all started on the afternoon of November 21, 2004. The audience
at the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Danbury Hotel stood and cheered,
welcoming Melissa Mandak of West Haven, CT as the new MISS CONNECTICUT
USA 2005. Her victory entitles her to represent Connecticut at
the 2005 MISS USA Pageant, which will be televised live from Baltimore,
MD on the NBC Television Network in April.
Mandak is a 2002 graduate of Rutgers University, where she obtained
her B.A. in journalism and mass media. Currently
a real estate agent, Mandak hopes to someday become an entrepreneur.
Her five year plan includes the completion of graduate school,
where she would like to specialize in meteorology, a successful
career in the media field, and purchasing some investments properties.
Mandak’s resume doesn’t stop there, and turns even
more colorful as you read on. Some of her most unique occupations
include working as a magician’s assistant, a pizza delivery
girl, an extra in the recent “Stepford Wives” motion
picture, and playing the role of “Foghorn Leghorn” at
a Six Flags amusement park. She notes her most daring experience
as skydiving from 13,000 feet.
younger of two siblings, Mandak admits to being very shy as a
child. “I would cling to my
Dad’s leg whenever we
were around people other than family!” Mandak attributes
her now obvious self-confidence to the years of dance lessons and
recitals she performed in as a member of the Westchester Performing
Dance Company. She lists her tap shoes as her most treasured possession. “They
remind me of the hours I spent in the dance studio… I have
a lot of fond memories.”
was the dancing that eventually led her to pageants. “A
couple of the other girls I took dance class with also did pageants.
We would all compete together and make a fun weekend out of it.” As
for the relevance of pageants to today’s women, Mandak
can be used as an outlet to express personal views and opinions….
And also bring together strong, healthy and intelligent women
and give them the opportunity to be role models.”
believes in being active in her community, and actively supports
many Connecticut causes, including the Connecticut Food
Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Read to Grow, and the Children’s
Institute for Cancer. She describes herself as proud, compassionate
and patriotic, and when asked what she wants most for people
to know about her she says “I love a challenge, and never
plans to spend her reign as MISS CONNECTICUT USA 2005 speaking
to various groups and organizations to raise
the awareness of Breast
and Ovarian Cancer, which is the official cause of the National
MISS USA Organization. She also wants to continue volunteering
her time to assist community organizations and charities to raise
awareness and funds for their causes. The Miss Universe Organization,
producers of the MISS UNIVERSE®, MISS USA® and MISS TEEN USA®
Pageants, is a Donald J. Trump and NBC Universal partnership.
bookings, interviews or additional information about Miss Connecticut
please email at Laura@crownproductions.us or call at 302-221-5587.