Where are they now?
Miss Maine USA 2013
Ali Clair Dziurzynski is a native of South China, Maine. She graduated Cum Laude from the University of Maine with a degree in Journalism and minor in Dance. She was crowned Miss Maine USA in January of 2013. In April of 2017, Ali married a Canadian professional hockey player at an intimate ceremony in Mexico. She now teaches English as a Second Language (ESL) online as they travel the world for his hockey career. They split their offseason between Alberta, Canada, and Portland, Maine. She enjoys volunteering at animal rescue organizations, doing yoga and spending time with her husband and family.
Miss Maine Teen USA 2015
Since Skyler Gaudette won Miss Maine Teen USA 2015 she graduated from high school and is currently a sophomore at Lindenwood University taking advantage of the scholarship she received from the Miss Universe Organization. Skyler is pursuing a Fashion Business and Entrepreneurship degree with a minor in studio art. While attending school in Missouri Skyler has worked in retail, and volunteered at several local fashion events to gain experience in the fashion world. She loves that the pageant experience led her to her love for fashion and is grateful for the opportunities!
Miss Maine USA 2014
Samantha Dahlborg was only 19 when she won the title of Miss Maine USA 2014. This was Samantha’s first pageant and excitingly won with braces! During her reign, she valued every connection and networking opportunity to position her in the direction of her passions. Since passing on the crown, Samantha has continued to pursue her dreams. She is a signed model, already landing various features on Sports Illustrated online, the cover and the month of May for the 2017 International Tilted Kilt Girl Calendar and a 15-page spread in NH Bride Magazine. She has also walked in runway shows for brands like Sherri Hill and Neiman Marcus, hosted Boston Fashion Week, starred in music videos, movies and even a commercial for Chinese Laundry. Samantha loves to travel and can’t be in one place for too long! One of her favorite places she’s been to is Stockholm, Sweden – where her family is from! When this Scandinavian beauty isn’t posing for a photoshoot or traveling, she’s balancing the process to complete her degree in Graphic Design, working in the ASHLEYlauren office and creating art. Through winning the title of Miss Maine USA, Samantha has learned what it truly means to be confidently beautiful, to be yourself and the definition of “If you want it and work hard for it, ANYTHING is possible.” Many doors were opened after her title and many amazing things to come.
Miss Maine Teen USA 2012
I can honestly say that being Miss Maine Teen USA 2012 completely changed my life. This was my very first pageant and I feel blessed to have been given so many opportunities by winning the title. Miss Maine Teen USA opened up so many doors for me and has truly helped me grow as an individual. I have met so many inspiring people through this industry and have also created lifelong friendships. I am currently signed with Empower Model Management and I am also working on potentially expanding my modeling career with agencies in Boston and New York. Aside from modeling, my athletic career has also expanded. I have been a Varsity Athlete since my Freshmen Year in High School and this past year I became a Captain of my Varsity Track Team. I have also participated in Varsity Soccer and played on a Nationally ranked rugby team. I have been a competitive Irish Step Dancer for over ten years and have achieved the highest level of becoming an Open Champion Irish Step Dancer. I have competed Regionally, Nationally, and in the World Championships of Irish Dance. I am personally ranked in the top 20% of New England as well as the top 50% of the Nation for Irish Step Dancing. Being Miss Maine Teen USA has inspired me to pursue my passion for modeling, acting, stage performance, and working with children. I never would have imagined myself having the courage to live out my dream but my experience as Miss Maine Teen USA has truly altered my outlook on life forever. Miss Maine Teen USA has given me the confidence and strength to evolve into the person I have always wanted to be. I have learned so much about who I am and I am determined to live out all of my dreams and passions. Lastly, there is no doubt that I will take everything I have learned from my reign and continue to positively impact the lives of those around me.
Miss Maine Teen USA 2010
Winning the title my junior year in high school became a huge life changer for me. I think I knew of myself as someone who could fill such a role, but never did I imagine it actually happening to me. Once I got crowned my outlooks completely changed, I blossomed into a young adult who knew what she wanted and went for it. My experience being in reign is more than words can explain. Being able to represent the state of Maine locally and on a national level was a privilege and honor. I am now continuing my work with the pageant, doing community events, as well as pursuing my modeling and fashion related hobbies. I am finishing college in Florida, but I still enjoy spending time in Maine when I can. My family and I have been a part of the pageant world for more than 7 seven years now, so it really feels like an extended family. I will always have a love for pageantry, especially because it opened so many doors for me and adventures!
