Touch the hearts and the lives of young women across the Commonwealth and help provide a direction for their future
In addition to being Miss Cambridge 2016 and a Cum Laude Graduate of Harvard University, Alissa Musto is an accomplished musician, songwriter and performer. Playing the piano since age 5, Alissa has performed around New England including the Hard Rock Cafe, the House of Blues, the Massachusetts State House and the Veterans Memorial Auditorium, where she opened for jazz legend, Wynton Marsalis. Alissa was a top 10 finalist in KidzStarUSA 2011 (out of 45,00 entries), the winner of the Justine Magazine Talent search and the 2010 Wonderworld TV Piano Act of the Year. Her original music has been featured on several local blogs and radio stations. When she is not performing, Alissa is a piano/vocal coach for 25 students, a regular volunteer with numerous arts non-profits and the founder of Changing Keys, an organization that connects unused pianos with students in at-risk communities.
On July 2, 2016, Alissa Musto was crowned Miss Massachusetts 2016 at The Hanover Theatre in Worcester, winning Preliminary Talent and the Miss America Community Service Award in the process. Alissa competed at the 96th Annual Miss America Pageant where on 9/11/16 she was named a top 15 Semi-Finalist and competed in the swimsuit portion on live television.
Maggie Markham is 19 years old, and is originally from Georgia. She now attends Boston University as a Theatre Performance major, with a minor in sociology and communications. She plans to use these skills throughout her career as a playwright, actress, and essayist. She has been performing for all of her life, and attended a prestigious performing arts high school back home in Georgia, at the Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts. Her platform is "Empowering Victims of Sexual Assault", where she focuses on using art to change perception, and to reinforce legislation and early education surrounding the issue.