Miss Connecticut takes care of business

At Wednesday night’s, Miss Connecticut was all business—albeit in a stylish manner.

Alyssa Taglia, the representative from the Nutmeg State, competed in the Onstage Question at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

She stepped on to stage to cheers after the host encouraged the audience to cheer for all the contestants not just their home state representative.

Taglia continued her blue theme on Wednesday. She wore a business-appropriate-styled knee-length dress of white mesh with sapphire blue bejeweled embroidery over a nude sheath. She sparkled under the lights as she walked across the Miss America stage.

For the competition, Taglia was asked about her platform, “Smiles for Seniors,” in which she encourages people to visit senior citizens living in elderly residencies, senior homes, and the like.

Taglia asked the audience to imagine for a moment “Your spouse has passed away and your only child lives out of state. Imagine you have a roommate, who has a daughter who comes every day to visit.”

Taglia asked how the audience members would feel in such a situation.

“I think that’s a story that really kicks you in the gut,” said Taglia.

“With Senior Smiles, we reached out to these residents,” said Miss Connecticut.

Taglia also encouraged people to follow her example. “Start now, reach out to our elderly, and volunteer– enrich their lives… because they paved the way for us,” Taglia said.

Connecticut fashion icon Taglia has yet to compete in Evening Gown—she does that tonight, Thursday, along with Lifestyle and Fitness (swimsuit) to wrap up preliminary competitions. However, she did come out at the end of the night in a sparkly navy blue evening gown with a silver embroidered flourish cutting across her bodice.

During the second of three preliminary nights for the 2017 Miss America Competition in Boardwalk Hall, Miss Arkansas, Savvy Shields, was named Wednesday night’s preliminary Talent winner for her jazz dance performance to the song “Just Keep Moving the Line” from the former TV show “Smash.” Savvy will receive a $2,000 scholarship. Also capturing the spotlight was Miss Maryland, Hannah Brewer, who was the preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness winner in a black Irene West swimsuit. Hannah will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

The Miss America competition continues tonight at 7 p.m. at Boardwalk Hall.

The finals will be broadcast Sunday night on ABC.