WORCESTER, Mass. – Amanda Narciso, 22 of Taunton, a 2012 graduate of Salve Regina University, was selected as Miss Massachusetts 2013 at the 74th Annual Miss Massachusetts Scholarship Pageant on June 29.
Competing as Miss Cranberry Country, she was chosen from among 21 contestants at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester. Narciso will receive more than $9,400 in scholarships, and will compete at the Miss America Pageant in September in Atlantic City, N.J.
In addition to claiming the state title, she also was a Preliminary Talent winner and a Preliminary Lifestyle in Fitness winner. Narciso graduated from Salve Regina in 2012 with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology. A dance minor, she received the SRU Dance Award.
Narciso was on the Dean’s list for six consecutive semesters and was a member of Psi Chi, the Psychology National Honor Society. She has been accepted into Salve Regina’s graduate studies program, where she is pursuing a master’s degree in expressive arts therapy with a dance therapy and counseling specialization.
She was the head coordinator of the “Let Loose Dance Troupe,” a dance class for children with special needs and has implemented the Let Loose Program in the Middleboro Public Schools. She received a recognition award for outstanding leadership at Salve Regina.
An accomplished dancer she has traveled to Germany as a member of the USA Dance Team; has choreographed for national dance competitions for children ages 8-17; and her choreography was chosen to be performed at a national college dance conference. At the pageant, she performed a tap dance for the talent competition. Amanda is employed as a faculty member at the Burt Wood School of Performing Arts, Spotlight Dance Studio, and Rosemary’s Dance School.
During her year of service, she will highlight her platform Best Buddies as well as promoting The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, the national platform of the Miss America Organization. She is the daughter of Isabel and the late Jose M. Narciso of Taunton.
Photo credit: Paul Bousquet Photography