Give the Gift of Scholarship

Claire Johnson


Rocky Graziano

Executive Director

Rocky Graziano has been involved in pageants for over twenty years in various facets. His first title was Mr Pre-Teen East Boston 1994 and since then he has held numerous state, regional, and national titles on top of placing in the top 3 in every National Pageant System he has ever competed with.  In 2016, Rocky was named the honorary King of the East Boston Columbus Day Parade for his numerous contributions to the community of East Boston, at the very pageant that started his career.

A lifelong Bostonian, Rocky began volunteering with the Miss Boston Scholarship Organization in 2010 in numerous roles. Rocky was elected to the MBSO Board of Directors in 2013 and has been Business Manager for eleven of our titleholders, Morgan Berg (top 10 at Miss Massachusetts), Meagan Fuller (3rd Runner Up '14 & Miss Massachusetts 2015), Alexandra Berube (Winner Miss Massachusetts' Outstanding Teen), Brooke Graves (1st Runner Up Miss Massachusetts' Outstanding Teen), Alissa Musto (Miss Massachusetts Winner, Top 15 at Miss America), Carly Fisher (Winner Miss Massachusetts' Outstanding Teen) and Gabriela Taveras (Preliminary Swimsuit Winner and Top 10 at Miss Massachusetts, Miss Massachusetts 2018, 4th runner up Miss America), Jordan St Onge (Winner Miss Massachusetts' Outstanding Teen) , Madison Cota (top 12 Miss Massachusetts), Tess O'Riordan (3rd runner up Miss Massachusetts' Outstanding Teen) and Molly Caron (1st runner up Miss Massachusetts).

Rocky has appeared on MTV's Made as a pageant coach and by day works as a Talent Development Manager for a financial company. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. 


Carrie is no stranger to the Miss America Organization. She has competed and placed in numerous local pageants in New York and Massachusetts and was crowned Miss Cambridge in 2013. She went on to place in the top 10 at Miss Massachusetts. Since giving up her title, Carrie has served as a volunteer, board member, and Director of Communications for the Miss Boston Scholarship Organization. 

Carrie is a classically trained ballerina, having danced with Boston Ballet School from childhood through her adolescent years in high school. She credits ballet to having influenced her creative side and love for storytelling through movement and expression. Ballet also taught her excellent time management, discipline and dedication.
Having decided to forgo a professional career as a ballerina, Carrie longed to continue performing on the stage. She was introduced to the wonderful world of pageantry and started competing in pageants during college. 

Carrie has held local, state, national and international pageant titles. Some of her titles include, Teen MA Petite America 2011, Teen Petite America 2011, Teen Petite World 2012, New York Miss Princess America 2012, Miss Cambridge 2013, Top 10 at Miss Massachusetts America 2013, New England’s Perfect Miss 2016, Mrs. Essex County 2017, 3rd Runner Up at Mrs. Massachusetts United States, and World’s Talented Mrs. 2018. 
Carrie is happily married to her husband Tom and they have two dogs, Dawson and Jet.  Carrie works as the Director of Communications and Marketing for a Massachusetts based solar installation company. In her spare time, she enjoy taking barre classes at her local Pure Barre studio and working as a signed model and actress with Boston based talent agency Dynasty Models Inc. Carrie is also the mastermind behind her own fashion + lifestyle blog! 

Miss Boston & Miss Cambridge History

#Crowned Miss Massachusetts during this reign
^Crowned Miss Massachusetts in subsequent year
+Top Five, Miss Massachusetts
*Top Ten, Miss Massachusetts (semi-finalist)
$Miracle Maker Award, Miss Massachusetts
!Overall Interview Award, Miss Massachusetts
%Preliminary Talent, Miss Massachusetts
@Miss America Organization, Academic Award
• Under outdated rules, these contestants represented their local title, listed, at Miss America
◦Semi-finalist at Miss America

