher, I would like to establish a program where typical children can interact with special needs children. I believe these programs are a true asset to any school, and I would love for my students to be a part of these types of programs, so therefore, they can gain and develop social skills. Also, over the years, I have grown a deep appreciation and passion for writing. Aside from becoming a special education teacher, I would like to write articles about special needs children, ranging from topics such as the positive affect sports have on them, and also educate people about different learning styles that can help special needs children. Quite frankly, any job that involves spending time with children who have disabilities is a job I can see myself doing.
C. She will probably say that I’m very compassionate. I’ve always helped others, and when I do, I feel very happy as well. My best friend may also describe me as very loyal and trustworthy! I’m always there for someone when they need it the most, and anyone can count on me if they ever need assistance. Lastly, my best friend would say that I’m definitely entertaining. Making people laugh is something I truly enjoy, and if they’re laughing, I laugh as well.
Miss Plainville’s Outstanding Teen 2013
A. After my reign as Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen, many lives will be different. They will now see the light of a new day. By spreading the word about teen suicide and depression, I will have made everyone in this state aware of the issue. Those who have suffered in silence will have been heard. Those who are afraid to move on, afraid to face life, afraid to believe or to love again will never have to feel that way. Every 40 seconds in this country, someone commits suicide. By the end of my reign, I hope to slow this rate, and someday, put it to a stop.
B. When I’m 35, I will be married to the love of my life with four lovely children. I will have graduated college after double majoring with degrees in teaching literature, creative writing, and performing arts. I’ll also be working as a face character or a performer in Disney World. I will be the perfect wife and mother and I will do anything to keep my family together. By this time in my life, I’ll be a bestselling author with several novels out and a book of poems I have written throughout my existence. I hope that by then, I’ll have saved many lives through my work with those who self-harm, have an addiction, or have thoughts of suicide. I will hopefully, have made the lives of those people meaningful once again; Bringing them hope and love for the future.
C. I know exactly what my best friends would say. I treasure friendship more than anything. If I do not have my friends, I am nothing. They have carried me through the toughest times in my young life. They would say I always put others before myself. They would also describe me as someone who smiles through the rain; someone who swears I’m fine even during the most terrible heartbreak because I simply do not want to ruin their day. My friends say I am the sweetest person they know. Many admire all the things I have been able to accomplish. They ask me how I am able to do so many things. They would describe me as a hard worker who tries and tries and never gives up. That I love helping out in the community because it is so very rewarding. They will say I spend most of my time dancing with my competition team at Triple Threat Dance Company and how much I love my dance family. My friends would say when I am not dancing you will find me singing with my a capella group. My friends also know how important family is to me. Their love and support means the world to me. The only complaint my friends have is that they wish they could see me more but they understand how committed I am to being the best title holder I can be.
Name: Julie Gianoni
Title: Miss Forestville
School: Graduate of
Sacred Heart University
A. In a year of service as Miss Connecticut 2013, I will visit communities around the state to address the importance of bullying prevention to children, parents, and Board of Education representatives. I will have the opportunity to implement my program entitled “Buddies Not Bullies” into school systems statewide. Therefore, upon the closing of my reign, I will have made the state of Connecticut a better place by guiding schools towards a successful prevention program and mentoring those who are victims of bullies. Being active in the community is important to me and I will make the world a better place by assisting local organizations.
B. I am already one year in. So in 19 more years, I see myself having my own classroom, teaching at the elementary level. I love to travel so I hope to be spending my summers off traveling around the world with my family and loved ones. I would like to stay involved with the Miss America Organization so maybe at that time I will be directing my own local pageant.
C. My best friend would describe me as compassionate, respectful, and a great listener. She would describe me as someone who is always there for her friends and supports them. Someone who cares about the people in her life and is passionate about helping others in the community.
Name: Kaitlyn Tarpey
Title: Miss Southington
School: Honors College at Pace University
A. As Miss Connecticut, I will have a hardy list of to-dos including the promotion of my platform, Veterans’ Awareness, the Miss America Organization, and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, but overall I want to spread positivity. I genuinely believe that this world sometimes lacks love and that Miss Connecticut is in the perfect position to help spread positive messages. I want to be a Miss Connecticut that children can relate to, and that adults can admire for her hard work ethic and dedication to her job. I consistently speak about staying positive to children, volunteers, and business owners because I have learned that what is to come is always better than what has come and gone. As Americans we can overcome the adversities that we face by creating comfortable and loving environments for our children, veterans and those in need.
B. Oh boy, 20 years is a long time from now. I like to set short term goals as opposed to thinking that far ahead. So, in the next five years I would love to see myself as a former Miss Connecticut working in the human resources field. I hope to have time to travel the world after I graduate, so maybe I’ll go to a foreign country and decide to stay. When I get to 2033, I hope to be a mother, enjoying a much different life than the one I live now.
C. Taegan has been my best friend since freshman year in high school. She typically describes me as an organized, sincere go-getter who has no issue balancing a handful of tasks and roles. Without me present, she would probably mention that I have really grown to laugh at myself and embrace my quirkiness while staying true to my professional mentality.
Name: Madison Yurgaitis
Title: Miss Southington’s
School: Depaolo Middle School
A. I would hope I will have and will continue to touch the lives of many children and families through out the state of Connecticut. My platform “Kids helping Kids,” The Giving Back Girls, has impacted many families in my community through drives, bake sales, and other fundraisers. Locally, I have made a difference, but my drive doesn’t stop there. I want to be able to reach out to everyone in our great state as possible.
B. I aspire to be a wife, a mother, and pediatric nurse, juggling diapers, toddlers, and a career that I can help save the lives of others. I am a people person. I know that in 20 years I will— in some way, shape, or form— be caring for people. I cannot picture my future without a loving family and a degree in nursing.
C. They would say that I am intelligent, honest, trustworthy, and patient. They know whenever they need a shoulder to cry on, my ears are always open. I always put my friends wellbeing before myself, so they can rely on me to be a dependable friend.
Name: Katerina Belales
Title: Miss Plantsville’s Outstanding Teen
School: Joseph A. DePaolo Middle School
A. Once my year as Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen has come to an end, I will have implemented my issue of concern, “Read to Succeed,” all throughout the sState of Connecticut. Reading and literacy are such an important part of our education and our entire lives. You read everywhere you go. Hopefully by the end of my reign, I will have had a positive impact on children all throughout Connecticut and have influenced them to read, because if you read, then you will succeed.
B. In 20 years, I see myself performing as a lead role on Broadway. This is my dream, but it is also a very hard business. I will also have earned my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the performing arts with a minor in photography. I love to take pictures of nature and attractions wherever I go. Most of all, I absolutely see myself being married and being the mother of two children.
C. My best friend would most likely say that, in public, I am very focused on my schoolwork, relaxed, and a little bit laidback. However, when we are spending time at each other’s homes, she would say that I am a fun and crazy person. Plus, she would probably say that I am very caring and helpful towards her and all of my other friends.