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Miss New York 2017

Gabrielle Walter won the title of Miss New York 2017

May 28, 2017 – Gabrielle Walter won the title of Miss New York 2017 during a spectacular production at the St. George Theatre, Staten Island, NY. Gabrielle will represent the State of New York and compete for the title of Miss America 2017, airing live on ABC on September 10, 2017 from Atlantic City, NJ.

During the Saturday preliminary competition Gabrielle received the Lifestyle & Fitness Award.

Gabrielle Walter is a Clarence native and summa cum laude graduate of Canisius College, where she received a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies while minoring in Dance. She is currently a rising third-year law student at the University at Buffalo School of Law. She plans to pursue her legal career in commercial litigation and tax law.
As founder of "DreamUp America", Gabrielle spends much of her time promoting her innovative platform in schools and community organizations across the state. DreamUp is an education-based transformational initiative that helps children determine and plot their future, starting now. She is passionate about teaching young children the importance of setting goals, finding confidence within, seeking out opportunities, embracing diversity and providing them with the life skills and tools to go after dreams. She is also the state ambassador for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, the national platform of Miss America. 

Gabrielle is an ardent music enthusiast, avid runner, and proud lifelong learner. During her spare time she loves to relax with family and friends, read a good book, or with coffee in hand, catch up on the latest news through social media.


Media requests for Miss New York 2017 Gabrielle Walter

All media inquiries for  Miss New York should be directed via email to the Miss New York State Business Manager Office:

Business Manager Office, Linda Carbo,



About the Miss New York Organization

The Miss New York State Scholarship Organization is an official state licensee of the Miss America Organization. As the official preliminary to the Miss America pageant, the Miss New York Pageant’s shares the same objectives as its parent licensee. The organization partners academic scholarships with hands-on leadership to provide New York's brightest women the platform to expand their personal excellence and societal impact. Through our organization we are creating social change across New York State through expert advocacy, encouraging creative arts and physical health for well-balanced women. We are building a sisterhood of female leaders across the Empire State.

We are certain as titleholders these women’s lives are forever transformed as each woman works her platform to reach the lives of others in hopes of making a difference. The Miss New York Board is solely of a volunteer organization that is committed to recognizing and supporting the intelligence, talent, moral character and personal commitment of its exceptional participants as they demonstrate excellence. To learn more about the Miss New York State organization and Gabrielle walter visit



About the Miss America Organization

Rich in history and social significance, the Miss America Organization is a not-for-profit organization that has maintained a tradition for many decades of empowering American women to achieve their personal and professional goals, while providing a forum in which to express their opinions, talent and intelligence. 

The Miss America Organization is one of the nation's leading achievement programs and the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local organizations made available millions in cash and scholarship assistance. 

Developed by the Miss America Organization, the Miss America program exists to provide personal and professional opportunities for young women and to promote their voices in culture, politics and the community. The program provides a forum for today's young women to express their viewpoints, talents and accomplishments to audiences during the telecast and to the public-at-large during the ensuing year. Almost all contestants have either received, or are in the process of earning, college or postgraduate degrees and utilize Miss America scholarship grants to further their educations. 

In 1989, the Miss America Organization founded the platform concept, which requires each contestant to choose an issue about which she cares deeply and that is of relevance to our society. Once chosen, Miss America and the state titleholders use their stature to address community-service organizations, business and civic leaders, the media and others about their platform issues. Since 1989, Miss America titleholders have appeared at thousands of public speaking engagements and charitable events to generate awareness for a variety of causes, including homelessness, HIV/AIDS prevention, domestic violence, diabetes awareness, character education, and literacy.