On Friday, June 28 contestants in the 2013 Miss Delaware Scholarship Organization entertained veterans at the Delaware Veterans Home in Milford. With over 118 veterans currently calling this facility home, the Delaware Veterans Home has become one of the leading care facilities in the nation devoted to the American veteran. The twenty-three contestants, the most ever to participate in the Miss Delaware contest, showcased their talents including singing, dancing and playing musical instruments.
A scholarship-based program, the Miss Delaware Pageant is a not-for-profit organization that is the official state preliminary for the Miss America Pageant. Last week the contest took the girls around the state as they competed for the crown of Miss Delaware. Showing their appreciation for their service, the girls performed to patriotic music and gave praise to the veterans present at Friday’s event.
Miss Milford Erin Magnin sang the jazz classic Stormy Weather by Lena Horne for the crowd as many veterans taped their fingers and sang in remembrance of the 1957 hit. Reflected in her talent as a Contemporary Vocal, Erin is currently majoring in Music at the University of Delaware.
“It’s such an honor and I am really touched to be able to sing for our veterans,” commented Magnin. “We are happy to be here and thankful for their sacrifices.”
Miss Capital Victoria Brown-O’Brien, who many Milfordians know from her performances in the Diamond Dance Company in Milford, performed a tap dance duet that had the crowd smiling and cheering. Victoria performed a Lyrical en Pointe on Thursday night at the Miss Delaware Pageant, winning her a Preliminary Talent Award. She also took home the honors of Preliminary Swimsuit, Rookie of the year, scoring the highest of any first year contestant, Carol Maclary Excellence in Education and Forth Runner Up to the crown
“It is incredible to be able to perform for our veterans,” commented Victoria. “We appreciate the sacrifices they have made as they served us over their lifetime.”
The 2012 Miss Delaware Alyssa Murray was present cheering on the 2013 contestants competing for the Miss Delaware crown. Murray has traveled the state over the past year promoting her platform Mela-NO-MORE, Skim Cancer Advocacy and Awareness.
“The girls have been great this year and they are such a talented group,” commented Murray. “Any one of them could win the crown.” Murray admits that it will be bitter-sweet moment to pass the crown on to Miss Delaware 2013 as she has enjoyed the experience so much. On Saturday night Ms. Becca Jackson was crowned Miss Delaware 2013.