This is not the show to miss, folks! Get yourself to Voc-Tech on October 1st @ 6 PM! Tickets are $20 regular price and $15 with a student ID.

On Saturday October 1st, ten young women from Greater New Bedford will compete for the title of Miss New Bedford. This year’s winner will become the 64th woman to join a long sisterhood of Miss New Bedford’s whose lives have been changed by winning the crown. Since 1954, the pageant has awarded more than $135,000 to winners and contestants in the Miss America Organization.

An estimated $10,000 in scholarship monies and prizes will be awarded at this year’s pageant. The winner will receive a $3,500 educational scholarship, in addition to thousands of dollars in additional gift awards. Runners-up and special awards winners will also receive scholarships and awards.

Contestants compete in five stages of scored competition: Interview, Talent, Lifestyle and Physical Fitness in Swimsuit, Evening Wear, and an On-Stage Question. The phases aim to test contestants on a variety of qualities that Miss New Bedford is expected to have, including confidence, intelligence, and a commitment to service. Each contestant has also chosen her own personal ‘platform’ to advance, and if chosen, dedicate her year of service to.

And here are your Miss New Bedford 2017 Contestants!

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Sara Achorn, 17

School: Old Rochester Regional High School

Platform: IMperfection: Pushing the Importance of Body Positivity In Today’s Youth

Career Ambition: Doctorate Degree in Expressive Art Therapy

Talent: Vocal

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Catilyn Baker, 17

School: New Bedford High School

Platform: Rhythm for a Change: Music Therapy for Children with Disabilities

Career Ambition: Pediatrician

Talent: Vocal

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Laura Bongiorno, 17

School: New Bedford High School

Platform: Mental Illness Awareness

Career Ambition: Masters in English and Youth Ministry

Talent: Vocal

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Morgan Garcia, 19

School: Bristol Community College

Platform: Building and Supporting Art/Theatre Programs for Disabled Children

Career Ambition: Preschool Teacher

Talent: Presentation of Poem

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Olivia Marques, 18

School: Westfield State University

Platform: We Rise By Lifting Others: Instilling the Values of Community Service

Career Ambition: Actress

Talent: Vocal

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Kenzie Moniz, 20

School: Lesley University

Platform: Mind, Body, Spirit: A Holistic Approach to Health & Wellness

Career Ambition: English Teacher

Talent: Vocal

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Alexandra Pimentel, 20

School: Bridgewater State University

Platform: Standing Up Against Bullying

Career Ambition: Teacher

Talent: Color Guard


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Kimberly Lim Souza, 20

School: Southern New Hampshire University

Platform: Healthy Smile, Healthy You

Career Ambition: Doctorate in Dentistry

Talent: Vocal

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Julie Duggan, 23

School: 2015 Graduate Johnson & Wales, Bachelor of Science in  Marketing

Platform: #ActuallySheCan – Women’s Empowerment

Career Ambition: Marketing/Business Professional with a focus in tourism 

Talent: Piano

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Beatriz Ribeiro, 20

School: University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth

Platform: Stay Strong, Live Long

Career Ambition: Photography & Business

 Talent: Dance

Additional Reporting by Sara Achorn