Miss CT visits Vernon as local pageant nears
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon/Region - posted Fri., Feb. 24, 2012
Miss Connecticut Morgan Amarone visited Vernon twice recently, in order to help with preparations for the upcoming Miss Greater Rockville pageant, which is being presented in conjunction with the Rockville Community Alliance and the Vernon Parks and Recreation Department. On Feb. 19, organizers of the local preliminary to the Miss Connecticut crown competition met with prospective contestants, including local women from Vernon, Tolland, Ellington and South Windsor. Amarone was able to tell about her experiences and answer questions. Prospective competitors can still enter the competition and may reside, work or attend school anywhere in the state of Connecticut.
The Miss Greater Rockville competition will take place on March 17, at 6 p.m. at Rockville High School. The organization’s executive director, Pam Didio, said the winner of the competition will receive a $500 scholarship, as well as a prize package worth a yet-to-be-determined amount.
On Feb. 21, Didio and Amarone made a presentation before the Vernon Town Council. “This has been a very busy year for the RCA,” Didio said, adding that the group has partnered with the Parks Department on several ventures, including the Rockville Fest, Winterfest and the National Night Out.
“One of the reasons we’re doing the Miss Greater Rockville Scholarship pageant is that we’re hoping to bring more interest and business into Rockville,” Didio said. “Also, I think it is a wonderful program for young women.” Didio called the participants in the Miss Connecticut organization “mature, knowledgeable and loving.”
Amarone said there are a lot of misconceptions about “so-called beauty pageants,” and that the Miss America program concentrates its focus on community service and scholarship. “We are actually the world’s largest provider of scholarships for women,” she said, adding that all participants are working toward their college degree, as well as working for, and creating awareness of, their personal platforms.
“Being a part of the Miss America organization affords young women the opportunity to have a voice,” she said. “Wearing the crown, as we like to say, is like having a microphone.” In fact, it was Amarone’s platform of cancer education and awareness that lead her to seek the competitions as a way to get her message heard.
“Miss Greater Rockville will have her own personal platform – whatever she chooses that to be, and she will have a voice to speak about that issue that she is so passionate about,” Amarone said, adding that the to-be-crowned local titleholder will also be someone who has community service to the town of Vernon as one of her objectives.
“She will represent your town at the Miss Connecticut pageant on June 30…and she will have to demonstrate her commitment to leading a healthy lifestyle, community service, and her commitment to pursuing higher education. Promoting a well-rounded individual is what we pride ourselves on. You have some very great young women in this town, and I’m very excited to see who gets to take on this role,” Amarone said.
Each local titleholder also volunteers and raises funds for the Miss America organization’s national platform, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, including the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.
Amarone and Nicole Nemense – Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen – will co-emcee the competition. Didio also presented each council member with a pair of tickets to the event. Tickets are available online. For more information, contact Pam Didio at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.rockvillecommunityalliance.org.