*Julya (Vekstein) Heywood - Miss Upstate New York 2009




*Rayna Reid - Miss Upstate New York 2012




Shelley Jain - Miss Upstate New York 2016, Top 10


Shelley graduated from Macaulay Honors College at Brooklyn College with a double major in Broadcast Journalism (B.S) and Biology (B.S). Shelley has traveled to over 15 countries as a student, volunteer, documentarian, and debater. She is a co-founder of Students Partnering and Reaching Kids (S.P.A.R.K.); a program designed to work with school aged children to develop self-confidence and leadership skills. 

Baylee Simpson - Miss Upstate New York 2017, Preliminary Swimsuit Award, 3rd Runner Up


Baylee is a graduate of SUNY Brockport, where she received a degree in Fine Arts in Dance and a Bachelor's of Science in Exercise Science. She currently resides in Malta, New York where she Exercise Physiologist at Saratoga Health and Wellness. She previously held the title of Miss Fulton County 2015, and Miss Buffalo 2017.


Lauren Crandall - Miss Upstate New York 2015


After developing a passion for higher education in college, Lauren began working as a Student Affairs professional and aims to earn her Master of Education degree. Currently, she serves as an Area Coordinator at Utica College. She is engaged and has a dog named Stannis.

In addition to serving as Miss Upstate NY 2015, Lauren was Miss Mohawk Valley 2014 and Miss Colonial 2016

Alexandra Curtis - Miss Upstate New York 2013


Allie graduated summa cum laude from Syracuse University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and public relations and then completed her MPA at Brown University in 2016. During her time at Syracuse, she served as student body president.


She won the title of Miss Rhode Island 2015 and was named a Quality of Life award finalist at Miss America 2016 for her work with her platform “Leading Ladies: Equipping Young Women With the Skills to Lead.” She has since enlisted in the US National Guard. 

Madison Manuel - Miss Upstate New York 2014


Madison is currently a senior at St. Rose college in Albany NY, studying to be a Educator and will be obtaining her Master's starting in the fall of 2018. She still promotes her platform of "Connecting Cliques-Bullying Awareness" across the state of NY in schools, and volunteers for many charities within her community and plays her violin often where ever she is asked to perform. Madison also held the previous titles as Miss Empire Rose and most recently, Miss Mohawk Valley.




*Not crowned at a Miss Finger Lakes Pageant

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