Cirillo, James crowned

2018 Miss Fulton County Chelsea Cirillo, center left, and 2018 Miss Montgomery County Sara James are shown Saturday with this year's pageant judges, from left, Megan Boggs, Stanley Bojarski, Maxwell Spitzer and Theresa Tokarowski Guirola. The fifth judge, Jennifer Sponnoble, is not shown. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

GLOVERSVILLE — Chelsea Cirillo of Johnstown was chosen Miss Fulton County, and Sara James of Fonda, Miss Montgomery County at this year’s pageant Saturday at Gloversville Middle School Saturday evening.

“It’s been such an amazing experience working with these ladies,” said Cirillo of the six contestants, after her crowning.

James said afterward, “I am so excited to have this opportunity and am proud to represent the community that has given me so much.” She said focusing to do well on stage was the most challenging part of the pageant.

Both women won $3,000 scholarships, and Cirillo recieved the $250 community service award.

They were crowned by their outgoing counterparts, Miss Fulton County 2017 Heather Graves and Miss Montgomery County 2017 Victoria Opalka.

2018 Miss Fulton County Chelsea Cirillo of of Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Julia Viscosi, a graduate of Fonda-Fultonville High School, was chosen runner-up and won $750. She also received the talent award, which was a $5,000 scholarship to the American Music and Drama Academy in New York City. Viscosi performed a tap dance to “Fancy” during the pageant.

James and Julia Marrone of Johnstown were both picked by their competitors for Miss Congeniality and split the $250 prize.

Kerri Hauser of Gloversville received the People’s Choice, receiving $648, which was half of the money people in the audience donated to the pageant’s scholarship program by putting money in boxes with the contestants’ names.

Heather Flint of Johnstown received $250 as a contestant.

The contestants were chosen based on individual press conference-like questioning by the judges, lifestyle and fitness in swimwear, talent, evening wear and an on-stage question.

2018 Miss Montgomery County Sara James of Fonda.

On-stage questions were chosen from a bowl by the contestants. James picked a hot-potato, damned-if-you-do-or-don’t question: With so many people speaking negatively of President Donald Trump, what positives can you give? She parried with a statement that some people feel they’re not represented, and everyone should feel represented. For her talent, she performed a clogging routine to “Footloose.”

Flint was asked her advice for people who compete in a pageant and she responded by saying how much competing helped her. “I used to be the shy girl, and this has helped me so much. I felt beautiful.” She sang “Part of Your World” for her talent performance.

Marrone was asked about the impact of cellphone technology on young people and their relationships with older folks. She said that “at the touch of a button” young people can learn so much, including about the world in which the elderly grew up. She said she didn’t like people being “glued” to their phones. Marrone sang “Make It Rain.”

Asked about the biggest problem in education, Cirillo said reading and writing are big challenges for students and said she liked her school’s “reading like a detective” program. She performed “Hallelujah” while singing and playing the guitar.

Questioning about reports that one-in-four college face rape or attempted rape, Hauser said more security and separate living spaces are needed. She sang an a capella verse of “Brand New Key.”

Pageant contestant Julia Marrone of Johnstown sings “Make It Rain” for her talent performance. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Viscosi said that it is “important to express your own opinion” when asked if people should stay neutral on issues.

James, daughter of John and Sherry James, is a graduate of the State University at Cobleskill, where she earned a bachelor of business administration. She hopes to pursue a master’s degree in organization development. Cirillo, daughter of Vivienne and Peter Cirillo, is a graduate of Johnstown High School and is a freshman at Union College pursuing a bachelor of science with the hopes of pursuing a career in the medical field.

Viscosi graduated from Fonda-Fultonville High School and is studying at the State University at Brockport for a bachelor’s degree in exercise science with a dance minor to pursue a career in a related field.

Marrone is daughter of Mikalina Tambasco and Michael Marrone. She graduates Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons High School in Schenectady and is a freshman at Fulton-Montgomery Community College. She would like to obtain a bachelor’s in science in the hopes of pursuing a career as a nurse practitioner.

Hauser is daughter of Michael and Lori Hauser of Gloversville and is a senior in Gloversville High School. She plans to further her education to earn a degree in elementary education.

Contestant Heather Flint is shown during the evening wear competition. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Flint is daughter of John Flint and Susan Price. She is a Gloversville High School graduate who attended Fulton-Montgomery Community College. She is pursuing a career in early childhood education.

High Performance Dance Center Center dancers perform at the pageant. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Kerri Hauser of Glovesville sings a capella “Brand New Key” for her talent performance. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Some of the state's pageant winners are shown, from left, Miss Erie Canal, Miss Upstate New York, Miss New York Outstanding Teen, Miss New York and Miss Fonda Fair. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Pageant runner-up and talent award winner Julia Viscosi does a tap dance to “Fancy.” (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)