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Emily Theresa MacDavitt Teen Spirit of New York 2021

Emily Theresa MacDavitt Teen Spirit of New York 2021, World Class Beauty Queens Magazine, Photo by: Michael A. Panzarino at M.A.P Graphics, Hair and Makeup: Kayla Dostie

World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to welcome amazing Queen Emily Theresa MacDavitt Teen Spirit of New York 2021.

Full name: Emily Theresa MacDavitt

Title/Year: Teen Spirit of New York 2021

Pageant System: Miss Spirit Organization

Age: 18

Zodiac sign: Gemini

Hobbies: All Star Cheerleading, Learning American Sign Language, Jewelry making

Platform: Feeding Our Future

Years competed: 3

Countries visited: None so far

Likes: Community service, making jewelry, and quality time with friends and family.

Dislikes: Doing the dishes, horror movies

World Class Beauty Queens: Please tell us about yourself.

I am a first year college student learning remotely through SUNY Oneonta. I am currently studying psychology with a goal of becoming a pediatric occupational therapist. I live in Cobleskill New York, and work at Twist N Flip Gymnastics as an instructor. When I am not at work or in school, I enjoy spending time with family, facetiming my friends, and learning new songs in American Sign Language.

World Class Beauty Queens: What does women Empowerment means to you?

To me, women empowerment means that women do not ever have to experience anything on their own. Women have a whole army of other women to be there for them and lift each other up. Women are always there to support one another.

World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your pageant history.

My pageant journey began with a local charity pageant in October of 2018. I never realized how much I would enjoy pageants until I tried one. From there I decided to become a local titleholder for the Miss Spirit Organization to compete in the Spirit of New York pageant in 2019 and again in 2020 where I was honored to earn the title of Teen Spirit of New York 2021.

World Class Beauty Queens: What inspired you to do your first pageant?

Since I was young Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. When I heard about the Spirit of Halloween pageant in 2018, I decided to give pageantry a try. I had an amazing time, and could not wait to participate in another one!

World Class Beauty Queens: Why did you choose to compete for your current title?

I chose to compete for the title of Teen Spirit of New York 2021, because I love everything the Miss Spirit Organization stands for. From the true sisterhood between all of the contestants and all of the importance of community service, I knew I wanted to represent the Miss Spirit Organization.

World Class Beauty Queens: To those unfamiliar with your pageant system please tell us what is it about?

The Miss Spirit Organization focuses on volunteering and community service, along with building long lasting friendships through sisterhood. As an organization, we complete community service acts all throughout the year individually, but we also volunteer together frequently. Most recently, during the weekend of the Spirit of Toys for Tots pageant, we put together blessing bags for street soldiers as well as collecting 5,353 items to donate to Toys for Tots.

World Class Beauty Queens: What are you being judged on during the competition?

During the competition, judges are scoring contestants on mandatory phases of competition which are: evening gown, fashion runway, fitness, and interview. My favorite on stage phase is definitely fashion runway because I feel as though that is where my personality can really shine. It tends to be more upbeat than the others and also it includes my favorite types of outfits!

World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your experience during the competition.

My experience during the competition is phenomenal! I love not only being able to step on stage again, but also seeing all of my sisters in one place all at the same time. Many of my friends live out of state, or far away from me making it hard to see them outside of pageants. We usually have a party the night before the pageant where we can exchange gifts, talk with our friends and usually we complete an act of service that our director Mrs. Amanda puts together for us!

World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about your platform or what cause do you volunteer for.

My platform is Feeding Our Future, where I focus on helping to make sure nobody in my community goes hungry. There was a long period of time during the earlier stage of Covid-19, where I volunteered at my local fairgrounds to help fill bags that contained a weeks worth of meals. They were packed by volunteers, picked up by buses that delivered them to seven different school districts throughout my county. We packaged approximately 300 bags per week for 7 months. It was an amazing program that helped so many people in need.

World Class Beauty Queens: What appearances have you done with your title?

My favorite appearance I have done with my title so far was creating and displaying a homemade scarecrow on Main Street for a contest to benefit a local food pantry. In order to vote for a winner, people were supposed to donate an item to go toward the food pantry. Due to Covid-19, there could not be physical voting so it took place online. I won the contest with 84 votes, so I brought 84 items to the pantry since they did not get as many as they would have.

World Class Beauty Queens: What are some of your achievements?

I was awarded the Bronze Presidential Service award for completing over 100 hours of community service in 2020. I also received the Covid Acts of Kindness award from Senator James Tedisco with some of my sister queens for continuing to participate in community service during the initial lockdown, and throughout difficult times. I made good use of my time by writing out cards to people in nursing homes who weren’t allowed to have visitors due to the pandemic. I also used my time to cut stars for Stars for our Troops, and participating in many 5k walks to donate to amazing causes such as the World Wildlife Foundation and the Wounded Warrior Project.

World Class Beauty Queens: What makes you stand out from all those other beautiful girls?

I believe that I stand out from the other girls because of my high energy and positive attitude. I am always dancing around or making people laugh, even backstage right before the pageant begins when most people are too nervous to breathe. I love making new friends and being genuinely me especially during my interview. I thoroughly enjoy being able to show and tell the judges about who I really am. At the end of the day whether I have received the crown or not, I know that I have done my best and been myself and that is perfectly fine with me.

