CHS senior wins title of Miss Rhode Island Teen USA

CHS senior wins title of Miss Rhode Island Teen USA

CUMBERLAND - Cumberland High School senior Mary Malloy says she was more than shocked when she won the Miss Rhode Island Teen USA competition two weeks ago, having competed in only two pageants in her life.

Malloy, 17, entered her first pageant in 2013, where she finished as a semi-finalist.

"I decided to do it initially because it offers once in a lifetime opportunities that I wouldn't normally get to have," she said. "It was something I was thinking about for awhile, and since I did good last year, I decided to come back to do it again this year."

From Friday, Sept. 12, through Sunday, Sept. 14, teenagers from throughout Rhode Island took the stage in an attempt to win the crown.

Malloy said she, along with the other contestants, were judged on evening gown, swimsuit and interview questions.

She said they asked random questions about her personal life, education and activities.

"They look for elegance, poise and confidence," she said.

At Cumberland High School, Malloy plays tennis, partakes in theater and is a member of the Clef Singers.

Once she graduates, she plans to attend college and major in either anesthesiology or nurse anesthetics.

To prepare for the pageant, she said, she hired a coach from PageantPrep.

"One of the coaches helped me find the best assets in me and I decided to polish them up for the stage," she said. "You don't know what type of questions they will ask you in the interview, but I did practice."

And all that practice paid off, as she was named Miss Rhode Island Teen USA 2015.

"I was absolutely surprised," she said. "I was shocked because there were so many beautiful and kind girls competing, it must have been a hard choice for the judges."

Along with receiving numerous scholarships, cash and gifts, Malloy must now make appearances at charity and community service events.

"I'm just going to continue on with my own community service also, because I already did a lot of work with the Rhode Island Special Olympics," she said.

Malloy must now travel to an undetermined location next August and compete in the Miss Teen USA competition.

"I'm more excited than nervous for this one," she said. "It'll be a bigger competition, but I'll get to meet girls from all across the country."

In the future, she said she might try out for the Miss Rhode Island pageant, but she is keeping her options open.

The best part of participating in pageants, she said, is the self-confidence she learned to have, and, she said, "I found out who I truly am and how I can help others."