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Local Teen Needs Help To Reach Miss New York Teen USA Dream

The teen hopes to compete on the national level.

Photo Credit: Victoria Carroll.
Photo Credit: Victoria Carroll.
All that's standing between Victoria Carroll and her dream of competing in the 2014 Miss New York Teen USA is a hefty fee.

The pageant, which takes place Jan. 17-19 at Purchase College Performing Arts Center, requires a $1500 sponsorship fee.

But the amount is daunting for the Calverton teen.

To that end, she's set up a Go Fund Me page, "Victoria's Trip to NY Teen USA." So far, she's reached $165 of her $1500 goal, but has a deadline of Dec. 15.

"By participating in the pageant I will receive scholarship and job opportunities, friendships with other contestants and a once-in-a-lifetime experience," Victoria, 16, and a student at Riverhead High School, said. "Every dollar brings me closer to the crown."

The $1500 sponsorship fee will cover Victoria's activities during the course of the pageant weekend. That includes a pageant orientation seminar, a three day/two-night pageant weekend at the Renaissance Westchester Hotel and Purchase College Performing Arts Center, lodging, transportation to and from all pageant weekend rehearsals and events, meals, dance party, production costs, advertising costs, printing costs, prizes and awards — and sending the winner of the Miss NY competition to the national pageant.

Victoria has been seen in many local productions, including shows at the North Fork Community Theatre. Her mother Sherry Carroll said her daughter is an A student, founder and choreographer of the Riverhead High Kickline Team, and a member of the Riverhead Blue Masques who was nominated for a 2013 Teeny award. 

Her twin brothers Tyler and Connor are also no stranger to the spotlight: They found themselves front and center in an international media frenzy after Tebowing in the school hallway.

"Please help me as I continue preparing for the competition, and join me on my journey to that stage. Please donate whatever you can, and spread the word to family and friends," Victoria said.

Contributions, she added, are tax deductible; businesses are also asked to sponsor her journey.  

"Thank you so much for supporting me and believing in me," Victoria said.

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