The curtain has fallen, but things are heating up for new Staten Island titleholders | Upside down

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STATEN ISLAND, NY – The curtain may have fallen and the dust settled after the Miss Staten Island/Miss Richmond County pageant, but things are looking good for four newly crowned young women as they take on their new roles in as new queens of our borough.

Over the next year Tatiana Santos Mroczek, Miss Staten Island, Catherine Costagliola, Miss Richmond County, Amelia Gordon, Miss Staten Island Outstanding Teen, and Hayley Bond, Miss Richmond County Outstanding Teen, will fill in appointments and appearances at community events and forums and will speak to local school students where they will champion their respective social impact initiatives.

Left to right, Catherine Costagliola, Miss Richmond County and Tatiana Santos Mroczek, Miss Staten Island. (Courtesy of Jane Marone) Advance from Staten IslandStaten Island Advance

“The first initiative focuses on women’s empowerment activities, which include leadership opportunities for young girls and women and an exploration of the inequalities women face in the workplace and in their daily lives,” noted Carmine DeBetta, executive director of Miss Staten Island. Scholarship organization, which met with the titleholders of our borough, Felicia DeBetta, speech and interview coach of the organization, and Kristina Ferraro, member of the board of directors and producer of contests.

“And the second initiative is ‘A Campaign to Give the Gift of Kindness,’ whether exercised in person or through the titleholders’ social media platforms,” ​​he added.

Miss Staten Island

Left to right, Amelia Gordon, Miss Staten Island Outstanding Teen and Hayley Bond, Miss Richmond County Outstanding Teen. (Courtesy of Jane Marone) Advance from Staten IslandStaten Island Advance

Felicia DeBetta presented a schedule of virtual interview prep sessions leading to a discussion about preparing for the upcoming Miss New York State Scholarship Pageant scheduled for Memorial Day weekend in Upstate from Peekskill, NY, where local titleholders will compete for the Miss New York State title.

“The Board of Directors of the Miss Staten Island/Miss Richmond County Scholarship Organization is so proud of our new titleholders, who plan to work as a team to reach out and be involved in many organizations of Staten Island,” Felicia DeBetta said. I am excited to work with our credential holders to improve their public speaking and interviewing skills. During our rehearsal sessions, it was evident that these young women were confident and each had a good foundation of communication to build on,” she said.

“They aim to make appearances, serve as guest speakers at schools and participate in charity events. Contact us at (misssircscholarship@aol.com) if your organization requires their services,” added Carmine DeBetta.

Miss Staten Island pageant

Left to right, Carmine and Felicia DeBetta, Catherine Costagliola, Miss Richmond County, Tatiana Santos Mroczek, Miss Staten Island, Mario Ferraro, Chef/Owner Vitalia Restaurant, Amelia Gordon, Miss Staten Island Outstanding Teen, Hayley Bond, Miss Richmond County Outstanding Teen and Kristina Ferraro, former Miss Staten Island, board member and pageant producer. (Courtesy of Jane Marone) Advance from Staten IslandStaten Island Advance

And Kristina Ferraro, board member and former Miss Staten Island, explained, “Since my coronation of Miss Staten Island in 1994, I have been involved with this organization and the Staten Island community. It is wonderful to watch the journey of these young women become accomplished women who become part of the fabric of our community.

HOLDERS COMMENT ON THEIR INITIATIVES

Tatiana Santos Mroczek: “I am beyond grateful for the title of Miss Staten Island 2022, especially on the one-year anniversary – to the day – of losing my grandfather to cancer,” Mroczek said. “I am thrilled to promote my social platform initiative, ‘Music Heals: The Power of Music Therapy,’ especially in light of this horrific pandemic, the mental health crisis it has created, and the families of Staten Island who have lost loved ones, including our contest’s beloved Executive Director, Jim Smith.

Catherine Costagliola: “As Miss Richmond County, I’m very excited to champion my social impact initiative, ‘You’re Safe With Me: Mental Health Awareness and Support.’ I’ve started a social media campaign called #100daysofpositivity on my Instagram account (@missrichmondcounty22ny) to uplift others, do my part to make social media a more positive space, and encourage others to do the same. a fundraiser in support of the Staten Island Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness taking place this spring. I’m thrilled to represent Richmond County in the Miss New York Scholarship Pageant in May!”

