Brooklyn, NY—January 13, 2010 – The Miss Brooklyn Scholarship Organization ( announced today that Amaris Acosta, former Miss New York United States and Miss Caribbean USA, is the pageant’s new Executive Director. She will helm the third annual Miss Brooklyn Pageant which takes place on Sunday, March 28th at the Sam Levenson Theatre at Brooklyn College. Produced by Karaliene Productions, Miss Brooklyn will be hosted by former Miss New York Earth and ABC’s “The Bachelor” finalist, Marshanna Ritchie.

“After volunteering with the Miss Brooklyn Organization for the last two years, I am honored to take on a larger role in producing the Miss Brooklyn Scholarship Competition,” said Acosta.” With the amazing job (former executive director) Kimberly Thomas has done I have some big shoes to fill, but my goal is to produce a great event and, hopefully, the next Miss New York.”

The Miss Brooklyn Scholarship Competition is an official preliminary to Miss America, one of the nation’s leading achievement programs and the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Returning after a 16-year hiatus, Miss Brooklyn 2008 Leigh Taylor Smith earned the title of Miss New York and third runner at Miss America, earning over $22,000 in scholarships. The current Miss Brooklyn, Keelie Sheridan, is continuing the tradition of excellence placing 4th Runner Up at Miss New York.

Entrants will be vying for scholarships and an opportunity to compete in the upcoming Miss New York America pageant. Interested participants can download entry forms and find more information on the Miss Brooklyn website at


Amaris Acosta is the founder of Karaliene Total Image, a pageant consulting company and producers of The Miss Brooklyn Scholarship Competition and the Queen’s Corner Pageant Networking Events. A former Miss Caribbean USA and finalist at Miss Caribes Hibiscus International, Amaris has been involved in all aspects of pageantry as a contestant, judge, emcee and consultant. When Amaris is not fulfilling her “pageant duties”, she is the co-host of What Is TV, an entertainment lifestyle show broadcast on MNN, where her hosting abilities have allowed her to interview some of today’s influential celebrities like Iman, Mikki Taylor and Andre Harell. Amaris also has a strong commitment to volunteering and community involvement, and has worked with many different causes during her pageant career such as InMotion, The American Diabetes Association and the West Harlem Art Project. A New York native, Amaris enjoys traveling whenever she gets a spare moment. To learn more about Amaris, visit


The Miss America Scholarship Program has returned to Brooklyn! Scholarships are awarded to young women pursuing a higher education and who live, attend college or work in the five boroughs of New York City. Through the Miss Brooklyn Scholarship Program, young women are provided with the opportunity to achieve their educational aspirations through scholarship awards—a tradition first established by the Miss America scholarship fund. Today, educational advancement, achievement, and public services continue to be the primary objectives for the Miss America Organization, Miss New York Organization, and the Miss Brooklyn Scholarship Program in the face of changing roles for women in American society.  For more information about the Miss Brooklyn Scholarship Organization, visit


The Miss America Organization is one of the nation’s leading achievement programs and the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local organizations made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance.