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Shannon Oliver, 2012*
Age: 25 Hometown: Manhattan
Platform: Cultural Togetherness: Everyone Has a Story
Academic: 2010 graduate of Christopher Newport University
At Miss America: *Shannon assumed the title of Miss New York when her predecessor, Mallory Hagan, won Miss America.
Where is she now? Shannon lives in Washington D.C. and continues to perform as a professional vocalist.
Mallory Hagan, 2012
Age: 23 Hometown: Brooklyn
Platform: Child Sexual Abuse
Academic: Junior, Fashion Institute of Technology
At Miss America: Mallory was crowned Miss America 2013, the first national winner from New York since Vanessa Williams.
Where is she now? Mallory crowns her successor in September. She will return to New York to continue her degree in Cosmetic Marketing.
Kaitlin Monte, 2011
Age: 22 Hometown: Pittsford
Platform: Antibullying through Leadership
Academics: 2008 graduate of University of Tampa
At Miss America: 2nd Runner Up, Lifestyle & Fitness Preliminary Award, Quality of Life Scholarship National Finalist
Where is she now?
Kaitlin was named the Anti-Defamation League Difference Maker of the Year in 2012. She began a career in broadcast, working for SportsNet, Google, Blinx and, current, as a host on NBC New York. She still performs with the USO Show Troupe. Kaitlin continues her school workshops on bullying, and is currently a partner in a start-up designing software for schools to manage student behavior through an interactive digital platform.
Claire Buffie, 2010
Age: 24 Hometown: Manhattan
Platform: Straight for Equality: Let’s Talk
Academic: 2008 graduate of Ball State University
At Miss America: Top 12, America’s Choice
Where is she now?
Claire graduated Georgetown University with a Master's is in Public Relations and Corporate Communications. She was named the UBS Straight Ally of the Year in 2011 and Ball State University Graduate of the Last Decade in 2013. She continues her advocacy as a part of One Voice Indiana and has officiated several same-sex marriages. Claire is the owner of Claire Buffie Photography & Design.
Alyse Zwick, 2009
Age: 23 Hometown: Scarsdale
Platform: Heroes: Helping Give Veterans Their Lives Back
Academics: Freshman, CUNY School of Professional Studies
At Miss America: Lifestyle & Fitness Preliminary Award
Where is she now? Alyse graduated CUNY: School of Professional Studies in 2011 and became a dancer with the New York Jets Flight Crew and continues to work as a film actress and commercial model out of New York City.
Leigh-Taylor Smith, 2008
Age: 22 Hometown: Brooklyn
Platform: Voices for Change: Empowerment through Service
Academic: 2007 graduate of University of Virginia, Parsons School of Design
At Miss America: 3rd Runner Up, Lifestyle & Fitness Preliminary Award
Kandice Pellitier, 2005
Platform: Increasing Youth Volunteerism
Academics: Junior at New York UniversityAt Miss America: Quality of Life Scholarship National Finalist
Where is she now? Kandice graduated from New York University Gallatin School with a degree in Entertainment Communications. She appeared in two seasons of The Amazing Race and as a coach on MTV's "Made". Kandice was a featured model on the Vanity Fair Sopranos Issue cover and is the Founder and CEO of Kandice Pelletier Swimwear.
Christina Ellington, 2004
Hometown: New York City
At Miss America: Top 10
Where is she now? Christine resides in New Fairfield, CT and teaches elementary education in Harlem.
Tiffany Walker, 2002
At Miss America: Top 10, Lifestyle & Fitness in Swimwear Scholarship Award
Andrea Plummer, 2001
Hometown: New York City
At Miss America: 4th Runner Up
2000 Kelly Falgiano Miss Amherst
1999 Brandi Burkhardt Miss Manhattan - Miss America Non-Finalist Talent Award
1998 Deanna Herrera Miss Staten Island
1997 Lisa Esler Miss Fulton County
1996 Tammy Marie Harris Miss Oswego County
1995 Sunita Param Miss Western New York
1995 Helen Goldsby Miss Orange County - Miss America Semi-Finalist, Preliminary Talent Award
1994 Dione Lee Robinson Miss Northeastern New York
1993 Marcia L. Cillan Miss Manhattan
1992 Ingrid Olsen Miss Greater Syracuse - Miss America Non-Finalist Talent Award
1991 Marisol A. Montalvo Miss Brooklyn - Miss America 1st Runner Up, Preliminary Talent Award
1990 Maryalice Demler Miss Buffalo
1989 Lisa Molella Miss Dutchess County - Miss America Non-Finalist Talent Award
1988 Mia Seminoff Miss Manhattan - Miss America Non-Finalist Talent Award
1987 Alice Knisley Miss Metropolitan NYC
1986 Dawn McPeak Miss Metropolitan NYC
1985 Jill Renee Privateer Miss Buffalo – Miss America Non-Finalist Talent Award
1984 Mary-Ann Farrell Miss Manhattan - Miss America Semi-Finalist, Preliminary Talent Award
1983 Melissa Manning Miss Westchester County
1982 Eileen Diane Clark Miss Greater Syracuse – Miss America Non-Finalist Talent Award
1981 Suzanne Alexander Miss Oneida County – Miss America Semi-Finalist, Preliminary Talent Award
1980 Cheryl Flanagan Miss Greater Rochester - Miss America Semi-Finalist, Preliminary Talent Award
1979 Kelli Ann Krull Miss Niagara Falls - Miss America Semi-Finalist, Preliminary Talent Award
1978 Paula Ann Pope Miss Greater Colonie
1977 Lesly Braun Miss Staten Island
1976 Sonja Anderson Miss Manhattan – Miss America 4th Runner Up, Preliminary Talent Award
1975 Mary Hinterberger Miss Thousand Islands
1974 Kristen Ann Krull Miss Erie County East
1973 Jo Ann Miller Miss Erie County East
1972 Judith Ann Keithley Miss Rochester
1971 Elizabeth Condon Miss Niagara Falls
1970 Katherine Jean Karlsrud Miss Westchester - Miss America Semi-Finalist
1969 Linda Marie Trybus Miss Amherst - Miss America Semi-Finalist
1968 Patricia Joy Burmeister Miss Porterville – Miss America Semi-Finalist
1967 Kari Marie Pedersen Miss Staten Island – Miss America Non-Finalist Talent Award
1966 Penelope Donoghue Miss Westchester
1965 Marlene Butcher Miss Dunkirk
1964 Julie Just Miss Buffalo – Miss America Non-Finalist Talent Award
1963 Barbara Annn Gloede Miss Dunkirk-Fredonia – Miss America Non-Finalist Talent Award
1962 Paula Roberta Heins Miss Le Roy
1961 Katheryne Taylor Modern Miss Buffalo
1960 Susan Jane Talbert Miss Dunkirk-Fredonia
1959 Bonnie Jo Marquis Miss Huntington – Miss America Semi-Finalist, Preliminary Swimsuit
1958 Miriam Sanderson Miss Renesselaer
1957 Janet Corrigan Miss Huntington
1953 Jeannine Bowman Miss Rome
1952 Joan Marie St. John Miss Binghamton
1951 Louise Orlando Miss Syracuse
1950 Marilyn Reynolds Miss Syracuse
1949 Wanda Nalepa Miss New York City
1948 M. Yvonne Fix Miss Niagara Falls
1947 Carol Lee Fredricks Miss Harrison
1946 Violet Mellar Miss White Plains - Miss America Semi-Finalist
1945 June Jenkins Miss Elmont
1944 Bobby Macadam Miss Brooklyn
1943 Marion Butler Miss New York City
1942 Marion Mosell Miss Utica – Miss America Preliminary Talent Award
1935 Vern Hall Miss Bronx
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