Pageant Hopeful

Lisa Scarpino, 25, of Jamestown, will compete for the title of Miss New York USA 2014 on Jan 17-19, at the Purchase College Performing Art Center in Purchase.

Miss Scarpino is the daughter of Dr. James and Valerie Scarpino. She is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University with a bachelor’s of early childhood education and a master’s of school counseling. Currently, she is working as a substitute teacher in several school districts in the surrounding area.

Miss Scarpino is very excited for this opportunity, she said.

“I am truly honored to be a part of this wonderful organization and this unique once in a lifetime opportunity,” Scarpino said. “I am also excited to represent Jamestown in the pageant.”

Scarpino was recently informed of her acceptance, and is hoping that the community will offer support.

“I have always been involved in the community throughout my life, especially by working the St. Joseph spaghetti dinners and our annual Italian Festival at St. John RC Church in Jamestown,” Scarpino said. “I hope that the community in return, helps me.”

The Miss New York Teen USA and Miss New York USA pageants are the official preliminaries to the Miss Teen USA, Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, and are a Donald J. Trump and NBC Universal joint venture.

The young woman chosen as Miss New York USA 2014 will go on to represent the state of New York in the 2014 Miss USA pageant, as seen live on NBC television.

For more information, or to offer assistance to Scarpino, contact her at scarpilm@bonaventure.edu. Theresa Campbell, pageant coordinator, may also be contacted at 352-404-8788.