Kristin Korda of Saco was crowned Miss Maine 2013 last weekend at the annual pageant, which was held in Brunswick. With her win, Korda qualified to represent the state in the 2014 Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City on Sept. 15.
Korda was not the only local woman to make a splash at the pageant. Michelle Vegliante of Biddeford was the fourth runner-up. She also earned the Miracle Worker Award. In addition, Alyssa Mixon of Biddeford won a $1,000 Miss America Academic Scholarship.
Also, Biddeford teen Alexina Federhen was the fourth runner-up in the Miss Maine Outstanding Teen pageant. She also received a scholastic achievement award and the Teen Fitness Award.
Korda, 21, is a graduate of Thornton Academy and attends Southern Maine Community College in South Portland. She sang for the talent portion of the pageant, and her platform is “Big Brothers, Big Sisters: Start Something Big.”
Korda will spend the next year traveling across the state to spread the message about her platform and the Miss America Organization, the nonprofit that says it gives out more scholarship money to young women than any other agency in the world.
The Miss Maine Scholarship Program also announced it has a partnership with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program, which began in 1956. Program medals are earned based on community service, special skills or talent, physical fitness and a category called “adventurous journey.”
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program is internationally recognized and is available to all young people worldwide. It’s designed to equip participants with the life skills they need to make a difference to themselves, their communities and the world.
During this year’s Miss Maine pageant, three local women received bronze medals from the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program.
- Kate Irish Collins