Meet the candidates competing for the title of Miss Connecticut 2019 in our Road to Miss Connecticut Series!
Name: Jillian Duffy
Title: Miss Wolcott
School/Career: Southern Connecticut State University / Healthcare Administration
What was your first thought when you were crowned Miss Wolcott?
“I can’t believe my parents missed this!” My parents have ALWAYS supported me, however, due to a planned trip out of state to visit my Aunt in Tennessee they were unable to see me crowned see me being the 50th Miss Wolcott. They had offered to reschedule their trip, but I insisted they’d go, as they deserved some time away. My sister and her friends were my cheering section and provided my parents updates all night by text. I missed not having them there, but it gave me an opportunity to relive the moment when I got to spoke with them after the pageant.
What do you hope to accomplish as Miss Wolcott?
As Miss Wolcott, I will serve the Wolcott community and offer my help whenever needed. Through social engagements and events, I will continue to advocate for my social impact of Jillian’s Journey: Pediatric Cancer Awareness. As I visit schools in Wolcott, I see the compassion and drive of the students and am hopeful that one day one of these students will be responsible for eradicating this disease. The Wolcott community is very supportive of and generous to their Miss Wolcott and I hope to make them proud.
To you, why is Miss America still relevant?
Miss America is a role model and as a role model you have a microphone and a platform to encourage and support the youth in becoming whatever they wish to be. The Miss America Organization helps mold women into confident, poised, and strong minded individuals, which will forever be relevant. In addition, the partnership between the Miss America Organization and the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is needed now more than ever. As a former patient I’ve personally benefitted from the partnership between Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the Miss America Organization.
What has been your favorite appearance thus far as Miss Wolcott?
There are so many events to look back on since my crowning in November, however, appearances in which I can work and interact with children are always a favorite. This spring I was fortunate to be able to work with the amazing 3rd grade classes at Frisbie Elementary School for my “Bunnies in a Box” project. After I gave them some background on the reasons I created “Bunnies in a Box”, and where the boxes were going, the students helped me in decorating them with inspirational messages, pictures, and some students even wrote riddles or created games for the patients to play. The boxes will be delivered to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and distributed to the patients there on Easter morning. When the patients open these bright and cheerful boxes, a small stuffed bunny friend will be waiting inside!
What is your favorite quote?
“God gives his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers.”
Can touch my nose with my tongue.
Who would you like to thank for helping you get to this point?
There have been so many people that have helped me along my journey, many of which still have no idea of how impactful they have been on my life. From my parents, family and friends to the doctors and nurses at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, and Miss Connecticut state and local titleholders who all have played a very important role in my life. Their love, friendship and dedication has helped me through some very trying times and I sincerely would like to thank all of them.