CELS pre-med junior wins Miss Rhode Island title

Jessica Marfeo, CELS junior, is crowed Miss Rhode Island, another step toward her goal to become a physician assistant.

Jessica Marfeo, a CELS pre-med junior majoring in biology and education, has been crowned Miss Rhode Island and is headed this fall to the Miss America Competition in Atlantic City.

In a CELSnews interview last winter (http://web.uri.edu/celsnews/cels-sophomore-has-sights-set-on-medicine-and-glamour/) Jessica announced her intention to run for the Miss Rhode Island title as one way to help pay for her graduate school tuition to prepare her for a career as a physician’s assistant.

Jessica, a childhood cancer survivor, decided on a medical career after going through years of cancer treatments and plans on earning a master’s in physician assistant studies specializing in OB/GYN and a master’s in public health.

As Miss Rhode Island (she was also named Miss URI earlier this year, shortly after being selected for the Collegiate Presidential Inaugural Conference) Jessica will spend her year of service promoting her platform “B.F.F.: Be Friends First: Promoting healthy Relationship Mentoring and Educational Programs for Students Grade K-12.”

The Miss Rhode Island Scholarship pageant was held June 1 at Rhode Island College. At the pageant, she was awarded the Louanne Gamba Talent Scholarship Award for her rendition of Orange Colored Sky.

As Miss RI 2013, Jessica was awarded a $5,000 Academic Tuition Scholarship from the Miss RI Scholarship Program, a full tuition graduate scholarship at Salve Regina University, a $10,000 tuition scholarship to Bryant University (renewable for 4 years), as well as $1,700 scholarship for professional development courses at the Dale Carnegie Institute.

In addition to the $500 Louanne Gamba Talent Award Scholarship, she was awarded a $250 Interview Award Scholarship, a $250 Quality of Life Award Scholarship, a $250 Lifestyle & Fitness Scholarship Award, the Miss Photogenic Award (voted on by the audience), and the Children’s Miracle Network Fundraiser Award.  In addition, Jessica was awarded a $1,000 Community Service Award from the Miss America Organization.

In addition to a comprehensive scholarship package, as well as the opportunity to compete for up to $50,000 in scholarships at the Miss America Competition, Jessica will also receive a full year of hair, make-up and space services sponsored by Calma Salon & Day Spa in Cranston; appearance wardrobe assistance from Macy’s Department Store in Providence, RI; dental services by Drs. Kenneth and Robin Rawlinson; jewelry from Dina Inc.; dry cleaning services from Crystal Cleaners in Coventry, RI; as well as additional sponsorships.

“We are very excited to have Jessica Marfeo as our new Miss Rhode Island,” said Joseph Neri, Executive Director of the Miss RI Scholarship Program.  “She is the epitome of what Miss America represents: scholarship, service, style, and success.”

“I am very grateful for this opportunity to serve my home state,” said the newly-crowned Miss RI 2013.  “I look forward to continuing to work with schools, local businesses, community organizations, and our local leaders on my platform this year, and I am very excited about the opportunity to represent Rhode Island in Atlantic City this fall.”