The big weekend is finally here at the Worcester, Massachusetts
Holiday Inn, August 7-8, 1996. The Director, Christina
Couto, welcomes us and tells us what to expect.
For the optional talent competition, I chose to sing a song
special to my heart, "Smile."
I was awarded First Runner-Up in the Talent competition.
That evening, we had a little get together and gift exchange.
To my left is my friend and fellow Liberty
Miss Kimberley Lode, have just returned the week before
from a tour overseas performing for our military.
Susan Lopes, Kimberley and I
are all smiles as we're prepared to go in for the interview
We took time for a group shot before our interviews.
Here I am in the introduction portion of the pageant.
Before the announcement of the winners, we take a break
for a photo and share a sigh of relief.
I am so happy and surprised as Christina
announces my name as the new Miss New
Miss New England 1995, Cynthia Mangazini
crowns me as the second Miss New England.
Here I am on my first walk. I am so happy and honored.
After the crowning, my friend and Miss
Constitution, Merissa Starnes, helps me adjust the
crown as my friend and First Runner-Up, Kimberley
Lode, looks on.
One of the first exciting things I got to do was to go
to Miss America with Christina
and Robert. Here I am on the Boardwalk
in front of the famous Atlantic City Convention Center that
has played host to Miss America
for many years.
I also had the chance to meet the wife of Bernie
Wayne, songwriter of the famous "Blue Velvet" and
"There She Is, Miss America." I also was able to share with
her that I was honored to have been judged by Mr.
Wayne at the Miss Richmond America
pageant a few years ago.
We went to the mall together and met this future Miss
Afterwards, we walked the famous Boardwalk and there I
met an old friend and photographer from Richmond, Virginia.
He took these great photos for us. A group photo of our
then a solo shot of me enjoying the ocean breeze!
He also sent me this shot of the Southern Queens. It's
their annual traditional photo.
Christina, Robert and I head to
Planet Hollywood for some food and great fun.
While we eating, I looked up and noticed two couples coming
into the restaurant. I told