Amaris Acosta to Co-host Miss Brooklyn America for Second Year

FEBRUARY 20, 2009—NEW YORK CITY, NY—The Miss Brooklyn America Scholarship Program announced today that Amaris Acosta, Miss Caribbean United States 2008, will return again this year to co-host the Miss Brooklyn America pageant on Saturday, February 22, 2009 at the Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts, Long Island University – Brooklyn Campus.

Miss Brooklyn America is a preliminary competition to both the Miss New York and Miss America programs. A year ago, Leigh-Taylor Smith, was crowned Miss Brooklyn 2008 and went on to win the title of Miss New York. Earlier this year the Miss Brooklyn alum placed 3rd runner up at the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas, NV.

Ten young women, all whom are currently living, working or attending college fulltime in Brooklyn, will compete in Interview, Talent, Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit, Evening Wear, Onstage Q&A, and Top 5 Final Ballot. During the competition, each contestant will also discuss her chosen platform, a social or community issue of concern to herself and society at large.

The winner of the Miss Brooklyn Competition will be awarded a $1000 scholarship for her college or graduate school education among many other awards. Four teen contestants will also compete for the title of Miss Brooklyn’s Outstanding Teen 2009 and a $250 cash scholarship.

For more information about the Miss Brooklyn Pageant or to purchase tickets to this weekend’s event, please visit


AMARIS ACOSTA has a habit of always saying what everyone else is thinking- which doesn’t exactly make you the most popular girl in school. Luckily, she found a place where it can be useful- she can be seen stumping celebrities and common folk alike in the lifestyle show En la Escena, where she has interviewed distinguished personalities such as Iman, Mikki Taylor, Andre Harrell and Phillip Bloch. Prior to joining ELE, Amaris gave pageants a try and was awarded the title of Miss Caribbean USA, placing in the semifinals of Miss Caraibes Hibiscus International. Not one to forget her start, she has also emceed prelims for Miss America, and continues to assist girls on the local level. Active in her community, Amaris volunteers her spare time to various local charities including the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and CocoaChic’s TeenChic. For more information about Amaris, visit:



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