BERLIN - Nicole Karlikowski, 21, of Stamford, won the title of Miss Polonia Connecticut 2019 on Sept. 29 in the grand ballroom of the Baltic Restaurant.
Seven young women competed for the crown. First runner-up was Angelika Boguska, second runner-up was Aleksandra Talarczyk and third runner-up was Arleta Kostrzewa. Addison Davis was named Miss Polonia Connecticut Teen 2019, while Julia Taylor was voted “Miss Photogenic” and “Miss Glamour.”
Edyta Kobus was selected by her fellow contestants as “Miss Congeniality.” Karlikowski, the pageant winner, was also “Best in Swimwear,” “Miss Cover Girl,” “Miss Internet” and “Miss Public.”
Contestants were judged in cocktail dress, swimsuit and evening gown and answered questions onstage from a panel of judges.
The new Miss Polonia Connecticut, Nicole Karlikowski, is majoring in biology at the University of Connecticut, hoping to become an optometrist after finishing her education. She speaks, reads and writes fluent Polish, which she has learned by visiting Poland every year. She is president of UConn’s Polish Cultural Society, for which she organizes meetings as well as events that reflect the culture and traditions of Poland.
The night of the pageant opened with a statement from Asha Lassen, the pageant organization’s director of development and public relations, as well as words from guests of honor state Sen. Terry Gerratana of New Britain and state Rep. William Petit Jr. of Plainville. Petit brought with him a special proclamation honoring the 100th year of Polish independence and the 15th year of the pageant.
“Tonight we celebrate not only the 100th anniversary of Poland’s independence, but our 15th anniversary of the Miss Polonia Connecticut pageant,” Lassen told those gathered in the ballroom. “Each year our pageant brings together many generations of Polish-Americans to celebrate our heritage and present the winner of Miss Polonia Connecticut, who will be carrying on the legacy and competing in the Miss Polonia USA pageant in New York City.”
A family-style dinner, complete with Champagne and dessert, was served before the pageant, and entertainment was provided throughout the evening by the Polanie singing and dancing troupe from Bridgeport, who wore handmade costumes from Poland.
Media partners for this year’s pageant included the New Britain Herald.
- Asha Lassen