Some past & present highlights:
- Intern/Model for Seventeen Magazine
- Representative/Model for a luxury swimwear line, Miss Kinsman out of LA
- Signed with agencies in Boston & Florida
- Promotional/ modeling work for Miami Dolphins
- Model for a Maine game show called, Tradin’Up on the CW
- Correspondent on the Ray & Ted radio talk show, WLOB News Talk 1310 am
Along with winning the title, these opportunities came up along the way. I have been blessed to be able to give each and every single opportunity my all. I came to find that the entertainment industry and fashion industry is all mixed into pageantry. For me, finding this passion of dream pursuing has been a part of my life. I unintentionally walked into opportunities that made me who I am today. All the travel for photo shoots and fashion events is so worthwhile. I made connections and networked tons, which got me amazing internships. It has been a journey ever since the crown.
Miss Maine USA 2009
Since Ashley’s reign, she went on to compete on the CBS hit reality show, “Survivor: Redemption Island”, and was the 3rd runner-up of Season 22. Beyond reality TV, Ashley is a former professional basketball player, a registered nurse, and wellness coach.
Ashley learned the importance of hard work and dedication while growing up in a close-knit family where she worked on a produce farm in Maine. Ashley received a full basketball scholarship to the University of Maine where she is one of their top 10 scorers of all time. After graduation, she furthered her basketball career competing professionally in Switzerland. In need of a change, Ashley challenged herself yet again when she entered into her first beauty pageant ever and took home the crowning title of Miss Maine USA 2009. She began her hosting career as the Miss Maine USA 2010 and 2011 pageant host as well as the sideline reporter/color commentator for the America East Conference men’s and women’s basketball championship tournament on ESPN 3. Ashley loves adventure and most recently, she traveled to Kenya and Tanzania to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in support of the non-profit organization, Flying Kites Global.
Miss Maine Teen USA 2005 & Miss Maine USA 2008
Kaet Parent began competing in pageants at the age of 6 and instantly set her sights on Miss USA. After 10 years, she was crowned Miss Maine Teen USA 2005. Three short years later, in 2008, she reached her goal and was one of the youngest women to win the title of Miss Maine USA at the age of 19. Her love for pageantry kept her very closely connected to the pageant world. She served as the producer of the Miss Maine USA and Teen USA pageants in 2009 and 2010. She then founded The Crowning Image and began coaching girls throughout New England. She credits much of her success and personal growth to pageantry and strives to help each of her clients become the best they can, in every aspect of their lives.
Kaet is a 2010 graduate of Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. She continued her education at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, earning her Masters of Education in 2012. She is currently studying for the LSAT and applying to law school, she hopes to one day work in litigation. Aside from her coaching, she is the Executive Assistant to the Vice President and Chief of Staff of Gordon College, she is signed with Dynasty Modeling and Talent Agency in Boston and she works as a recruiter for the Maine and Massachusetts USA and Teen USA pageants.
Miss Maine USA 2017
Brooke Harris was raised in the village of Lee, a small town of just over 900 people in Penobscot County, Maine. She now lives in Portland, Maine and has merged her passions for the beauty and healthcare industries by balancing her time as an Aesthetic Nurse in Portland’s prestigious Akari salon, and as a Travel Nurse in acute care settings through MAS Medical Staffing.
Recently, Brooke was unanimously voted unto the Board of Directors for the non-profit, HAND-Philippines. Through this organization, she will travel to the Philippines as a Nurse Volunteer in May of 2018 and complete her first Medical Mission Trip, exactly one year since competing on the Miss USA stage. There she will assist fellow medical professionals to provide free medical care to those impoverished in calamity-stricken communities and also rebuild two child-care centers destroyed by 2013 Earthquake and Typhoon Haiyan. She also plans to attend graduate school in the future to become a Nurse-Midwife, eventually owning her own Women’s Birthing Center and advocating for Women and Children’s health!