Meet the candidates competing for the title of Miss Connecticut 2019 in our Road to Miss Connecticut Series!
Name: Natascia Simone
Title: Miss Mountain Laurel
Hometown: Ansonia, CT
School/Career: University of Connecticut, MBA – Healthcare Management Graduate; Yale New Haven Hospital – Administrator; Program Director – Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team (FAACT)
Talent: Vocal – Classic
What was your first thought when you were crowned Miss Mountain Laurel?
When I was crowned Miss Mountain Laurel 2019, I felt extreme gratitude. Winning this title in particular is very special to me as it is the title that started my journey in the Miss America Scholarship Organization five years ago. It is my last year of eligibly and I am so grateful for the opportunities this organization has given me and the ability to give back to the community in ways I never thought would be feasible. I am truly humbled to be returning to the Miss Connecticut stage one final time!
What do you hope to accomplish as Miss Mountain Laurel?
I have had a business plan and agenda in place since I won my first title in 2014. This has been a fluid and dynamic document that has grown and expanded throughout my journey. I have been fortunate enough to accomplish many of my goals such as gaining over five state sponsors, selling the most program book ADs every year that goes towards scholarship funds, host a variety of successful CMNH and FAACT fundraisers, and overall be a confident example of a woman in business and a national ambassador and spokesperson in the food allergy community. My goal is to continue to advocate for food allergy awareness and promote perseverance and tenacity in anything one hopes to accomplish in their lifetime.
To you, why is Miss America still relevant?
Miss America is relevant because she is ever-changing with the times. She is current and she is able to reflect all, but be uniquely confident in who she is and what focus she will bring to the organization. This is what makes this organization so unique in that it allows young woman to hear their voice, find their voice and own their voice. Every Miss America that has been crowned since I have been involved in MAO has taught me something brand new and important to society. Miss America is more than your ideal, she is all encompassing and an asset to every individual that meets her.
What has been your favorite appearance thus far as Miss Mountain Laurel?
The most memorable appearance for me thus far is the Tim Tebow “A Night to Shine” Special Citizens Prom I had the honor of attending. It was a beautiful night of celebrating those with special needs. It was so much fun dancing the night away and singing along to the songs. It is a night I will cherish for years to come.
What is your favorite quote?
I have many favorites, but right now my favorite quote is “Wherever you go, go with all your heart”. Often times we are so busy going through the motions of life that we forget to be truly present in each and every moment, sometimes leaving us absent in the most meaningful moments. This year I have focused on being 100% present in everything that I do. It could be an appearance, my job, at the gym or even a coffee conversation with a best friend. I have realized how sentimental each moment and experience is. I have learned to live a healthy and more balanced life when I am listening to others and when I am truly present.
First Generation American; Cat Lady!
Who would you like to thank for helping you get to this point?
My parents, family and friends have been by my side through this entire journey. It has been five wonderful years of learning and growing into the woman I am today. I will forever be grateful for this overflow of support and love and the opportunities MAO has provided me with. My heart is full and becoming the next Miss Connecticut will be the icing on the cake!