Sixteen contestants competed in Miss Boston and Miss Cambridge 2013 Sunday night at the Park Plaza Hotel, all with high hopes of capturing the coveted crown. After wowing the judges through five phases of the contest, two young women walked away the winners: Carrie Sunde of Syracuse University and Morgan Berg of UMass Boston.
Sunde took the Cambridge title, leaving the honor of Miss Boston to Berg. Twenty-two- year-old Berg, a Minnesota native, follows in the footsteps of Harvard student Kelsey Beck, who won the competition last year and ran again in 2013 for Miss Cambridge.
Contestants participated in two interview rounds, as well as a round in talent, physical fitness and evening gown. Berg took home the physical fitness award, later tweeting it was time to reward herself with her first “cheat meal” following the win.
Berg jazzed danced to “Monkey Back” by Beth Hart and pegged her platform “Fit for Success.” She is currently working toward her bachelor of science in nursing, with aspirations of becoming a pediatric nurse practitioner at Children’s Hospital Boston.
Twenty-year-old Sunde is a Charlestown native, working her way toward a bachelor of science in public relations. Through her platform, “Lend a Helping Hand,” Sunde’s goal is to promote volunteerism in the community. Her contemporary dance piece was meant to convey the idea of “being free, moving on and letting go.”
Founded in 2008, the Miss Boston Scholarship Organization is a nonprofit dedicated to providing scholarships to women between the ages of 17 and 24. With the win, Berg and Sunde will split $8,000 in scholarships and prizes and will both go on to compete in Miss Massachusetts in June. Whoever wins will then move on to Miss America.
The current Miss Massachusetts is Taylor Kinzler, a 20-year-old Lakeville, Massachusetts native, who currently attends the University of Rhode Island.
For a look the other contestants who competed check out the slideshow, with information courtesy of Miss Boston, below.
All Photos Courtesy of Miss Boston