Ms. Royal America
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With Kara Prete

Kara Prete and I share a smile as we chat before our private interviews with the judges.

With Erica Durso

Erica Durso, America's Teen Yankee Miss, wishes us all good luck before interviews.

With Melanie and Mary Mudry

Here I am with fellow 2000 Liberty Misses, Melanie and Mary Mudry, Miss New England 2001, before the final announcement.

Crowning Moment Crowning Moment

The crowning moment happened Sunday, April 8, 2001 outside Hartford, Connecticut at the Sheraton Bradley Airport. I am so honored to be the first Ms. Royal America.


The director, Christina Couto, dressed her son Matthew in a tux for the occasion.


Here I am after the pageant hamming it up with the Miss Royal America logo sign.

With Erica Durso

Posing with sister queen, Erica as she congratulates me after the pageant.

New Queens

Here is the group photo of the new Miss Royal America's! Not long after our pageant, Meagan Corlin of New Hampshire, (beside me in the blue gown) went on to win the National title of Miss National Teen-Ager. We are so proud of her win from New England!

With Melanie

Miss and Ms. take a quick break.

Real Queen

Back at home, I soon find out the REAL Queen is one of my cute kitties!

With Leif Garrett

I had the opportunity to meet 70's Superstar, Leif Garrett.
He was in Connecticut featured in the production of "A Child's Christmas In Wales."

We match!

In June, I was fortunate enough to be included in the Rennsport Porsche Race at Lime Rock Raceway in Connecticut. Since I matched the car, does that mean I can take it home?

With Brian Redmond

I also had the pleasure of meeting the famous Porsche racer and coordinator of this event, Brian Redmond.

In the booth.

I was honored to sing the National Anthem before the race and also to be able to begin the race by saying, "Gentlemen, start your engines!"

Rothman's Porsche Rothman's Porsche

I got to walk around and meet many people. Paul Newman was even racing that day but wasn't available for photos.

I took many pictures including this one with the famous Rothman's Race Car.

Durable Racing

I also spent time at the racing area for one of my sponsors, Durable Racing.

Special cars Special cars

Another row of famous Porsche racecars.

I also was able to meet another famous Porsche racer, Prescott Kelly, and pose with his car. I was definitely happy to be a part of the weekend's events.

With Jonet

In August, Christina held her Pre-teen pageants at the Sheraton Bradley Airport. I was excited to be there and also to once again see Connecticut's own National Pre-Teen Petite, Jonet Bolden.

3 Queens

Miss Teen U.S. of America, Kara Prete and I congratulate outgoing Miss Connecticut Teen, Cory Kopitar, on a terrific year.

opening number

Contestants are featured in the opening number of the pageant.

new queens

Here are the new winners for Connecticut and Massachusetts.

queens and judges

Seeing some old friends and meeting new ones. Kara, Alanna Thompson, Ms. American United States, Miss Arkansas Pre-Teen, myself and Melanie are all smiles.

backstage shot of Trisha Yearwood

I also had the chance to go backstage at a country music festival and see Trisha Yearwood.

Mother & Son

In October, it was time again for the America's Yankee Miss Pageant. Here are Christina and Matthew at the podium.

Couto Queens

We surprised her by singing Happy Birthday to her!

New Ms. Queen

After her win, I congratulate our newest Couto Family member, America's Yankee Ms., Amy Lepore.

Queens & Judges

We were happy to pose with the new queens and judges after the pageant.

Christmas with the Veterans

December 16th, I visited the Veterans at Rocky Hill VA Hospital. After visiting patients in the wards, I sang for the Veterans.

Big Daddy Richard

Afterwards, the fun didn't end, we kept singing Christmas carols and taking photos. I was happy to get a hug from my favorite three. Big Daddy Richard, a Veteran of the Korean War and a Former CT AMVET State Commander.

My friend Willie

Willie, my favorite friend and resident Veteran of Rocky Hill.

Richie Duff

Richie Duff, son of Pat and Al Duff, Former CT AMVET State Commander.

A great time was had by all and I was proud to bring some Christmas cheer to the Veterans!