Amelia Gordon: ‘My social impact initiative is “Different Not Disabled – Raising Autism Awareness”, so my first plan of action is to introduce myself to organizations in Staten Island that serve the needs of people living with autism. I also look forward to working as a team with my sister Miss Staten Island/Richmond County titleholders to promote all of Staten Island’s great businesses, community leaders, and interesting places and people.

Hayley Bond: “I look forward to brainstorming with Miss Richmond County, Catherine Costagliola, on raising funds for mental health awareness that will benefit teens and adults. I will continue to promote my social impact initiative via my online platform @mental.health___awareness.”

NEXT MISS NEW YORK STATE CONTEST

The Miss Staten Island-Miss Richmond County Scholarship Pageant was a mirror of the upcoming state pageant, which includes a private interview with a panel of experienced judges, a talent showcase, an onstage interview and a dress contest evening.

Miss Staten Island Pageant

Left to right, Catherine Costagliola, Miss Richmond County, Tatiana Santos Mroczek, Miss Staten Island, Mario Ferraro, Chef/Owner Vitalia Restaurant, Charleston, Amelia Gordon, Miss Staten Island Outstanding Teen and Hayley Bond, Miss Richmond County Outstanding Teen. (Courtesy of Jane Marone) Advance from Staten IslandStaten Island Advance

A formalized competition preparation workshop is also being hosted by the Miss New York State Scholarship Organization on April 9-10 at the Otesaga Hotel and Resort in Cooperstown, NY, an opportunity for the Staten Island contingency d further improve their competitive skills and gain insight into what to expect during Memorial Day weekend competition.

CELEBRATIONS – JAN. 23 JAN. 29

JAN. 23

Sunday is the birthday of Ken Paulsen, Salvatore Sutera, Great Kills, Mary Scano, Thomas Scarcella, Karen Mandel, triplets Peter, Kristen and Nicole SanFilippo and twins Christina and Gina Petruzzi.

JAN. 24

Birthday greetings Monday to Surrogate Matthew Titone, who shares his birthday with Bettle Midler tribute artist Donna Maxon, Larry Miraglia, Phyllis Schreiner, Linda Errichetti, Benjamin Gerard Ruggiero, who is 10, and Matt Bacchi, who is now 35 year.

JAN. 25

Happy Birthday Tuesday to Paul Driscoll, Emily Seton, Nancy Biggs, Megan Maligno, Kevin Wallen, who will turn 22, Tom DeLese, Toni Anne Colucci, Jim Downing, Alexandrea Acevedo, Amanda Marie DeMeo, Joe Troiano, Virginia McCarthy Trazzi, Vincent Como and Carol Pasquale.

Happy wedding anniversary to Anthony and Theresa Ferrara of Dongan Hills, who will celebrate 69 years of married bliss on Tuesday.

69th wedding anniversary

Anthony and Theresa Ferrara of Dongan Hills will celebrate 69 years of marriage on January 25. (Courtesy Millie Rafael) Staten Island AdvanceStaten Island Advance

JAN. 26

Best birthday Wednesday to Mike Boyle who shares a birthday today with Chrissy Frost Johnson, Molly Seton, Shawn Fitzgibbons, Dean Balsamini, Fred Tagliarini, Vincent Miller, Paul Agnello and Hector Rivera.

JAN. 27

Thursday birthday wishes go out to John Steele, Ralph Miscione, Diane Miller, Mike Dominowski, Laurie Mulvaney, Justin Mangiacasale and his mother, Kerry, Celia Roche, Matt Farrell, Sal Como and Stephanie DeMaio.

JAN. 28

The happiest of birthdays on Friday in Stringham, David Mrozek, who is 65, Debra Ann Athans, Anthony Domenick Ciaramella Jr., who is 17, Paul DeCarlo, Toni DiScenza, who is 82, Steven Larson, who is now 19 years, Matthew Day and Grace Mazallo.

Friday is Tricia and Tom Britton’s wedding anniversary.

JAN. 29

Best Birthday to Community Leader Lillian Lagazzo, T. Dean Curry of Sunnyside, Staten Islander, Joyce Donna Brown, Twins Michelle and Kristen Donohue, Matt Chiminski, Toni Ann Lipari, Wilma Collins, Joseph Trischitta, Effie Bohn, Margaret Rucci , Kaitlin Bradway, Diane Marroco, Jonathan Petrizzi and Gloria Glickman.

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