4-29-2019 Wilmington, DE. The state of Delaware has two new queens! On Saturday, April 27th, the Miss DE for America and Mrs. DE America pageant was held at the Grand Opera Theater in Wilmington, DE. Daphne Chaniz-Rico, from Newark, was crowned Miss DE for America 2019 and Dr. Aisha Ryan, from Middletown, was crowned as Mrs. DE America 2019.
Daphne Chaniz-Rico graduated from Wilmington University with a Master in Science in Nursing (MSN). She works as a nursing instructor within the state and is currently finishing her dissertation for her PhD. Daphne speaks two languages, English and Spanish fluently. Through her platform, “Domestic Violence Awareness,” she educates on domestic violence and has partnered with CityFam a nonprofit that combines service and social events to help individuals connect to a healthy community.
Dr. Aisha Ryan holds a Bacherlor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Delaware and a master’s and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Columbia University. Dr. Ryan is a lifelong dancer and entrepreneur who is the Founder & CEO of a physical therapy practice. As a dancer, she was exposed to various physical injuries which were potentially career ending, thereby causing her to value the relationship between movement and physical therapy rehabilitation. Her platform is “Movement is Freedom.”
The winners of both Miss DE for America and Mrs. DE America will move on to their respective national pageants, Miss for America and Mrs. America, in August. The national pageants will be held in August at the Westgate Hotel in Las, Vegas.
The pageant was produced by An Officer and Gentlewoman, LLC, A Veteran-Owned production company, headquartered in Washington, DC. The event was presented by ThomasRiley Strategies, LLC, listed on Inc. magazines top 5000 companies in America. A portion of the proceeds benefitted Operation Renewed Hope and Victoria’s Voice Foundation.
Here are the pageant results:
Winner: Daphne Chaniz-Rico
1st Runner-Up: Kimberly Franklin
Miss Fabulous Face: Daphne Chaniz-Rico
Miss Fitness: Daphne Chaniz-Rico
Miss Photogenic: Daphne Chaniz-Rico
Winner: Dr. Aisha Ryan
1st Runner Up: Helene Meister
2nd Runner-Up: Alexandria Johnson
Mrs. Fabulous Face: Alexandria Johnson
Mrs. Fitness: Dr. Aisha Ryan
Mrs. Photogenic: Dr. Aisha Ryan
Entourage Award: Dr. Aisha Ryan
Congeniality Award: Sha’Ri Smith
Sponsorship Award: Dr. Aisha Ryan
Mission: The Miss DE for America and Mrs. DE America publicly recognize women, living in the state of Delaware, who have obtained personal, professional, and community achievements. As official preliminary pageants to Miss for America and Mrs. America, respectively, the pageants welcome women from all ethnic backgrounds to compete in a yearly pageant for the titles.
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