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Dorchester crowns new Little and Young Miss Dorchester

Posted by Patrick Rosso  May 7, 2012 12:26 PM

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Contestant Zayda Adams during the Q&A portion of the competition.


Competition was tough Saturday as girls from all over Dorchester competed for the coveted title of Little Miss and Young Miss Dorchester.

The contest, which has been going on for more than 60 years, not only scores the winners a nice trophy and a few prizes, but gives the girls the honor of riding in the Dorchester Day Parade.

“The contest gives the girls an opportunity to speak in public and reflect about what they love about Dorchester,” said Annissa George, the organizer of the contest and a member of the Dorchester Day Parade Committee. “It’s also a nice way to celebrate and recognize our young people.”

While the contest was a pageant of sorts, George said it is much more than that with the girls submitting essays and answering questions about their favorite subjects in school.

“It’s not about beauty or how they dress, but it’s about personality, stage presence, and public speaking,” said George.

In the Little Miss Dorchester category, which features girls ages 7-9, Delia Rose O’Toole, 7, stole the show claiming the title of Little Miss Dorchester. She was joined by Annie Jackson, 9, the first runner-up, and Nashari Jodi Kim Davis, 8, the second runner up.

“I’m so happy, I didn’t think I would win,” said O’Toole.

In the Young Miss Dorchester category, featuring girls ages 10-12, MyChaila Elizabeth Sanfilippo, 12, came out the victor followed by Brianna Sapienza, 10, the first runner up and Maryellen Patrice Tevnan, 10, the second runner up.

“This is so exciting!” said Sanfilippo.

While the top prizes of a new bike and iPod sweetened the deal the new Young Miss and Little Miss Dorchester will also be joining an elite group of girls. Every year the winners names are embroidered on the inside of the ceremonial cape, one of which has already been retired by the Dorchester Historical Society.

Saturday’s competition, while a big deal for the contestants, was just a warm up for Dorchester Day held in June.

For more information about Dorchester Day or how to get involved, click here.

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2012's Little Miss Dorchester, Delia Rose O’Toole, 7, joined by 2011's Little Miss Dorchester Marie McCarth, 9.

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2012's Young Miss Dorchester MyChaila Elizabeth Sanfilippo, 12.

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