On Sunday night, The Miss New Bedford Scholarship Program held its 69th event at the Zeiterion Theatre and crowned two local ladies.

Jaime St. Onge became Miss New Bedford’s Outstanding Teen and Tori Kalisz became Miss New Bedford, and with their crowns adorned, both winners stopped into the studio to share the exciting news.

The New Miss New Bedford, Tori Kalisz

For Kalisz, wearing the new crown feels surreal.

“We have both been working for this for pretty much our entire lives and it is so exciting to be here,” she said.

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Kalisz is currently a student at Bridgewater State University and looks back fondly on her childhood growing up in the pageant world. Her mother was Miss New Bedford in 1986.

“My dad was her business manager and that’s how they met, so I have really grown up in the program,” she said.

In 2018, Kalisz became Miss New Bedford’s Outstanding Teen, and now, proudly wears the Miss New Bedford crown after winning on Sunday night...with a broken foot.

Kalisz had two broken bones in her right foot and endured the pain for a year. She ended up competing in a boot to protect her foot and won, showing she would stop at nothing to be crowned.

Kalisz plans on competing for Miss Massachusetts in June.

The New Miss New Bedford Outstanding Teen, Jaime St. Onge

“I could not be happier,” said St. Onge about her latest achievement.

She is a student at Fairhaven High School and is no stranger to competition.

“I started competing at thirteen, but before that, I was a princess in almost any competition I could be a princess in,” said St. Onge.

St. Onge and her sister made history last night when they became the first two sisters to win the same title.

As the former Miss New Bedford Outstanding Teen, Kalisz offered some words of wisdom to her friend, St. Onge.

“Just be yourself and enjoy every minute of it,” she said.

These young ladies are thrilled to wear their crowns and look forward to volunteering in the community and getting involved as much as possible.

Congratulations, ladies!

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