BRISTOL - The new Miss Bristol, Jaymie Bianca, along with the other contest winners received their crowns and sashes Friday evening at Nuchie’s.
The announcement was preceded by a pasta dinner for friends and family members to celebrate the occasion. As the girls arrived, many hugged each other and offered their congratulations. Then, with the meal done and spirits high, the glamorous girls donned their crowns and sashes. This marked the beginning of their roles as community ambassadors who will surely be spotted at numerous events throughout the year.
The new Miss Bristol, Jaymie Bianca, said she grew up with the Miss Bristol contest, previously being crowned an Outstanding Teen.
“I’m so excited - it has been an outstanding time being able to represent the city I’ve lived in for 21 years,” she said. “It’s a blessing.”
In addition to Miss Bristol, Amber Ouellette was crowned Miss Forestville. She said she is looking forward to representing her hometown.
“I’m really excited,” she said. “I’ve lived in Bristol all my life and I look forward to getting out in the community and attending community events.”
Brooke L. Cyr was crowned Miss Mum City.
“I’m super excited,” she said. “I grew up here and Bristol is very important to me. I’m excited to give back to the community that raised me.”
The night also saw the crowning of Teen Miss Bristol Irelynn Janell, Teen Miss Forestville Emily Anastasio, Teen Miss Mum City Autumn Schless, Teen Miss Charter Oak Sofia Circosta and Teen Miss Constitution Allie Maisto.
Irelynn Janell, who is from Danbury, said it is “awesome” to be part of Miss Bristol. She said the local community is “very welcoming” and that she is looking forward to going out to events and being part of it.
Allie Maisto said the Bristol community is “amazing” and that she can’t wait to get involved.
Sofia Circosta said it will be nice to represent her hometown.
Autumn Schless said that being part of Miss Bristol is a “once in a lifetime opportunity.” She encouraged it the crowd to sing happy birthday to Linda Lubrico, executive director of Miss Bristol, who celebrated her birthday the night before.
Emily Anastasio said she is “excited to get started” going out to events in the community. She was inspired to get involved by friends who entered the Miss Connecticut pageant.
Linda Lubrico, executive director of Miss Bristol, said this is the 59th year of the tradition and that she is happy it has lasted so long. She herself has been executive director for 11 years.
“It gives the girls a lot of confidence being out in the community, learning public speaking skills and being able to give back to the community,” said Lubrico. “I look forward to spending time with them, getting to know them and helping them to be good citizens.”
Lubrico added that being part of this contest also prepares some girls for later going on to compete in Miss Connecticut.
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