March 14, 2013
WEST HAVEN, CONN. --- Lindsay Bugryn, a UNH senior, was crowned the first Miss University of New Haven and Amaryllis Rodriguez was named Miss New Haven County Saturday, March 2 at the University of New Haven.
Both young women received $3,000 in annual scholarships from UNH. The newly crowned title-holders will be among 15 young women from around the state vying for the title of Miss Connecticut and the opportunity to become Miss America.
“Words can’t express what it felt like when my name was called,” Bugryn said. “Tears started rolling down my face as I walked to the front of the stage to receive my crown and sash. I was so excited and honored to be crowned the first Miss University of New Haven.”
The Miss Connecticut Pageant is an official preliminary of the Miss America Pageant, the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance to young women. Fourteen young women competed in five phases of competition Saturday. In the talent portion of the competition, Bugryn performed a tap dance to the song “Some People” and Rodriguez performed a vocal rendition of “I Who Have Nothing.”
There was standing room only at the event, which was sponsored by the University of New Haven’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Undergraduate Student Government Association and Kappa Gamma Rho Fraternity. The pageant raised $3,000 in additional scholarship funds.
Also crowned were Ashley Hamel, Miss Shoreline; Eliza Kanner, Miss University of New Haven’s Outstanding Teen, and Samantha Anderson, Miss New Haven County’s Outstanding Teen. Both will receive admission to UNH’s College Before College program, allowing them to take free college courses prior to graduating from high school.
“UNH awarded the scholarships in an effort to showcase everything that UNH can offer to the talented young women of Connecticut and to strengthen the relationship between UNH and the Miss America Organization,” said Ashley Abate, executive director of the Miss UNH/Miss New Haven County pageant and a UNH admissions counselor.
Each winner has a platform she chooses to promote throughout her year as a titleholder; some create an organization and others work closely with national organizations. “I will be promoting my platform, Random Acts of Kindness as well as raising funds for the Children’s Miracle Network hospitals,” Bugryn said. The group aims to help create a better world by spreading awareness and increasing engagement in kind actions, she said. Bugryn is also a member of UNH’s Communications Club and the 5678 Dance Team.
Bugryn said she is proud to be attending the only university in New England to provide scholarships to the pageant winners. “It encourages the winners to continue their education and to pursue their dreams,” she said. A communications major, she hopes to work in television news.
Rodriguez’s platform is Dollars for Wishes, an organization she founded to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The organization has raised $5,000. “I was absolutely ecstatic to have been crowned Miss New Haven County. I look forward to promoting my platform,” she said. Rodriguez, who attends a two-year college, plans to transfer to UNH now that she has won the scholarship. “The University of New Haven is a very prestigious school and education is extremely important in my family and home,” she said.
The titleholders will compete June 20-22, 2013 for Miss Connecticut and Miss Connecticut’s Outstanding Teen 2013. Bugryn said she is already preparing.
For more information about the Miss University of New Haven/Miss New Haven County pageant or to request titleholders for an appearance, please contact Abate at firstname.lastname@example.org or (203)859-0119.
The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 on the campus of Yale University in cooperation with Northeastern University, UNH moved to its current West Haven campus in 1960. The University operates a satellite campus in Tuscany, Italy, and offers programs at several locations throughout Connecticut and in New Mexico and California. UNH provides its students with a unique combination of a solid liberal arts education and real-world, hands-on career and research opportunities. The University enrolls approximately 6,400 students, including nearly 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates – the majority of whom reside in University housing. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, Tagliatela College of Engineering, and College of Lifelong & eLearning, UNH offers 75 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UNH students have access to more than 50 study abroad programs worldwide and its student-athletes compete in 16 varsity sports in the NCAA Division II’s highly competitive Northeast-10 Conference.