Carissa Johnson has been chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss New York Pageant to take place Aug. 23 to Aug. 25 at the Hyatt Regency in Rochester.
Johnson is a fifth-grader at Remington Elementary who is no rookie to the pageantry world. She started performing in pageants when was five-years old and has competed in a number of pageants, including the Miss Ilion Days Pageant through the Tiny Princess Pageant and the Princess Pageant, the Herkimer County Fair Pageant, the St. Johnsville Spring Fest Pageant and the Little Falls Garlic and Herb Festival Pageant. More recently, the 11-year old won Junior Miss in 2011 at the Canal Celebration Pageant, Little Miss Mohawk Valley and Little Miss Spirit of the Mohawk Valley.
Johnson was anonymously nominated to participate in the National American Miss New York Pageant. Based on an interview and a pageantry application, she was chosen as a finalist to compete in the pageant. Next week she will head to Albany to train as a contestant. Through a training seminar, she will learn how to walk on-stage, speak for an on-stage interview and present herself on stage.
The National American Miss pageants are for girls ages 4 to 18 and have five different age divisions. Johnson will participate in the Miss Pre-teen (ages 10 to 12) age division, along with other young ladies from across New York. The winner of the pageant will receive a $1,000 cash award, an official crown and banner, a bouquet of roses and air transportation to compete in the national pageant in California, where she will receive a complimentary tour of Hollywood and two VIP tickets to Disneyland.
In order to compete in the National American Miss New York Pageant, each contestant is asked to raise $440 through sponsorships. If a person or a business decides to sponsor a contestant, an advertisement will be placed in the pageant program book to promote Johnson along with the business. Those who sponsor will also be given a tax deduction.
Johnson said she is very excited for the pageant.
Her mother, Cindy Kennedy, added her daughter loves everything about pageants.
“She loves to meet new girls and see all the dresses. For her the pageant is not all about winning, it’s more about having fun. She’s very respectful of other participants and if she does not win, she is always gracious,” said Kennedy.
Anyone interested in sponsoring Johnson is asked to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.