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Jessica Marfeo, Rising Junior at University of Rhode Island, Crowned as Miss RI 2013
Providence, RI — This past Saturday evening, June 1, 2013, Jessica Marfeo, a rising junior at the University of Rhode Island, was crowned Miss RI 2013 at the annual Miss Rhode Island Scholarship pageant, held at Sapinsley Hall at Rhode Island College. Jessica is a pre-med student majoring in biology and education. One of the many scholarship awards Jessica received on Saturday evening was the Louanne Gamba Talent Scholarship Award for her crowd-rousing rendition of “Orange Colored Sky.” While serving as Miss URI this past winter, Jessica was selected as one of 700 collegiate students from around the nation to attend the Collegiate Presidential Inaugural Conference held over five days during President Obama’s Inauguration. Jessica is also a cancer survivor.
Jessica will spend her year of service promoting her platform “B.F.F.: Be Friends First: Promoting Healthy Relationship Mentoring and Educational Programs for Students Grade K through 12.” Her scholarship ambition is to earn her Master’s degree in physician assistant studies specializing in OBGYN, as well as her second Master’s in Public Health. Jessica will represent the Ocean State at the Miss America Competition this September. After numerous years in Las Vegas, the Miss America Competition will be returning to its home, Atlantic City, this upcoming fall. The Miss America Pageant will be broadcast live on the ABC television network on September 15.
Produced by Jim Metcalfe, emceed by Miss RI 1967 Marilyn Cocozza Trillo, and choreographed by Miss RI 1987 Cheryl Cusick, the Miss RI 2013 show featured prominent community members, U.S. Marines, and dancers from the Narragansett Performing Arts Dance Centre. The show also featured a video of the Miss RI 2013 contestants at a recent Seekonk River Clean-Up, sponsored by the Narragansett Bay Commission and produced by Menacing Cod Productions. U.S. Representative James Langevin and Rhode Island Representative Joseph Trillo were in attendance. A standing ovation was provided for Miss RI 2012 Kelsey Fournier during her Farewell, in celebration of her incredible year of service from 2012 to 2013.
The Miss RI 2013 Judges were Lt. Col. Gloria Berlanga, Miss RI 1989; Shelley Carbone, Mrs. America 2011; David Jones, a radio personality with LiteRock 105; Nancy McAuliffe, Director of the RI Ballet Arts Academy; and Craig Robbins, Vice President and Store Manager at Macy’s in Providence Place.
As Miss RI 2013, Jessica was awarded a $5,000 Academic Tuition Scholarship from the Miss RI Scholarship Program, a full tuition graduate scholarship at Salve Regina University, a $10,000 tuition scholarship to Bryant University (renewable for 4 years), as well as $1,700 scholarship for professional development courses at the Dale Carnegie Institute. Jessica was also awarded a $500 Louanne Gamba Talent Award Scholarship, a $250 Interview Award Scholarship, a $250 Quality of Life Award Scholarship, a $250 Lifestyle & Fitness Scholarship Award, the Miss Photogenic Award (voted on by the audience), and the Children’s Miracle Network Fundraiser Award. In addition, Jessica was awarded a $1,000 Community Service Award from the Miss America Organization.
In addition to a comprehensive scholarship package, as well as the opportunity to compete for up to $50,000 in scholarships at the Miss America Competition, Jessica will also receive a full year of hair, make-up and space services sponsored by Calma Salon & Day Spa in Cranston; appearance wardrobe assistance from Macy’s Department Store in Providence, RI; dental services by Drs. Kenneth and Robin Rawlinson; jewelry from Dina Inc.; dry cleaning services from Crystal Cleaners in Coventry, RI; as well as additional sponsorships.
“We are very excited to have Jessica Marfeo as our new Miss Rhode Island,” said Joseph Neri, Executive Director of the Miss RI Scholarship Program. “She is the epitome of what Miss America represents: scholarship, service, style, and success.”
“I am very grateful for this opportunity to serve my homestate,” said newly-crowned Miss RI 2013 Jessica Marfeo. “I look forward to continuing to work with schools, local businesses, community organizations, and our local leaders on my platform this year, and I am very excited about the opportunity to represent Rhode Island in Atlantic City this fall.”
Ivy DePew (Miss Providence) was First-Runner Up and she was awarded a $2,500 Academic Tuition Scholarship, an All-Expense Paid Trip to the National Sweetheart Pageant in Hoopeston, Illinois, and a $5,000 Tuition Scholarship to Bryant University (renewable for 4 years). Ivy was also awarded a $1,000 Academic Achievement Award from the Miss America Organization and a $100 Poise & Presence Award from the Miss RI Scholarship Organization. Ivy was also recognized as Miss Congeniality (voted on by her peers), and was awarded a $100 Miss Congeniality Scholarship Award.
Victoria Cuartas (Miss Providence College) was Second Runner-Up, and she was awarded a $1,500 Academic Tuition Scholarship.
Lindsay Rogers (Miss Lincoln) was Third Runner-Up and she was awarded a $1,000 Academic Tuition Scholarship.
Dara Fidrych (Miss Northern Rhode Island) was Fourth Runner-Up and she was awarded a $800 Academic Tuition Scholarship.
Numerous other scholarships were awarded, including:
Medical Field Platform Scholarship Award: Rose Gilfert (Miss Westerly)
Promoting Integrity Platform Scholarship Award: Ivy DePew (Miss Providence)
Women’s Health Platform Scholarship Award: Lindsay Rogers (Miss Lincoln) and Andriana Roberson (Miss Rhode Island College)
Criminal Justice Platform Scholarship Award: Jerrica Perez (Miss Salve Regina University) and Victoria Cuartas (Miss Providence College)
Social Services Platform Award: Dara Fidrych (Miss Northern Rhode Island)
Sustainable Futures Platform Award: Betsy Montes (Miss Central Rhode Island)
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