Miss Boston's Outstanding Teen

Tess O'Riordan

3rd Runner Up 2019


Leah Jones

*assumed the title

2nd Runner Up 2019


Jordan St. Onge

Overall Talent Winner


Miss Massachusetts' Outstanding Teen 2018


Lexi Bettencourt

*assumed the title

1st Runner Up MAOT 2018 


Carly Fisher

Co-Academic Award Winner

Overall Talent Winner

Overall Interview Winner

Advertisement Winner


Miss Massachusetts' Outstanding Teen 2017

National CMNH Miracle Maker Winner


Brooke Graves

Advertising Winner

1st Runner Up


Olivia Marques

3rd Runner Up 

*assumed the title


Alexandra "Zan" Berube

Overall Interview Winner

Overall Talent Winner

WINNER Miss Massachusetts' Outstanding Teen

Geoff Hall

Pageant Auditor, Auditor's Chair

Geoff was born and raised in Connecticut.  He attended the University of Connecticut (BA in Communications) & Boston College (MA Higher Ed Admin).  He is currently the Chief of Staff to the Global CEO of the Interbrand Group of Companies in New York, NY.  Geoff first became involved with the Miss Boston/Cambridge organization as Auditor for the pageant in 2013.  Since that time, he has served as auditor and judge for other pageants in the Miss America Organization, including Head Judge for Miss Maine and Miss Maine’s Outstanding Teen 2017.  His experience also includes having served on the Boards of several non-profits including Pioneer Valley Montessori School in Springfield & Baystate Performing Arts, Inc. in Boston.  He currently serves as a Volunteer Docent at the John F. Kennedy Library & Museum.  He has been performing on stage since age 7 when he had his first leading role as Peter Pan in the 2nd grade production of the same name. He has appeared on stage at Boston's Symphony Hall and New York's Carnegie Hall and The Rudolfinum in Prague, Czech Republic.  In 1985, he performed for President Ronald Reagan and in 1989 for Pope John Paul II.  He currently lives in Ossining, New York with his retired show dog Champion Ivywood’s Silver Emperor – aka “Digger.”  Among his many interests are US Presidential History, the British Royal Family, politics, cheering for all the Boston sports teams, and travel.


Francesca Simone 

Board Member 

Francesca is a graduate of Boston University, The Boston Conservatory at Berklee and Providence College. She's received two Masters degrees in Music Education and Vocal Performance, as well as a Bachelors of Arts.  Francesca is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, National Honor Society for Music Educators.  As the soprano soloist with the I Cantori Touring Choir, she has sung extensively in the United States and abroad, to include the Moscow and St. Petersburg Conservatories and Notre Dame Cathedral. She has been a guest performer for the Brockton Symphony Orchestra, Boston Red Sox, Rhode Island State Ballet and the annual Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Awareness Memorial at the Rhode Island State House.

Francesca was crowned Miss Rhode Island 2008 and was named a Quality of Life finalist at Miss America for her work advocating for Alzheimer’s Disease.  She was also presented with the U.S. Congressional Award for Volunteer Service and the President’s Volunteer Service Award for her dedication to this cause and the community.  She was also enlisted in the Rhode Island Army National Guard where she served her country through the “Governor’s Own” 88th Army Band.  Francesca is currently a music educator in Marblehead, MA at the Malcolm L. Bell Elementary School.

Erin Gaudreau

Board Member 

Erin's involvement with the Miss America Organization began when she competed as a local contestant in college. Since then, she has volunteered with the organization in several different ways, including her favorite task of judging. She graduated Cum Laude from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst with a Dual Bachelor of the Arts in Political Science and Psychology and a Minor in Education in 2011. She graduated with a Juris Doctor in 2014 from New England Law | Boston as a Dean's Merit Scholar and is a member of the Massachusetts State Bar. She works as a Principal Consultant with one of the premier financial services consulting firms in the United States and Europe, assisting investment managers comply with international, federal, and state law. In addition to her role on as a board member of the MBSO, she also serves as the Financial Adviser for the Lambda Beta Chapter of the Chi Omega Fraternity at the University of Rhode Island. In her downtime, she enjoys traveling, playing with her Golden Retriever Vincent, and planning her future political campaigns. She currently splits her time between Boston, MA and London, England.

