The MRS. NEW YORK AMERICA PAGEANT is scheduled for Sunday, October 26th 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the RIT Inn and Conference Center.  Tickets may be purchased at the door. Tickets prices are $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under, RIT students, and active military.


Being named Mrs. New York America 2014 is both an honor and dream come true for Melissa Ann Luiso.  In August 2014, Melissa will compete for the prestigious title of Mrs. America.  The Mrs. America Pageant is devoted to emphasizing that America’s 70 million married women are extraordinarily beautiful, poised, articulate and versatile.

Melissa was born and raised in Athens, Alabama.  It didn’t take long for her to realize she wanted to pursue her dreams as a model and an actress.  Once her path was decided, she set a goal to make Los Angeles, California her new home to pursue work.  After graduating from Athens High School in 1989, Melissa attended Calhoun Community College studying Business.  During this time, she was offered a modeling contract with Hawaiian Tropic and a potential role on Baywatch.  In 1995, Melissa packed her car and took off for the Big City!  After driving cross country, she landed in Los Angeles with only forty dollars to her name and a dream.  Through many long hours of hard work, dedication and perseverance, she became an accomplished model and actress.  Melissa appeared on numerous television shows, in movies and commercials, along with numerous publications, catalogs and brochures modeling for various clothing, jewelry and automotive ads.  To name a few, Melissa was on Baywatch, The Love Boat, Just Shoot Me, The Drew Carey Show, 90210, Vegas Vacation, A Night At The Roxbury, The Nanny Diaries and appeared in commercials for Budweiser, Miller Beer, Chevrolet, Dodge, Toyota, Sprint and Coors Lite.

It was during a modeling job in Las Vegas where she met the “man of her dreams, Michael.”  After 5.5 hours of conversation by the pool, eating chicken tenders and carrot sticks, they exchanged telephone numbers.  When Michael returned to New York, he called Melissa and hours of telephone conversations began.  Two years later on September 23, 2007, Melissa and Michael were married in Rye, New York at Church of the Resurrection.  In 2008 they welcomed their first child, Michael Wayne into the world on September 16 and their second child, Sophia Isabella on August 17, 2012.  It is through their son who was diagnosed at 18 months with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and severe food allergies that they have become involved with the National Autism Association and FARE (Food Allergy Research Education).  Over the past 3.5 years of both trials and tribulations, Melissa and her husband continue to be advocates for their son and others who face similar situations. 

To better understand their son’s medical needs, Melissa decided to return to school where she is currently pursuing a Bachelor Degree of Science in Nursing.  As a wife and mother of two children, Melissa is proud to have maintained a 4.0 GPA and be a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. 

Melissa is an active PTA at Parson’s Memorial and a parish member at Church of the Resurrection.  Melissa’s involvement in the community has also helped her have a better insight regarding needs for children affected by autism and food allergies.  One day, Melissa would like to speak on Capital Hill with hopes to change legislative bills for children with autism and food allergies.  At this time, Melissa is establishing a campaign “The Mrs. New York America Scholarship Fund” with hopes to raise funds for the National Autism Association, FARE (Food Allergy Research Education) and to donate scholarships to children in the Westchester area with autism attending college in the fall of 2014.  With the help of others, she hopes to one day have success in finding a cure for both autism and food allergies.

 

1977 SUSIE MICHAELSEN
1979 MARY HULBERT-HALAS
1980 MARLENE MOSS
1981 ARLENE GIBBONS
1982 JANET HORVATH
1983 BARBARA SCHANTZ
1984 CYNTHIA FRATIANNI
1985 SHERI MORGANTI
1986 VONABELL SHERMAN
1987 MICKEY MACAR
1988 JENNIFER MIGLIORE
1989 PATRICIA SAUER

1990 ELIZABETH VAN ARTHOS

1991 SHEILA STRASSBURG
1992 STACY MESLER-PRESCOTT
1993 CYNTHIA FISHMAN
1994 SUSAN BELLINI
1995 DIANA DeSANTIS
1996 JEANNE DiNARDO VITO
1997 LISA LILIENTHAL *MRS.AMERICA
1998 BETH BENDER
1999 REBECCA A. ALAMPRESE
2000 KATHY KASPRAK
2001 CHRISTINE COUNTRYMAN
2002 LISA COVE
2003 MELISSA HOLTHOFF-BRISCOE
2004 LAUREN WANGER-HERNANDEZ
2005 STEPHANIE TSARSI
2006 LIDIA SZCZEPANOWSKI-GOLDSMITH 
2007 SHANA JAYCOX
2008 KERRY LYN BOETTCHER
2009 NICOLE PALMER
2010 MEAGHAN JARENSKY CASTALDI
2011 KAREN O’HARA
2012 LEAH BARTOS
2013 HYSHA ROBINSON NESMITH
2014 MELISSA ANN LUISO



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