Delmonico supports pageant contestants
Tiffany (Selivonchik) Delmonico of New Milford will soon return to the Miss Teen USA Pageant.
Mrs. Delmonico will return July 12-17, not as a contestant but as the pageant coach and consultant of 19-year-old Samantha Sojka, Miss Connecticut Teen USA 2011.
The New Milford High School graduate represented New Milford and Connecticut as Miss Connecticut Teen USA at the 1992 Miss Teen USA Pageant in Biloxi, Miss.
Since her first pageant win in 1992, Mrs. Delmonico has remained in the pageant world and has won numerous other titles.
The most recent was Mrs. Massachusetts America 2005, after which she competed for the title of Mrs. America in Palm Springs, Calif.
"Pageants have always been part of my life, and have given me so much that I didn't want it to end," Mrs. Delmonico said.
She decided to turn her attention to helping and training young girls and women as they prepare for their pageants.
"Being in a pageant takes practice," Mrs. Delmonico said, "and, like any competition, you need to have a coach who can help you prepare for the win."
Mrs. Delmonico has had a string of successes in her coaching and consulting.
She has had three consecutive winners of Miss Connecticut Teen USA (2009, 2010 and 2011) and, this year, she coached Lisa Droillard from Brooklyn, N.Y., and helped her win the title of Miss New York Teen USA 2011.
She has also prepared young women for other pageants, such as Miss Connecticut America, for which talent is part of the competition.
This year, Mrs. Delmonico has two contestants competing for the title of Miss Connecticut. If either wins, they would represent Connecticut at the Miss America pageant.
"It's not just a beauty pageant," Mrs. Delmonico said of the competition. "These girls spend months practicing their walk, working on their wardrobe, keeping fit with healthy diets and exercise, preparing their interview portion or their talent for the big day."
Mrs. Delmonico has been a judge in several pageants and, for seven years, she was owner and director of a Connecticut and New York pageant.
"I know what the judges are looking for and I help the girls achieve that look," she said. "I don't coach little girls, and I'm not into `glitz' pageants.
"I prepare young ladies for quality pageants," she concluded, "that reward girls for their academic achievement, volunteerism, community involvement, personality and talent as well as their beauty, poise, physical fitness and stage presence."
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