Emily (Thomas) Slyva

Board Member 

Emily was crowned Miss Cambridge in 2017, winning the talent, interview, and swimsuit phases of competition.  Representing Cambridge at Miss Massachusetts 2017, Emily placed 2nd runner up and also won the overall academic award. Emily was originally drawn to the Miss America Organization because of the strong emphasis on talent. Dancing and performing has always been a passion of hers. She loves tap dancing and finds joy in the upbeat and energetic nature. 

Emily values education and prides herself on her academic achievements. She graduated from Merrimack College Summa Cum Laude in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Education. From there, she went on to obtain her Masters in Education through a fellowship program at Merrimack College where she obtained her second teaching license. Currently, Emily works as a high school chemistry teacher at Haverhill High School. She is able to engage in her passion for education, particularly STEM education, each day and loves building strong relationships with her students.

In July 2018, Emily married her husband Connor. She is very close to her family, especially her two sisters. Her older sister Amanda was crowned Miss Inspirational in 2016, a title that fits her personality and impact on Emily’s life. 

Emily also held the title of Distinguished Young Woman of Massachusetts in 2012 and had the opportunity to travel to Mobile, Alabama to compete for the title of Distinguished Young Woman of America. 

Carrie Wu

Vice President
Miss BostonYearMiss Cambridge

Molly Caron

1st runner up Miss Massachusetts 2019

Chelsea Vuong

Top 11 Miss Massachusetts 2019

Madison Cota

Top 11 Semi-Finalist

MacKenzie Starnes

Gabriela Taveras

Preliminary Swimsuit Winner

Top 11 Semi-Finalist


4th Runner Up Miss America 2019

STEM Award Winner

Preliminary Interview Winner

People's Choice


Emily Thomas

MAO Academic Award Winner

2nd Runner Up Miss Massachusetts 2017

Maggie Markham

Top 11 Semi-Finalist


Alissa Musto

Preliminary Talent Winner

MAO Community Service Award



Sabrina Ponte

Samantha Hawkins

Preliminary Talent Winner

MAO Academic Award Winner

2nd Runner Miss Massachusetts 2015

Meagan Fuller

3rd Runner Up Miss Massachusetts 2014



Michelle Nigro

Top 11 Semi-Finalist

Patriots Cheerleader Member of the 2015 Superbowl 

Winning Squad

Morgan Berg

Top 11 Semi-Finalist 


Carrie Jie Sunde

Top 11 Semi-Finalist

Kelsey Beck
2012Not Held

 Sara Carlisle

Miracle Maker Award

2011Not Held

Ashley Rizzo

​2nd Runner Up Miss Massachusetts 2010

2010Not Held
Lacy Jane Folger 
2009Not Held
Not Held
2008Not Held

2007Claire Johnson+!
  +Jennifer Dickman2006Valerie Amaral+^
Not Held
2005Not Held
 *Fallon Branco
2004Not Held
*Allyson Reaves2003Monique Jones+
Christina Perella2002Leslie Comperchio*
Rashidra Scott 
Tia Roper2000
Jennifer Roy 
1999Not Held  
^April Thibeault
1998Not Held  
Nicole Sweeney 1997
+Leslee Jean Matta
J. Letishia Seabrook1995
 Sunita Paramsothy
 Michelle Messier
Carolee Salerno
Laura Lee Davidson1991
Nora Crowley1990
Laura Lee Davidson
Melissa Townsend
Susan Fortunato
#Kathleen Callahan (Bousquet)
Marie Walkenstein
Kathleen Marie Evans
Cammy McCormack
 ^Peggy O'Brien1982Not Held  
#Lisa Matta1979
Susan Bass
Ruth Harcovitz1972
#Diana Dohrmann1970
Dorothy Fisher
Bonnie Willioms
Bonnie Willioms
1960Brenda Crovo# ◦ 

1959Sharon Faught#
Maris Lane
 #Daly Hirsch
1957Theresa Piasecki 
Maris Lane1956

1955Vicki Paradise-Kusterer
 #Barbara Graves1952Ann Eileen Conway
Betty Taylor
Shirley Winters
•Barbara McGrath
•Paula C. Jerome
•Claire Thibadeau
• ◦Paulina McKevitt
• ◦Helena Frances Mack
Joyce Brownwell
1942Paula Boardman#     

