BRISTOL - Ten young women competed for the chance to represent their city Saturday night in the Miss Bristol-Forestville Scholarship Program’s “Rhythm of the Night.”
Six Bristol residents competed for the titles of Miss Bristol 2018 and Miss Forestville 2018 while four sought the titles of Miss Bristol’s Outstanding Teen 2018 and Miss Forestville’s Outstanding Teen 2018. When the night concluded, four young ladies were crowned and 2017’s outgoing young women said their goodbyes.
Autumn Schless was named Miss Bristol’s Outstanding Teen 2018 and Gia Frances Iwanec was crowned Miss Forestville’s Outstanding Teen 2018. Victoria Lemme took home the title of Miss Bristol 2018 and Jillian Duffy was crowned Miss Forestville 2018.
Outgoing Miss Bristol Gina Salvatore and outgoing Miss Forestville Erika Farrell joined their 2017 Outstanding Teens Victoria Kilbourne and Cassandra Lechner in welcoming the new crown-holders.
In the onstage questions section for the Miss Bristol and Forestville contestants, Micayla Barrows said the United States should continue to help Puerto Rico following the devastation left by Hurricane Maria.
“They are devastated and they are in need of help,” Barrows said.
Courtney Ouellette said that our country’s tension with North Korea is troubling, so we should be prepared to for war if it reaches that point.
Victoria Lemme said she believes that President Donald Trump should speak more carefully to avoid his frequent controversial statements.
“When we’re speaking, we should speak diplomatically,” Lemme said.
Asked about the Harvey Weinstein scandal in Hollywood, Amber Ouellette said she believes perpetrators of sexual assault should serve longer punishments.
Jillian Duffy said there is still room for gun control measures in the country, and she thinks there should be psychological testing for those who wish to buy guns.
When asked about “To Kill a Mocking Bird” bring removed from some schools, Alexis Volpe said if students are uncomfortable with it, they shouldn’t be forced to read it.
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