Miss Fulton County and Miss Montgomery County competition slated


GLOVERSVILLE — The Miss Fulton County & Miss Montgomery County Scholarship Program will be holding its annual competition at the Gloversville Middle School on Jan. 19, at 7 p.m.

Again this year, the board will be awarding two crowns, Miss Fulton County 2019 and Miss Montgomery County 2019.

The competition is open to young women who live, work, attend school, or have graduated from school in Fulton or Montgomery counties. Thanks to the support of donors, each titleholder will win a $3,000 scholarship.

This year, seven young women will be competing for the titles currently held by Chelsea Cirillo, Miss Fulton County, and Sara James, Miss Montgomery County.

The candidates are as follows:


∫ Alexys Conti attends Fonda-Fultonville Central School and is the daughter of Connie and Thomas Conti. She hopes to become a physician’s assistant. Conti’s social impact initiative is Love your Gut: IBS Awareness. She will be dancing for the talent portion of the competition.

∫ Libby Cook is the daughter of Dave and Holly Cook. She attends Gloversville High School. Her talent is dance, and her social impact initiative is aimed at advocating about the effect of pollution on the world’s ocean.

∫ Heather Graves graduated from of The College of Saint Rose with a bachelor degree in criminal justice. She is the daughter of Chris Graves and Colleen Ricciardi. Graves will be performing a clogging routine. Her social impact initiative is the Four Points Project: Exploring the Crown.

∫ Isabelle Henderson is the daughter of Donald Henderson and Alexandra Higgins. She currently attends Mayfield High School. Henderson’s social impact initiative is the importance of volunteering, and her she will be doing a dance performance.

∫ Alexis Houser is the daughter of Eric and Misty Houser and currently attends Johnstown High School. Houser’s talent is tap dancing and her social impact initiative is When Life Throws You a Curve: Living with Scoliosis.


∫ Victoria Lee Opalka attends Russell Sage College where she is pursuing a bachelor degree in nutrition science. She is the daughter of Michael and Dana Opalka. Her career ambition is to become a registered dietitian nutritionist. Opalka will perform a self-written monologue. Her social impact initiative is fostering food security and autonomy.

∫ Lexi Swatt is the daughter of Christopher and Raquel Swatt. She is a graduate of Monmouth University where she majored in communication: radio/TV and minored in sports communication. She hopes to become a sports anchor and reporter. Swatt’s social impact initiative is Love Yourself: building confidence in girls and young woman. For her talent, Swatt will sing a country pop song.

In addition to the competition, entertainment will be provided by Miss New York 2018, Rahmeka Cox; The Dance Company, directed by Gretchen Holt; Romano Acro Dance Academy, directed by Jessica Romano; and High Performance Dance Center, directed by Lisa Roth. The program will be hosted by Mike Belotti and Lisa McCoy.

New this year, the board will introduce the 2019 Bright Stars Program. This program, is a non-competitive, mentoring program open to local girls and boys between the ages of five and 12. The 14 Bright Stars will perform onstage during the competition with the Hailee Waddle, Miss Fulton County’s Outstanding Teen 2019 and the current local princesses, Bella Romano, Olivia Greco, and Riley Meredith.

Tickets for this year’s show are $15. Tickets may be purchased at the Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market and J-Fine Jewelers, both in Gloversville; Something Special, in Johnstown; and June’s Boutique, in Amsterdam.