Michaela Kenny finds America Miss World Pageant grueling but fun



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By STEVE BUCHIERE sbuchiere@fltimes.com 14 hrs ago

Michaela Kenny
Geneva’s Michaela Kenny, left, is seen with another contestant at the America Miss World Pageant in Orlando earlier this month. Photo provided

GENEVA — Michaela Kenny was competing in the America Miss World Pageant, held Aug. 8 to 13 in Orlando, but you might not know it by some of the events she took part in.

Like the sports competition, where the women had to perform sprints, do high jumps, long jumps and battle rope (weighted ropes).

None other than former NFL great Charles Woodson was the head coach during the football combine-themed competition.

A fitness trainer herself, the various parts of the sports competition were challenging for even someone like Kenny.

“It wasn’t something I was prepared for,” said Kenny, who added that she persevered the best she could, noting that she was part of the competition’s winning team.

She said her personal workouts include lots of free weights, which were not part of the pageant’s sports competition this year, held at Lake Nona Golf and Country Club.

No, Kenny, the daughter of Kenneth and Janet Kenny of Geneva, did not win the pageant. That went to Clarissa Bowers of Florida, a neuroscience student at Vanderbilt University.

Nor did she make the 10 finalists.

But she doesn’t regret it.

“I thought it was a really good experience,” said Kenny, 23, who is back in Geneva after completing the application process for the U.S. Army Medical Department, which the Clarkson grad will use to better prepare her for a career in medicine. She already has undergraduate degrees in biology and psychology and plans on attending college in January to begin studies as part of an effort to become a nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatry.

As for the pageant, Kenny said the week in Orlando was face-paced, with little time for anything but event-related activities, with days starting at 6 a.m.

She does have a couple of regrets. While she loved her green evening gown, which she used in the Top Model competition, its long train might not have been the best choice for a fast-paced runway walk. She also lost an earring on stage during the same competition. She had rented the earrings for the pageant.

Luckily, the other one was found — undamaged — and she was able to wear it for the parade of gowns on Sunday, which featured all competitors, not just those that made it to the finals, which were aired through a special webcast.

Kenny also appeared in the finals for a fitness routine.

With the pageant behind her, it’s time for the 2012 DeSales High School graduate to concentrate on her potential service with the U.S. Army Medical Department and her nursing studies.

Kenny, who also competed in Miss Teen New York 2010 and earned the title of Miss New York 2016 — which allowed her to compete at the USA National Miss competition — is unsure if her pageant days are over.

“I’m definitely thinking of competing for Miss New York USA,” she said, noting the event takes place at Purchase College in Westchester County in January.



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