1941Betsy Taylor#  
#Polly Connors
1929-1932 No Miss America Pageant Held
Claire Nolan
  • ◦Ethel Beatrice Pierce 
1927Rose Regan
  •Mary "May" Mudge
1926Rose Regan
•Nina Wolff
1925Rose Regan
Mildred M. Prendergast
•Margaret Black
1923Doris George•
 •Charlotte Trowbridge

Miss Brookline

*awarded one time


Summer Foley

Preliminary Swimsuit Winner

1st Runner Up

Dana Rosengard

Dana Rosengard has been a Miss America Organization volunteer since 1991, judging and hosting across New England and in North Dakota, Maryland, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New York, and North Carolina. He held press credentials to cover the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City for several years and maintains a pageant information service on Facebook at “Walk, Talk & Win.” He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire, a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School, and a Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A former television news reporter, anchor, and producer at network affiliates across the country, Dana is now Managing Editor for NEWS CENTER Maine, the NBC stations in “Vacationland.”  

Claire Johnson Allen grew up in Dennis, MA.  Claire attended Tufts University and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Clinical Psychology.  Shortly thereafter, she was awarded her Masters of Social Work degree in Clinical Social Work, with a concentration in Health and Mental Health from the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.  Claire is also a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker currently employed by her alma mater. Mrs. Allen has been married to Berkelee-trained musician Brandon H. Allen since October 2017.  

 After completing her academic studies, Mrs. Allen took some time off to pursue a performance career.  She has had the opportunity to train extensively at the Alvin Ailey School in New York, NY.  Additionally, Claire has performed at Knoebel’s Amusement Resort, and toured to Atlantic City with the New Dawn Singers.  Arriving in New York, Claire was an integral part of the show “Human Affect,” which debuted at the United Nations.  Claire is also a licensed Zumba and Strong by Zumba Instructor, as well as an auxiliary corps dancer for the Urban Nutcracker and Reagle Music Theater.

Dancing since she was five, singing and playing the cello since she was nine, and acting since she was eleven has served Claire well.  Claire was Dennis Junior Miss* 2001 and 2nd RU at the Massachusetts Junior Miss Scholarship Pageant that year.  2006 marked her first foray into the Miss America Scholarship Pageant when she was crowned the first African-American to hold the Miss Greater Malden local title.  In 2007, Claire won the Miss Cambridge title, and subsequently the Interview Award Winner at her local competition.  Competing for the 2007 Miss Massachusetts title, Claire was named 3rd RU, and also won the State Interview Award.  2011 marked her successful completion of her quest for a state title when she took her first walk as Miss Black Massachusetts USA 2011, and earned the right to represent the Commonwealth at the Miss Black USA 2011 Scholarship Pageant that same year. 

Since then, Claire has remained active in pageantry.  She has judged, choreographed, coached, and hosted for various pageants including: Miss Brooklyn (MAO – where she was a part of the 2010 panel that awarded Mallory Hagen, Miss America 2013 the title), Miss New York USA, Miss Columbus Day, Ethnic New England World, Massachusetts Junior Miss*, Connecticut Junior Miss*, New Hampshire Junior Miss*, Little Miss Ethnic New England, and Miss Black Massachusetts USA.  Previously, Claire was the Assistant Director for the Ethnic New England Pageant system.  Currently, she is the President of the Board for the Miss Boston Scholarship Pageant (MAO). 

*The America’s Junior Miss program has been renamed and rebranded and is now America’s Distinguished Young Woman

About Us

The Miss Boston Scholarship Organization is a 501c3 non-profit organization run by all volunteers.  The Miss Boston Scholarship Organization was founded for the purpose of providing scholarships to young women between to ages of 18-25 who compete in the local pageant and go on to the state competition. The winners of the local competition go on to compete in the Miss Massachusetts Program and the Miss America Program.

Touch the hearts and the lives of young women across the Commonwealth and help provide a direction for their future