Music Student Takes Miss Virginia Crown

Posted: June 28, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Colleen Kearney Rich

Miss Virginia crowns new queen
Mason Misses: Kristi Glakas, the 2005 Miss Virginia, crowns her successor, Adrianna Sgarlata.
Photo by Jared Soares/The Roanoke Times

On Saturday night in Roanoke, reigning Miss Virginia and Mason senior Kristi Glakas got to hand off her title to a fellow Patriot, Adrianna Sgarlata.

Sgarlata graduated from Mason with a bachelor of music in 2005 and is currently working on a master of music degree. She is Mason’s third Miss Virginia in five years. Jennifer Pitts, JD ’04, held the crown in 2002.

Sgarlata, a Fairfax Station resident, competed against 19 other contestants for the title. Along with the crown comes a $16,000 scholarship, an apartment, use of a car for the year and a September trip to compete for the Miss America title.

An opera singer who has been studying voice for nine years, Sgarlata has won numerous awards while at Mason, including first place in the mid-Atlantic region and twice first place in the state at the annual National Association of Teachers of Singing competitions.

Sgarlata sang the national anthem at the 2005 Commencement.

Sgarlata’s platform of service for the competition includes an anti-bullying campaign called BRAVO, an acronym for Behaving Respectfully and Valuing Others. As director of the Virginia chapter of Bully Police USA, a national nonprofit organization, she has traveled around the state promoting anti-bullying campaigns in the schools and relating her own childhood experiences with bullying.

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