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Miss University of New Haven & Miss New Haven County Pageant 

It was great to be back on stage! Thank you to Executive Director, Ashley Abate, for asking me to serve as Emcee for the evening. Congratulations to the winners, and best of luck at Miss Connecticut 2013! 

This past Friday I had the honor of judging the 2013 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Queen Competition. I was first introduced to this program in 2006, when one of my best friends held the role of Honor Attendant (she became Parade Queen in 2008). Congratulations to Fiona Stewart! 

2012…A Reflection

When I think of how to describe 2012, roller coaster comes to mind.

The beginning of 2012 signified the half way mark of my year as Miss Connecticut. On January 5th, I arrived in Las Vegas to represent Connecticut at the Miss America Pageant. The 10 days I spent at Miss America were probably the most memorable of the year. Although I felt that I fully appreciated my time in Las Vegas while I was living it, I am realizing more and more as time goes on, how truly blessed I am to have been given the opportunity to live that experience. I returned from Miss America on a high, and carried that feeling with me through January and much of February as I continued to travel the state as Miss Connecticut. 

On February 25th I received a phone call that I will never forget. The call came from the best friend of one of the most incredible people in my life. Mike, or MPD as he was often referred to, had passed away unexpectedly. I met MPD when I was working as an accountant at Deloitte. We instantly had an unspoken connection, and spent more and more time together. He completely understood my passion for wanting to be Miss Connecticut, as his own cousin was Miss Pennsylvania a couple years prior. Each weekend leading up to Miss Connecticut, I would enjoy my “cheat” meal with MPD, which usually consisted of sushi. And during the week, he would cook something from my “pageant diet cook book”, and pretend to enjoy it with me. Understanding my love for ice cream, he even found a way to make me a healthy version, which consisted of cake batter flavored Muscle Milk, Truvia, and Almond Milk. After winning Miss Connecticut, he sent 6 cupcakes from Crumbs Bakery, remembering that cupcakes are of course, my favorite food. I am forever grateful for the time I was lucky enough to spend with MPD, and the memories we made together. I know he is shining down on me from Heaven. 

Although it felt like life had been turned upside down, and that it was completely unfair, I knew that I had a job to do. Being Miss Connecticut was about something bigger than myself, and I knew that when I signed that contract, my personal life would come second to fulfilling my role. I cherished my last few months as Miss Connecticut, and accomplished all that I had set out to do. 

When pageant week approached at the end of June, I knew that I was ready for the next chapter in my life. I checked off everything on my “to do” list, and could pass on the crown knowing that I left no stone unturned. 

During the second half of 2012, I focused on getting back to “normal” life. I was in my last semester of the MBA in Healthcare Management at Quinnipiac University, and was ready to settle into a career. 

On October 8th I began employment with GlaxoSmithKline as an Oral Healthcare Consultant. I truly feel that I have landed a job that embodies everything I wanted. 

In December, I finally completed my MBA in Healthcare Management, after working on it part-time for 2.5 years. 

I could not have gotten through this roller coaster year without my incredible support system. I could never thank my friends and family enough, and I hope that each of you know how special you are to me. 

I wish each of you a healthy and happy 2013.

To new beginnings…

The Past Two Months…

Well, I have been so busy, that I really have not even had time to update my blog! Here is what I’ve been up to…

At the end of October, I arranged for Connecticut to participate in the Overnight Adventure portion of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. As most of you know, last year I received this award on stage at Miss America. It was important for me to keep the legacy going, so I chaired the event for the second year in a row. We had a great turnout, and a beautiful weekend full of bonding and learning. I am looking forward to watching our titleholders receive their awards in 2013. 

On November 8th I was the emcee for the Cancer Support Community of Southern Connecticut’s Gala. It was a wonderful and inspirational evening, and I look forward to continuing my involvement with the organization. 

On November 17th, I attended the CT Rising Star Pageant. This pageant is for girls ages 2-12 and is a stepping stone into the Miss America Organization. This was extra special for me because the outgoing titleholders were the Rising Stars when I was Miss Connecticut. Congratulations to all of the new winners! 

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I have also been keeping busy with my new job! I am so happy that I have found a career that I love, and I am looking forward to many years with GSK! 

I want to wish all of you a safe and healthy holiday season! Remember to take the time to appreciate what matters most - family! 

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With my brother on Thanksgiving. 

Today I was honored to be a model in the ArtBra New Haven fundraiser. The mission of ArtBra is to provide emotional and financial support to the under & uninsured breast-cancer patients in the Greater New Haven region. Their vision is to involve and engage the diverse artistic community of Greater New Haven, to support the under- & uninsured, and to fight for the eventual eradication of this disease. It was also wonderful to catch up with fellow model, Ashley Membrino, Miss Rocky Hill! 
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Today I was honored to be a model in the ArtBra New Haven fundraiser. The mission of ArtBra is to provide emotional and financial support to the under & uninsured breast-cancer patients in the Greater New Haven region. Their vision is to involve and engage the diverse artistic community of Greater New Haven, to support the under- & uninsured, and to fight for the eventual eradication of this disease. It was also wonderful to catch up with fellow model, Ashley Membrino, Miss Rocky Hill! 
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Today I was honored to be a model in the ArtBra New Haven fundraiser. The mission of ArtBra is to provide emotional and financial support to the under & uninsured breast-cancer patients in the Greater New Haven region. Their vision is to involve and engage the diverse artistic community of Greater New Haven, to support the under- & uninsured, and to fight for the eventual eradication of this disease. It was also wonderful to catch up with fellow model, Ashley Membrino, Miss Rocky Hill! 

GlaxoSmithKline

I’m beyond excited to announce that I will begin my career as a Healthcare Consultant at GlaxoSmithKline on Monday! I cannot think of a better career choice for me, and I am so incredibly thankful for the opportunity. I have no doubt that my experiences as Miss Connecticut have played a large part in my interviewing, networking, and people skills, each of which will play an important role in my new position! 

UPDATE!

Well, life has been BUSY to say the least! I recently began my last semester in the MBA/Healthcare Management program at Quinnipiac University. I am looking forward to graduating this December! I am the President of the Quinnipiac chapter of American College of Healthcare Executives, and I’m busy planning events for this semester with the rest of my executive board. I have had some wonderful opportunities come my way as I decide which career path to take. I truly feel that the best fit for me in my life right now is to become a Pharmaceutical Sales Representative. I am currently in the process of interviewing for a few different positions in the field. I am still actively involved with the Miss Connecticut Organization and am in charge of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program in Connecticut. Keep checking back for more updates! Thanks for continuing to follow me on this journey called life : )

Be Educated. Be Aware. Be Well. 

-Morgan 

On September 1st, I participated in the 10th Annual 102.9 DRC-FM Radiothon to benefit Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. I was so happy to be back for the second year in a row answering phones and taking donations. At the end of the weekend, we raised $231,330.42. Connecticut Children’s will always hold a special place in my heart and I plan to be involved in any way that I can. Above, I am holding the check with Nicki, a Connecticut Children’s patient! I am also pictured with Olivia, a true miracle, and Connecticut’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Champion for this year! 

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