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LOVELAND HILL ROAD, TICKETS: $15.00, $10.00ROCKVILLE Seniors, 10 & under

open at 5:30 PM)


Rockville Community Alliance PO Box 45 Vernon-Rockville, CT 06066 (860) 871-8129 www.RockvilleCommunityAlliance.org

March 17, 2012

Welcome all to the first Miss Greater Rockville Scholarship Pageant.

We are delighted to bring you this exciting event. All of our contestants have an opportunity to compete and hope to attain the next level of achievement which is Miss Connecticut. This year’s Miss Connecticut then goes on to the Miss America pageant!

The Miss Connecticut Scholarship Corporation awards scholarships to outstanding young women to help advance them academically and professionally. The Miss Connecticut Pageant is an official preliminary of the Miss America Pageant, the nation's leading achievement program and the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance to young women.

For its first year here in Vernon-Rockville, we were astonished by the number of volunteers and sponsors that turned out to support this event. It is clearly evident how anxious residents and businesses are to show their pride and support of our communities and the young people who live here.

We must also thank and acknowledge our generous sponsors listed throughout the pages of this program. For without them this pageant would not have become the reality that it is. We urge you to thank and support them as well.

We hope you enjoy today’s event as much as we’ve enjoyed producing it. And hey, why not consider becoming an active member of the Rockville Community Alliance? Contact information can be found throughout this booklet.

Thank you!

Jim Sendrak – President Rockville Community Alliance

Rockville Community Alliance Events July in the Sky Downtown

July 3

Rockville Fest and Car Show September 22

National Night Out August 7 Winterfest - Month of December


A STAR IS BORN Happy “Birthday” Miss Greater Rockville Scholarship Pageant Our National Anthem Opening Number by Beyond Dance, Jessica Foster, Artistic Director Introduction of Contestants Introduction of Co-Hosts: Miss Connecticut 2011 Morgan Amarone & Miss Connecticut Outstanding Teen 2011 Nicole Nemense Introduction of Judges Miss - On-Stage Question Teen - Lifestyle & Fitness Miss – Talent Teen – Evening Gown & On-Stage Question Miss- Swimsuit Teen – Talent Miss – Evening Gown INTERMISSION Please join us in the lobby for complimentary refreshments (No food or drink allowed in the auditorium) Introduction of Special Guests Raffle Performance by Beyond Dance Introduction of RCA Members Awards Crowning of Miss Greater Rockville Outstanding Teen 2012 Crowning of Miss Greater Rockville 2012 Pictures on the Red Carpet


Morgan Amarone Miss Connecticut 2011 Miss Connecticut 2011, Morgan Amarone is 23 years old and from Hamden; she earned a B.S. in accounting from Quinnipiac University and is using scholarship awards from the Miss Connecticut and Miss America pageants to continue her education, working on an MBA in healthcare management. She uses her position as Miss CT to promote her personal platform “The Power of Pink- Cancer Education and Awareness”, traveling to schools and reading her recently published children’s book called “Madison’s Journey”, about leading a healthy lifestyle, cancer awareness and community service. Morgan visits the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center regularly, and raises funds for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in support of the Medical Center. Morgan represented Connecticut at the Miss America Pageant in January, and was awarded the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award on the Miss America stage.

Nicole Nemense Miss Oustanding Teen 2011 Miss Outstanding Teen 2011, Nicole is a 15-year-old resident of Watertown, CT and a student at Watertown High School. Last August, she represented Connecticut at the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant, which is the “Little Sister” title to Miss America. Throughout the year, Nikki promotes her personal platform, “Tap Into Your Potential - A Path to Positive Self-Esteem.” This year she has dedicated her time to working with several youth programs like Girl Scouts of America, Girls Inc., and the Boys and Girls Club. Her goal is to reach out to young girls and teach them about self-esteem and how to be the most confident person they can be.


Awards Miss Greater Rockville $500 Scholarship Official Crown and Embroidered Sash Floral Presentation Bouquet by Michelle’s Florals $200 Photo Package from Steve Smith Photography

First Runner Up $300 Scholarship Floral Presentation by Michelle’s Florals

Miss Congeniality $200 Scholarship

Miss Outstanding Teen Free Entry to Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen 2012 Official Crown and Embroidered Sash Floral Presentation Bouquet by Michelle’s Florals

Teen First Runner Up $200 Savings Bond Floral Presentation by Michelle’s Florals

Miss Teen Congeniality $100 Savings Bond


Our Judges Rep. Claire Janowski In 2000, Claire Janowski was first elected to serve the constituents of the 56th District of Rockville and Vernon in the Connecticut General Assembly. She is the House Chairwoman of the Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee. Prior to her work at the Connecticut Legislature, Rep. Janowski was employed as a Training and Development Consultant with the Aetna Institute for Corporate Education and also worked for Aetna Life & Casualty as a Management Consultant on Research & Development Projects. Rep. Janowski earned her BA Degree in Psychology at Trinity College in Hartford where she was inducted in Pi Gamma MU – The international honor society in Social Science. Her successful research in leadership characteristics was published in the “Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin” in 1992, a prestigious medical journal in the social sciences. She also holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Manchester Community College (MCC), was honored as the MCC 1985 Harry S. Truman Scholar Nominee for academic achievement and government service and received the MCC Distinguished Alumni Award in 2003. She is active in the community as a member of the Tolland County Chamber of Commerce, the Vernon Historical Society, the Vernon Garden Club and the Rockville General Hospital Auxiliary.  She has also served on the Vernon Town Council, chaired Vernon’s Human Services Commission, served on Vernon’s Planning & Zoning Commission, Rockville Downtown Association Board, Hockanum Valley Community Council Board, Vernon’s Bicentennial Celebration Committee, Rockville Little League and Skinner Road School PTO.

Karen McMahon Karen Anne McMahon has been living her childhood dream for the past 17 years as Owner/ Director of West Side Dance Center in West Springfield, MA.  There she uses her talent and ambition as a mentor, instructor, choreographer and friend to her students aged from 2 to 82!  “Miss Karen,” as she is known to her students, trained with Anita’s Dance Studio in West Springfield, MA and continued her training with Broadway Dance Center, Traditions in Tap and Dance Educators of America to name a few. Her judging credits include the Easthampton Junior Miss/Distinguished Young Woman of America Program & Miss Senior Massachusetts. Karen has choreographed shows such as; the children’s theater production of Clorinda at the Majestic Theater,  The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Escanaba In Love, Scapino, A Christmas Carol & The Bacchae.  A former performer for Riverside Park and Six FlagsNew England, Karen has also danced alongside many dance icons such as Danny Daniels, Prof. LaVaughn Robinson and Frank Hatchett.

Roger Picard 67 Cedar Lane, Wolcott, CT 06716 • 203-879-3356 or 203-910-6829 Roger Picard is a retired Wolcott police officer having served 25 years and retiring at the rank of Lieutenant. He has owned and operated a professional photography business for the past thirty years and has received numerous awards and recognition for his photographic work from the Connecticut Professional Photographers Association including Photographer of the Year. He has served on its’ board of directors and his photographic work has been published in Cape Cod Life, Connecticut Magazine and the CT Professional Photographers Spotlight. He currently is the photographer for the Wolcott Community News and the official photographer for the Miss Greater Waterbury Scholarship Pageant. He and his wife Nancy serve on the Miss Greater Waterbury Scholarship Committee and serve as business managers for Miss Brass City and Miss Brass City Outstanding Teen. Roger is also a state certified judge and has judged in state and local pageants for several years. He was recently elected to the Town Council of Wolcott and is an area Director for the Connecticut District Exchange Club. He and his wife Nancy reside in the Town of Wolcott Connecticut and have four children and two grandchildren.


Our Judges Michael Balon Born in Hartford,Ct and raised in Manchester and Hebron. Graduated from RHAM high school and the University of Connecticut with a degree in elementary education. Married his college sweetheart and moved to the Albany, New York area where he taught fourth grade for 3 years. After that he attended Computer Processing Institute and became a computer programmer. Has worked at The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company for the past 30 plus years. Michael and his wife have one son who resides in Burlington, VT. While he was a boy, Michael was instrumental in starting a Cub Scout unit and then followed him to his Boy Scout unit as the treasurer and extra adult help. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, gardening, being with friends and relaxing.

Michael Woods Micheal ives in Westfield, Massachusetts. He grew up in Greenfield and graduated in 1994 from Greenfield High School. He is a 1999 graduate and Class President of the Massachusetts Reserve/Intermitten Police Academy. He has been with Sears in Enfield, Connecticut for the past ten years and currently holds the position of Loss Prevention Manager.. He is also a part-time police officer for the city of Easthampton, Massachusetts. In the seven years that he has been a police officer he has received two letters of commendation for his involvement in apprehending armed robbers in two unrelated incidents. He is father to an eight year old son and engaged to be married to a wonderful woman with two lovely children. He enjoys hiking and camping, and is a Committee Member of Cub Scout Pack 670 in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

Marcy K. Kelly Marcy has dual citizenship – she was born in Hartford and currently lives in Vernon, but is active in both Hartford and Vernon communities and maintains a business in both communities. While in high school she had a part time job with C.R.R.A and took business classes; that helped her decided that she wanted to own her own business after graduation. After graduation she continued to work with C.R.R.A. and also worked third shift full time at the Post Office. She saved her earnings and purchased her first business, a beauty salon, Marcy’s House of Beauty, which has been operating for fifteen years. In 2006 she decided to buy a vacant building on the outskirts of downtown Hartford with the goal of opening a restaurant and lounge, Club Charisma. Because of the economic situation it was quite difficult to establish a new business on the outskirts of downtown Hartford. It is her desire to completely redesign the current facility and bring it into the millennium that is both environmentally and user friendly. Marcy holds holiday parties for local youth and toy drives for different non-profit organizations annually, as well as continually donating time and items to the Big Brother program, Mercy House Shelter, Girl Scouts and Union Congregational Church. She continues to build on her knowledge base by reaching out to other business owners for mentors, taking classes, and attending lectures. She is a goal oriented person with the desire to make an impact on the communities that she serves.


Miss Greater Rockville Scholarship Pageant Committee Pamela DiDio.................................................................... Executive Director Terilynn Rogers................................................................. Business Manager Benjamin Klimczak......................................................................... Treasurer Bryan Flint........................................................................ Sponsorship Chair Lisa Little.................................................................................. Field Director Jim Sendrak..................................................................... President Rockville Community Alliance Steve Smith..................................................................... Pageant Consultant Tom DiDio........................................................................... Program Booklet John Snow...................................................................... Judges Chairperson Darcy Davis................................................................... Technical Production Paul Leone.................................................................... Technical Production Charles Wright...........................................................................Photography Jillian Holt...........................................................................Stage Production Gina Nemense................................................................ Contestant Hostess Tressa Giordano.............................................................. Contestant Hostess


The Miss Greater Rockville Scholarship Committee would like to thank Rockville Community Alliance Members Vernon Parks & Recreation Department Rockville Bank Pietras Family Funeral Homes Steve Smith Photography Munson’s Chocolates Charles Wright Photography Jane Texira – Arbonne Products Barbara Maloney – Avon Mr. Sparkle Car Wash Dunkin Donuts of Rockville & Vernon Rockville Downtown Association Bev’s Corner Russ’s Time Diner Miss Connecticut Scholarship Organization Crystal Blueprint & Stationery Marcy’s House of Beauty Beyond Dance – Jessica Foster Rockville Public Library Vernon Greenways Volunteers Vernon Youth Services Department Bryan Flint Showtime Productions Antonio’s Pizza – Rockville Stone & Paddle Gold & Diamond Exchange Panda Palace Lunging Tiger Vernon C.E.R.T. Sue Balon & Ellen Bauwens Kennedy & Company Salon Vernon Historical Society Michelle’s Florals Carl Slicer – Videographer Uptown Consignments Elm Press


Wishing You the Best of Luck! The Barber’s Daughter, 860.649.8620 Have a “Sparkling” Day! The Gold & Diamond Exchange, Route 83, Ellington Good Luck Contestants! Nature’s Grocer, 81 East Street, Vernon With Best Wishes to All! Booma’s Paint & Hardware, Lafayette Plaza, Vernon To All My “Girls”- Best of Luck! Pam DiDio

SHOUT OUT TO: CASSIA AND CHLOE SHOAF “We wish you both the BEST! We love you! LOVE, Mom, Dad, Hannah, Nonna and Grandma Kay”


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