World Class Beauty Queens: Tell us about the moment your name was called out as the winner.

When I heard my name announced as Teen Spirit of New York 2021, I was slightly in shock. I knew that I had done my best but so did everyone else. I was so excited to get the opportunity to represent Spirit and I immediately started thinking about all of the amazing appearances I wanted to be a part of.

World Class Beauty Queens: What does it mean to you to be a Beauty Queen?

To me being a beauty queen means so much more than beauty. It also means being supportive of your other sister queens. Their platforms and their goals are equally as important as your own. Also holding a title is an amazing opportunity to have a way to express what you’re passionate about, and to be a role model for younger queens.

World Class Beauty Queens: How did competing in pageants helped your life?

Competing in pageants has helped me in so many aspects of life. I have grown so much in confidence since starting pageants. I have never been a fan of public speaking, however pageants have helped me become better at it, making it easier for me now than it was before.

World Class Beauty Queens: How did pageants helped your selfesteem and body image?

Personally pageants have helped me because I have realized it does not only matter what you look like. Even though there are onstage phases, where you are partially being judged for how you look, you are also largely being judged on your personality and how much fun you’re having. Similar to how your personality is judged in your interview as well. It only matters that you are having fun and being authentically yourself.

World Class Beauty Queens: You are an inspiration to all the girls out there. How does it feel?

It feels amazing, however it is also a huge responsibility. So many people out there are watching me and what I am doing, and I want to be the best queen I can be. I love being able to raise awareness for organizations that need help and supporting my platform. I also love being a role model for those who are younger than me and may be in my shoes one day.

World Class Beauty Queens: What is your on stage strategy to win the judges over?

Besides being yourself and having fun, I truly believe that eye contact with the judges is very important on stage. It shows the judges that you are confident in yourself and your stage presence.

World Class Beauty Queens: How did you prepare for your competition?

I prepare by making detailed lists to describe each outfit I will need to pack and schedules so I know where I will need to be and when. I also videotape myself practicing my walking patterns so I can see what I should change or work on to improve.

World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for learning better pageant walk?

I would have to say walking as if you are on a stage all of the time. I tend to find myself walking on my tippy toes from room to room in my house even if I am barefoot, and I also wear my heels around the house to get in as much practice as possible.

World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for choosing right pageant dress?

When choosing a dress, try to find something that you feel absolutely beautiful and confident in. Make sure it’s perfect and you love it so that way you can focus on walking in it and shining on stage instead of stressing out about if a strap will fall down or if you will trip over the length. Confidence is key!

World Class Beauty Queens: What are your tips for winning interview?

This might sound repetitive at this point, but truly just be yourself. Take a deep breath and do not be nervous. This is your chance to actually speak to the judges. I love making personal connections with the judges and letting them fully get to know me so they remember me once they see me onstage.

World Class Beauty Queens: What is one mistake that you've done during competing you wish you could redo and fix it?

I bought an evening gown after trying it on once at a store. I did not have heels on at the store and just stood as tall as possible on my tippy toes. I brought it to the pageant without trying it on with the shoes I planned on wearing, and needless to say, the bottom was too long for me. It led me to be stressed while competing and I ended up tripping on it a few times. I could have avoided this by trying it on with my shoes and realizing I needed alterations.

World Class Beauty Queens: What other mistakes are made by girls during the contest?

Most commonly I see other girls not make eye contact with the judges onstage. Usually it could be because they are too nervous but I have learnt that if you don’t make eye contact with them it is a sign that immediately tells them you are nervous or not confident in your abilities. Also I have seen a decent amount of people forget things. Not just safety pins or hairspray but I have seen people leave a whole outfit at home. My suggestion for this would be to make detailed lists and check them multiple times before, during and after packing to make sure you have everything you will need before you leave your house.

World Class Beauty Queens: Any modeling or acting experience?

I was a part of the play M*A*S*H and the play Get Smart in middle school. I also modeled for a small company near my hometown called Amber J. Teens Modeling and we even got to participate in a New York Fashion Week fashion show. Although it was informal, I believe it has helped me get to where I am today.

World Class Beauty Queens: What are your plans for 2021 as a Queen?

For 2021, I plan to support as many of my sister queens platforms as possible and I also would like to perform at least one act of service per week.

World Class Beauty Queens: What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?

I want to leave a legacy of positivity as a queen. I love lifting others up and supporting all of my sister queens while having fun. I want to be known as a queen who was always smiling and helping others. I also want to be seen as a great example and role model for younger queens who may hold the same title as me some day.

International Director: Mrs. Amanda Daley

National Director: Mrs. Amanda Daley

Your Local Director: Mrs. Amanda Daley

Pageant website: Miss Spirit Organization

Photo by: Michael A. Panzarino at M.A.P Graphics, Hair and Makeup: Kayla Dostie.

World Class Beauty Queens Magazine would like to say thank you for this amazing interview. Interview by Derek Tokarzewski Owner/Editor in Chief of World Class Beauty Queens Magazine

Emily Theresa MacDavitt Teen Spirit of New York 2021, World Class Beauty Queens Magazine, Photo by: Michael A. Panzarino at M.A.P Graphics, Hair and Makeup: Kayla Dostie

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