Miss New York Teen USA 2019
On Sunday, January 20, 2019, Hailey Germano was crowned Miss New York Teen USA 2019 out of 121 contestants. It was the Marist College freshman’s first time competing in the Miss New York Teen USA pageant. When Hailey is not in school, she resides in Long Island, New York with her mother, father and 15 year old brother, Nick. Hailey’s heritage is primarily Italian and Czechoslovakian, but recently learned that she is related to Abraham Lincoln through her grandmother on her father’s side of the family.
Since she was young, Hailey has displayed a unique creativity, especially in the area of clothing design. What started as a hobby, making clothes for fun and to play dress-up, developed into a career choice. She was accepted into Marist College’s Fashion Design program, and is currently in her second semester. Her dream is to become a successful evening gown designer and cites Sherri Hill as her role model in the industry. During Hailey’s senior year in high school, she worked at a local gown store. That experience exposed her to the works of many different designers, and it is where she selected the gown she would wear to compete for the title of Miss New York Teen USA 2019.
When Hailey is not studying, she is an active participant in the Campus Ministry and the Fashion Club at Marist College. Hailey chose to attend Marist College because of its three ideals: excellence in education, a sense of community, and a commitment to service. Hailey first became involved in charity and community volunteer work around the age of 10. She has been involved in numerous charitable endeavors around Long Island, such as the Smithtown Children’s Foundation; and has volunteered throughout the years for many larger organizations, including Ronald McDonald House, Autism Speaks, Susan G Komen Foundation, and American Cancer Society. However, when her brother was diagnosed with a form of juvenile macular degeneration, Hailey’s focus shifted towards raising funds and raising awareness to help find a cure for this rare genetic disease. Through her own charity, Hailey’s Hope for a Cure, Hailey has raised over $13,000 for the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB). She has dedicated much of her time volunteering for numerous VisionWalks and other FFB events, and even received the 2018 Outstanding Volunteer Award from the Foundation for her service.
Hailey loves to spend time with her family, especially at some of the beautiful beaches where she lives on Long Island. She especially looks forward to the annual family vacation in Montauk each summer. In her spare time, Hailey enjoys exercising, drawing, sewing and anything else creative, including cupcake decorating.She considers herself to be authentic, creative, bubbly, reliable and hard-working. Hailey is a proud New Yorker. She enjoys being close to NYC and plans to live on Long Island after college. She has done a bit of modeling, and looks forward to doing more of that in the future. She is thankful for the opportunities that the Miss New York Teen USA 2019 title will afford her.
Hailey’s long-term goal is to use her fashion career to expand her charitable work and to make a difference in the lives of children and adults with disabilities. She encourages young people to start getting involved in community service at an early age. Her message is “You’re never too small to make a big difference.”