Bay Ridge — Who needs Miss America? Bay Ridge has its own tradition of honoring beautiful and intelligent young women!
Lovely Amanda Berntsen was crowned Miss Norway of Greater New York 2012 on Saturday and will be a V.I.P. at the annual 17th of May Parade next month.
She was the winner of the 57th Annual Miss Norway of Greater New York Contest, held at the Norwegian Christian Home and Health Center at 1250 67th St. The panel of judges chose Amanda the best out of a field of 16 contestants. The women were judged not only on their beauty but on their knowledge of Norway and its history.
In order to be eligible for the crown, the contestants have to be of Norwegian descent.
The panel of judges included: Joyce Abrahamsen, Lena Barnes, Steve Danna, state Sen. Marty Golden, and Ingeborg Vidringstad.
In addition to Amanda, the contestants vying for the title of Miss Norway were: Ashly Andreassen, Katie Blaine, Mia Carroll, Eryka Eikeseth, Brooke Ferenczy, Taylor Filippini, Lindsay Hansen, Britt Henricksen, Kiersten Lauen, Erica Lawson, Brandi Lindoe, Brooke Michaels, Freia Titland, Kristen Ward, and Camilla White.
Rolf Kristian Stang served as master of ceremonies, introducing each of the contestants. Arlene Bakke Rutuelo is the chairman of the Miss Norway Committee.
The event also featured a parade of tiny beauties, known as the Little Miss Norways, who were escorted by junior cadets.
The Miss Norway Contest is one of the grand traditions of Bay Ridge and takes place a few weeks before another great community tradition — the 17th of May Parade.
The parade, which marks the adoption of the Norwegian Constitution, takes place each year on the Sunday closest to May 17.
This year’s parade will be held on Sunday, May 20, on Third Avenue.