Mentoring for Success in New York!

One of the first things I did when I moved to New York City was email the Miss New York organization and see how I could get involved. I thought that in a city where I knew very few people, I would find instant friends in the Miss America program. I was right! So thank you to the Miss New York program for letting me get involved. 

The Miss New York organization has an exemplary mentoring program. They hold a sweeper pageant in which 6 contestants are crowned and given the opportunity to compete at Miss New York. Since these contestants don't have an executive director, they are given a mentor. In New York, their mentors consist of former state titleholders who serve as the contestants confidant and coach.

I was asked to mentor, Miss Western New York Jesse Ladoue. It was such a pleasure to work with Jesse and watch her compete for the Miss New York crown. Jesse launched a campaign to raise funds for Children's Miracle Network called 1,000 Cards, 1,000 Dollars. It was Jesse's goal to collect 1,000 handmade cards to personally deliver to CMN patients and to raise atleast $1,000. I'm so proud to say that Jesse not only reached her goal of $1,000, but she exceeded it. Jesse placed in the top ten and won the Ken Berry Spirit Award! She is a Miss America in my book as she treats everyone with respect and love and competed with great integrity and heart. Way to go Jesse!

Top 11 Miss New York 2012
Back: Semi-Finalists Acacia Courtney-Gotham City, Jamie Lynn Macchia-Staten Island, People's Choice Winner Mikhaila Leinbach-Southern NY, Jesse Ladoue-Miss Western NY, Christina Moore-Verrazano, Shannon Oliver-Metropolitan
Front: 3rd RU Maria DeSantis-Brooklyn, 1st RU Katie Berry-Manhattan, Miss New York 2012 Mallory Hagan (New York City), 2nd RU Nina Davuluri-Greater Rochester, 4th RU Desiree 


*Photo credit: Claire Buffie

Six of the ladies who placed in the top ten, including the new Miss New York, were a part of the Miss New York mentorship program. 

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