Medford girl competes for Miss Teen New York
18-year-old Nicole Rose of Medford has been selected to compete in the Miss New York Teen USA competition this month.

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Medford girl competes for Miss Teen New York

Story By: NICOLE FUENTES
1/10/2019


 

Nicole Rose of Medford, a 2018 Pat-Med High School graduate, has been selected from many qualified candidates throughout the state as an official finalist for the 2018 Miss New York Teen USA pageant, the first step on her journey to Miss Teen USA.

Rose, 18, is a full-time, first-year college student attending Oswego State University and studying zoology with the hopes of becoming a wildlife conservationist. During her first year, she said, she was able to conduct research on the flying squirrel, clean up the shores of Lake Ontario and even build stream gauges on the weekends. 

She currently lives in her family home in Medford with her mother and carpenter father as well as a younger brother who attends Oregon Middle School. Rose has traveled to the Galapagos Islands, Yellowstone National Park and is also a lover of the arts and an avid dancer. If she wins or raises enough money, she said, she hopes to be able to visit Africa in the summer of 2019 as a wildlife conservation filmmaker.

She landed on the idea of entering her first pageant after viewing an Instagram advertisement. She clicked it, submitted a headshot and, before she knew it, pageant officials were calling her to conduct an interview.

Then, self-training began. Her mother, Amanda Rose, has been helping with the fundraising, but she has entrusted YouTube and her own style to help with perfecting the walk and look.

“I thought it would be a lot easier than it actually is. It’s hard stuff,” she admitted of the hours of working out and preparing verbally, mentally and physically in addition to learning a pageant-choreographed dance routine.

“When I found out Nicole was chosen to be a finalist in the Miss New York Teen USA pageant, I was shocked, but not surprised,” said her mother of Rose’s candidacy. “I was shocked because this is the first time Nicole has ever done a pageant and to be chosen for such a prestigious pageant is an honor and an accomplishment. I am not surprised, however, because Nicole has always been a strong, independent leader and if there is a cause she believes in, Nicole will give it her all. I am so happy that she is able to incorporate her career goals of environmental and wildlife conservation into this pageant and to be able to bring these very important areas to the stage.”

Her platform: to raise awareness for the protection of endangered species as well as animal rights. Since she was young, she said, she always wanted to become some sort of an animal scientist or veterinarian and has since fallen in love with conservation.

“After I was accepted to the pageant, I figured why not bring my platform into it,” Rose said. “I want to bring awareness to conservation and hope to continue that through pageants.”

With pageant costs in mind, she decided to reuse her gold prom ball gown purchased from Paradise Bridal on Main Street in Patchogue last year. She will also be using a sports bra and leggings for the active wear portion and has been donated a dress for a party at the hotel by the Angels of Long Island. Still, she needs to find the perfect interview outfit.

The contest will run from Jan. 18-20, where she will compete against about 200 contestants aged 14 to 18 for the title. During that time she will attend rehearsals, prepare for the pageant and perform. On Saturday, 15 girls will be chosen as finalists, where one will be crowned. If selected, she will win a $10,000 educational scholarship, $5,000 and a paid trip to the Miss Teen USA competition.

Participation in the pageant requires a sponsorship fee of $1,495 and all contestants are encouraged to request donations from friends, family and community businesses, which are tax deductible. The fees will contribute to her expenses during the three-day, two-night program, including food and lodging at the Crowne Plaza in White Plains and the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, as well as prizes for finalists and semi-finalists and covered expenses for the winner to go to the to-be-announced location of Miss Teen USA.

“I just really want to thank all the businesses in Patchogue and Medford that have donated, including Rudi’s Bar and Grill and the Angels of Long Island,” she said. “Thank you, everyone. I wasn’t expecting this.”

A GoFundMe account set up in her name has already raised just under $1,000 towards her $1,500 goal by about 16 people in one month. For more information or to become a sponsor, Rose can be contacted directly at dancequeenrose@gmail.com. Or visit https://www.gofundme.com/bfj7p-miss-new-york-teen-usa?member=1143032&utm_source=sendgrid&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=contacts-v2-invite-to-donate to donate now.